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Sewing before finishing

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I'm making a bass bow quiver with a carved pattern.

I usually sew projects after they are fully stained, antiqued, and finished (usually satin shene.)

In this case, I need to sew the pattern up and then wet the project and place a block in the end to expand the leather a bit so it doesn't pinch the bow when inserted during use of the quiver.

Do I sew it up before blocking then stain and finish? This will make it difficult to antique and the finish may drip as it won't be laying flat.

If I finish then sew and try to expand the end, won't it mess the finish?


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