leathersmyth

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  1. What is the proper name of these?

    Those are/were locks that were found on leather gladstone bags.... They were usually brass. They hook into a loop on the opposite side of the bag. Have made lots of cases that used those in te past...
  2. Question on Singer 31-15

    31-15 is not a walking foot machine, Great machine for sewing light weight materials. But won't sew heavy .. So depends what you are sewing.
  3. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    These are the feet that are on my machines. They work for pretty much anything need to sew. They don't leave any marks on leather .
  4. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    Case Goods mostly, Depending what i am making and which machine i decide to play with..... those machines will sew about 3/8 inch material..... They still stitch beautiful....
  5. Singer 78-3 Leather Needles

    I have a couple of those machines, The needles i use are 135x17 . they are a size 24. I think ( dont quote me.. but i think i had to adjust the needle bar because they were a different length than they use to use.... I have used 138 and thicker thread on the machine , no problem....
  6. Doctor Bag Restoration

    On those types of bags, the lining as put in last and then stitched, The only real way to get in there is to unstitch where the lining is sewn. Which will be the threads where the frame is.... It is going to be a chain stitch so if you open the chain the right way,it will just pull out like a flour sack stitch (if you have ever seen flour sacks that are stitched closed) You pull the thread as much as you need to ,to get your hand in to stitch the areas needed. I have rebuilt 100's of these sorts of bags,and made many of the style, so i know rebuilding will take time. And the thread will be finicky to restitch where you need to restitch.... Sometimes if there are areas of missing stitch with good areas in between,it is easier to pull out the good stitch and replace say 10 inch of thread with new thread rather than 6 inch of one stitch holes needing replacing.....
  7. Doctor Bag Restoration

    By the looks of it, there was a "pull tab" at the center lock area. So you would grasp the tab to open. You can see the lighter area of colour on the side leather. The lining used would of been a irish linen material. The thread sewn with would prob of been a 4 cord irish linen thread. Maybe a 5 cord but most times were sewed 4 cord. Barbour irish linen thread was the main supplier/type of thread used back then. What colour is the thread? White or yellow were the main colours used on bags from that era... but back then barbours came in yellow,white,brown,black, were the main colours. But i have balls of thread in yellow,white,cream,brown,black,light blue,green,red,orange,grey,navy..... There is the yellow or tan that prob would of used back then. Needed to be run through a wax pot on machines when being sewed... Hand sewing you need to use beeswax on thread. Depends how far you want to rebuild it. You can pull completely apart, pull all the thread,restiffen leather,resew it all and put back together. Or restitch areas that need to be restitched, Brasso will make the locks shine again if you want that.
  8. Ferdinand 900b check it out

    I would be interested in the throat plates if you decide that they are taking up too much space...
  9. What should I use to cover this book?

    I would say 2/3 0z would be what you would want. Can use thicker,but will have to skive down on edges bit more,and the spine won't bend as easy. There are a couple ways you could do..... 1) Like the picture so the inside flap is stitched on the three sides.You have three pieces of leather. the outside and the two inside flaps...... 2) Other way, you make leather about 6/7/8 inch wider depending on how mch leather you want on the inside flaps..., you then fold the longer width on to itself, so when you stitch it you will only have stitches on the top and bottom of the cover and not the side edge. Doing that way, the corners would be square instead of following the book corners. You would only use one piece of leather for the entire cover. doing this way,and thickness of leather used,you might need to gauge a line at the fold so you get a nice fold..Biggest thing when making is you will need to have the cover fit when book is closed. If you make it to fit when the book is open,it will be too tight and book will not be able to close.
  10. WANTED CLICKER USED

    I have prob 1000 clicker dies that i picked up from a company out of new york at one time when i bought a bunch of stuff when they closed up. There are all styles and sorts of wallet dies in the boxes. Keep thinking i should sell them....
  11. Stool for sewing at

    Yup, Those r what my stools look like..... Work Great!
  12. Stool for sewing at

    I have stools that were made by singer. Big heavy cast iron with a screw part and a wooden top so you can adjust up as high as you need. Kind of like a piano stool...
  13. Lining for Shotgun Case

    Synthetic wool is your best bet Like others said, Real will cause to rust if left in..... I have used it a lot and works great for protecting what is inside.. The darker is real, synthetic wool is the lighter colour...
  14. ID this Sewing Machine

    I actually have two of these tucked away. ( or ones that look similar..) Have not used for a few years. I think i may have a manual tucked away in a drawer. Will see if i can find...... Off the top of my head, they take the same curved hook and awl as a landis...... Have thought a few times, i should list these rather than having put away. I picked up thinking would work for me,but didn't work as i had planned... The older one looks like the picture. The other one is a newer model.... Has a housing covering the bits....
  15. Has anyone ever made an all leather guitar case?

    Depends, if you are talking hard or soft case. Have made both types. No pattern, made to fit the guitar as needed... The hard one, is dovetailed frames. So woodworking skills and tools come in handy. The soft is pretty easy. Padding,Leather and zippers.