Viking Queen

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About Viking Queen

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    Female
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    Colorado
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    Leatherworking, cooking, standard poodles, gardening

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Idog collars, leashes, concealed carry holsters
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  1. Thank you....I did some more research a few days ago and came to the same conclusion that you did....I need to use A LOT MORE steel wool in my "recipe". Have a new batch brewing now and will try it out in a couple of weeks. Thank you so much for your input and for sharing your experience. I appreciate your comments.
  2. NVLeatherworks......thank you so much for your wise advice.
  3. Thank you....I suspected it might be something like that. I do have the USMC black dye on hand. Have you experienced any issues with rub off of that dye after using it or does vigorous buffing and sealing it well take care of that issue? live and learn, I guess. Thanks again!
  4. I am puzzled. 8 months ago I made a shoulder holster for a friend. I used vinegaroon to color the leather. I followed Chuck Burrows' instructions for making and using the vinegaroon. When I finished it the holster was a deep true black. I made the vinegaroon using degreased steel wool, 2 large pads to 1 gallon of vinegar. After about a month I strained it well. All the steel wool had dissolved by 2 weeks time. When I used it on the leather I dipped the leather, let it set a few minutes then neutralized in baking soda water then rinsed well in clear warer. I let it dry 24 hours and it came out a deep grey color after drying. I used a small amount of olive oil rubbed in and wiped off then 2 coats of Mop and Glo diluted 50/50 with water. I air dried the holster between finish coats. After that was dried well and edges were burnished, I buffed in a very light application of soft bees wax. The leather I used was Herman Oak. I saw the holster the other day and the whole rig is now a very very dark brown. At night or in not very bright light it looks black, but in bright daylight it is dark dark brown. It seems to have faded. It is not exposed to the sun when used or stored, and is rarely used. Does anyone have an idea what might have happened and how to prevent this in the future? My friend is keeping the holster as he likes it, regardless of the color, but I am not happy that the color has faded. This was my very first adventure into making and using vinegaroon and I am disappointed andI had hoped to use it for all my "black dye" projects. Does anyone have an idea what went wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Viking Queen P.S. I tried to take a picture of the color change, but of course it shows up black in the pictures.
  5. Putting nylon webbing inside of folded leather straps

    I have been sewing garments for decades....way longer than I care to admit Leather sewing is newer to me however some materials work for both types of sewing. I have taken apart several leather jackets in order to repurpose the leather. In doing so, I have discovered that iron on interfacing used in conventional sewing is also used in garments made of leather. It stabilizes the "fabric", in this case the fabric is leather, to firm it up as well as to prevent stretching. I have experimented with the iron on interfacing and it works well without adding bulk or a texture that might show through on thin leather. You just apply it with a dry iron, no steam, and follow the interfacing maker's instructions which come on a wrapper with the interfacing. I use a man's white cotton handkerchief between the interfacing and the Iron to act as a pressing cloth and protect the leather from excess heat. In lieu of a handkerchief you could cut a piece of fabric out of an old man's dress shirt to use for a pressing cloth....make sure that what you use is cotton and not a cotton poly blend. This type of interfacing comes in several varieties, some more stiff than others. You would choose based on your finished product and how flexible you need it to be. I have used this interfacing to provide extra body to purse straps which were made of fairly thin garment weight leather and the interfacing worked well without making the strap too bulky and uncomfortable. I hope this information is helpful for you. Happy sewing!
  6. Cobra 4 Tension Help Please

    Issue resolved....much thanks to you all. I finally got in touch with David at leather machine company who very patiently walked me through recallibrating the tensioners again, then coached me on setting proper tension for upper thread and slightly changing bobbin tension. After I texted him a photo of the sample stitches he confirms that it's now properly adjusted. It sews like a dream again! Thank you all for your input and help....I learned much from this experience. Now I have some projects to sew! Viking Queen
  7. Cobra 4 Tension Help Please

    Tinker, Thank you so much for suggesting changing the leather for my stitching sample ....I should have thought of that. The sample in the picture was on a soft old, fuzzy chunk of leather, not what I usually work on. I use 7-8 oz herman oak shoulders and it very different than the scrap in the photo. After reading your post I ran another test on 2 layers of Herman Oak 7-8 oz and came up with the same result as before. I re-checked everything and the only other change I made was to go down one needle size from a 25 to a 24 wih 277 thread top and bobbin. Voila! No more thread getting "sucked into" the leather on the bobbin side. I still need to adjust tension as I now have knots on the underside....a big improvement, but not right yet. I spent part of the day getting my neck and both my frozen rotator cuffs (shoulders) worked on at the chiropractor, sooo not fun, and am wiped out so will fiddle with tensions more tomorrow. I am geting much closer. Once again, I thank everyone who chimed in to offer suggestins. When you get so very frustrated it is easy to not see everything as clearly or logically as you should. Lesson learned. Blessings, VQ
  8. Cobra 4 Tension Help Please

