afdfirefighter

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About afdfirefighter

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    Firefighting

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  1. Newbie Getting Started - What Tools? What Sewing Machine? Tips?

    Thank you for the great detailed tips. The pic below is another fire strap maker. Looks like he is painting directly over the black. You don't think this would last as long as leaving the letters undyed and coming back and painting? BTW that looks great.
  2. Newbie Getting Started - What Tools? What Sewing Machine? Tips?

    So where you would suggest I get good quality leather? Tandy Leather is local to me but I don't mind buying online and having it shipped. Sorry for not being very knowledgeable on this...
  3. Newbie Getting Started - What Tools? What Sewing Machine? Tips?

    You mentioned Hermann Oak and Wickett Craig. Do you have an experience with English Briddle? I asked Weaver Leathers what my best options were for leather (pre-dyed or natural) and the two best options they gave me were below. Tandy also has 10/11 oz in store for around $145 but I am not sure what kind of leather that is. Thank you for the education on the leather here. 02-360S Weaver Select English Bridle Leather – Prices 9/10oz $250.00 https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/02-360s-9-10/black-english-bridle-leather/pr_2073/cp_/shop-now/leather/veg-tan-dyed/english-bridle 04-530S Weaver Select Natural Strap Leather – Prices 9/10oz $240.00 / 10/11oz $240.00 https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/04-530s-6-7/veg-tanned-natural-strap/pr_2283/cp_/shop-now/leather/veg-tan-natural/tooling-sides
  4. Newbie Getting Started - What Tools? What Sewing Machine? Tips?

    Thank you for the reply. As everyone has said, I know this will be a learning curve and I understand I am going to have $1000-2000 in startup expense to have the right tools to do quality work. I had a very similar list to what you just said. sewing machine strap cutter strap end punch oblong punch hole punch set stamps (numbers, letters, logos) hardware for the different products I want to make edge beveler burnisher maul stitch groover rivet setter and cutter pliers So acrylic paints is the way to go in terms of durability and everything?
  5. New guy and Singer 31-15

    How is this machine working for you? What is the thickest leather you have sewed so far? I am new to leather and fairly new to sewing machines but it looks like this one could meet my budget if it will sew what I need. Thanks.
  6. Newbie Getting Started - What Tools? What Sewing Machine? Tips?

    Thank you for all of your responses. I am not going to say "production" but I do plan to do this most evenings as a small side business. You think by hand punching the holes and hand sewing that it will be the fastest and best way to do this? There are a lot of guys using machines for these things. Maybe I need to use a thinner leather?
  7. New to the forum, new to leather working. The picture of the radio strap is what I am going to make. I am thinking a 10/11 oz leather. Looking at options of buying it already dyed black or buying and dyeing myself. Would love input on type of leather, where to buy the most economical leather, what are the bare tools I need (letter stamps, hole punches, strap end punch, strap cutter, what edge burnisher [for dremel], edge beveler). Maul or Mallet? I am also looking to buy a cheap sewing machine to get started. I know it will probably only last a few months but I would like to upgrade once I get better at it. Would this sew some leather? https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-4423-Decorative-Automatic/dp/B003VWXZQ0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543936712&sr=8-4&keywords=Singer+4452 I know this is a lot but I greatly appreciate the help. Thank you in advance.