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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. 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.
  2. Needle sticks in leather

    Well increasing the presser foot pressure worked. Don't know why I didn't think of it. Thanks Sonydaze.
  3. 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
  4. Home built edging machine

    Another great video Brian. Thanks. Chuck
  5. Brian, being able to design and fabricate your own machinery is a real advantage. Thanks for sharing Chuck
  6. the rubber band idea would work for sure. I'll give that a try. even light gage wire to hold the lever in place would work. Lifting the press foot by hand isn't really a problem
  7. Brian, To answer your question, I don't really know. this is a good solution for me because I don't have any balance issues. But maybe not for others. There are so many different conditions people can have. But there are some drawbacks. On the 335 you have to hold the reverse lever up (it doesn't stay in place) so I don't have a free hand to do that. And I always have to raise and lower the presser foot by hand. But you work with what you have. Chuck
  8. I really appreciate companies working on solutions for people who can't use all their limbs of which I am one of them, being wheelchair bound since 1996. I did learn to fly an airplane after I got this chair. I found a guy who made a hand control which he had an FAA certification for. The way it works is you slide your arm through a ring on a rod which is connected to the pedal. It allows you to use both hands and still operate the rudder pedal with your forearm. So when I took up leather work I used a similar approach. I have a rod connected to the pedal of my PFAFF 335 which I can operate with my forearm. The original rod connecting the pedal to the motor is still connected. I apply pressure to the plate at the top of this rod which works the pedal below. This allows me to use both hands to guide the leather through the machine and vary the speed at the same time. Of course I also have a speed reducer which helps with the finer control. It looks a bit clunky with $10 worth of parts from Home Depot but it works.
  9. Contact Cement

    I recently switched from Barge to EcoWeld that Tandy sells. Its water based contact cement. The bond gets stronger over time. So far I've been happy with it.
  10. How is this seam created?

    I've done this seam with a post machine
  11. Beautiful work as always Brian
  12. Table type for a cylinder arm machine?

    I have a PFAFF 335. I use a table like this and a detachable flat bed accessory made by Uwe. Works well. I have the open space under the arm for making bags. When I need a flat bed the Uwe one attaches in seconds. Chuck
  13. UWE's 441 Table - Installation on an Artisan

    I have Uwe's flat bed attachment for my PFAFF 335. I love it. Works beautifully and he did a great job making it. Chuck
  14. Skiving foot roller adaptation

    Brian, these videos are very cool. Thanks for doing this. I need to look into getting a roller foot for my machine. Chuck
  15. Selling on Etsy- clue me in? Please.

    I have an Etsy store and in the handmade section of Amazon. I make leather bracelets. I haven't sold many on Amazon. The problem is, as I see it, Amazon is so big you are competing with makers in places like China. I can't buy materials for what Chinese makers are selling finished products for. Chuck