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    bluesman1951
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    To all who know renown jockey saddle maker Garland Sugarman ,he had a stroke a week ago and in that time there has been no improvement in his condition.He is the hospital in Albuquerque.

  1. By the end of the week I am expecting to receive the following in the post:

    • A cheap (Chinese made, with probable Japanese influence) beginner's sett of leather working tools from Ebay
    • A remnant/pieces pack of leather, needles, and thread from The Identity Store
    • A copy of "The Leatherworking Handbook" by Valerie Michael from Amazon

    Yet to acquire from the local chain DIY store (probably nearer the time, or on Sunday if it slips my mind before then which is likely to happen) are:

    • wood and fixings to make a cheap stitching pony
    • Evo-Stik Time Bond contact adhesive
    • an Oilstone (or similar) for inevitable initial sharpening of previously mentioned tools as well as general upkeep later on
    • miscellaneous things that catch my eye which may be helpful such as clamps, sandpaper, straight edge etc

    Other things yet to be appropriated into my "kit": 

    • worksurface stuff (cutting mat, poly board, granite (or similar))
    • decent desk lamp as most of my work will be completed in the late evening/small hours after finishing the late shift at "the day job" and goodness knows my eyes will need all the help they can get
    • edge slicking substance
    • graph/grid paper for when I feel up to making my own patterns
    • bone folder type tool
    • stitching awl

    Things I already have, yet to be consolidated together:

    • poly mallet
    • basic geometry set (ruler, square, compases etc)
    • pencils
    • large toolbox for storage
    • stack of "craft" drawers for storage
    • non-marring spudger set which I'm sure will come in handy for poking/prodding in crevices
    • metal bodied Utility knife (and blades)
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil in lieu of more specialist finishes
    • tonnes of old clothes for rags

    Things I will probably get at a later date once I get a feel for everything (this does not include ad hoc replacement/upgrading of any of the above when needed):

    • butcher's block style work station (as I'll mostly be working at my 10yr old pine desk in my bedroom initially, maybe out in the shed weather permitting)
    • relevant dyes, treatments, etc and relevant applicators
    • basic carving tools (I do not plan on getting into this much but I guess it's always handy to be able pop a pretty border on something special)

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    I know the cost of starting a new hobby from scratch is always going to be a major consideration, but it seems leathercraft is even more so. Yes I know it's no good moaning to other people who have all been there/done that, but starting out on a shoe string is still likely to cost me upwards of £100 ($125 for you colonials ;)).

    Being the sort of person I am, often doing things on a whim, and generally cautious with cash, I do not want to go to the lengths that some do and get The Works in terms of equipment and materials to start with. I don't want to spend a small fortune on something if I don't end up getting decently into it to justify the cost. That said, it seems the general advice in terms of initial outlay is "get the best you can afford" and that's what I'm doing I suppose. I guess there are those out there who have started out with much less, and I have no need nor reason trying to justify what I'm doing.

    I guess in a way I'm secretly hoping that I get sufficiently good enough at the whole "leather thing" that in the long run I can start going to fairs, events, do made-to-order and the like, and be able to become (at least partially) self employed. But that's definitely a long way off.

    I think for me leathercraft will always be a matter of being on a shoestring, at least in the sense of trying to get the best from the least. I've always been enthralled by the way craftsmen of all disciplines in years gone-by have come up with ingenious solutions which even centuries or millennia haven't changed much, and as much as possible I want to keep what I do "low-tech": drawing up templates by hand rather than using PC software, using as traditional methods and tools as possible, and if possible trying to be authentic in style/process with any historical based pieces I produce.

    I (like to think) I am fairly good at improvising, and this will also keep costs down. Who needs a £40 edge slicker when a double-pronged piece of deer antler (free if you know where/when to look) will do? Or expensive black dyes if you can master the likes of vinegaroon and lampblack?

