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  • Birthday 03/21/1956

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    Middle Tennessee
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    Retirement, grandkids, fishing, outdoors

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    eclectic rookie
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    molding, coloring, assembly, sheaths, holsters

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  1. 12 Ga Shell Holder

    "Made a belt pouch to hold 12 ga shells for my friend’s retirement party." -- Bet that's going to be one hell of a party! Nice job on the pouch!
  2. Thread feeding problem

    Thanks for the replies. Wiz, my problem thread is "like a coil spring," so I have been considering replacing it. I have seen the socks but had forgotten about them - I will get some. I'm on my way to an order now. Thanks!!
  3. Not wanting to hijack another thread, I am starting a new one. In a recent thread about unbalanced stitching, Wizcrafts made this comment: "Keep an eye on the thread as it unwinds from the spool. Follow the thread as it makes its way to the top tensioner disks. Watch for any sign of binding as the thread comes of the spool. Watch out for twisting that forms loops and knots in the top thread. Either of these things will increase the top tension temporarily, causing the knots to move up." This exactly describes a problem I routinely experience. I am using a thread stand and the thread spools off from the top. What tricks or tweaks can help me avoid this problem?
  4. Patterns are awesome. I honor anyone who is able and willing to share them. Nice bag!
  5. Used Randall in Tennessee

    Not mine, but I thought someone might have an interest: https://nashville.craigslist.org/atq/6177354827.html
  6. Spirit animal figure carving

    Thanks for showing this. I've been wanting to do a fish, but really haven't translated it to leather. This gives me some good ideas. I like how it turned out.
  7. Machine sewing close to raised edge

    The ideas on different feet make total sense now. Brian, thanks for the tip to keep from making needle marks. I totally would have missed that. Since it is a jump foot machine, I still might have an issue with the foot climbing up the edge. I will keep that in mind and do a follow up on this thread once I have made up some alternate feet.
  8. Machine sewing close to raised edge

    Thanks - that is probably the best overall solution. I really was just wondering if I was missing something or doing something wrong. it is certainly not beyond my capability to make a new foot, I just need to get out there and do it. Appreciating all the responses and encouragement. Love this forum!
  9. Machine sewing close to raised edge

    Unfortunately, my model predates that one. I checked with him and it would be cost prohibitive (for me) to modify it. It would have to be shipped to him to make the mods. Thanks, John. That is an interesting idea that had not occurred to me. I may give it a try. One of the great things about this forum is getting ideas that you had not considered yourself.
  10. Machine sewing close to raised edge

    Thanks, Matt. For better or worse, I have a No. 9 stitcher. A beast of a machine, but probably not for this type of work. I have considered trying to come up with another foot, but there is nothing standard that I know of to fit it. I can find very little info on this machine. I have talked to the manufacturer-they are extremely nice, but all parts appear to be handmade (expensive and long lead time). It might be more economical long term to trade machines.
  11. Because of arthritis and other hand issues, I am somewhat limited to machine sewing. I would like to get the stitch line closer to the raised portion of molded pouches. Anyone have suggestions? Or is this going to be the best I can do using a machine? Thanks!!
  12. Getting started saving money!

    +1 on sandpaper. I use wet/dry sandpaper up to 2000 grit (from auto supply store, although the big W now carries it). I use a glass plate scavenged from an old refrigerator shelf. I spritz a little WD-40 on the glass, and lay the sandpaper on it. Keeps the paper in place. Then another spritz on the sandpaper and sharpen away. Once you sharpen a tool, you should only need to hone it regularly to keep it surgically sharp. Here is a good source for this sharpening method. Good luck!
  13. How can I get these patterns ?

    Do some deep diving on this forum. You can use a google search: site:leatherworker.net wallet pattern or whatever wallet terms you are looking for. Look through the purses, wallets, and belts section for ideas. Check out JLS - he has tutorials on pattern making and has a few wallets. This site has literally thousands of posts that will get you to what you are looking for. And when you make your wallet, post it and you will receive expert reviews on your work. Good luck with your wallets!
  14. Nice, Sanch! I really like the "Cat Daddy" lettering - well done.
  15. Excellent job on the logo. I use screwdrivers for everything that they are not designed for, but that's a new one! Nice job on the sheath.