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  2. First trade as a leather worker

    Well done. Love the stitching.
  3. First trade as a leather worker

    Update. In my first post I had said the receiver didnt show the belts to anyone and I got no Ooo’s and Awaa’s... Well, He did show them to his brother who is the Boss. He said the belts looked great and could I make him two also? And that the smell of the leather was gorgeous. Now... He didnt ask me how much would they cost? or he didnt ask me how long it takes to make a belt? So you know I wont be getting paid for them. Well, The contract I’m working on is a sizable one and I figured there would be a backhander at some stage so... maybe I’ll be getting off light with these two belts? On the back of the belts I have caught the end of the strap with the pattern stitch and I think I’m happier with knowing everything is secure now.
  4. You can download (free of rights... 1776 ) L'art du cordonnier by de Garsault(the art of shoemaking) .. here du cordonnier garsault?rk=21459;2 You have to be able to read french!
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  6. Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    Wow! Thats very impressive. I wouldn’t think it would be a very strong seam when the Thread doesn’t catch the top grain, but a very interesting technique.
  7. Tandy Craftool Pro Diamond Stitching Chisels

    Go to YouTube and look up stitching chisel vids. Nigel (from Armitage Leather, England) tries many different brands and does reviews on them. He puts holes in leather with them and hand-sews and show you the finished look you can get from them. Here's a link. I hope you find it helpful. Vikefan
  8. Hello from Northampton, UK

    With a background in dressmaking and millinery, you already have a handle on patterns and 3 dimensional thinking. Welcome to the forum, and remember that most of us started like you did, so don't be afraid to show off your projects or ask for help when needed!
  9. Hello from Northampton, UK

    I am also new to leather working. Started a couple months ago. I have made a few simple belts and I wear the first belt I made every day. I would suggest making a belt without lots of fancy tooling and I bet your husband would be thrilled to wear a belt you made. Seriously, if my wife made a belt for me I would be over the top excited! You do not need many tools to do a belt. A buckle, a few rivets and riveting tool, a simple burnishing tool, and a bit of patience. My first belt was not dyed, just some neatsfoot oil. There are so many great leather workers on this site that is easy to get caught up in how to make your first project perfect. I mean no disrespect to all the experienced leather workers who contribute so much to this site. My suggestion, from a total newbie, is to give yourself a break and make something that you can complete is a relatively short time. Finish the project, hopefully your husband's belt. Then when you are ready, make your next belt. Maybe a little more involved. If your husband is like most guys, he probably never shops for a new belt. so you have a dedicated customer for the new things you make1
  10. Shoe/Boot Making Library

    I actually just got Lisa Sorrell's inlay/overlay book recently. It's amazing and I highly recommend it, but I wouldn't call it a shoemaking book, even if cowboy boots are how the technique is often used.
  11. New member from PA

    Thanks again!! Have a few other projects in the works. Hopefully will have them finished up soon.
  12. Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    most excellent
  13. Wife's Christmas Present

    I’m not a leatherwork expert but I know a little about detailed art, those seats qualify as amazing on both fronts, whilst I don’t know you ! I see some perfectionism there! It’s just got that ‘WOW’ factor, well done! I would love to produce work like that, O am sure your wife is very happy!
  14. Somebody has misled you regarding the thread size capacities of these two machines. The maximum for the Adler would be #138 and for the Singer, about #92. That 30/3 is 3 plies of thin cotton twisted together. It would resemble button hole thread at the most. Here is a thread and needle chart to help you with thread sizes vs dimensions.
  15. I seem to be having a user issue with my Consew 226 walking foot machine. Almost every time I do reverse stitching I get knots on the underside of my sewing job.. It's very difficult to get it right. I'm wondering if somebody can explain to me when to push down and release the lever when reverse stitching.. This always seems to happen when I'm trying to anker my stitching at the beginning, or right at the end of the job. What could I be doing wrong here? Do I need to make some adjustments to try to get this to work properly? Thanks
  16. Tandy Craftool Pro Diamond Stitching Chisels

    I use the black pro line Tandy tools. I think they are 4mm spacing. Here is an example of what I get with them. This is with 1.0mm Tigre thread. This is a test holster I had made. This is the backside. This is the front side of that same part of the holster. I had tried some other diamond tools but ended up back with these. Now I just stick with them. It is good to know that if I were to do smaller items with thinner stitching I can get smaller Tandy irons.
  17. Knipschield knives?

