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  1. I have a few questions on heavy stitchers. Is it safe to say that the Cobra 4 and the Cowboy CB4500 are the same machine? I know both fine men who own these respective companies are on this site, so not looking to pitch one against the other, just looking for comparisons.
  2. thanks, In theory I suppose you are right. however I have not had too much problems with that happening. As it is the only machine I have I sew all kinds of things on it. sometimes you have to watch and take your time.
  3. can anyone tell me if they make a welting foot for sewing piping on upholstery for shoe patcher model 29 family?
  4. I was wondering, can you use harness leather for a western style gun rig because of its color and quality of oils for outdoor use, or stick with the veg tan? thanks
  5. https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/97885.htm I guess we should all be dead!
  6. I imagine with dissolved metal it is toxic to point. anyone know how toxic? how can it be disposed of properly? I'm not sure I want to dump it down the drain..i'm on a septic system .
  7. well Ok.. I'll answer my own question and help you leather heads out some. i found a product in a custom shoe store. Lincolns E-Z cleaner. Says it'll safely clean Suede, leather, buck, nu-buck, vinyl, linen, canvas, nylon, satin.. does not mention rawhide. it is a liquid, 8oz. for $6.00. I put some on a piece of sheep and rubbed in on. it will lather up some then I rubbed it off with a terry towel. It took some elbow grease but it brought the rawhide stirrups back to almost new and the horn was very bright. all in all i am very happy with the results. did not harm the raw hide at all.
  8. I saw a thread on this a while back but darn if I can find it. I have a billy cook saddle with a braided rawhide horn that at one time was white. it is rather dirty. is there a product or technique that can restore it to it's original beauty?
  9. I would not put leather inside the case where it would contact the gun, unless it is for only a short time. Veg tan would be best, never chrome tanned as the chrome salts will affect the finish of the gun. Even letting a gun stay in a holster for long storage is a bad idea. Metal and leather just do not mix well over time. the one exception is if the gun is stainless steel. I would put the leather on the outside and felt or wool shearling on the inside.
  10. I was wanting to try the vinegroon, but the only vinegar I can find is diluted to 5 % with water. Is this the right stuff?
  11. thanks, I did not know to thin it. I'll give it a try.
  12. I have been using Fiebings resolene finish on saddles after cleaning. I use a damp sponge, but it is streaking. any tips on how to apply it without the streaks?
  13. I'd like to add. I have one of these beasts. I never could get it to sew. then I discovered that the shuttle was not advancing completely. so I adjusted the linkage a little shorter so the shuttle completed it's intended path of travel, and suddenly all my problems went away! so now I actually look forward to sewing on it, when before I usually ended up cursing and throwing things.
  14. OMG! UPDATE: I just finished sewing my first job without any issues related to this topic! I was carefully observing the action and inter play of the shuttle/needle/thread. This was not easy as I was cycling the machine by hand with the needle plate partially open. I was jamming still. I noticed on the outside of the shuttle carrier there was a small adjusting screw and a knockout for it in the frame. the carrier was not advancing enough to adjust this screw. being somewhat intelligent and knowing machines have things for a reason, I shortened the throw of the actuating arm so that the carrier advanced enough to access this adjusting screw... Whal-laa.. I tested the machine on some scraps and it sewed without a hitch. I was making a seat cushion and sewed it up no problem! I am so relieved, I thought I was doomed forever. Now this mind you is after I spent $400.00 to have the machine timed, adjusted, and had parts replaced in the walking foot mechanism. I am very frustrated still with this very well known industrial distributor in Denver, Co. I just can not bring myself to purchase anything from them any more.. not thread, needles and certainly not a heavy stitcher. thanks guys, I hope my luck holds.