Originally Posted by shoefan
I don't think so. If so, wouldn't you do it symmetrically? The consistency of the angle looks like a fudge wheel to me.
You're probably right...I guess I've just never seen an angled fudge wheel before.
No, not sure. I'll see if I can figure it out. I think it has to do with making it easier for the stitches to run in a straight line.
Not really, angling the awl makes the stitches "overlap" (or "offset' resulting in a rope-like effect) more consistently
but whether the stitches run in a straight line is entirely in the hands of the maker. And overlap is, to a large extent, controlled by how each individual stitch is tightened.
You can see this if you experiment with various leather points on sewing machine needles. There are needle points that are shaped like this: ////, like this: \\\\, like this:- - - , and like this: |||| ("P" in illustration below). As well as, round point and tri-point ("tri"), and tri-tip ("SD") both of which make a triangular hole in the leather. Only the - - - ("S" below) guarantees that the stitches will line up without "overlapping." (Of course, these are sewing machine needle points but the same principles apply to hand stitching. The only difference being that the needle on a sewing machine is a little bit more likely to always pierce the leather exactly on the "line of stitching."
One of the defining characteristics of these points is their ability to produce a stitch that stands, more or less, proud of the surface...and a factor to consider when choosing a particular needle point, depending on what is wanted. A "narrow reverse twist" point, for instance, leaves the stitches flatter than ||| (can't remember the name of the point) but less so than - - - -
That was one of the fundamental reasons for pricking--it allowed you to push the stitches into line and avoid the ropelike effect. And that, in turn resulted in more of a "bead" that stood proud of the welt.edited for punctuation and clarityEdited by DWFII - 5/29/16 at 8:44am