    I have tried a smaller needle...did not change anything Changed to different thread....still no change Increased bobbin tension, in 1/8 turn increments until I could not hardly pull bobbin thread....no change I switched tensions back to where they were. . . .sigh....very frustrated - lots of work sitting here waiting to be done. It seems like this should be a simple thing...I have only been sewing on domestic machines for 60+ years so I do have an above average idea of how tensions work. Just am missing something here. Will have to call Steve again Monday. Left a couple of messages this week. Thank you, gentlemen, for your suggestions.
  9. Hello, I need some help with tension adjustments on my Cobra 4. I took some time off from stitching and now that I am getting back to work I find the machine tension elves have somehow messed up the tensions on my machine! The bottom ,bobbin, thread is being "sucked up" into the leather. I have backed off the top tensions, recalibrated that per Steve's instructions in another thread, but the problem remains the same regardless of stitch lengh, top tension or thickness of leather. I have fiddled with top tensions quite a lot, but find no resolution. Have been hesitant to adjust bobbin tension, too tight, too loose.....I just don't know. So, I come to the experts for advice. Here is an example of the stitches. Top row is top thread example....bottom row is bobbin thread. What say you, experts?
  10. New Cowboy Cb4500

    I bought a Cobra 4 and had no problems with a residential delivery. The truck was about the longest semi I could ever imagine and he fit it into a little residential cul-de-sac. There was a lift on the back of the truck and the machine and stand were bolted to a pallet along with some smaller boxes of parts. He unloaded the pallet, asked where I wanted it, rolled it with a pallet jack into the exact spot in my gaage where I needed it and did it all with a smile and cheerful attitude. How he turned the truck around is beyond me, but it was gone in a jiffy. The table just needed the wheels attached and later a friend arrived to help me place the head on the table. - the head weighs maybe 150 lbs. We rolled it out of the garage, up the sidewalk and into the house. In no time my machine was up and running. After such a painless delivery process I can not imagine a company offering you delivery with such poor "service". I am a female and would have had an impossible time geting the thing off the truck and into the garage by myself. It just wouldn't have happened. I do hope you have a better delivery experience than what you anticipate. Viking Queen
  11. Oblong Punch

    Texas Custom Dies will make you one ...any width and length you want. And it will be sharp, very very sharp. Mine was here in just over a week from the date I called. It was $80.....will last me a lifetime.
  12. A turky baster (like a large eyedropper) works well. Some have actual measurements on them. You can use the baster in one hand and hold the bottle with the other. Go to dollar store to by them, they will be cheap there, and get one for each color you use. That way you can let them dry and reuse them for the same color next time. You don't need to do all kinds of cleanout if you use one for each color. Write the color on the baster up near the bulb with a sharpe marker. I get the cheap plastic food storage containers there too and use them for a dye basin. Again, mark the dish with a marker so you know what color you used it for. I like regular syringes from the feed store livestock section for some projects, however have found that some solvents/chemicals used in dyes, etc, will sometimes eat away the rubber end of the syringe stopper and render it useless, that's why I now use the turkey basters. Happy dying, hope this is helpful, Viking Queen
  13. Felt For Ankle Rig?

    It is difficult to find yardage of thick felt. However, if you google saddle pad liner you will find inexpensive wool felt liners (make sure it is a liner, not the actual pad) which are quite thick. Buy one of those for less than $20 and you can cut it up for many many ankle holster pads. The wool felt will breathe and wick off moisture, unlike any synthetic felt which will hold moisture - not good. Best of luck with the ankle holster. Viking Queen
  14. New Cobra Class 4

    I have to add a few comments, OK, a LOT of comments, on this subject as well. A year and a half ago, I too agonized over the purchase of a Cobra 4 machine. Once I finally made the decision to contact Steve and place an order I felt fully confident that I had made the right choice in purchasing this wonderous machine from Steve. The transaction was smooth and flawless. Delivery was a marvel in itself, as I live in a very small cul-de-sac and I still am not quite sure how that very looong delivery truck in and out of our little street with such ease. The driver was personable, careful to a fault and most courteous. He deposited the palleted machine in precisely the spot where I needed it to go. Set up was a breeze, but the head of the machine is very HEAVY so for that part you need strong assistance. I have decades of experience in sewing on domestic machines so for me the learning curve of the machine was swift and smooth. I had only one issue/question following delivery and setup. Steve returned my call promptly and resolved my issue efficiently and promptly. I was up and running in no time at all and this Cobra 4 has been a great asset to my business. My entire career prior to retirement and venturing into letherworking, was in sales and customer service so I am extra "tuned in" to the level of service I recieve from various companies with which I have transactions. With out a doubt, my transaction to purchase the Cobra 4 was outstanding! I am confident that should I have any problems, questions or issues with my machine, Steve and his staff will be there to assist me in resolving whatever may go wrong. So far, in a year and a half I have had no issues with my Cobra 4. How can you top this kind of service? You can not! It is simply the BEST! Satisfied customer, Viking Queen
  15. Took The Plunge On A New Cowboy Cb3500

    Tallbald, Best of luck with that new machine. I think you will enjoy it very ,much and it will make constructing your projects so very much easier than hand sewing. I know you from another forum and know with your previous sewing experience you will have little trouble adapting to your Cowboy machine. Last year I purchased a machine similar to the one you did, but from another vendor on this site. It has been amazing. Enjoy your machine as much as I do mine! Just don't sew your fingers together with this powerful new toy! Viking Queen