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    winchester ky
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    leather working. photography. muzzle loading

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  1. klutes

    Steps for wet forming

    I use the,alcohol based dye just because that’s what I started out with years ago and see no reason to change. Sorry but that’s why.
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    Steps for wet forming

    I am wet forming bowls. No tooling and I always dye first. Pro dye.
  3. klutes

    Bell skiver reviews

    I will be following this one. Thanks for asking.
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    Need help from the leather community...

    All the leather seals that I have seen I believe to be veg tan. Once you let people here you are located I am sure someone would be glad to send you a piece that thickness. I know I would but it would be a couple of weeks before I would be at my place to get one out to you. I am assuming that you only need a piece 3 or 4 inch square. That would make all the seals that I have felt width. My only limitation is my splitter will only do about 4-5 inch.
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    Unique New Workspace

    Good looking floor. The space should make you a great working area.
  6. You often read where people are using a suede type leather to line a holster. Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t suede leather chrome tanned? Always was taught to not line knife sheaths and holster with anything that’s was chromed tanned due to causing it to rust. What do you use.
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    First attempt at copper rivet

    I was having the same issues. When I did it the way most utube suggest I was not happy with the results. I wanted a more precise even finished look each time. I found that having the exact length rivet each time and a way to spread and dome the finished rivet was essential. Too short / long and uneven cut rivet resulted in a wide variety of finished look. For most people’s desired finish look they wanted a typical hammered look I guess is ok. I didn’t want that. I wound up having to play around with the finished cut length to get the results. Too short did not leave enough material to mushroom out so to speak to hold adequately. Too long resulted in the soft rivet bending in the material (my case leather). So cutting the rivet to the exact length each time is important to determine the finished result. Also I found cutting the rivet flat helped considerably in a nice uniformed finished look. I also wound up making a round concaved tool to fit my rivet press. That way I had a controlled amount of downward pressure to form the finished rivet. I know this sounds like a lot to set a rivet. But I wanted a refined finished look on the rivet that I could repeat each time. It works for me but for most people that may not be needed for what they are doing. Also if you use different thickness leather each time the process start all over. But after doing it for a while you soon get the feel for how much longer the cut rivet needs to be the thicker or thinner leather. Some will say that I am going to to much trouble to just set a common rivet. But it’s all in the finished look you are trying to achieve. Like most things it’s in the details. Hope this helps
  8. klutes

    KY Newbie

    Hello from central Ky
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    Thanks Wiz that is the information I was looking for. Are you familiar with the a Cobra 20. Like I said up to 1/2 would be all I need . Most stuff would be /14 to 3/8. And yes 207 would be ok. If you had the Juki set up for 190 needle can it be used with smaller threads and needles. Of al the machines which would be your choice. Thanks I value your input and recommendations
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    What flatbed walking foot machine would you guys recommend for sewing up to 1/2 inch vegtan leather. thanks
  11. klutes

    My Swiss Army Saddlebag restorations

    Nice love old leather bags. Glad you put them back in usable condition
  12. klutes

    Patcher machines

    Thanks for the replys. It wouldn’t be my primary machine for sure. Has anyone tried the hand crank models . not sure what brand they are . Overseas models.
  13. klutes

    Patcher machines

    Ok thanks
  14. klutes

    Patcher machines

    Thanks guys. Wiz I can’t sew the flat seams that I am talking about on a flatbed or cyl arm. You may get one of them but not the second one. At least I can’t. That’s why the interest in the patcher.
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    Patcher machines

    I know this has probably an old question but I would like to hear from people who are currently using the patcher machines. My question is are any of you using them to sew flat seams on 5-6 oz each piece. Particularly on tote leather bags. I like the concept of turning the head as to be able to sew the seam running the bag up the arm length. Hope that make sense. Are any of you doing this and how well does it work. Also what thread size are you using? Looking forward to hearing all replies. Thanks Ken