Asked on May 6, 2013

Does anyone know what this is?

Kris NiznikJoni MillsLlm2483719


I was packing my Moms sewing stuff and this tool was in with her wool. It has a needle that pops in and out when you turn the handle.
12 answers
  • Leslie D
    on May 6, 2013

    My best guess would be that it's a fancy "sewing awl" or speedy stitcher, although the crank is throwing me off a bit. They're made for making quick repairs to heavy fabrics, like canvas or leather, or even heavy wool fabrics, where a normal sewing needle would be too difficult to stitch by hand.

  • Barbie Furth
    on May 6, 2013

    I think it is a rug hooking or latching tool.

  • Jessica C
    on May 7, 2013

    I think it looks like a gizmo for stitching on buttons.

  • Deltagardener
    on May 7, 2013

    Thanks for the ideas everyone. It looks like it would be handy for making belt holes too.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 7, 2013

    It is rare...what ever it is (some type of hand stitching tool) I just spent a bit of time googling it and did not find anything close.

  • Deltagardener
    on May 7, 2013

    I too have spent some time looking under antique sewing tools but havent found it yet. I also found my grandmothers knitting belt which is so cool to hold on to. Thanks again!

  • Valerie
    on Jun 18, 2013

    I would go along with Barbie Furth's idea that it is probably a rug hooking tool.

  • Deltagardener
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Thank you!

  • Diane Navarro Tippetts
    on Feb 3, 2015

    Leather sewing awl

  • Llm2483719
    on May 20, 2016

    I think maybe that rather than a rug hook tt may be a very old punch needle. Yes for rugs but a punch set up to make a punched rug. I can't see if the needle has a groove to lay down the thread. My best guess

  • Joni Mills
    on May 21, 2016

    This is called a Danish Made Rotary Making Tool Denmark by Tas Tool. It is a rug making tool. If you click on this link ( you will find your item listed.

  • Kris Niznik
    on Apr 22, 2020

    Hello Delta Gardner,

    I found this Danish Tas-Tool in my mother's craft stash also. It had limited information with it so I know what it's called, and that it's a rug maker, but not how to use it. I would love to make something with it. Did you ever find out what to do with yours?

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