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    Arts and crafts of all kinds, books, family, horses and country life.

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  1. Thank you both so much for the help. The bent post was simple to put reasonably right again. I still need to tighten quite a bit on the upper tension to get the stitches right, but am very glad that they look good again. I can see the the cheap tension unit from ebay is not something that would be best to use, and will no doubt reference those very helpful videos many times in the future.
  2. I have been using my 111w155 for quite a few projects and the upper tension seems to be getting looser with time. I turn down that upper tension with no real result, as the knob keeps slipping. As you can see from the photo, the split screw bar is bent. I bought a tension unit replacement and was wondering if this will be something a non-professional could tackle on her own.
  3. Season 4 in my saddle

    Your horse is adorable, saddle looks very nice.
  4. How do I do this carving coloring?

    To be this exact and never miss with the resist or dye takes a great deal of talent.
  5. Show your Shop

    The wall rack is basically a box on a base filled with pvc cut at an angle. It is from another project from a long time ago, so the pvc is cut to about 6/12 inches, which is too long. I dropped in some segments of thick rope in each hole I used to keep the tools from dropping in too far. I darkened the front faces of the pvc with some leather dye.
  6. Show your Shop

    Yes, I did the handle wrap. Whenever I have "artists block" on what project to do next, I look around and see what tool need covering. My family laughs about it a little. Even my sewing machine light has a cover. I did a little instructables.com write-up on how to do the handle, but I imagine most here wouldn't need that.
  7. Show your Shop

    I have a small sloped ceiling room, this is my table. The machines and cutting table are on the other walls.
  8. I've had mine a couple of years now. Works fine, but the mallet head is pretty hard now and seems to have a minor "bounce." I don't use it for 3-D stamps or will get a double impression for sure. Otherwise it has held up well.
  9. It would be awesome to see some pictures of a ccw vest!
  10. Hair-on Belt

    This is gorgeous. Thanks for showing this. Now another thing added to my to-do list!
  11. Scraps are nice for testing new stamping designs and for small odds and ends pieces that are needed in projects. Since I am forever changing thread size and color for one at a time projects, I always do a test run with the same material before machine sewing the real project.
  12. How versatile is the Craftool Pro Hand Press?

    I went with the popular "green" press to save money on the dies. I wish I had either modified my arbor press or preferably bought the Tandy one. The quality of some of the hardware just seems a little soft. I have bent snap bases with easy use, and the grommets as well. While most of the dies work great, the small grommet setter only works if I set the grommet partially with a hand setter first. Will probably still buy the Tandy red press or the Springfield black one, which would have been cheaper in the long run.
  13. Thanks for all the nice comments. I made the black sheath based on kbars for an ex Ranger who doesn't expect to be knife fighting at all, but does have an idea about how he would attach it to his gear in some specialized way. The sheath it came with was horrible, and he cut himself 3 times getting the thing out once. The bowie was for another ex military guy who is a knife fighting expert and I did things just the way he wanted.
  14. It is awkward to get past the keeper. In the future I would ask if the owner wanted a keeper that wraps from the back and is less intrusive. More like this one I did awhile back.
  15. I usually line with pigskin or thin vegtan when width is an issue. When I line with fabric or canvas I always turn under or bind the edges, but this makes for a much thicker item (not wallets). It seems too good to be true to get away without doing that. Wishful thinking.