Well.....I knew you would be the first to respond! (Big Grin)
I guess I improvised on the pulling with my right hand "into" the feather. I would like you to know that I've started doing one-handed pushups---with my left hand to solve this problem (smaller grin).
I've always thought that the most important area in the inseaming process is "entering" or "exiting" the feather right at the corner of the rabbet
. This leads to most importantly a tighter stitch, but also to a straighter welt line. It's less important where the awl comes out on the inside channel, not that I'm careless where it "exits" or "enters".
he has enough experience to hole the insole at three to the inch...even around narrow toes
I would tend to agree. I forget who said it, but inseaming without "holing" first, allows you to tighten everything down, and then proceed with more accuracy on obtaining 3 spi. In other words, during the tightening of the stitch, things tend to move, especially if you are inseaming from the inside out. Your awl tends to move everything outward. While awling from the outside, you can use the insole to push against........make sense?
I like a wide holdfast also. Mine normally runs 1/2", and like you, I don't utilize a slant cut for the inside channel, but a shallow vertical cut with a rip stop, progressing to a french edger to create a shallow wedge shape depression. Just enough depth to create a "ditch" for the thread to lie into. Inseaming with a damp insole allows me to pull the thread even deeper during the tightening phase.
Now, I know you have some of those famous Dick Anderson's awl hafts. I know you sharpen your awls. And I also know you wet your insole prior to inseaming. I betcha you'll have no problem awling from the outside in without "holing" first! (Big Grin.....by the way, how do you guys make those funny faces?)
One last comment, I only wanted to emphasize that I'm trying new techniques discussed on the forum. I've always tried to keep an open mind. I may not stick with this new approach, but I thought I would give everyone some feedback with my results.