Matt S

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  1. The various clones of the Juki 441 are, as our friends above agree, probably the "single machine solution" to what you want to do, Curly Wolf. They are, by all accounts, very capable and capable machines. For some reason there are very few of these available in the UK, but are available for import from Germany or the USA. After shipping, VAT and duty import from the USA will cost about £2500. Germany probably is a little cheaper. The disadvantage of the one-machine-fits-most approach is that you will spend some time setting your machine up for each job. The 441 machines have a lot of videos and guides online how to adjust and maintain them because they are popular with hobbyists and small scale manufacturers in the US. If you have some degree of mechanical experience you will find it not very difficult. Another approach is to consider buying a modern, medium duty needle or walking foot flat bed machine for your more general purposes -- chaps, curtain tiebacks and such. These are readily available either new or refurbished from any industrial machine supplier from around a grand, or if you are lucky/handy you will be able to get a used one privately for a lot less. This gives you the freedom to buy a heavier machine dedicated for tack work, which could even be something beautifully classic and clunky like an eBay special singer 45.
  2. Where are you located? This affects what is available to you and prices. What is your budget? There are some very reasonably priced machines coming out of China these days -- about US$2500 will get you a properly tuned, versatile machine which will sew 3/4" thick of leather, shipped to your door. If that seems a lot, a similar capacity machine cost a year's wages in 1900. Neither a Singer 44k nor a Brother DB2 is suitable for leather over say 2mm of the softest leather. Can you show an example of your work so we can make an informed recommendation? This is an excellent resource provided by one of our top contributors. There's a lot of information to take in but it's all gold:
  3. Tandy Discount Offer

    I recently was granted the business pricing rates, and there is, to be perfectly honest, not a great deal that I can get at Tandy that I can't get elsewhere at a better price and/or quality -- even with the significant discount I get. I buy their 3D stamps and RFID paper mostly. I have bought a few Ghormley patterns off them but rather disappointingly they have now been discontinued.
  4. How do I get a 1.5" Buckle on a 2" belt.

    Three options come to mind: (1) Cut a 1/2" strip off your 2" strap. (2) Cut a 1/4" strip off both sides of your strap at each end. This creates a "Scout belt". (3) Add a 1-1/2" strap on top of your 2" strap at each end. This creates a "Ranger belt". What you choose depends on your equipment, skills and intended use for this belt. A 2" ranger belt, for instance, would be difficult to fit through the loops on a pair of dress slacks but would work well as a light tool belt.
  5. A few months ago I asked about how close to the edge of the cylinder bed various machines will sew. It turns out there is no ready reference for this distance, even in most manufacturers' brochures. So let's accumulate what knowledge we can here, and create a valuable resource. Other machines and setups, please PM me or comment onto this thread and I'll edit this first post to add your information. Adler 205-370 w/ harness plate: 1/4" (6.5mm) Plus extra for bobbin cover plate 441-type w/ standard needle plate: 5/16" (4mm) Plus extra for bobbin cover plate 441-type w/ holster plate: 1/16" (1.6mm) Plus extra for bobbin cover plate Juki 246 w/ standard plate: 1/4" (6.5mm) No extra needed for bobbin cover plate Singer 17U241: 1/4" (6.5mm) No extra needed for bobbin cover plate Singer 45K21: 1/8" (3mm) Plus extra for bobbin cover plate
  6. Visiting UK

    JT Bachelor and SK Fittings, both in Dalston, London. Abbey Saddlery in Knutsford.
  7. Blue dots on veg tanned leather

    Sounds like iron filings have come onto contact with your leather from somewhere. The iron reacts with the tannic acid to form iron tannate, which is an insoluble blue-black lake. It's the same effect people seek out when striking with vinegroon. Application of lemon juice to the spot should solve the problem.
  8. I've been looking for a raised (holster or stirrup) needle plate for a Juki 246 clone I have. What few suppliers have compatible plates are either the standard smooth one or the knurled one designed for binding. Adler 69 plates look similar but I'm not convinced they're compatible. Does anyone know of a workaround?
  9. Not burnishing belt edges!

    Burnishing the edges of strap-goods makes a huge difference to the quality of your product. Not worth skipping, IMHO.
  10. Beeswax for Thread

    Most polyester thread is prewaxed, and even waxless is pretty slippery. Wax is essential for linen threads, though a mix of beeswax and rosin is miles better. I wouldn't bother with the wax on your thread, unless you try it and find that it needs it.
  11. There are plenty of veg tanned leathers with a top finish. There are chrome tanned leathers without Since the dye is penetrating the flesh but not the grain it does sound like there is some surface treatment involved, perhaps a sealant or maybe just a glazing. Joel, post us a picture if you can.
  12. Rivet Press

    What sort of rivets do you want to use -- burr rivets, Jiffy rivets, tubular/machine rivets? I have a small press which can be used for setting Jiffy rivets but I find a hammer to be a better option, and I use it as a hole punch.
  13. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    Not sure if this is genius or witchcraft. Either way the results are beautiful.
  14. I like that felt applicator, Rocky. Gonna try that out. Better than Q-tips for the fiddly bits I reckon. Egg cup a good shout too. My bench looks like BP's been drilling there sometimes...
  15. Harness needle in relation to thread size

    A no4 needle should be fine with 1mm Tiger, since it's so flat. At £2 a pack it's got to be worth a go. How are you stitching? 16oz is about 6mm, which isn't so very thick. A no2 needle shouldn't be much trouble.