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  1. Hi all, This is a heads up that soon we will be launching our online sales page for our accumulated leather that didn't quite make the first-grade specifications. These will be sold in 'lot' jobs on our new website for you to purchase. Navigate your way to our 'Special Offers' page. J & E Sedgwick material is currently being held here at Sedgwicks in Walsall, UK. So once you enquire into the price of the leather using the 'quote' option, we can respond to you with the total cost including shipping. Hopefully you are interested in this topic for genuine J & E Sedgwick leather.
  2. Key Fob Template

    I make this video on YouTube explaining how to make one of my Leather Key Fobs, I have the plans available for purchase on etsy, for a small ammount, just to help me out make new video in the future. Check it out if you're interested; Leather Key Fob Tutorial Video Plans and Template available for purchase: Leather Key Fob Tutorial and Template
  3. Hello. I'm making a bushcraft type backpack that will have a mix of leather and canvas parts. I made prototype that turned out really well except for the parts that I used barge to attach the leather to the canvas. For example the leather bottom to the canvas bottom and the leather buckle attachment to the canvas front. You can tell the cement "bled" through. My canvas is light/medium weight - sort of like a carhart jacket exterior fabric.I suppose I could just rely on the handstitching of leather to canvas but since this is a pack, I want it as strong as possible. Another option is a different adhesive but won't those others bleed too? (I only have Barge and plain Elmers but I'd be willing to buy something else if there's a suggestion). If it's a water based adhesive, how is it affected if the pack gets wet? I do plan to waterproof the canvas with a hot beeswax, parrafin, and boiled linseed oil mix that I saw online. I'd love any input.
  4. Hi all, This is a heads up that soon we will be launching our online sales page for our accumulated leather that didn't quite make the first-grade specifications. These will be sold in 'lot' jobs on our new website for you to purchase. Navigate your way to our 'Special Offers' page. J & E Sedgwick material is currently being held here at Sedgwicks in Walsall, UK. So once you enquire into the price of the leather using the 'quote' option, we can respond to you with the total cost including shipping. Hopefully you are interested in this topic for genuine J & E Sedgwick leather.
  5. Making a Straight Stitch Groove

    I have two hides of thinner 4oz horween Essex that I just can not seem to get a straight and neat stitch groove on. The leather stretches so much that I can't apply enough pressure with the stitching groover guide without the leather moving and creating a wavy stitch groove. I'm not sure if I should be burnishing the edge slightly before marking the stitching line so there is less give/stretch to the edge? Should I try using a ruler to guide the grooving tool or get one of the divider/caliper style tools to make a stitching line. I only have this problem with thin leather, anything over 6oz allows me to make a perfect stitching groove. I would appreciate any advise.
  6. Hey All, I'm in the process of developing durable, hand stitched tool bags for tradesmen. The first iteration I'm working on is a traditional carpenter's bag. By trade, I'm a builder who specializes in structural masonry and timber framing. I began leather working as a way to replace the old Medallion bags that I had used for years and were falling apart. I'm quite happy with where I have landed design-wise, but believe there are a few production processes that need improvement. Generally speaking, I'm looking for any guidance on how to approach stitching through two layers of 8-10oz. leather in an efficient and frustration free manner. I'm a believer that hard work will always be hard work, but it shouldn't be frustrating. Right now, there are a few of aspects that exasperate me, and I'd like to iron them out if I can. Below, I've posted a brief overview of my stitching process and a few pictures that hopefully provide further insight. I plot out all of my stitching lines and use a groove set to hollow out a channel for the stitching to lay flush into. I use a SEIWA 6x4.5mm Stitching Iron to mark and puncture all of my runs of stitching on a cutting pad. I use large 000 harness needles with 1.0mm tiger thread waxed. I use a french styled stitching clam on some aspects of the bag, but the doubled up edges don't seem to provide enough material to clamp down. I've also used a table vise to good effect as well. Also, I sometimes wet and hammer flat the edges before stitching them in place. Currently, I rely on a little scrap leather to help push the needles through. I know I need to buy or made a some sort of glove to keep my fingers free, but should I be having to force my needles through? Hopefully, this provides enough background to my current progress and situation. Let me know what I need to explain further, and most importantly what areas I need to improve upon. Thanks for taking the time to read this and help me out. Here is a link to an imager album that I had already compiled featuring pictures of my work with a further description. Best regards, Patrick P.S. Let me know if I am formatted my post incorrectly, or have posted in the wrong place. I am still learning the rope of this forum. Thanks again
  7. I work with Dacca Overseas Limited, one of the largest exporters of footwear in Bangladesh. We produce leather footwear, apparel and accessories working with the best manufacturers in the country. We are able to supply quality leather footwear starting from $20 (depending on the order quantity) and our minimum order quantity is 200 pairs per style. Visit our website for more information : https://www.daccaoverseas.com Email me at : khandker.dayef@daccaoverseas.com if you want to know more. Khandker Dayef Client Relationship Manager Dacca Overseas Limited
  8. Hey everyone! I'm not sure if this forum answers leather care questions, but here goes. I have this slight dark patch or discolouration on my leather weightlifting belt. I've tried cleaning it with saddle soap, as well as leaving cornstarch on the patch overnight, it didn't seem to help. Any ideas to what it is or what I can do? Thanks!
  9. Heya, Here are the first two bifold wallets I ever made and I would love to get some feedback on what things I should improve. On the two-tone wallet I used braided nylon thread and on the light brown one i was trying out the fil au chinois thread i just recieved. It is like learning to sew leather all over again. The leather is tumbled veg tan full grain italian leather. Images: More images: https://imgur.com/a/ytfBx
  10. Can I slick/burnish upholstery leather ?