     

  2. Din mid-søn modellen leveres med en godt polstret under føttene podium til basen. Basen kan behandles til lett og bærbar, følsom sammen med imøtekom enslig modell Det vil ikke raskt bli kvitt sammensetning. Dine solide materialer sammen med faktorer som sono stati benyttet under arbeidet effektivt Gjennom å levere en ny lett sammen med pålitelig erfaring.

     

    Din femte variasjon i Supernova Flytt Forbedre yttersåle kommer med en modell som er utviklet for å gi løperen til ny tøff ytre lag som vil skjerme sneaker via ødeleggelse sammen med slitasje. Tøff ly kan være tilgjengelig innen anstendighet silisium kjemisk substans, selv om nok en topp-tier teknologisk innovasjon presenterer pålitelig extender tørke ut og dynket materialer.

     

    Din Adidas Supernova Flytt Forbedre 8 løpere bærer en standard periode. Dine voksne menn sammen med kvinner stiler oppfylle de vanligste størrelsene i forhold til dimensjonering. Ideen beholder mellomstore fot for den mellom bredde utvikling. Den øverste vil bli Incendio utvide effektivt for å sikre ulike foten å tilpasse seg effektivt mens donning ideen.

     

    Din adiWEAR ™ er ofte en silikon kjemisk stoff som brukes i rearfoot del av denne spesifikke løpere. Ideen Øker løper høyt nivå riktig grep på utsiden. Det er tøft sammen med sunn, vedvarende utvidet i motsetning til vanlig silikon yttersåle. Hva er bjørnebær, blir det meste av en ny kroppsvekt, slik at det ikke vil føles som et produkt kan dra sammen http://www.runnernorge.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-350-v2-c-98_264.html din sneaker.

  3. This popular folding coin purse design makes for a great leather project. Small enough to conveniently store in your pocket or purse but able to store a large amount of coins in. It also opens up nice and wide so you can get what you need quickly and easily. To add value and beauty to the purse I have used several types of exotic leather for aesthetics through the circular cutout of the purse frame. I have used both alligator skin and gazelle hide as examples for this tutorial.  A PDF pattern with a detailed list of leather types, tools, and products used in this project can be downloaded from Fischer Workshops. Just click on the following link to be directed to the download page...
    Exotic Leather PDF Pattern Download
    I have also published a video tutorial to demonstrate the step by step process I go through in making the purse. The video is only 10 minutes long, but it took me about 2 hours to complete this project. I chose to stain the leather by hand which is the longest process in making the purse. I suppose if you bought pre-stained leather you could finish this project in about an hour. To see the video just click on the link below... Thanks and Enjoy!

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  5. Have you ever noticed that every now and then when you’re more observant to the world around you, you see more of what people are doing? You see how they look, the style of their clothes, the amount of cleavage their clothes show, what kind of bag they have and what it’s made of. You see the style of shoes they are wearing and the condition they’re in, the colors of their clothes can tell you about the mood they might be in and so on. These things give us a clearer notion or feeling of their current state of mind, attitude and possibly their deeper character.

    Some of these things will change and vary from day to day and time to time. Like a t-shirt with a message on it won’t be worn the next day, or a hair style today might change in the next coming weeks, shoes change on a daily basis. But some things won’t change for a very long period of time, like a genuine distressed leather bag. And it’s these things that could be considered an extension of a person’s character. These things are usually of sentimental value, mostly because they have endured throughout the years and have been with you on many adventures.

    In many ways the style, fashion, material and color of a bag can give others a sense and feel of the kind of person you might be. Many of us have different intentions when we buy a new bag. Many times we want to impress our friends or co-workers, or we simply need a bag that is most suitable for our line of work or lifestyle. Some of us want to feel like we are more than we actually feel we are, so we buy a bag that reflects a romantic or ideal vision of ourselves. Some of us buy a bag because it simply looks good or goes well with the tone of our skin. Some of us are drawn to a bag because it gives us a sense of security or makes us feel more confident. And then there are those of us that are genuinely completely ecstatic about a particular bag.

