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Re: [BKARTS] Dremel vs. Awl Opinions

I've used a dremel for many years with little problem. Specialty hardware supply houses carry a "wire bit", not expensive, and available in many sizes much smaller than the usual 1/16-inch. They fit a dremel or a drill press chuck.

I've used an awl for making oversewing holes, but found it too easy to make the holes too big. Prefer the dremel. Burning has not been a problem.

Eugene, OR

On Mar 22, 2006, at 9:46 PM, roroberts@xxxxxxxx wrote:

Hi, all. (No pun intended.)
I've heard some praise the old fashioned awl over a small drill for use in oversewing cloth joints. "A drill will burn a hole...." etc. I've been using a Dremel with very small jeweler's bits and have thought this places a lot less stress on the materials and my hands. True, if one pushes too fast or uses a dull bit, burning is likely. But overall, the Dremel is quick, easy, and seems safer. (It's easy to control, no stress to the materials, and not likely to tear the inner margin if the point pierces suddenly.)
I'd welcome any comments/rebuttals.
Bob Roberts

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