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About billybopp

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  1. Thanks for posting videos ... And be sure to thank your videographer for us as well.
  2. I've never actually been in a Tandy store either, but have dealt with Kelly by phone when she was in Allentown. Maybe one o' these days we can arrange for us SEPA/NJ folks to meet up there. It'd be pretty cool to meet up and shoot the breeze sometime! Bill
  3. For irons that are marked with a number, sometimes that number will tell you the number of stitches per inch and others will tell you teeth per inch. So, for example, one maker's 6 is 6SPI, and another maker's 7(TPI) gives you 6SPI. With the cheapie Chinese ones, they are usually marked in mm, but they are cheap so that might not be totally accurate. To me at least, that's not all that important as long as they are ballpark correct and consistent. I don't really care if the stitches are 6.5SPI or 7SPI. It's much more important that they are evenly spaced, angled, and thickness, and consistent across irons in the line (eg 10 tooth, 6 tooth, 4 tooth and 2 tooth). Bill
  4. If I were in your situation, I'd put the blade aside and replace it with a good steel blade, and keep using the swivel knife. I suspect it's a nice knife, and not nearly so delicate as the ruby blade is. Best of both worlds that way!
  5. They don't make them anymore. They do come up on ebay once in awhile, and are quite expensive ... Like approaching and beyond $100.
  6. Ruby is really hard stuff, and should have a great edge but be careful, it's brittle and chips easily if you drop it or bang it. Bill
  7. Another couple of classic styles when butting two pieces of leather together is a baseball stitch or a cross stitch - with a couple of others in these subjects too, including twisted rope. There are a lot of possibilities with some research, or imagination, or both!
  8. You're welcome. I've been looking about for a decorative stitch myself, but I want to have the stitches lie very straight, rather than our beloved angled stitches. I've been experimenting a bit, but haven't quite found what I want yet. Bill
  9. There are several types of decorative stitches out there. I haven't seen one like yours before, but it's cool. One of the simpler ones is as simple as tying together two colors of thread and then doing a normal saddle stitch. There's a subject on here about it. Another is presented in a video by LWN member GMACE. There have been others shown on here, and still more around I'm sure. Bill
  10. Interesting! Seems like if you have a machine that works like this, you could probably hold the lever at mid-point when adjusting stitch length and avoid some wear in the parts.
  11. It seems to me that if the customer is ordering holster and belt, easy peasy. If you've met the customer, not all that hard to make a good estimate. But how do you tactfully ask an online or phone customer "Just how fat are you, anyway?" ... Particularly if you're dealing with a female customer?
  12. Put some painters tape on before you cut, rout, or drill. It will help laminates to chip less. Bill
  13. I have one of these, and it sticks to the ram really well ... BUT unless your arbor press is pretty big with lots of clearance between ram and base, it occupies much too much space to be practical. Bill
  14. That crossed my mind - I'm thinking in combination with a diamond awl leaned back to 90 degrees rather than the usual 45 .. For my part, I like the look of a slanted stitch on lots of things, but for this it won't look right. Stohlman's method uses a stitch groove, which also won't work for what I'm trying to do - but I may try it to see. I've got a pretty good handle on getting a nice straight run of stitches. The description of what I'm looking for isn't as clear as it could be. The stitches between holes should look more like this ----- than like this ///// for the effect I'm going after. Thank you all for your thoughts and advice, It's appreciated. Bill
  15. I'm about to start a new project, and need to make some lines of stitching that are very straight or close to. I don't have a heavy duty sewing machine, so hand stitching is the only option. The effect I'm looking for is like pin-striping. Any thoughts or advice?? Thanks in advance Bill