    So I managed to get my hands on some couch leather/upholstery leather. It's real and stuff , tested it and stuff and yep , it passed. It's beautiful stuff , I'll be putting pictures up later I was wondering if I could make wallets and stuff outta this , I'm not sure about the edges , it's kinda flimsy (moves around a lot when I try to slick it) But my real question is , can I actually burnish this or would it just waste my time ?
  11. Hello guys, my first post here! I am a complete novice to the leatherwork/sewing field and I am looking for some advice here. I would greatly like to get into the reconstruction of Nike's/Jordans especially, completely redoing the upper of the shoe with premium materials such as python, lamb/pig skin and eventually leather. I have been doing a TON of research but when it comes down to finding a machine Google just isnt good enough, i need help from a real person with some experience. (PLEASE VIEW WHAT IM TRYING TO DO HERE: https://instagram.com/JBFcustoms OR www.jbfcustoms) I am looking for a starter machine to do this stuff with. Through constant research I have found that one of the top reconstruction artist linked above uses both a flat bed and a post bed with a roller foot. I personally cannot afford 1 machine really, let alone 2, so I am looking for something that is good enough to get me through my trial and error stage and help me make some profit to purchase a better machine! I have looked up several diff kinds of machines... Post, flat, teflon, cylinder, walking etc etc, but its all like a foreign language to me. I would like my first machine to be able to handle at least 3,4 oz of leather as well as the python and pig/lamb skin material. So far the cheapest post bed Ive found is a Yamata 810 at about $600. I have heard that some machines can come with attachments to make in into a flat, which would be great since that post has that 7" stand, which would make it difficult to sew the material together before actually putting it on the shoe... Can somebody lead me in the right direction?! Im located in Ohio... THANK YOU!!!
  12. So far, I have been using Tandy's rubber cement stuff to hold two pieces of leather together so that I can sew. The problem I have been having is with wallets in particular. I make the inside portion of the wallet shorter lengthwise than the outside, in order to assist the wallet in folding. So the cement I have been using doesn't work great because the two pieces wont hold in place while I wait for it to set up (I tried using clamps, but they mark the leather). Long story short, does anyone know of any glue that hold leather on leather really well that isnt extremely messy or overly toxic? I have read that Barge's is extremely toxic and contains carcinogens. Does anyone have experience with Weldwood? I guess I am looking for more of a permanent bond to hold the leather in place without clamps.
  13. Hi, I started learning to work with leather recently. I've learned some on my own but I know there are the right ways and in some cases easier ways to do things. I've made some leather bags, cuffs, keychains, pattern weights I live in Norwalk CT and I'm looking for classes or a leatherworker willing to show me skills in New York City or Fairfield County, CT. Below is what I've learned and what I know I know nothing about. Please let me know if you know of someone or ask them to respond to my posting. Thanks for your help, Dennis Leatherworking skills Know a little: Patternmaking Measuring leather Cutting accurately Snapping, riveting, grommeting - poorly Hand sewing Gluing Grooving (?) Marking holes Punching holes with awl 2 needle sewing Threading needles and securing ends Process Machine sewing thin leather using walking foot attachment on home sewing machine Cutting straps Punching holes Stamping letters Edges Beveling Sanding Burnishing Buffing Know nothing about: Reinforcing/ Gluing to backer board Wet forming Dyeing Choosing leather Treating flesh side Lining Carving or detailing
  14. Hi all, I'm currently searching for a source of vegetable leather for wallets and belts. I need 2-3 oz for the wallets and I'd prefer 10 oz for the belts. I've found some places that have sides of 10 oz for around $230, but I'm just a beginner and although I'd like a full side for belting, this is out of my price range. I've also been able to find 2-3oz shoulders and remnants but I've been unable to find a full side yet. If anyone can point me in the right direction here it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Sam
  15. Hello everyone, two years ago i lost my mom and she left me her bag. A bag that's in optimal condition and had 10 years of usage without a hitch. But ten years is ten years and the edges started cracking slightly. It was slight but iIwanted to stop it from going any further, so iIook it to a repair shop that substituted the hole edge on the handle as you can see from the pictures. I went to pick it up and the paint was all cracked iIdidn't even bother to leave iIshed them to redo it because it was in no condition. They applied a second layer that when iIpicked up cracked again on the hole. I asked if iIleft it there they could fix it they said they'd just apply more paint and assured me it would last more than the original edge (which lasted ten years mind you). I took the bag and left. Obviously parts of the paint started falling off. So here iIm desperate to somehow repair my bag and return it to its former glory and give it a few more years of usage and keep a part of my mom with me. If tthere's anyone out there that can help me iIold really appreciate it. pictures of the bag
  16. So I've been going crazy the last month making garb and other sundries for the SCA event I went to, which means lots of leftover scraps. I hate throwing anything away, so I came up with a little pouch made of a scrap of leather for the base and a band of linen from something or other. The bead is one I made in lampworking, works pretty well as a stop. Thinking on it, I realized that a good way to use up torn up jeans is to cut off the bottoms and use those as the walls of a sack, just turn down the raw edge and make a new hem, sew on a leather bottom and add a cord! Minimal sewing and you used up some stuff that might have gotten thrown out.
  17. Leather in Canada

