Colt W Knight

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    West "by God" Virginia
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    University, Luthiery, Firearms, and leather work.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Guitar straps, padfolios, and purses
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    Leather tooling, sewing machines, and leather
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  1. I too shunned gloves at first. The folks at work all started telling me they knew when I was doing leather work by my hands. I now keep a box of nitrile gloves on the bench.
  2. What size thread and what size needle and needle point?
  3. I dropped a quart bottle of Fiebings black on the concrete floor once, and it landed square on the bottom of the bottle. The black dye exploded out like a volcano, shooting a heavy stream of black die. I was mad I dropped it, mad I lost 15$ worth of dye, and mad that I knew better than to wear my new shoes to work in the shop. I learned that one the hard way. Also, lacquer paint will eat the coating out of the paint cans you buy at lowes/homedepot leaving a whole bunch of little enamel flakes in your lacquer.
  4. Do you have this same problem with white thread? I have had black thread that absolutely will not sew, does exactly what your thread is doing in the video.
  5. I have a Consew 206RB-1. I bought it from a retired holster maker who sewed with it for decades using the original clutch motor. It would sew a million mph with that clutch motor, it hummed loudly, and it was very, very heavy. I got a FS-550 servo from Cowboy Bob and it made the machine way more controllable, quiet, and weighed a lot less(makes moving it around easier). I really like my 206. I sew everything from purses to belts to padfolios on it. Built like a tank.
  6. Were the Consew 206 RB-4s built in Japan or China?
  7. I can pop off jiffy rivets by jerking on the leather, but under normal use, I am never seen one pop off on any of my purses or folders. I wouldn't use them on horse tack or holsters.
  8. I just moved to Maine in January.
  9. Something in the Consew 227 R class would be a bag sewing monster. They are designed for light to medium leather, and sew #69-138 thread. They are cylinder arm machines so they can reach inside and sew curves well. Most of the clone machine brands sell a version of this machine. I'm sure Pfaff and Juki make equivalent machines, but I don't know their model numbers.
  10. Some good zipper info in this thread. I really like using YKK zippers on my work when possible.
  11. I suspect you haven't done a helluva lot of sharpening if you have only pricked yourself twice.
  12. In my opinion, I would contact Bob Kovar of Toledo Industrial Sewing and ask him about a FS-550 servo or just tell him what you got and what you want to do, and he can make a different suggestion
  13. My solution was to airbrush findings pro oil dye black, then finish with a few coats of thinned acrylic sealer. Regular black dye seems to never stop bleeding, especially if you use a daubwr or dip.
  14. If I were building from the ground up, I would hang my leather like a clothes closet. That way you don't have to worry about curling leather and you would have full view of the leather for visual appraisal before working on projects.
  15. A properly glued wood joint, the joint is actually stronger than the wood, so the wood will actually fail before the joint. Similarly, when you glue leather together, generally, a failed joint isn't because the glue has failed, but because the flesh side of the leather has given away. Leather isn't near as rigid as wood, so those fibers will break away from the glue joint a lot easier.