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  1. Hello. I am trying to figure out where I can buy needles for a Durkopp CL 17-1-1 sewing machine. I found a post on here from around 2011 with some very good info on that model, and they said that they were still able to get needles and bobbins for it, but not other parts. The rest of the machine is in great working condition. If anyone can shed any light on this for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

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    blog-0208293001425349760.jpgHi. I was just wondering if anyone could help me with this saddle. It was made by the Ozark Leather Company for the 150th Anniversary of the Texas Rangers. I can't seem to find any information about the value of this saddle. The one I have is in like-new condition. Does anyone know of how I could get an appraisal or value. Thanks.
  2. We all set resolutions for ourselves at the start of a new year, but what about our jobs? If you’ve never set a resolution for your work, now is a good time to start. By this time next year, your commitment today could have steered your brand into a whole new direction.

    You’ve got to be more specific though than, “Be punctual” or “Improve teamwork.” Business.com suggested some resolutions that will help focus your efforts and allow you to make more of a difference at work this year.

    I will add real value to my content

    Bill Gates is well known for this short quote: “Content is king.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. However, marketers who are tasked with creating large amounts of content on schedule often lose sight of this fact. They end up with quantity, rather than quality. That’s why a resolution to re-commit to offering customers real value rather than key word-heavy advertising blurbs could really change the way you do business.

    “After all,” Business.com experts reminded us, “it’s content that people notice and share. It’s content that search engines discover and rank. . . . It’s content that you use to email your prospect lists. And these days, it’s content that develops your brand and ultimately builds your business.”

    I will optimize my website for 2015

    If you haven’t updated your website’s design in a few years, it’s time to think about doing an overhaul. Chances are, your site is loaded with broken links, pages devoid of SEO, a blog only vaguely connected with the site, design that isn’t optimized for mobile devices, images that don’t load or are too large, and navigation that is far from user friendly. Don’t get overwhelmed if it seems like too much to take on. Break it down into smaller bites by answering these questions posed by Business.com:

    · Has your website been coded for search engines?

    · Is your website mobile responsive?

    · Is your blog seamlessly integrated to your site?

    · Does your site use the latest in coding technology?

    · Is your site conversion focused? Or in other words, are visitors inspired to take action?

    Make a list of the questions you said no to and start working down the list through the year, one by one.

    Choose and use a better marketing automation platform

    Whether your marketing is already automated or it’s a field you have yet to explore, don’t get complacent. Marketing automation tools like Marketo, Hubspot, and Infusionsoft make automating emails and work flow easy and could free up hours of your time. Just be sure the one you’re using is the best one for your business. Even if you’ve had the same one for a while and are happy with its performance, try a trial run of its competitors once in a while. Maybe there’s something you don’t know you’re missing.

    Marketing News brought to you by ClickToCallMarket.com

    Source: business2community.com/online-marketing/online-marketing-resolutions-make-2015-01111083

  3. 22-02-15

    So I finished the tooling on my leather belt today. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Next I've got to make the holes for hand stitching.

    Full belt

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    Shark

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    My initials in a sort of anchor design

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  4. blog-0551690001423418532.jpgi had a customer that owed me 15k and couldn't pay. he also had a warehouse lease space tenant leave in the middle of the night. the tenant was in that shop and had a very successful business making custom golf ball bags for over 10 years. the only thing he did wrong is he didn't pay taxes those 10 years so, he took off back to korea. my customer gave me all of his equipment that was already on pallets ready to go. now it is our slow season and i have 10 great employees i feel obligated to feed their families and mine for that matter. can anyone tell me what its all worth and the best place to get rid of it? i have everything to move it forklift etc.. we can probably deliver 400 miles or to a  freight yard. please forgive me if im calling this stuff out wrong. THANKS!!

     

    1- 36" puritan stitcher long arm?

    1- 36" see chang wire stitcher

    1- 36" automatic riveter B&T? idk if these are automatic or semi auto

    1- 7" brute foam cutter eastman

    the rest of them are bifurated & tubular rivet co. new england

    2- auto style 230 riveters

    2- auto """    230r  """"

    1- auto """    240  riveter

    2- korean shorter riveters

    1-  PBE star hand leather etcher?

    3- sewer motors

    1- sit down sewing machine, i cant find any marking?

    2 foam presses?

    tons of rivets all kinds i guess you'd see on a golf bag. if you need pics please let me know

     

    i truly appreciate any and all consideration into this!

    colby

     

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    What is the thinnest leather to be tooled?

