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January 2, 2013

Adjustable Sail-Making Palm

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What a striking object, its existence heretofore unbeknownst to me.

From Make


A fabulous tool in the category of sewing things is a good adjustable palm. 

These are necessary to get large needles through heavy fabrics.

For small repair jobs, this is all you need — forget the sewing machine.

Think of it as a super-sized forceful thimble.

Make sure to get some heavy-duty hand needles, both straight and curved, so that you're ready for any job.


From the sail-making palm website:


William Smith & Sons is an excellent quality sailmaker's palm.

Handcrafted in England, this seaming and roping palm is made for long-lasting wear and comfort.

Easily adjustable with a buckle strap, this palm also features a large metal thrusting base with a brass cap and molded rawhide palm protection. A thumb shield protects the thumb when roping (twine wrapped and pulled hard over the thumb).

How To Use:

1. Position the dull end of the needle in one of the divots in the thimble.

2. Hold the needle as straight as possible and use the palm of your hand to drive the needle through thick assemblies of canvas or sailcloth.

3. Wrap the twine around your protected thumb to pull taut.


$21.50 (boat not included).


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Also worth mention is the Sailmaker's Apprentice that has a neat little project to make a ditty bag, where a palm comes in really handy. All the materials you need to make a ditty bag are available from Sailrite. Once you make a ditty bag, you have a lot of the concepts to make anything you'd like.

Hat-tip to Cool Tools

Posted by: Scott Jenkins | Jan 2, 2013 11:24:45 AM

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