    Yeah, I kinda figured that it was going to be a long wait. I didn't even ask. He told me he'd put me down for one. That was good enough for me. I'll wait as long as it takes...
  18. Finally getting ready to set up the Adler 267-gk373 and Singer 107w1 that I bought a few months ago and I'm not sure I have my head wrapped around the thread sizes Book for the Adler 267 list a Nm 30/3 thread which should be metric count correct? While the Singer book shows a cotton thread size of 24-100 depending on the needle. From what I can tell either the #207 or #277 thread size will work in both machines but I'm just not sure if I have converted them right. Figured on ordering poly for the machines, I will be doing leather, canvas and some vinyl for boat seats
  19. Knipschield knives?

    I think my last order took 5 months. Keep in mind, he has no one else touching these knives. When I first contacted him I asked about what he might have in stock. He laughed and said he hadn't had stock in 4 years. Once Nigel did his review, Terry was slammed. If you could make it to one of the shows you could maybe buy one off his table. I'm sure he gets some made up for those.
  20. Knipschield knives?

    I haven't tried an Osbourne. They do take a little getting used too. I have been making razor knife cuts towards me for 25 years. It took a little while to get comfortable with the push cut.
  21. Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    OK here's the rest. Before laying down and pulling up tight (easier than I thought) I would put some glue on the edges. Contact glue can be warmed up and with a bit of pressing down you would have next to no visible join.I did not glue or press in this example. Pull the end threads tight and presto. Back view shown below Front view I gotta get to work now so please let me know if that helps Brian
  22. I thought it would be good to gather up a list of shoe making books with authors and ISBNs. We can do this as a running list of books. M. De Garsault's 1776 Art of the Shoemaker translated by D.A. Saguto ISBN 978-0-89672-650-5 The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay by Lisa Sorrell ISBN 978-0-7643-5121-1 Bespoke Shoemaking by Tim Skyrme ISBN 0-9802937-0-7 The Make-it-Yourself Shoebook by Christine Lewis Clark no ISBN Make Your Own Shoes by Mary Wales Loomis. Book is available from her website. The Art of Boot and Shoemaking, A Practial Handbook by John B. Leno ISBN 978-1-57898-972-0 Handmade Shoes for Men by Konemann ISBN 3-89508-928-1 Pattern Cutting, Step by Step Patterns for Footwear Edited by Frank Jones ISBN 978-0-9554086-0-1 Last Designing & Making Manual (DVD sold separately) by George Koleff no ISBN Available from and Tim Skryme Shoes for Free People by David & Inger Runk ISBN 0-913300-44-6 Stepping Through Time, Archaeological Footwear from Prehistoric Time until 1800 by Olaf Goubitz Available from Oxbow Books Make Your Own Medieval Clothing, Shoes of the High and Late Middle Ages by Stefan von der Heide ISBN 978-3-938922-25-5 Shoes and Pattens by Frances McGrew and Margrethe De Meergaard ISBN 978-1-84383-238-6 DVDs The Art of Shoemaking featuring Glen Leasure available from Make Your Own Scandianavian Turnshoe with Jason Hovatter available from
  23. Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    Well.....That sucks!!!!. I will have to say that from what I can read there, the author does not really know how its done either. As far as I can make out in the reading it does not say the back would have no visible stitching and the picture provided looks to me that it would have back visible stitching. AT any rate I have below my effort of what it is I think you are trying to do. As I don't do this type of construction normally I have just grabbed a couple of tools and did a little modifying for the purpose. I am sorry if this is leads you off track but if the same end result is achieved should it matter? 1st. I tried the bigger hook in this pick and hook set and found it was better with the lesser hook shown. Next I carefully bent a needle as I had none here that are curved. Broke the tip off so had to bend up a little further. Worked alright. Next I marked a line down the middle to help keep centred and for picture purposes. Here shows the technique and remember only every second hole needs to go through on each side. Next I marked out the joining piece across to keep the pull of stitches in line. Having done the opposite sides holes I did the bottom hole 2 in a row to start of even. Not perfect straight but it'll do for now. I will post more later due to picture loading size restriction.
  24. Contact Silver Creek Leather or your local Tandy and tell them what your doing, they will probably at least sell you the basic stamp kits wholesale or at cost. Your council store can get you the basic 3d cub scout stamps for under $2 a piece. I also work with local youth and scout groups and 10 or so of each of the cub scout logos and a few different versions of outdoor style images are all you need as well as just basic alphabet sets. If your wanting donations you should post some pictures of you actually working with the scouts.
  25. Leather Briefcase / Leather Satchel

    Really well done! That looks awesome
  26. Knipschield knives?

    I put my name down for a pull knife back in January. Not sure how long his wait list is atm. Now I kinda wanna get a French head knife as well...
  27. Birkin Hermes hardware

    I've bought some stuff from leathercraft pattern and got what I ordered, but didn't buy a hardware kit. Try a site that does purse hardware. Sallie Tomato in the US, a company I can't remember in the UK, etc.
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