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  1. I used couch leather I skinned to line the inside layer of this bifold. It's wrapped around rfid blocking paper. But I had to find other leathers for outside and pockets. I would suggest do some edge tests. I was not happy with my edges on this but without a better plan just had to keep going
  2. This is a project I probably need to try. I need to learn a lot of the skills involved. Great job!
  3. I was curious about veg tan tooling leathers. They aren't all full grain are they?
  4. Thanks. I guess I'll have to see how well a lining will stay without being stitched in place.
  5. Huh, so basically they staple it. Not what I was expecting. Still, there must be a way to use regular saddle stitches.
  6. Thanks. Machine stitching is fine rubbing against skin but I'm having trouble finding examples of how other sandals hide hand made details
  7. I'm really impressed with the gusset corners!
  8. That image does not show how the buckle is held in place on the leather that is against the skin. Is it a loop stitched or riveted across the buckle's center post?
  9. But how does birkenstock attach the buckles?
  10. Oh yeah! Lots of lessons. Technically this is my second pair but the first ones were actually wearable. These are, but I want to do better.
  11. When do you use the various cutting surfaces? I usually just have a poly something cutting board, add a piece of scrap leather if I'm cutting something with the top(grain?) side facing down. When are you supposed to use: granite? marble? plate glass? that other stone that the name escapes me? end grain up wood? poly cutting boards?
  12. Tried a pair of sandals but the ankle strap connection points kept breaking the skin on my foot no matter how much I grooved the stitchline. I ended up just covering the unused stitch holes with rivets. Any suggestions for that kind of connection point?
  13. Not something I've ever really considered before. Partially from just having bad habits (will mention that below cause some people find it extremely revolting) but what do you like to do? Do I just treat them edge work and file/sand in the same direction that you cut? What about some gum trag?(joking) *Feel free to skip this over explaining* All I've done my whole life is shampoo my hair well and it gets all the dirt out from under my fingernails without extra effort. I have very soft pliable finger nails so I would just peel the edges down shorter when they got to a certain length using my other nails. No clippers were ever involved. Because of this I have never actually learned what I'm supposed to be doing to appear like a normal human.
  14. Thanks! Still so new I hadn't seen that subforum yet. Hmm, norco isn't too far and that is a horse town...thanks, I need to take a look. I'm honestly wondering if there are enough SoCal people on here that a bulk order could be done with a meet up?
  15. If you don't mind, what did you do to your edges? Paint and heat and repeat?