Jump to content


Photo

How to hand sew hair on cowhide


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 BUBBA

BUBBA

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Salem Indiana
  • Interests:steer wrestling, leatherwork, working on my ranch
  • Leatherwork Specialty:rope can covers-day planners-spur straps
  • Interested in learning about:floral carving-rawhide & leather braiding- how to do a better job on my leatherwork

Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:54 PM

I just got done hand sewing hair on cowhide spur straps for my daughter. I was sewing the cowhide onto a piece 3-4oz. leather. The problem I had was the small waxed thread was splitting the hair inbetween the holes. Once I got done they really kinda looked like crap. I hope someone can understand what i mean by my explanation and can help me to find a way to fix this. thanks

#2 Banwell

Banwell

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 328 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Rough and Ready, California, USA
  • Interests:All kinds of arts and crafts, gourmet cooking, gardening, ambigrams
  • Leatherwork Specialty:Helmets and masks, wet forming
  • Interested in learning about:Making leather journals and books
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?:Yahoo group Leathercraft

Posted 19 December 2008 - 10:51 PM

If you mean the thread is holding the hair down in an uneven manner, then you just need to take a dull needle and pull all the hair out from underneath the thread. And you should do it quickly before the hair wants to stay distorted. I've sewn sheep, cow and rabbit and they all require you to pull the hair out from under the thread or it looks bad. Whether hand sewn or machine sewn.

#3 hidepounder

hidepounder

    Leatherworker.net Regular

  • Contributing Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,703 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Phoenix, AZ
  • Interests:"Roping, Riding & Sliding"
  • Leatherwork Specialty:Western floral tooling
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?:accidental browsing

Posted 20 December 2008 - 02:22 AM

I use a gum eraser...that works well. However sometimes you still have to use the dull needle.

Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image


#4 BUBBA

BUBBA

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Salem Indiana
  • Interests:steer wrestling, leatherwork, working on my ranch
  • Leatherwork Specialty:rope can covers-day planners-spur straps
  • Interested in learning about:floral carving-rawhide & leather braiding- how to do a better job on my leatherwork

Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:27 AM

I use a gum eraser...that works well. However sometimes you still have to use the dull needle.



Thanks for your replies, but surely there is a way that you can do this without having to pull the hair from every thread. I'm not saying you guys are wrong, but is this something that everybody does and what is a gum eraser?

#5 bruce johnson

bruce johnson

    Saddlery & Tack Moderator

  • Moderator
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 3,405 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Oakdale, CA

Posted 20 December 2008 - 11:47 AM

Gum erasers are those brownish tan erasers. I use one of those blocks made for cleaning off sanding belts. That is crepe I think, and works well too. Just kind of pulls the hair from under the stitches. Another tool that works OK is the bent stylus end of a modeling tool. Just kind of run it so the bent end is next to the stitchline and run it along the stitches under the hair kind of lifting as you go. You may still have to pick some hairs with whatever you do for the best effect. Not everybody does this, it just depends on how finished you want to get. They sure sell a lot of production overlaid belts and purses with hair buried under the stitches.
Bruce Johnson
Malachi 4:2
"the windshield's bigger than the mirror, somewhere west of Laramie" - Dave Stamey
Vintage Leather Tools for sale - www.brucejohnsonleather.com

#6 figthnbullrider

figthnbullrider

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 88 posts
  • Location:fort collins colorado
  • Leatherwork Specialty:none

Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:43 PM

Hi I have been sewing hair on cowhide for about 1 yr and I haven't found anything that works much better than the needle used to pull the hair out from under the stitches but I also had a question for you if you dont mind. Tandy just changed everything up on me and I can't figure out what size thread ive been using on my cowhide, I ordered two different sizes they offered and both were wrong, one was even so "waxy" it left a very large wax build up on the cowhide. Thanx very much

#7 BUBBA

BUBBA

    Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North Salem Indiana
  • Interests:steer wrestling, leatherwork, working on my ranch
  • Leatherwork Specialty:rope can covers-day planners-spur straps
  • Interested in learning about:floral carving-rawhide & leather braiding- how to do a better job on my leatherwork

Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:02 PM

Hi I have been sewing hair on cowhide for about 1 yr and I haven't found anything that works much better than the needle used to pull the hair out from under the stitches but I also had a question for you if you dont mind. Tandy just changed everything up on me and I can't figure out what size thread ive been using on my cowhide, I ordered two different sizes they offered and both were wrong, one was even so "waxy" it left a very large wax build up on the cowhide. Thanx very much

I will check tomorrow what size thread that it is that I'm using. I'll let you know





Similar Topics Collapse

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users