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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. How is this Technique Done?

    There is a DVD on leather jewelry by Rene Berends that uses this technique. I posted a link to it below. It basically involves gluing different leathers together and then cutting at an angle to get the different "plies" to show. The angle of the cut and the thicknesses of the individual layers gives a different effect. When I attended his class (years ago), we used different colors to make a simulated gemstone. In one of your pictures it appears all the layers were made of the same leather. Good luck! https://www.etsy.com/listing/275248532/leathercraft-dvd-making-leather
  2. Am I the only one?

    I'm still looking forward to the first time one of my projects comes out exactly like I had envisioned and intended!
  3. Getting Black to Stay True Black!

    No good answer, but following this thread. I recently had the exact same issue using Fiebing's USMC black on a knife sheath. When I first dyed it and buffed it, some of the black came off, and I dyed it a second time. I carefully avoided buffing it too hard, and it was totally black. I applied neatsfoot oil, and a lot of the black came off. The result was a nice reddish dark brown around the edges. Really a nice rustic finish, but unfortunately not for a Marine knife sheath. I started over. dyed twice, let it dry overnight, carefully and lightly buffed it, and very carefully applied leather sheen. It seems to have worked, I cross my fingers the black wont rub off with use. Next time, vinegaroon.
  4. Techsew 2750 Pro

    wish I were closer . . .
  5. Thank you - the ad was 16-38 and I didn't look closely. With my eyes, it might not have mattered.
  6. Ran upon a Singer 16-38 for sale. ISMACS http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/model-list/classes-1-99.html shows a 16-37, then skips to a 16-39. I cannot find anything to give me any indication of what this machine was designed for. Not sure if it's worth a 3 hour round trip to go look at it. Have any of you heard of this machine? Thanks!!
  7. "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!
  8. 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!!
  9. 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?
  10. Patterns are awesome. I honor anyone who is able and willing to share them. Nice bag!
  11. Used Randall in Tennessee

    Not mine, but I thought someone might have an interest: https://nashville.craigslist.org/atq/6177354827.html
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!