    In the end, we buy the bag that we like, not just to look at, but to use, to carry and to show the world who we are. They personify who we are and who we hope to be, almost as if they are a piece of the puzzle to our characters. Just as every genuine leather bag is unique, so is every person who chooses one. They are an extension of our unique characters.

    By Noah Nichols

    Gritty Rustic Leather

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  7. rdl123
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    Got one side of my rear jockeys tooled up last night.

    Here is a fuzzy blackberry picture:

    tooled rear jockey

    Tooling is still amateurish but I am slowly getting more comfortable with it.

    I would appreciate feedback on what I can do to make it better.

    Thanks,

    Ron L

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    Hi to Everyone! I Love making purses and I'm working with faux leathers/vinyls before I try my hand at real leather. I'm wondering if anyone knows what type of sealant/ edge finisher used on outer finished edges of faux vinyl purses sold in stores? I've tried using edge kote and other types of sealants, but just isn't the same as the ones I see in the stores. Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank You all and have a great day! Happy Sewing!

  8. "I think the UEFA - and the FA Premier League and - protect must also decide standard fans demanding fans as a special case no longer home fans must be loaded into the equivalent area also prohibit" categorization away "so fans outside all clubs should be calculated the same lowest price in the same competition in the same season.You now reserve some of the cheap FIFA coins, which can prevent the playing of the game, due to the lack of FIFA 16 coins, the game was forced to dropped.

    "Clubs have to accept that they do not sell tickets in a normal competitive market than Fanclub loyalty means a monopoly, so it should not be applied and the economics of supply and normal demand.

    "You would not be able to do in other industries -. Banks, utilities, etc., where prices are regulated, since the market is not working effectively"

    FC Midtjylland has not responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

    "He has to learn what is normal, but he learned a lot in recent years and has made great progress in its development. For us it was an opportunity. You can not always make transfers a problem to solve.

    "I know people say that our defense is not very good, we have to defend as a better team, especially not to solve a problem - .. It is a transfer with a very good prospect for the future, long-term thing. but it can help right away and that's very good for us. " Do not know will not affect the sale of the game FIFA 16, cheap FIFA 16 coins will not affect sales?

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    jesippel
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    I need help my W153 is no catching the bobbin and the top tread is winding around the bobbin case and jamming the machine. I have the hook set right and am unhinged the right needle and treads to match. Any help would help...

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    First of all: This is not my design. I found it on one of the many lurking sessions on Pinterest/Etsy. If anybody knows the original designer, please do let me know and I will gladly give him/her credit.

    Secondly: I do not yet own the proper equipment.

    After trying the stitching bit for a while on some pieces of scrap leather I wanted to "create" something.

    So here is the result, a wallet.

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    I learned a fair few things while working with scraps. Preparation is key.

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    I am moderately satisfied with the results.

    Plenty of room for improvement but I will be using this new home-made wallet.

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    Anyone know where I can find the one issue specific of LCSMJ? I am Missing Jul/Aug. 1991. LCSMJ does not have it so I an reaching out. Any ideas?

  9. I have to say I am really happy and impressed right now. I was not sure where to give a shout out to these guys but I found leatherworker and thought it would be a good place. I ordered a Corriente Saddle form http://thesalebarn.com and I cannot be happier. I have ridden it about 10 times since out of the box. It even has tooling on the roughout! SO excited and happy to get riding it and roping agian. If you are looking for a good quality saddle please visit these guys. Thank you.

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    Johnboy Richter
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    Johnboy Richter here, I am new and would like to ask if anyone has any experience with the many diferent sizes of needles for the Singer 7-33. I have a needle on it (but I think it is for canvas ) and could take it to a local sewing store if I were home. ( I work off shore ) I looked all over the internet tryng to find cross reference charts and or specific needles for sale and could not make any sense of it. I have a GA5-1 and it does well but it does not have a walking foot and I dont want to mar the veg tan leather I am lining belts with. anyway, any help with finding good leather working needles would be greatly appreciated. R/jcr

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    blog-0469120001450756231.jpgWell, the last orders are out the door, the shop is closed and I'm packed up to make the trip to Atlanta to spend the holidays with my grand children. Had a good year, got lots of tips from folks here on Leatherworker.net, my wife and I are retired and just "Living the Dream". Gonna go play some music, have some good times, and then get back in the shop and start getting stuff made up for some music festivals this spring followed by my annual trip to Resogat in Wilkesboro, NC. to sell instrument straps to unsuspecting musicians. Goals for next year, improve carving skills, design some new products for the musician trades.

