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    Arlington, Texas just outside of Dallas
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  1. I have a couple of sets here in Dallas, but haven't really had a chance to play with them. I'm not sure at this point, but it looks like the feet are a little shorter than the standard harness feet or fabric feet. So, they'll hover a bit off the needle plate. Since most soles are pretty thick, this should present no real issue in practice. I need a real boot maker to bring me a sole to try it out.
  2. Floss your hole with Mitchell's abrasive thread #51. It will smooth out the edges and enlarge the hole slightly. It a long time mechanic's Pro Tip. All of the machines here at Solar are flossed like this to prevent burrs and chafing.
  3. Nice work, Bob!
  4. Had a guy walk into the store last week and challenge me with a saddle skirt and real sheeps wool. Said "I want to see you sew this skirt on the 45, cuz I don't think it'll do it!" I told him that I wasn't a saddlemaker, but that I'd give it a shot. After I was done, he was real quiet, and then said "I never saw the stiches look so nice." I said, "Well, sewing leather is kind of what I do...." Gotta know how to sew to build a machine right. 'Course, my BSME prolly helps a bit. I should have had him video it. Did you get your thread yet?
  5. Take it from an old biker...Chrome is always better.
  6. 1. Many dealers and owners don't install the thread guide because it breaks off really easily. The machine is indifferent to it, but the thread guide is a little sensitive. You might want to talk nice to it. 2. The best method is the method that works for you.
  7. Ooft. That's a headache. Nothing constructive to say. Just makes my head hurt.
  8. That looks like our CB-6700, our medium duty walking foot machine. A very nice machine, one of my favorites. Very easy to set up and works really well for materials up to 3/8" leather. If you get a nice servo motor and a nice speed reducer, you'll have one very nice leather sewing machine for wallets, dog collars, book covers, and a whole bunch of other things. He probably bought it off ebay from a white label seller, but who knows.
  9. I'm guessing here, but they probably mean Ticket 40, which would make it size 69 thread.
  10. Exactly. I've often heard from customers "I get a veteran's discount, right?" Well, I'm a veteran, too, (Marines) does that mean I get to RAISE the price?
  11. I think a previous poster mentioned that the S point allows the hole to close very quickly. That, combined with the black cowboy thread, which is very stiff, is probably causing the issue. If you can try a softer style of thread on the bottom, that might do it....and it wouldn't hurt to use the recommended needle.
  12. Agree 100% with this. For my own experience, there are only two ways to make good money on holsters: Make real ART or Mass Produce. Anything in the middle is just playing around. For ART, you need to be pushing the limits of your abilities, and doing it in a way that appeals to others. You have to think like an ARTIST, and not a Leatherworker. When you do enough of them, and you do it well enough, you'll have a line of guys waiting to pay $500 for a tooled holster to put their $3K weapon in. For Mass Production, this is where you drop all pretense of artistry and focus on throughput and acceptable quality. If you get the right machines (sewing, clicker, molding press, etc) your throughput will skyrocket, and you can start selling good quality holsters at a competitive price. BUT THATS NOT ENOUGH. In order to differentiate yourself from the 10,000 competitors in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) & Mexico, you'll need to add MASS CUSTOMIZATION. That is, add simple designs and artwork that is easy to do, looks good, and makes a premium. With a press and an engraving stamp, you can do this for another 15 minutes work. Example: make a simple brown holster? meh. Maybe $80. Take that same brown holster, airbrush the edges with "fade to black", stamp a "Come & Take It" logo on it, fill in the logo with green paint? $160. for about 15 min extra work. (3 min in press, 30 secs airbrush, 10 min paint, 1 min saddle lac, 30 secs sipping bourbon). There are several companies doing this now for lots of different products. Welders aprons, welders collars, chaps, holsters, sheaths, etc. If you'll look around, you'll see exactly what I'm saying.
  13. Can't see anything in those pics, especially with black thread. Was thinking about it this morning. Are you still using the S point?
  14. Type of thread?
  15. Go here and watch the video on performing a timing check.