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  • Birthday 02/04/1952

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    Bloomington IL.

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    Belts and Holsters, oh and now..BOOTS!
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  1. KAYAK45

    Need sewing machine

    OK!... You don't need to OWN all the machines! FIRST, WHERE ARE YOU! NOBODY NEEDS ALL THESE MACHINES. Join a LOCAL guild and rent, borrow, and steal some stitches when needed. For a holster you might need fifteen/twenty heavy stitches, BUY A 2400 INCH SADDLE MACHINE?. ( I did..good idea) The rest are say 277, 341 etc., in 14 oz. leather, at most. Sew those heavy stitches by hand? No cost.! If you want to make A boot, do you buy a Landis Sole Machine? (I did..dumb) NO!..RENT IT...at the local shoe repair store. Buy a machine after you hand-sew, and are tired and getting too many orders. OR, join the legions, like me, that own machines, little used, that would love to rent them out and teach you to use. You will find them/us nearby.
  2. KAYAK45

    Help with very dirty Singer 111w155

    Great idea to save a classic! I also have a 55. The marine manual says to soak it in diesel fuel for 48m hours to start with, then wipe dry and oil w/any available motor oil! LoL! That's the start.
  3. I found this old post and thought I'd bring it back up. One mans junk is anothers treasure for sure! Take you "scrap" and make a holster. After that, use the left over for key fobs. After that use the rest to fill boot soles, etc,etc. I bought some "scrap" from a chap maker. Great background for filigree cut leather. Make your belt loops outa your straps. Make plain belt loops and sell them. Tandy does. Got a blemish on the backside, if you can't use it as intended, run it through a splitter and make a wallet. I made some drink coasters for a car dealer and then got an order from her for key fobs. What is scrap! Hell, to a guy who wants beef, leather is a scrap! Kevin
  4. OK. Many of us have been where you are. So many choices, so many ???!. FIRST MACHINE, big investment. It's not just the $$, it will be the time you spend to learn everything about your new machine. What thread sizes, what needles, what oil or grease and when, can you change tensions and it goes on and on. DON'T ASK HOW I KNOW THIS. I love ANIMAL HOUSE, the movie. ROAD TRIP! Find a good pro dealer and go. You don't only need a machine, you must get some support! I have Singer 31-15, 111-155, 251-3, Cowboy4500, Aristicrat 12, Seiko PW-7B post machine and two Fortuna bell skivers. Each and every one took hours and hours to learn to thread, oil, needle thread size changes, stitch length, etc., and sew or use with control. MY HUMBLE OPINION ONLY! Do not buy on Craigs List, E-Bay, Amazon, nor the Local Newspaper. Do not buy a head only and then try to assemble and buy a matching table, motor, thread stand, belt, lighting, guides, needles, thread etc,etc,etc! You will only get what YOU NEED from a DEALER. PERIOD! Just my opinion after spending thousands $$$, hundreds of hours, to get what I needed. Good hunting, and good luck...just do it! Kevin
  5. KAYAK45

    I'm Having An Affair

    Really nice looking ride! Good choice on the sewing machine as well! I LOVE mine, you will too. Sorry to say though you will not make a good leather worker. Way too neat a shop area. You gotta clutter it up, make it really messy and have STUFF all over,to be a REAL LEATHER GUY. HAHAH Again though, good choice on the machine and happy stitches. Kevin PS: Shots to the right and low is a "scwease" issue. Use your finger tips and surprise the firing. PPS: Were the HELL is the spe;l; check?
  6. KAYAK45

    Which Motor Type For A Skiving Machine ?