    Chief

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    I have a 1930s singer k7.5 which I think is missing a thread guide or I'm not threading it correctly . I can't get my hands on a diagram and any pic I can source on the net is vague . Is there Anyone who knows this machine ? It has a vibrating pressed foot and a shuttle bobbin . Any help appreciated

    Thank you

  10. Ive got an adler 467 for sale it has a walking foot, reverse stitch, adjustable stitch length and a stitch guide it comes with a stand and has a servo motor and the stand is on rollers. And I would sell the head seperatly.. Im asking $1300 or best offer!! if your interested i can send pics.

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    thunter9
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    blog-0003671001448649546.jpgthis is the saddle

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    What is the best sewing machine for sewing hair-on cowhide?

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    horsewisperer
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    SO, i got another english saddle at a local flea market. and its so old or has not been cleaned in so long one of the knee flaps has curled...i have no idea how to un curl it, its really stiff and hard to move. not a happy camper. i know how to clean saddles but this one is a lost cause on me. help would be greatly appreatied.

  11. Hello All,

    I'm new to this forum, and would like to seek some help/guidance from other Adler 205-370.

    Earlier this year, I purchased one of the last new 205-370 available from Michel Simard in Montreal. From the very beginning, I've had issues with the stitch-length, or should I say the symmetry of the stitch-length in forward vs reverse. I was told it was normal that the machine would not back-stitch in its holes, when adjusting the rotating knob on the lever. To ensure same stitch-length in reverse, I had to (from Michel Simard's perspective) use the metal (chrome) sliders above and below the lever, and set them to a fixed position where the forward and backward stitches would be equal. I purchased Weaver Leather DVD on the Adler 205, and it's very clearly stated that stitch length should be the same in forward and reverse, solely using the knob to adjust it. I also watched many videos on the 205 and clones, and they all backstitch in their holes.

    After a few visits, this problem was partially solved. However, now, the machine maximum stitch-length went down to less than 8mm (instead of 10mm) when sewing leather. I was told by Michel Simard to test it on a piece of paper, and if it was 9mm long, it was all right. The spec states 10 mm in forward and 10mm in reverse, and my machine used to reach that length before the last adjustment.

    Now, also after the last adjustment, the machine has started to "throw" (for lack of a better word - I'm french-canadian) the leather toward me (the front of the machine) when sewing. The needle and the feed-dog move forward as the presser foot rises. This is possibly one of the reason I loose on my stitch-length. Plus, when sewing in thicker material, it makes the needle break, so I don't want to use my machine anymore.

    It is still under the original manufacturer's warranty, so I need to run this through Michel Simard, but every time, I'm told that it's a normal behaviour.

    So, I'm reaching out to you, Adler 205 owners, to help me determine if I'm crazy and this is all normal, or if you get completely different behaviours from your own machine.

    Also, if anyone of you know a 205-guru that would completely readjust my machine and make it work as it should, I would be very grateful !

    Thanks in advance guys !

    Best regards from Montreal

    Danny

  12. Howdy.

    We have a friend who has 3 sewing machines.

    Consew 18

    Pfaff 130

    Singer 31 15

    Do you have an idea which would be preferable to purchase? I am interested in making leather goods such as chaps, bags, etc.

    Thank you for your time

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    I am looking into leather sewing machines - I want to get into making bags/purses/wallets - My question is what machine is the best for me to purchase? Anyone out there that can give me any advise that would be great!

    Thanks!

    Kristen