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  1. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    wow, they looks so so good. thanks for sharing !
  2. How Do I Make A Hat?

    HI All, I come from a place of pure fear and desperation this morning, with a commission to make a pork -pie hat. Any ideas of where i might find a pattern? Anyone know of any helpful youtube videos? Any tips at all ? Also,would anyone have and idea how i would go about shaping the brim of that hat? I cannot thank you all enough for taking the time to share any info you might have with me, Best, Susan
  3. Clicker Knife Not working

    Hey @Mattsbagger, No, I'm using the same blades as always from the same company ! it just won't screw in place anymore like it used too !
  4. Clicker Knife Not working

    Hey Everybody ! I;ve been using these two clicker knifes for about two years now. I am just wondering do they stop working after a time ? When i am changing blades now , i can't seem to get the new blade to fasten into the knife handle anymore. Is this a common problem and do i just need new ones or am i doing something wrong ? Any/ all advice welcome ! Thanks, S
  5. Skiving Machine and Stitching Seams

    Hey Harry, thanks so much for your detailed and thoughtful reply. You , and a few others on here have been my lifeline to solving big problems that no one else can help me with so thank you so much genuinely. it is such a massive help to me ! I have not seen you skiving videos i don't think. DO you have a link to them ? I use SCHMETZ needles - Canu; 37:20AX1 Size 22. I was told by the company i buy off that AX needles were good for leather making a sort of diamond cut as they pierce the leather. I would definitely try other types of needles if i though they might be better for some jobs though! Im going to look into getting a heat gun and using it as you explained ! thanks again for all your help ! Best, S
  6. Skiving Machine and Stitching Seams

    Hey @RockyAussie / Brian, Thank you for your input and knowledge here, i really am so grateful and delighted to have someone to show this too that is a master of the trade. Brian, can you see from the last image above, the way my stitches are sort of leaving holes in the leather as it goes down the seam? would you know how i could sew this to minimize this effect ? I am sewing on a cylinder arm "highlead" machine. The pictures above are of the seam, which as you can see has rips in it, i skinned the seams and stitched them, then hammered out the seam inside and out. Below is some examples of the seam done again. this time, i used amazed stitch, and skived the seams less and did not stitch in the skive as much as i could avoid- Thanks again for your adviice on this Brian ! Best, S
  7. Skiving Machine and Stitching Seams

    hey @RockyAussie, thanks for the tip. I have to say I'm not sure what i want to do really with the seam. Its kind of a complicated curved seam- i can post picture on monday when back in the workshop. To be honest i don't have much knowledge about stitching leather and what conditions produce what results. Would you know of any good books or youtube channels about stitching leather seams? Thanks for your reply ! Happy St Patricks Day from Ireland! Best, S
  8. Hey Everyone, I skived a seam yesterday , and when i sewed the seam together, i noticed that there was one of two small punctures on the surface of my seam. I am now wondering, what does everyone else do regarding skiving and stitching seams. Do you stitch on the leather that is not skived/ in a bit further from the skive/ or did i just skive too deep ? Any/ all opinions welcome and appreciated ! Thanks, S
  9. Skiving machine Parts / Asscessories

    Hey @gigi, i tried fratelliaberti- but i have to put in an oder for over a hundred euro just to get this one thing i need !
  10. Hey Everyone ! Would anyone have any idea or experience with the tool in the picture below? It is for taking the "birr" off my skiving machine bell. As you can see it is quite stained from use and it doesn't work very well any more. Is it posable to clean or sand it ? Is it still useful ? Any / all advice would be very welcome. As always, i cannot thank you all enough for the help and advice you have often given so generously in the past. Thanks, S
  11. Skiving machine Parts / Asscessories

    Hey Everyone, Would anyone know a place in Europe where i can order the stick for taking the birr off the inside of the bell knife on my skiving machine ? Ive been trying to order from Global in Holland and finding them extremely slow and unhelpful- 11 e-mails later still no order placed. Also, if there is somewhere in the USA you know of please let me know. I am very desperate to get my hands on one at this stage. Picture included to clarify what I'm looking for. Thanks everyone , and any/ all help or advice appreciated greatly !, Best, S
  12. Skiving Machine Woe's.

    Hey Everyone, Sometimes being alone with all this machinery can be trying ! My sewing machine techniian was just here today about one problem and now i have another. I have put a thick sharpie mark on my bell knife to see what is happening when i sharpen it, as my knife is cutting into the leather and ruining it. What i have discovered is that the sharpie mark is only half removed after a long time of sharpening - 5 mins. The black sharpie mark is still totally intact closest t the edge of the knife - and the sharpie is removed further in on the blade. Does this mean my sharpening thing is not hitting the blade at the right angle ? What can i do about this ? Any / all advice welcome and greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance, S
  13. Machine Foot making Imprint on Leather

    Hey @TinkerTailor, @MADMAX22 and @JLSleather I have got smooth bottomed feet for my machine. I have adjusted the foot so that it only lifts the minimal amount when i sew ( this is what the manufacturers told me to do ) The marks in my leather are now WORSE. Any help , advice on this ! Attached is a picture of the marks. Also , using a different smooth bottomed foot the marks are pretty much the same! Thanks everyone for any input you can offer ! S
  14. Machine Foot making Imprint on Leather

    Hey again @JLSleather, below is a link to a picture . Above is a link to a photo of the two part foot i am using for top stitching.