    It has been the craziest uphill battle to find high quality such as Horween in Canada at a decent price so that's why I decided one day to take the wheel myself and help everyone out. Purchasing leather online is one of the scariest things to do because you don't know what it will be like in person so I did my best to take as much worry out of the process as I could. I hope this is seen by people who went through what I did and understand the frustration! However thank you for taking the time to read this, I have attached a link so that anyone can come browse what we have to offer! https://www.oaleathersupply.com/ Take care!
  18. New in Canada

    Hello all, we are so excited to be up and running in Canada now.. it has been so hard finding exactly what we personally want for our own leather goods and crafting needs which is the main reason we wanted to set up a wholesale supply shop! Bringing in hides such as Horween and as well as many other very high quality hides for everyone here is the goal. We want to craft with the best and we want everyone else to have the same access. It is such an honour to be amongst all of you in this community and we are simply looking for our little space in this big world. My name is Ian, the founder and owner and if anyone ever has any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out! OA Leather Supply
  19. This was a backpack I completed a couple weeks back! Made from leather I carry over at my online shop OA Leather Supply!! Took a little over 10 hours to make!
  20. I have a like new Weaver Leather Heritage Foot Press and a full set of dies and adapters for holes, rivets, spots, diamond spots, crystals, and snaps. I paid $1650 in 2015 for all. I never used it! I will take $1100 OBO. You pick-up in Kentucky or pay freight. ************* Also for sale, I have $600 dollars worth of high quality embellishments... buckles, spots, tubular rivets, snaps, hole punch, crystals, and more. BEST DEAL - Take it all (press and embellishments) for $1500 plus shipping or come to Kentucky to get it. All this would be at least $2250 at wholesale prices. SAVE $750 TODAY! Message me and I will email you a link to a complete list and photos.
  21. How can I get these patterns ?

    Hello there , for a few days now I've been looking at these asian wallets (http://goodsjapan.com/leathercraft-book-mens-long-wallet-made-of-leather-diy-leather-crafting-1636-p.asp) , there's many Japanese books on them and whatnot but I don't read Japanese, I don't wanna deal with any of the shipping stuff and whatnot so do any of y'all know where I could find any books here in the US or just order off a more common site that have similar or patterns of the same style ? Maybe an ebook or in-store Thank y'all in advance! (:
  22. Nylon Webbing to Leather

    Is it possible to sew mil-spec nylon webbing to 10-12oz english bridle leather by hand? If so how do I go about it and what needles and thread would be best? I'm also looking into sewing machines, is a Cobra 4 too much for what I'm trying to do?
  23. Hello, everyone! I am so glad I have found this place as everything I did in the past, was done "testing" and looking up tutorials that do not exist. I started doing some leather harnesses and accessories, and I need to cut thin strips of leather. I used scissors to begin, and then I bought a professional cutter, but the trick with the cutter is that when I have to cut long strips, the cutter tends to "slip" and if that happens the whole stripe is lost. What are your suggestions for properly cutting leather? Thank you!
  24. I saw something similar a while back and thought it was a cool color combination, and also a pretty awesome tribute to our law enforcement officers. I'd wanted to do something and I finally gave it a shot the other day. This is what I came up with. Comments, critiques, suggestions, questions, etc., are always welcome.
  25. Hi friends, l am would love to first paint /stain my vegetable Tanned Learher and there after take it in for laser engraving. I don't want the etching process to affect the color of my leather. Can anyone recommend a seal that will protect the leather or even take me through the process if they have done it before. I appreciate all your help and advise friends. Waiting to hear and learn from y'all. Thank you.