    YES, there are a couple reasons for one/other. And then NO. I already called my "go to guy" BOB @ TOLEDO, about your same question. Go clutch! Cost..lots of options from people switching to servo. No need for speed control on a skiver. Everybody else wants to SLOW.. a clutch for sewing..a skiver works better at higher speed. Put on BIGGER pully and get the correct speeds for less dollars on the skiver. A Servo, on the other hand, does not use a lot of power when not in use. A real plus. So.. if you do not want to turn it on/off use a Servo. If you want to use it wisely and cost is a factor, use a used clutch. My answer was to use my older clutch for the skiver and buy more Servo's for sewing! Kevin
  7. KAYAK45

    Starter Machine

    I'm going double down on what Ken said. There is so much to learn about holster design, leather purchasing, finishing and selling for a profit, to name a few of the obstacles ahead of you, to be a HOLSTER MAKER, that a machine should be far in the future. I did the wrong thing and bought ALL the correct machines, spent literally hundreds of hours learning to use them and THEN started making holsters. WRONG WAY! Make holsters by hand, finished to perfection,sell them for a profit, and then when you are too busy to sew by hand...and making way to much money to stop...THINK ABOUT buying a sewing machine. The stitching of a good holster, on a machine, is probably the LEAST MOST IMPORTANT THING to learn. Make ..say..thirty.. by hand..THEN.. post again. Just my thoughts. Kevin
  8. If you want to build a small "Paint Booth" or "Glue Booth" be advised almost all fumes are heavier than air and a bottom collection system, vented outdoors will be the best. How do I know this? Check the OSHA fines I paid for a top vent paint FUME RECOVERY system that cost thousands and was ruled INOP by our Federally friends. Really, it was proven to me that the fumes are heavy and can collect in low areas of a shop. This is not only a BREATHING problem, but a potential SPARK problem around flame (furnace/water heater?) as well as ELECTRICAL SPARK (air compressor on floor?). Kevin Good luck all. !
  9. KAYAK45

    How To Make Chaps DVDs

    Well it's two years later! Wear is the shotgun video? That quote was October 2010! ................. Kevin.............I grow weary!
  10. Hello, Goooodmorning an thanks for the upgrades. I know it's a work in progress, isn't always? Suggested change/addition while we are at it. Knot that your plate isn't full enough. LOL FABRICATION: We have sewing leather and Leather Sewing Machines, NOW! How about: Sewing of Leather Hand/Machine, Leather Sewing Machines, AND.....Other Fabrication Machines! We have Skivers, Presses, cutters and strapping machines, burnishing, finishing and Molding machines, templates and Jigs, ETC,ETC,ETC! Why knot a place for those alone?????? Just a thought...while your at it. HAHA! Thank you , really Kevin
  11. KAYAK45

    2012 Ifolg Show

    Why it's at the Millennium hotel, You old fool! You know were that is don't you??? Neither do I! LOL Could use a town listing on the website, EH? MIght make it easier to attend??? Kevin
  12. KAYAK45

    Fight A Wife!

    Never Fear Life Choices. Twin Oaks did me a favor! New 7" post machine arrives Thursday! Just what I needed to do the wood blinds! A little paint spill, a couple worn sandpapers, and Voila! Like new, well really new, Blinds. AAANNNDD a new machine. So what, the blinds cost $1,200, including the machine. What a great bargain! THANKS MIKE! Kevin
  13. KAYAK45

    I Dont Like Change Not One Bit !

    Much better! I know it's a work in progress, and yes progress is being made. Thank you for all the hard work to keep this site up and relevant!!! THANK YOU.
  14. KAYAK45

    I Dont Like Change Not One Bit !

    The new top banners with the Finders that support the site is great! Almost all the color combinations are good too! ALMOST. The ORANGE BACKGROUND has got to go. White was OK, and still is! MY $.02. Kevin
  15. HAHA! There is no secret COBBLER SUPPLY! Really in this age everything is on the WEB. Maybe, because you are trying to do something new, you will have to search out new sources as well. The tried and true resources are for those who follow the path, from those before us! Some call it following the "DEAD MEN" Being a PIONEER means, by definition, you will get arrows in your back. Keep going! Let us know how the project goes on. Kevin PS: Read what the DEAD MEN had to say, before you venture into the unknown.!