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    Arlington, Texas just outside of Dallas
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    Leather Sewing Machines, handbags, holsters & belts
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  1. CB3200 "Click"

    This too, is normal. When you first get a sewing machine, especially if it's your first EVER, it becomes your whole world. That 2 square inches around the needle become everything, and you notice little noises and marks that you've never noticed before. BUT, once you've sewn a bit, THEN go and look at some of the leather products that you thought were flawless. Your newly trained eye will find blemishes in the stitching and flaws in the marking that you would have never seen otherwise. Having excellent tools sometimes makes it harder to enjoy the finished product: You can now tell the difference between good craft and poor craft.
  2. 794 needles with „p“or „pcr“ point for cobra 4

    Bob Kovar of Toledo Sewing Machines carries Schmetz needles. Ask him. There's a chance he'll carry the P point. PCL is pretty rare and generally you'll have to order 1000 or 10,000 from a major supplier to find those. Sometimes, Dealers will have excess stock from previous orders, but it's like winning the lottery.
  3. CB3200 "Click"

    First, Call a Dealer. No one knows these machines like the guys who put them together. I build 500 a year. Second, Ensure that there is no gap between the hand wheel and the bushing on the mainshaft. Any slight gap can cause a shift of the mainshaft in the lateral direction, which can sound like a click or thump. Further, the hook assembly is free floating. Sometimes when it's oscillating back and forth, you'll hear it click when it change direction. This is normal, there is supposed to be a free play in the hook assembly to allow the thread to pass. See if that helps, I am a Cowboy Dealer. 817-422-9151
  4. Machine options- baldericks, sheaths,holsters,belts

    I'm deep in the Renaissance world around here. I have several customers that sew Ren stuff, like armor, scabbards & sheaths. Asgardian Armory, HP Leathercraft, among others. You're gonna need at least the 3200. If you have the wherewithal, I would suggest the 4500. It's a little more than you might need, but doing leather helms and torso armor would benefit from the deep cylinder arm.
  5. Durkopp Adler 1183i with Efka and electric table ($2,300)

    SUPER nice machine, and that's a heck of a deal. I'm tempted to get it myself!
  6. Cowboy CB227R - comparable sewing machines?

    Stands: Most of the Cowboy machines can be upgraded to the optional pedestal stand, without much issue. Feet & Accessories are widely available both from dealers and online sites like ebay. The 227r and similar machines have been around for MANY years, so just about every type of attachment is available or can be ordered custom.
  7. Cowboy 3200

    Btw, the festival was the Texas Renaissance Festival. It's a huge festival with an enormous focus on leather goods. Some friends of ours own a shop down there, and did about $20,000 in 2 days. It's good business for leatherworkers, and if there's a lot of competition for holsters or horse tack in your area, you might check to see if there are any fairs near you.
  8. Cowboy 3200

    We're back now. Trying to work through the 100+ phone calls on voice mail. The comments about shipping above are accurate. Shipping costs are very different depending on whether you live in a swamp, or in Alaska, or if you're going to a commercial location in a major metropolitan city(which is much cheaper). It's less about weight and more about how far out in the boonies you are. That's why Solar Leather Machines doesn't quote flat rate: for every 1 guy that gets a great deal, 4 people get hosed. We'd rather take the time and find out the RIGHT answer.
  9. sewing wet leather.. bad?

    Sewing wet leather isn't good for the leather or the machine. Especially if the leather has been chrome tanned. Chrome tanned leather has been tanned using chromium salts. If you add water to the equation, and you have dissimilar metals in contact with the leather, ie, chrome plated needle plates and carbon steel feet, you can actually set up the conditions for a battery. Over time, the plain steel feet will corrode(rust) and cause staining issues on the leather. This is one of the reasons we use stainless steel feet on the Cowboy machines. I've seen cases where the wet leather caused corrosion to occur in the hook assembly, and the entire hook & race had to be replaced. (the leather was soaking wet!) Always, always dry your machine off after sewing wet leather.
  10. Cowboy 3200 vs 3500 vs 4500

    The 3200 does not use the same hook as the 4500. They look very similar in appearance, but the 3200 hook is slightly smaller than the 4500 hook. Need a micrometer to check it. The 3200 also uses different bobbins, too. The 7x4dia-27 size needle used for size 415 thread has a very large diameter and will tend to brush the hook during use. This is NOT a good thing since it can lead to a hard crash with the hook when the leather deflects the needle. Basically, it's just too much needle in too tight an area.
  11. Singer 29-4 question

    I think both Bob & I will offer to accept payment through Paypal. Paypal will offer you financing for the machines. Pretty reasonable: 0% for 6 months, and then goes to 8-15% afterwards. A lot of my customers buy new Cowboy machines using this method.
  12. I get asked this a lot, too. Especially regarding holsters. I'm guessing OP's customer wanted to pay around $15 or less for each bag. "I can buy bags from china for $12.00!!!" That price won't even pay for the leather.
  13. Cutting Boards 'n' stuff

    Just had to buy some more boards. 1" thick polyethylene was about $475 for a full 8x4 sheet, including cutting fee. Works out to about 10 cents per sqin, or about $14.60 per sqft. For the dimensions I use, I was able to get 8 or so out of the sheet. If your dimensions are odd, the individual prices can go way up. Some of those older, bigger german machines have big boards and that equates to about $100+ for the material.
  14. Ideal foam padding for leather

    This is going to crack you up: One of the best sources of foam padding is Uline. Back when I was making a lot of padded items, I tried their packaging foam. It comes in different sizes and thickness, is water proof, just the right amount of cushion, easily sewn through, and above all, inexpensive. Swear to god. I used the 1/4" and 1/8" stuff. Go Here: