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  1. First "classy" wallet

    Beautiful! Very neat and clean stitching
  2. Raised strapwork

    That's what Iv'e been doing on shaped pieces- no problem. It's straight strap work (of all things!), mainly trying to do a really pronounced bead. I wonder if I should be be molding the leather before hand?
  3. Raised strapwork

    I have been struggling doing a heavy raised bead or raised strap work(in general) on horse harness. I have tried a couple different methods- putting strap thru a raised creaser roller and putting a filler under it or skiving a strap on either edge and using a rounding block. My problem is, it doesn't seem to want to sew that well. One side is sews nice and where it's supposed to be and the other side wants to go wonky or the stitching line is off as if there's not enough leather. Is there a general rule of allowance on the top strap? Any tips or tricks? Thanks!
  4. Sixty Button Reins

    Beautiful work! I would love to learn how to braid.
  5. Landis #1 if you could?

    I bought it to do harness work and was my first heavy stitcher. It hadn't been used in years, got parts for it and got it sewing again with the help from this forum. I had a heck of a time sewing very narrow but thick straps and decided to upgrade to a modern machine.... I still have the same problem,lol. The machine is now being used to repair draft harness down south. I just think they are very cool machines
  6. Landis #1 if you could?

    I would buy another Landis 1 in a heartbeat- I really regret selling mine. I should have kept it around.
  7. Cons, hype, bull-oney 'n' stuff

    YinTx, thank you for the clarification- I understand now
  8. It finally happened...

    You guys are awesome! Better advice could not be had. I sent her a quote last night, waiting on response. I based my price after looking at a medium price bridle that didn't have as many shaped pieces as mine (crown layer and noseband), nor the fancy rosettes, but did have stitched keepers... It's really not about the money- I'm kind of flattered? that someone liked it well enough to inquire and it gives me an excuse to make another bridle We'll see what happens
  9. It finally happened...

    Thank you Big Sioux and JSLeather for the input. It's difficult for me to price it because I'm so new, etc but I think I have a better understanding now. I really don't care if I get the job or not- I'm going to tell her a high price and see where it goes(she's east coast , by the way) . I'm still going to hand stitch because I just cannot send out something that I personally wouldn't be happy with. Will update when and if I hear back from the "customer"
  10. Cons, hype, bull-oney 'n' stuff

    I don't understand" it'll be okay" in response to my question? I just asked if the holster was poorly made? I figured it was, but in a lot of things you still get what you pay for.
  11. I started harness work with the sole purpose of it being just for my animals use, have never thought about going into it for anything other then a hobby. Anyway, I have a lady that that has inquired several times about making a driving bridle for her pony after she saw one of my bridles on social media. I've told her I'm just starting out and not really into selling, etc. She wants the exact bridle I made- how the heck do I even give her a price? I've looked at others for sale that are kind of similar but I'm not sure how to price it. I would have to hand sew the cheeks because I'm not happy with the way my machine sews them- it deflects on the back and I would not send something out that I wasn't happy with. I hand sew keepers and I've decided the rounds I will be hand sewing from now on. We are talking a ton of work. I have absolutely no idea and have no interest in giving my work away. Any thoughts? I have no clue how to price "custom" harness work and am beginning to think I'll just keep my "projects" to myself. Thanks!
  12. Cons, hype, bull-oney 'n' stuff

    I cannot see a picture, if there was one...was the holster poorly made?
  13. Weight of Landis 1 with stand?

    Yes, they can- I should have clarified that in my first response. My husband and I moved one that way.
  14. Weight of Landis 1 with stand?

    2 guys can load it on a trailer
  15. Splices in driving reins

    I live in Northeastern Minnesota. I had a team of Belgians and a team of Belgian/ Percherons. We just played around with them- hauled hay from the neighbors, etc. I switched to Hackney ponies about 10 years ago.There is a pretty active Draft club up here.