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  2. Modelling tools

    Thanks guys, that's all really useful. I will post if I have any success.
  3. A new tote

    Your welcome, it’s all about how we can help each other
  4. A new tote

    Thanks everyone.
  5. Highlead gc0618-1-sc

    Sale pending
  6. Adler 30-5 Patcher for sale

    Sale pending
  7. Cowboy CB4500 for sale

    Sale pending
  8. Highlead YXP-18 Bottom feed skiver

    Sale pending
  9. Sailboat project in the works:)

    Well the Sailboat is finished. I am making an all leather stand that should be ready soon:)
  10. Cobra class 14 Leather splitter

    Don't have the cash flow for it right now but if it sticks around long enough I'll snatch it up and bring it up to Los Angeles
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  12. Another Holster this time for a 'wheel gun!'

    Thanks for the replies. I am aware that almost any clamp leaves a mark of some kind. I used Tandy black VOC dye, then buffed the finish and then used Resolene.:) This holster matches the construction of a carrier for a mini-mag lite and a tactical baton that I recently made for a Cousin. Sam
  13. Machine Recommendation

    You know, for ages I could only find flatbeds in my budget. I really wanted a cylinder bed, thinking it would allow me to do a lot more projects and save space in the workshop. Now, three cylinder-beds later, I use my flat-bed 90% of the time. There are some jobs that I can only do on a cylinder-bed but for the majority of leather sewing jobs, and especially upholstery type jobs, I find that a flat-bed is actually better. There's a lot more area to rest the weight of the item being sewn, which means less juggling -- and you should see how poorly I juggle as I press the reverse lever, tickle the balance wheel, support the weight of a large bag and drink beer tea at the same time. Poor support leads to wandering seams, untidy backstitching, crashing needles, skipped stitches and bad words being shouted at the dog. A flat-bed attachment on a cylinder-bed machine would alleviate some of these problems and I recently looked hard at getting rid of two flat-bed machines by doing this. However it's far from an ideal solution. Not only would it not solve the issues that arise from having a lot of 'stuff' shoehorned into a 2" tube (rather than a 7x18" flat bed) but the resulting flat area can't hold a candle to the 24x26" area I have to support my sewn item on a slightly diminutive machine table. When hunting for the ever-elusive cylinder-bed machines I wondered why they are outnumbered more than 10:1 by flat-beds (and numbered pretty closely by post-bed machines) -- industry uses flat-beds more than 10 times as often as cylinder-beds, and then only for specialised tasks. I reckon that those factories turning out sofas, jeans, wallets, shoes, belts, holsters and saddles 40 hours a week probably know what they're doing better than I do.
  14. Hawkman

    very nice
  15. Hello from Austin, Texas

    OK, I'll bite. Sausage? Mushroom? Breakfast? From turkey grease? What was her specialty?
  16. Cowboy CB4500 for sale

    All of the hand tools have been sold. Machines still available.
  17. Highlead YXP-18 Bottom feed skiver

    Hand toolshave been sold.
  18. My first posting here,,,,, An archery arm guard with matching belt bag.
  19. Dark Brown Latigo

    They don't have the color, I spoke with them today...tx
  20. The hardware and the way it is rigged will make it easy to identify by comparing pics with one of the good books that are out there (One by Randy Steffan comes to mind) My guess will be that it will prove to be the 1917 officer's model McClellan. The McClellan was first introduced in 1858 and went through many changes until it was no longer stocked as an item by the US quartermaster (I think about 1941) The US 7 might indicate that it was used by the 7th Cavalry at Ft Riley, Ks
  21. So.. How do you get images like this?

    пирография.как и на дереве.
  22. I'll attach the image to this post, since linking it doesn't seem to be favorable. The closer makerspace to me is about an hour away, so no way that's really viable unfortunately. It would probably be cheaper for me in the long run to buy a cheaper engraver and see if I can get it to work than run back and forth, between gas costs and teh cost of using the makerspace itself. I've seen there are some pretty cheap engravers out there on ebay, for $100 or so, that can do a decent sized area. So it might be something I'll have to look at more. Ideally I'd love to be able to do larger images, but I know doing anything more than few inches wide is a pretty big, and expensive machine. At least from what I saw.
  23. Hello Everyone! I started making watch straps a few years ago in an effort to save some money. Turned out I quite enjoy cutting, slicing, stabbing, & poking leather. I'm always looking to improve therefore don't hold back on your criticism or tips. This is my attempt on a padded watch strap. Could you some more padding. The stitching has since flatted out after wearing it for a few weeks. This was the same leather as above. This one was made out of the flesh side of a guitar strap. Ended up not liking the fuzzy look so I rubbed some beeswax over it. I like the finish but one of my stitch lines were a bit off. Don't know if it was the type of leather I'm using but the stitching on this one came out a lot more angular even though I'm stitching the exact same way. Lesson on this one, give the stitches a tap with a mallet to flatten out the stitch. I also tapered the tail end of the strap so it's thinner and less bulky looking. Found a huge piece of this leather in the clearance section for $25. Picked up a bottle of dark brown antiquing gel and played around. This one, I call my FAMMO strap (Faux Ammo Strap). Lots of strap makers making straps out of old WW2 ammo pouches. I tried to mimic these ammo straps by using plain veg tan leather and antiquing gel. Lesson on this one was adding a groove between the stitch and the edge of the leather really cleans it up and makes it look finished. Group shot! Can't keep making watch straps right? My first attempt at a leather knife sheath.
  24. Skiving/splitting wickett 3mm leather

    Wet leather may not be a good idea for your skiver. It can cause rust and some leathers will release chemicals that are not metal friendly. Reading this thread may help:
  25. Machine Recommendation

    I would recommend staying with a Pfaff and looking at 335 in the old casting (yes, I own one, so I am not impartial). You gain cylinder arm and walking foot and can do lots more than on a flatbed. From reading this and other forums I gathered that Consew is good when it works, but when it does not, it's a RPITA. And strangely or not, I saw many more posts re trouble with Consew than with other machines. This was the reason I chose Pfaff at some point. Adler 67 is very similar, but has a drive belt where Pfaff has a drive shaft with gears and is somewhat more reliable. HTH
  26. I'm new to the forum but been lurking for a while. I am looking for advise good and bad about my desire to upgrade to a better, more suitable sewing machine. Mainly for doing motorcycle saddle work Leather/Vinyl, as well as automotive or boat seat covers. I'm self taught but been at the craft for about 25 years. For the most part upholstery that goes along with whatever I may be restoring or riding. I started doing Bike saddles about 25 years ago, and have gotten to a point I just want to be better or near perfect in my work. I must not be to shabby, as on occasion have riding friends ask me to do customs for them. Machine wise, For many years using a cheap Brother home type machine, several years go picked up an industrial grade Pfaff 463. Its a great running heavy machine that will punch through anything I throw at it, but really want to upgrade to a walking foot machine. I have done quite a bit of searching at something like an older Consew rb1 or the new RB5 but it appears to me that good used ones are near as pricey as a brand new one. To those that might reply....if you were in the same boat, and were willing to spend say $1000, what would you look for and why? Any and all replies appreciated. Mike in Central Alabama
  27. Shotshell pouches

    Thanks - it's difficult to see in the picture, but did you stitch on three sides and on the RH & LH bottom? Gary
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