Big Sioux Saddlery

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    South Dakota
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    Using and farming with Draft Horses

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Harness and Saddlery
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    Anything that will make my job easier and faster
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  2. That was going to be my guess.
  3. Just a little curious...

    That's the truth isn't it?!! I remember that age pretty well. Life experiences (having your ass handed to you) have a way of showing a person that they don't know quite as much as they thought they did. I'll be 52 in August, and feeling every one of those years most of the time. If I had back every dollar I've spent on "this", I could buy several!
  4. Romel repair

    Maybe not an impossible repair, but not worth the trouble, IMO. Unless you are getting requests to repair very high-end collector rawhide, the cost of the repair will usually exceed the value of the item. That's always the stickler:-)
  5. Headstalls

    I sewed it on my CB4500. I appreciate the compliment, and thank you, but I wish I could show you something that I sewed on my Randall. You would understand why I prefer it. Unfortunately, it had serious pre-existing conditions and I traded it back to the trader I bought it from, and haven't gotten another. I do have a Landis 3, which is said to nearly rival the Randall in appearance of stitch.
  6. Headstalls

    Matt, does the #6 have no feed dogs? I know that it is a needle feed machine, but I've never actually seen one in person. If there are no feed dogs, then it would be very possible to make a raised plate that would work. Actually, T Moore, if you can do that, I'd keep the #6 and try to make that work. They are a highly coveted machine, and they don't make them anymore!
  7. Headstalls

    Here ya go, as you can see, the stitch pattern is in the shape of a crude line drawing of a fish:-). And also, as you can see, the 441 type machines can leave pretty deep foot marks. Just goes with the territory on that type of machine.
  8. Headstalls

    When making equine equipment 3/8" just isn't very much. Think of it as this: would you buy a machine for making tack that only has 3/8" of an inch of height capacity? It'll be enough for some things, but not near enough for most, and even when it works, you will be maxxing the machine out all the time. You would find yourself thinning leather down to fit under the foot, in places you shouldn't be thinning leather down. Not saying that the stirrup plate set-up won't work for some straps/ buckles, but it's nowhere near enough for a shop that specializes in tack. Take that advice for what it cost ya. Having said all that, the CB4500 will work to sew the cart buckles in w/out the stirrup plate. Just not as handy as the hook and awl machines. I've got the pic that I promised last night, just have to get it on here.
  9. Headstalls

    Except for the fact that you lose thickness capacity and the feed dogs.
  10. Headstalls

    Sure I'll find something and get a pic. The "fish" pattern is just my own term, I've never heard anyone call it that before. I figured it would make it easier to visualize, but apparently, I failed. I've sewn them on a Randall, Union Lock and a 441 clone. Randall would be my first choice. Besides of the fact that their design facilitates sewing close to the buckle, there has never been another machine that can lay down as pretty of a stitch. Landis 3 is a close second of the hook and awl machines. Union Locks can be a tough machine to get along with. They are made for high speed production, as opposed to a small shop that does many different kinds of work. But the design of the throat makes it easy to sew the center bar buckles. Currently I have been using a 441 clone, only because for the past 6 years, until this last month, I have been seriously limited on space. I needed to use the space I had available for machines that were the most versatile. I do a moderate amount of synthetics sewing, and the hook and awl machines can't sew synthetics. So I had the clone set up, and another heavy machine to specifically sew rounds and tugs (Landis One). Before too much more time goes by, I will have all the machines I own set up and useable, without spending a half day moving stuff to get to them!
  11. Landis Splitter For Sale

    Anyone needing a splitter like this better sit up and take notice. Blade clamp missing or not, I think this is a good deal. Of everything that could be missing, I imagine a blade clamp would be as easy to make as anything. If I'm wrong Bruce can set me straight:-) If this thing was in my area, I'd already own it, and I don't even need one!
  12. Headstalls

    It's the design of the machine you are using that makes it difficult to sew up close to a center bar buckle. The design is very similar to a Landis 1 and a Bauer, and is the main drawback to those machines. I'm not aware of any plates available for these machines to allow easier sewing of that type of buckle. Greg Gomersall is very knowledgeable on the Pearsons, and would know if there ever were raised plates available for them. As Wiz mentioned, a Campbell/Randall type of machine (Landis 3 is very similar in design), or a Union Lock, Landis 16, makes sewing up to those buckles much easier. Second would be the 441 type machines. Because the cylinder arm is flat on these machines, they are not quite as easy to sew the center bar buckles on as those previously mentioned. While raised plates are available for the 441's, you loose height capacity. I nearly always sew that type of buckle in with a "fish" type of pattern; Start up as close to the buckle as you can, cross over diagonally and sew down the lap to a point, turn your work and sew back up, crossing over again to the opposite side when you get near the buckle. It takes some practice to get proficient at it. Never, ever sew straight across a strap on anything designed for equine use. You basically create a "tear-line" for the strap under stress. You can sew straight from and back up to the buckle, but won't be able to get as tight of a fit. Loose hardware in the tack business equals sloppy work. I put a wedge in at almost every piece of hardware when I'm building harness. The tack industry has become flooded with budding "tack makers" since the Chinese clone machines became easily and cheaply available. The sewing by some of these people is horrendous. . . they know absolutely nothing about basic construction principles. Their goal is to produce flashy, blingy tack for the barrel racing crowd. I guess if the stuff they are making lasts long enough for the fad to fall out of fashion, then it probably really doesn't matter. I just can't bring myself to cut corners.
  13. What Is This Piece of Hardware?

    Yes, Tom, the first picture was taken with my smart phone. However, I went back out and took a picture with my digital camera this morning, because I know that has worked in the past for this site, if I shrink them in size. And I THOUGHT I posted them here this morning, but it seems I did not. I just have a lot going on right now! Lol. Anyway, here are the pics (hopefully) if anyone is interested. Thanks again Tom!
  14. What Is This Piece of Hardware?

    Thank you Tug, that is the closest I've seen. I did a Google Image search and came up empty. On mine, the bars are offset from each other, so not like the stirrup tread on an English saddle at all, but I guess if the designer needed to take some artistic license to make the buckles function better, then that's what they must be. I rode English horses all through high school and professionally for several years after high school, and they just didn't look enough like an English stirrup to me to call them that. Two dimensionally, yes, but not when I had them in my hand and looked at them from all angles. In any case, I must have a couple hundred of them if anyone wants some!
  15. What Is This Piece of Hardware?

    Well, I gotta fix the picture, because they aren't mini English stirrups, and they aren't just dee rings, although I have to admit, with what is visible, they look like they could be either one. I tried enlarging the picture, and it just got blurry. There is a curved hook at the top of the piece, like it is intended to hook into a strap, and the bottom (the part that looks like the tread on an English stirrup) has a couple of bars spaced like a strap is supposed to feed through and back around, or something. The frame is way too light to be any type of hardware used on any equine equipment, so I ruled that out right away. I'll take some more pics tomorrow.