Jerod

Setting up my first workshop

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This is my first time posting on a forum but I really think that this is going to be the best way to get the information I am looking for.  I have been hand sewing small leather projects for a couple of years now for personal use and for gifts.  Recently a couple of people have asked me to make specific things for them like belts, holsters, and even luggage.  I really want to get set up to produce more items but I want to do it more efficiently.  I would like to get some advice about a sewing machine that can be used for my upcoming leather projects particularly small luggage and can also be used to sew heavy material like canvas for tents and tarps.  I have researched some heavy duty machines but I'm wondering if I need to look for a machine with a post or cylinder bed instead of a flat bed so that I can sew a greater variety of things.  I'm willing to spend some money on this because I love working with these projects and it feels like it recharges my batteries after working my full time job.  I am looking forward to the advice of the forum.  Thanks in advance.

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If you change the title of your post to be more specific (i.e. asking about machine advice instead of just setting up a workshop) you should more quickly get the attention of the sewing machine experts of the forum.
While you wait for their input -- have you searched the forum for posts about flat bed. vs. cylinder or post? I bet this topic has been addressed at least once in the past, and perhaps the thread discussions will give you good information. 

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Since you are in Ohio, take a ride up to Toledo and talk with Cowboy Bob - he can help you pick out a machine.  His link is in the banner ads at the top of the page.

Gary

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Thanks to both of you for the advice I really appreciate it.

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