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  1. Pfaff 335 BB (older model) experience?

    I think Pfaff 335-17 is a binding machine subclass (so the machine was originally a binding machine). Quote from the instruction book for the 335 old casting: 'The operational instructions given in this booklet pertain not only to the ordinary Pfaff 335-17 binding machine, but also to all other subclass varieties. The individual subclasses are fitted to suit different operational requirements. The various subclass organizations differ only in the type of rigid or swing-away binder or tape guide mounted on the feed-synchronized attachment bracket. An exception are the Pfaff 335-9, -09, and -09-33 which are specially designed for portfolio work and have a rigid tape guide mounted on the cylinder arm. The Pfaff 335-332 X 251 occupies a special position in that it is fitted with upper feed acceleration control rather than ordinary unison feed '
  2. Pfaff 335 BB (older model) experience?

    Congratulations! Those are great machines, I also have a Pfaff 335 old casting, mine is 17B H2L. I find useful the binding attachments, flat bed attachment, drop down guide.
  3. Very nice! How do you trace the sewing pattern? How do you prevent presser foot marks on the leather when sewing? Thanks!
  4. Mechanical brass buttons

    I am also curious (those LOXX seem very useful for handbags) so I just called the contact person Erika (+49 2324 - 9049 - 130) she is speaking English and is very helpful. She said they have requests for full brass LOXX: if enough people are interested in this they are willing to start producing them to be on the market in a few months. I understood they already made some full brass pieces, but are not yet included in the catalog. You can try calling her.
  5. Mechanical brass buttons

    That's the page where they list the distributors: (one of them is in France) and the contact page: First time I've seen those LOXX fasteners was on a Textile fair in Dortmund Germany a couple of years ago.
  6. Maths equation circle and stamps

    Honestly, even if I know the circumference and number of impressions, chances are: I will not stamp perfectly. If the stamp is for example rectangular and two corners of the the stamp are resting on the circle line: that way the alignment will be better, I think. I usually stamp until I get closer to the end of the circle, and then I estimate if the last impressions should be a bit more spaced.
  7. Maths equation circle and stamps

    Below is the formula for the length of a chord. Given the stamp length (=length of the cord) and the angle (depending on how many stamps you apply ). You just need to extract the radius of your circle from the formula bellow:
  8. Need Help With Business Name Ideas!

    Are you from Germany? ('Satten' sounds a bit like 'Sattel' = Saddle in German. Satten and Dorn are also German words. Attendorn is a town in Germany)
  9. Recent Builds

    Very nice work!! Excellent edge finishing, dyeing, stitching and wet-forming. High quality leather. Are you using vacuum forming?
  10. I use a wet sponge for casing the grain side of the leather (not a lot of water like for wet moulding). I always case the whole surface otherwise spots remains (if you only wet a carving area). Drying takes longer for the carved area. Largest items I've done like this are handbags, belts.
  11. Prior to casing I apply transparent packing tape on the flesh side of the leather (before any stamping). I remove it after dyeing the project.
  12. Thanks for the feedback, I will order an oval hole punch.
  13. Thank you! The belt width is 1 1/2'', made from 9 oz vegtan. Needle size: Nm 120/19 It is a 134-35 LR needle system, 'Gebedur' from Groz-Beckert. I prefer titanium coated needles because they slide better through many layers of leather, padding and glue. And they don't break as easy as the normal ones.
  14. I've decided to make a vegtan belt using some old Eco-Flo products for dyeing and finishing. It is machine stitched, using metric 20 polyester thread; lined with pigskin; stainless steel buckle; briar brown gel antique color; lightly oiled with neatsfoot oil; Giardini edge-paint.