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  1. Vegetable tanned watch strap lining and sweat?

    Between the oils in your skin, the thinness of the leather, and the fact your wrist doesn't change in size and shape all that much... I dont think it will really matter.
  2. Adler patching machine question...

    Here is the rub with leather sewing machines, there are 3 kinds out there. One is the crusty "toy" I will only get used for 10 hours a year and kept in the garage kind (chinese made found on ebay for sub $500), Antique pre 1918( when people lived and died never traveling more than 50 from where they were born in their lifetime) machines because you had to repair and make things yourself if you lived more than 15 miles from someone who could and was willing to do it for you. Lastly are industrial machines, they are designed to do ONE thing and they do it very well and can do it all day everyday with proper maintenance, they are made to make money and therefore they will cost a bit of money. My opinion is, and it is worth exactly what you are paying for it, If you are making two holsters a month a good stitching chisel, pricing iron or probably the best choice a crimson hide chisel set would do you fine. It will take a lot of time but the cost is super low. If you are trying to make 2 a week, this is tough... you would be making 100 in a year that means you could up your price by $35 and absorb the cost of the machine in a year... Now if you were trying to make one a day then yeah buy a $3500 machine and dont look back, hell you will need a $3000 clicker too unless you want to spend 2 hours a day cutting leather. Now if you just want a machine to say you have one, be patient and keep your eye out and your ear do the ground go talk to luggage and shoe repair shops they might have some good leads on used stuff and folks who can find you a machine that fits you needs. Either way good luck, have fun, be productive, and make some cool shit!
  3. Tandy has a september special for what they call "Rustler sides" they are SB foot hides I have seen them in black, mahogany, brown , espresso, tan, orange tan. Some have pebble grains some have smooth tight grain, Right now they are $89 and are about 20+ Sq Ft. I may have bought 5 of them.
  4. Got thread wound around the hook

    I got it to start unwinding and got all the thread out. Anyone with a cobra 26 looking at this in the future is a good video on how to pop out the bobbin case.
  5. Mop & Glo finish question

    I use pledge with future shine on my miniature wargaming figures as the first coat of varnish. It is really just a thick acrylic that is water soluble. That said I have never used it on leather.
  6. Got thread wound around the hook

    So I bought a cobra class 26. I was trying to figure out some motor speed settings... I forgot to take out the bobbin and bobbin thread got wrapped around the base of the hook. How do I take out the hook to clean out the thread? OR point me towards a service manual with a similar hook set up...
  7. Slip lead

    That is a neat release piece of hardware.
  8. I will toast to that! The problem with industrialization is you get fake (because its cheaper) versions of everything that doesn't need to be faked. Get the real one it will be better and last longer, unless the fake is better, I am looking at you synthetic engine oil (granted it is more expensive than the non fake stuff).
  9. Head Knife Case

    What grit belt on the sander?
  10. White paint and black antique... how is it done?

    Dumb thought, why dont you ask your idol how they did it who knows they might actually answer.
  11. Lets not forget about reconstituted leather where industrial scraps are pulped, glued, embossed and coated with a thin vinyl. Legally its leather and a big part of the low end leather couch industry.
  12. Pilot Travel Bag

    At sub $300 and as many pockets and lines of stitching as it has I would be shocked if the original was thicker than 2/3. If you are looking to sew it with the tippmann you should use the thicker stuff probably over 6 or 8 if you are looking to sew things in the 4/5 oz range sell the tippman and buy the correct machine. No one machine can do everything, look at hammers about as simple a machine as you can get I bet you have more than one and choose different ones for different jobs... a sewing machine is a lot more complicated than a hammer.
  13. Recommended Leather Suppliers (US)

    Call them and tell them just that. Followed by strike 2. Then ask them what they want to do.