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    Los Angeles, California
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    graphic design, model airplanes, computers, leather working

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    watch bands and small leather goods
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    improving my skills

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  1. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    No the bags are made in Italy. The leather is also sourced in Italy. Just the two woman who design the bags are based in LA.
  2. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    From what I’ve read they (Mansur and Gavriel based in Los Angeles) experimented with a lot of different techniques including silk screening the inside of the bags. Eventually they found a company in Italy that could do this fused lining. Some of the bags have a shinny patent leather fused lining
  3. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    This is interesting. I've been curious about their manufacturing myself. I assumed that outside lap seam was done on a post machine. Please post more photos if you find any. I also wondered what company in Italy fuses the lining to the outside leather. That black bag is a somewhat stiff Saffiano leather but the fused lining is smooth. I have a post machine and its difficult to get through the machine.
  4. Wanted Strap Cutter

    Thanks SaltyDOgg. I did finally find one.
  5. Working with Saffiano Leather

    I've made some bags with Saffiano and it is hard to work with. I can be a real pain to get through the sewing machine.
  6. Wanted Strap Cutter

    I know Brian. You'd think someone would have one to sell by now Chuck
  7. Wanted Strap Cutter

    I am in need of a strap cutter. Ideally a powered machine but a good manual machine would be considered. If any one has one to sell please let me know. thanks chuck
  8. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    I have a set of 12pt san serif. Some generic font I don't know what the name of it is. But what I use most is 48pt Lydian caps for monograming handbags. It a nice sans serif with just enough style. I also had my brother make a makers mark for me out of brass on his CNC machine that fits the Kingsley holder Chuck
  9. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    Thanks again Brian. Always interesting. I have a couple of Kingsley machines myself. They use to be made just down the street from me. Chuck
  10. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    These are very beautiful Brian. I've enjoyed reading every step. I marvel at how you are able to create whatever tools you need to accomplish a task. Thanks for sharing. Chuck

    I rarely use the binding attachment on my 335 because it take a lot time to set it up, and after I remove it, it takes so long to get the machine perfectly set up again for regular sewing. Just not worth it for binding one bag.
  12. Needle sticks in leather

    Thanks Bob. I'm trying a #18 right now. Seems to work. I've always used #69 thread with softer leather and had everything dialed in. Switching to #96 and English Bridle sort of throws everything off.
  13. Needle sticks in leather

    Well increasing the presser foot pressure worked. Don't know why I didn't think of it. Thanks Sonydaze.
  14. Needle sticks in leather

    I’m trying to sew two pieces of 5oz English Bridle together. This is the first time I’ve used leather this firm. Typically I use 2-3oz somewhat soft leather. I’m using a PFAFF 335, #92 bonded nylon thread and a size 22 needle. Sewing one 5 oz piece is no problem. But sewing two together and the needle seems to stick coming up causing the leather to pull up with it along with the presser foot. In a few stitches the thread will fray and break. The #22 needle seems to be making a big enough hole. I’ve tried changing the tension on the bobbin. Can some tell me what I can do to solve this problem? Thanks
  15. Home built edging machine

    Another great video Brian. Thanks. Chuck