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  1. Glow-in-the-Dark Thread

    Check your nearest army-navy surplus store for nano cord. Imagine paracord in tiny diameters, 1.2mm and 0.75mm. I bought a spool of it for about $6. It's braided polyester that I thought could compete with Tiger thread. It doesn''t really, but it is thin enough to sew with and is available in many colors including glow-in-the-dark. It is made by Atwood Rope Mfg.
  2. Cleaning Shearling

    It's not likely to have gathered mildew because shearling contains some antimicrobial substances naturally. That said, I would use either woolite (it is wool, after all) or a gentle ckeaner like Lincoln EZ Cleaner. There are probably shearling-specific cleaners but I'm not aware of them.
  3. Line 20 snaps, not Tandy

    CS Osborne makes line 20 snaps in the USA in both brass and steel with different finishes.
  4. Automotive Door Panel Recovery

    I am not an upholsterer but here is how I would approach it. You could take painters tape and some posterboard, and keep cutting and taping and cutting and taping until you have those pieces in the shape you want. Then, cut the posterboard with scissors as little as possible so that the posterbpard lies flat. Anywhere you cut to make it lie flat would be an area that you will have a seam (or you will have to stretch the leather there). In case of a seam there, cut your leather about 1/2" wider than where you cut the posterboard, so you can fold those edges back and make a French seam (see Youtube for that). You will probably either use spray adhesive like the 3M 303 (I think is the name) or a multi-purpose contact cement... Not an all-purpose contact cement, because those do not stick to vinyl. Renia Colle de Cologne is one brand. You may need to cement in a portion and then let it dry so that you can cement in the next portion while stretching.
  5. Help Applying Saddle Stitching to Tool Bag Design

    Once you have everything in place (holes made, needles threaded, leather in clam or stitching pony), and with some practice, it is possible to stitch 8 stitches per minute or so. If you are using 6spi chisels this works out to about 1.25 inches per minute. Certainly that is not the fastest out there, but it is certainly not the slowest (some people stitch 2 stitches per minute). In anything hand-sewn, the sewing portion will take the lions share of the project-making time, so careful planning and preparation--and plenty of time refining your sewing technique--will pay off big dividends in time savings.
  6. Need help with an idea

    You're off to a good start. One thought that would not change much in materials or sewing is to make one large compartment and have the center two dividers sewn together with a gusset, but not sewn into the main bag. So your main bag would be 16.5 x 12.5 x 9, and you have a removable sleeve that could hold the laptop itself, as well as be situated further forward or back in the bag to create divisions based on the particular gear you are carrying.
  7. Need help with an idea

    Look around for EVA crepe (foam), but ask for the lower density "cloud crepe", which is available in 1/8" thick sheets. Search your area for a shoe repair supply house (or ask your nearest cobbler where they buy supplies from). It is specifically made to be padding, is easy to glue and cut, is compatible with leather and leather adhesives, and is inexpensive. Around here, a 16x36 sheet costs about $9 or so. It is used, among other things, as padding in footwear. If it can last under your feet it can last under a laptop.
  8. Diamond Chisel Recommendation Needed

    For size, you could use 6 (4mm), 7 (3.5mm), or 8 (3mm) stitches per inch. Those metric conversions are not exact but close. For wallets, 7-8 works well but 6 can work. For journal covers, 6-7 works well, and for tool pouches, 6-7 works well. So, I'd pick either 6 or 7 spi, which you can use on many projects, even larger projects.
  9. Need help with an idea

    Neoprene has already been mentioned, and that is a good and durable padding. Another option is wool fleece/shearling. I bought a military surplus blanket that is just under 1/4" thick, made of 90% wool 10% nylon. It cost me $30 or so for a good size blanket and have cut pieces from it to use as padding. Note: between the padding and leather you may not need 8 oz plus a liner, or it can get thicker than wanted/needed.
  10. Making a Straight Stitch Groove

    Fraying of thread (and the need for a groove) is much less important on modern, small goods that don't get heavy use and are sewn with synthetic thread. Synthetic thread frays much less easily than linen thread. On a saddle that is sewn with linen thread, for example, fraying is much more of an issue. If I want to slightly recess my threads I use either scratch awl, wing dividers, or bone folder to press in a slight 'groove' or depression.
  11. how to even out hand sew

    Can you create your holes when the pieces are glued together? Then you will not have extra.
  12. Making a Straight Stitch Groove

    You can put tape on the opposite side so the leather doesn't stretch while cutting the groove. You can use a ruler as a guide instead of using the edge of the leather, for your line to be very straight. Lastly, you can sharpen/replace the groover blade.
  13. Sealing Leather After Dyeing?

    This is a very old post but its suggestions are still good. Find yourself some Resolene, dilute it 50:50 with water, and apply according to the instructions on the bottle. Two diluted coats will work better and look nicer than one full strength coat.
  14. Vinegroom stinks!

    Apply the soda mixed with a bit of water to the leather after using the vinegaroon to your satisfaction. or just pour soda out on it evenly, then brush and wipe off with a damp rag or sponge. Here the idea was to remove odors but helping to cancek out the pH is an added benefit.
  15. Cutting A Really Long Strap

    Or, you can connect two shorter leads with a D-ring and a swiveling clip. Advantage: doesn't tangle as easily, you can have a shorter leash when you prefer that.