I wanted to share a quick tip for those of you dealing with broken drawbands / drawstrings: Whipping Twine.
How did I find it? I’d broken the drawstring on my Underwood Touchmaster 5 (currently featured prominently in the Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt“) right as I was getting it ready to sell it. I normally use 40-lb. fishing line for replacement drawstring on portables, but I needed something heavier since the Touchmaster’s spring is both large and tightly-wound compared to my portables.
I stopped in a West Marine store looking for high-test fishing line. Guess what – it’s kind of expensive and the heavier weights come on 100-yd spools. I don’t need that many carriage drawstrings. I explained the issue to one of the store clerks and he lead me straight over to the whipping twine. $8.99 for 105 ft. of 16# twine and off I went.
It worked like a charm – it was practically the same diameter and strength as the original silk that was used and it fit the bill perfectly. Here’s a link if you don’t have a marine store near you: http://www.westmarine.com/fse-robline–waxed-whipping-twine–P002_068_003_504