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  1. Where does Tandy’s leather come from?

    250-300/side?! ::raises eyebrows:: I had no idea their leather was so expensive. Regarding quality, do you still see brands, insect bites, stretch marks, etc.when sorting through hides? Are they “graded”at Weaver? If so, is that Hermann Oaks’ grade or Weavers grade?
  2. Where does Tandy’s leather come from?

    Tandy knows their leather can be subpar at times. Allegedly, they sometimes buy leftover stock from tannery’s at a discounted rate. At times, I’ve run into leather that, according to them, was not tanned properly/poorly. Once, I had an issue with extremely soft 6/7oz. veg tan and the rubber guards on my clicker press dies leaving artifacts on the leather. That being said, I just returned it no hassle. Their staff has always been amazing to me as a buyer. As stated above, my advice for buying with Tandy is only go for what’s on sale. If you need a steady supplier, I’d look for a retailer that gets their leather from the same tannery time and time again. You start to get used to how that leather stamps, dies, etc. And yes, their standard prices are astronomical!
  3. I just bought an Atlas Levy AT341(3341) today from Levy in person at their LA shop. He calibrated it for what I needed and sent me home with 10 10-packs of various needles and sizes, a dozen various presser feet, a dozen bobbins, he installed a roller guide, threw in all the little gadgets you need (sissors, ripper, awl, etc.) and delivered it to my shop. So yeah, that was my experience. Just said he was in a good mood today.
  4. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    My coworker has one of the bucket bags. The lining feels almost felt-like. Very curious about who does it/how it is done.
  5. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    Mostly interested in the sewing portion of the production. I was able to find more pictures. I’ve spotted flat, cylinder and post bed machines. They have a ton of designs but I’m most interested in the execution of bags like this:
  6. Thread dedicated to undercover the secrets behind their manufacturing:
  7. TECHSEW 85017 Post Bed Sewing Machine

    On this style bag in particular, I would hope to be able to sewing right around the guesst. With such a large post bed, I assume there would be enough clearance to make one pass. Do you not foresee that working?
  8. TECHSEW 85017 Post Bed Sewing Machine

    Primarily, 5/6 oz. veg tan or lower. Occasionally, 6/7 oz. Here’s some inspiration as to what I’m trying to accomplish with a post bed machine:
  9. Are there any other extra large post bed machines like this on the market? I’m a handbag maker and it seems this is my best bet. Just curious if there’s something a bit more affordable.
  10. I've been stamping leather coasters out of 8-9oz leather and every once and awhile one of the coasters comes out misshapen (looks oval). I've made dozens and so far it's only happened twice but I was wondering if there was something I could do to prevent it.
  11. Maybe then I could sharpen that Dixon plough gauge you sold me See you there Bruce!
  12. My wife and I are attending and want to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It seems like we’ll probably have to split off and each take separate workshops to really cover some ground.
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