  5. Hey Folks,

    I have this Great functioning Cobra Class 4 Leather Sewing Machine for sale. It was purchased brand new from the Leather Machine Co. back in '11. It has a 16" cylinder arm, variable speed servo motor, and several pressor foot attachments. Asking to get $2400 OBO. If you know anyone who may be interested, contact me or my wife at 602-826-5330, 623-826-9992 or via our email addresses at rhino.reed@gmail.com or gdfrippery@gmail.com

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    Hi, can anyone here help advise me in regards to which is a good quality servo motor. Sewpro, Enduro, Sewquiet, etc. I plan to use it on a singer 51W55. I would like to be able to sew 1/4'' thick leather slowly. Thanks a lot

  6. Carved and dyed wolf I did last night.

    Source: Robert E Lee Wip

    It's been a while since I've posted anything, so this might not get shown where I want it to. For someone who has only been working leather for only a few months, you are really good. Some people are not this good even at ten or more years. You have a talent for this work and all I can say is ....... don't stop now.

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    Hope this works.... looking for any info on this old HH Heiser saddle has a catalog # of 16652J but I cant find it the old catalogs I have... Only info I have is an old man dropped it off for sale at a shop in Chama NM i''ve spent hours searching the internet for info on it and found nothing... also have posted on several fb pages blogentry-56394-0-44952800-1417253492_thblogentry-56394-0-86164100-1417253500_thblogentry-56394-0-59581500-1417253509_th

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    I am looking for a spot to purchase horse leather to build bosals. I see where some places have horse butts but they are a little to short to cut string. The pieces need to be 4 1/2' long to cut string out of. Or 30" discs and can cut round and round to the center. Just starting to look so any info would be helpful. Thanks. Brad

    Source: Horse Leather

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    Craftsman Made
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    This is my first time as a blogger and my first day as a member of this amazing and fascinating site. This is just to say a quick hello to everyone and here's to making new friends. I have been doing leatherwork for just over 20 years now and still learning as I go. Hope to be still learning for a long time to come.

    Cheers everyone

    Craftsman Made (aka Peter)

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    blog-0251916001412735136.jpgHello all.

    I am looking for some ideas that I hope you experienced fellows might be able to help me with. Firstly, where can you buy traceable patterns, that relate to motorcycles and a beginner tooler I have just purchased a new Indian motorcycle, so Indian head patterns would look nice tooled on my vintage leather seats and saddle bags. All information would be grately appreciated.

    bcflyguy aka Neil

  7. wtf's Blog

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    wtf
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    Please be patient I'm new at leather work and blogging. I'm having trouble with my dyed leather bleeding on clothes even after I put 2 coats of supersheen on it. I've also used fiebings resolene with the same result. This is with or without resist. I buff the leather before final finish and I let each coat dry for 24hrs. What am I doing wrong

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    shalomdancona
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    It seems the number of suppliers of veg tanned skins is decreasing. Lets compile a list of all US & Canadian suppliers

  8. One of my students went to a leather shop one day. He talked to the old guy and the old guy showed him a clever way of beveling lace with tools that most of you probably already have in your shops. Here's the youtube video that is provided by my student.

    http://youtu.be/G_70INLsFGA

    Brian...

    Source: Beveling Lace.

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    kenneth gituro
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    hi, can someone kindly assist me ,by advising me on which is the best machine to sew leather that is one inch thick or more, be it motor or foot operated.thank you

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    Illusion Lane
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    I'm new at this blogging so I'm not sure if I'm even in the right place. Anyway I'm looking at two machines one is a Juki LU 562,

    the other one is Nakajima 280L. Trying to find out if they are good machines and what they are worth.

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    I am new to leather working and have purchased a Tandy Pro 3800-00. Can anyone tell me where to find embossing rolls that will fit this machine? I have checked ebay, Tandy, and several other sites with no luck.

  9. I'm looking for a pattern for a Browning 1911 .22 mini or compact holster. Any ideas as to where to find one?

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    i have an outlet for # 8 needles for junker & ruh sd-28 must buy 10 at 10.00 ea.

    please email me at manny.shirley@gmail.com

  10. I have deleted all of my blog entries as of now. I no longer wish to contribute my experiance and knowledge to this blog/site. I will post on another blog as soon as I find time to do it. My thanks to those of you who I have enjoyed good relationships with.

    Have a good day.

  11. hi there, I was wondering if anyone has any little tips that I might be able to use when drawing and carving oak leaves.

    thanks :helpsmilie:

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    I have a Seiko STH-Bld-3 and I just cant seem to get the thread to pull out smoothly off the bobbin when it is put into the bobbin case. I have the tension screw as loose as it can go. its tight even if I don't thread the bobbin case. any help appreciated