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    Fine leatherworking, wallets, bags, briefcases

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  1. I was unable to source this tool in my country so I improvise with fine sandpaper glued to a stick. I'll try to import it from somewhere and try it. It is weird because usually there were no issues with this even when I had to completely re grind the bevel. Besides that first question I have another. When I skive for example a fold over edge for a card slot the leather stretches and skews. What could be the reason for this? Perhaps transport wheel tension?
  2. Hey guys, I've got a question regarding skiving machine sharpening. Usually this part didn't cause trouble until now. I simply can't get it sharp and the blade leaves these ridges which then also show on the surface if you bend the leather. How I'm sharpening: - First I move the blade into the required position (almost next to the foot) - After that I paint the bevel with a marker - Then I move the grinding wheel into position and grind until the bevel is nice and to the edge (the grinding wheel is almost new, so is the knife which I replaced not so long ago) Am I missing a step? This usually worked but for some reason it doesn't today. I did notice however that when i painted the bevel, if I sharpened it ''gently'' there were 3 depressions in the blade remained painted. Due to this I sharpened a bit harder and I think they flattened out. Here's a picture of leather I skived:
  3. Thank you for the reply, this was indeed the issue.
  4. Hey guys I have some issues regarding my pfaff 335 (which I dont use much and don't know much about sewing machines in general). The main issue is that the needle hits the bobbin case and breaks. I timed the hook so the needle is 1.8mm up when the hook intersects the needle. The problem happens when the bobbin case is inserted and the inner part inside the hook part that spins freely isn't synchronized to the needle causing it to miss the hole and hit the bobbin case. Do you have any ideas what is causing this? Did I fail to time the needle/hook or is it something else? I attached a picture of my sewing machine and the hook/inner part thingy that is causing issues. Many thanks, Jakob
  5. Thank you very much, it is indeed in mm without decimals.
  6. Hello, I got in touch with a certain french tannery and they sent me the information about their articles. However I haven't yet seen such units for leather thickness or at least not with such numbers. Could someone please enlighten me on how these would convert to millimeters: 15/17 20/22 26/28 Many thanks, Jakob
  7. Excellent, thank you for the information.
  8. Hello, I'm interested in this kind of stitching and am wondering if somebody knows what's it called and how to make it. Also what are the benefits of using this stitch (better flexibility?). Another question i have is about a very small watch strap which a friend of mine ordered (less than 1cm in width). I made it out of three pieces since she wanted it to be raised in the middle (lining, core and upper part). How do I sew this since it's so small? I tried it on a test piece and the edges get distorted (wavy) the holes are very easy to rip. If i put the holes further from the edge it doesn't look so neat. Any advice? I'm stitching at 9 spi. Many thanks, Jakob
  9. I just finished seting up the machine and it works perfectly. I got 3 new standard metal presser feet with the machine and I ordered the roller one too. Some pictures: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2IzdSTDuaz_dVkyR2VVRUZZb0k
  10. Thanks, it's quite a pleasure to sew with it. Yes, the table looks almost too nice to cut hehe. Yes, I also have multiple bobbins that hold different threads. I will have it in couple of days, I bought a refurbished 50 PUAG Fortuna which I am going to pick up on Thursday in Vienna.
  11. I'm using a pfaff 335 sewing machine which I bought quite recenty.
  12. Thank you for the compliments. Yes, the exterior was hand stitched and parts of the interior as well. I will definitively give machine sewing the zipper a shot but i need to get some experience with machine sewing first. This bag's interior was the first thing I've ever sewn on a machine.
  13. Hey there! I just finished my 2nd bag (1st one was a very simple turned messenger bag) which took me over a month to finish (in hobby time of course). Unfortunately I failed to anticipate how heavy the bag would be before deciding to go with all leather interior. It weighs around 4 pounds but that is mainly because the thinnest leather for the interior i could find was 1.1-1.2mm. The exterior is italian veg. tan leather and completely hand sewn but the interior is from chrome tanned leateher and is partially machine sown. It was also my first experience with machine sewing and adding zippers in general. Please feel free to write your opinion on the bag and point out possible improvements.
  14. Thank you for your tips and photos, they have been of great help and sorry for a late reply (I was terribly busy, took me a month and a half to finish the bag). Here is the finished bag:
  15. Hey fellas, I'd need some advice on how to sew in a lining/interior into this particular bag I'm currently making. The problem I'm having is that i chose not to sew the bag inside out but I went for visible edges on the bottom pannel. The bag has a long zipper that runs from side to side almost to the bottom (currently only taped on the pieces with double sided tape). The bag doesen't have a side panel but the front piece wraps around the corner of the bottom and meets up in the middle with the other piece. How should I go about sewing it up together with interior and all? I got a bit stuck as this is after all my first real bag (I've only made a simple turned unlined messenger bag) and I don't want to mess it up. Should i sew the interior with inner gussets and pockets together like a separate bag, insert it and then sew it along the zipper? Or line the pieces, sew on the bottom panel and then sew in the gussets + inner pocket? Here are some sketches and pictures of what i'm making: An exloded wireframe view of how i'm planning to put this piece together