marronne

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About marronne

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  • Birthday December 24

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    www.espritducheval.com

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    France
  • Interests
    Horses; Horse-gear; Braiding; Knots and Ropework

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Braiding horse gear; Working with leather and rope for horse gear
  • Interested in learning about
    Sewing with leather
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
    google search for head stalls

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  1. Hello We recently bought a hand-made western saddle for my husband and his horse. It had one previous owner, it was made for him as a gift about 15 years ago. The saddle has been stored inside but not cleaned or oiled regularly, certainly not in the last 10 years I reckon. The leather is as stiff as a board - you have to fight with the fender to get the stirrup on the horn lol The leather is a beautiful light caramel colour and it has some scratches and gouges here and there. The shearling may also have to be replaced as the wool is starting to come off in places. Interestingly, the saddle comes out darker in the photo On my own saddle I use leather conditioner, NF oil and glycerine soap. However, knowing that NF oil can darken leather over time, we are wondering if there are any other oils that can be used on leather that will preserve the original colour on the new saddle. Also, what products are available to restore the leather from the scratches and gouges (they almost look like mousey teeth-marks!) - are there fillers or the like? The same as you can get for wood? We've recently restored a McClellan saddle which was also "stiff as a board" but we didn't mind the colour darkening so we used NF oil. Look forward to any help, tips or advice that you can give us We're in France so we may not be able to get hold of some of the products a lot of you may use in the US :( Thanks in advance :)
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    How to relax braided horsehair

    Hi. I braid horsehair bracelets etc and I also shampoo/washing up liquid and hang on the line, but that is pre-braiding. Washing then steaming is obe way but also have you thought about ceramic hair straighteners? I've had great success with some stubbornly curly horse hair! I've even used the spray lotion that goes with the straighteners.
  3. Oh wow! I'd be right there too but I'm on the wrong side of the pond too. Good luck with the sale.
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    Help to identify Adler - class 20-?

    It's similar to my Claes Atlas saddler's machine (virtually identical to an Adler II) which I paid 100 euros for - with original table and treadle (now have two - they're breeding). @Constabulary helped a lot with info and I see he's already posted. I found quite a bit of info on French blogs for my machine but nothing in the UK or US, except on here.
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    Shoepatcher On Steriods

    Hello To continue this very interesting topic of cobbler's machines and emblems/coats of arms ... we recently purchased this handsome gentlemen in France for restoration. It looks like a Durkopp 17 but the bobbin winder is completely different - fixed higher up the stand and with its own gear wheel. Also, a gear wheel is visible to the left of the balance wheel, which does not seem to feature in the Durkopp 17 range. There are no names nor decals - only faint traces of leaves. We can find no serial number - just "35" stamped on a small square plate on the head of the machine. It also has a boat shuttle with the hook mechanism for drawing in the top thread. The crest is interesting - clearly Bielefeld with the castle and chevron shield and also Schmidt with the big S but it looks like there is a D and C in the shield on the eagle's chest. So what is it we are wondering? @Constabulary or @shoepatcher - with your combined encyclopaedia of machines do you have an idea? I hope I've described it enough to help ... along with photos. Thanks
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    Which sewing machine ?

    Brilliant! Thanks for the info Wizcrafts
  7. marronne

    Which sewing machine ?

    Just dug out the needle that came with the Atlas and put it under the magnifying glass - it's a METWAR 200. Is that sounding about right for the machine?
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    Which sewing machine ?

    Amazing! What a transformation. The Adler is like the Atlas twin!
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    Which sewing machine ?

    Did you manage to find your manual Constabulary? I'm looking for needles (harpoons) for her now - they measure 7cm from tip of shank to top of eye and are approx 2mm diameter. I've seen that there are some Leo Lammertz needles around on the internet - someone trying to sell a pack of 10 for 30 euros ! Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?
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    Which sewing machine ?

    Thanks everyone. I eventually purchased a really good condition Singer 29k58 and a German Claes Atlas machine which needs some renovation but is a beast of a machine especially for heavy duty leather work. It has 8cm harpoons for needles! Which I'm trying to find at the moment - I have one but would like to have a stock! The posts by Matt S and Wizcrafts on deciphering numbers on needle packets is a real help to understanding the different systems. A pic of my Atlas is below. She's oiled and is turning. The inside is remarkably clean considering she's been in a barn for years. She desperately needs some TLC. Looking fwd to getting her up and running properly. May re-do the japanning on the bed but will certainly be leaving the decals on the stand alone - just gentle cleaning and polishing. Some of her metal bits have responded well already! This machine is not well know in the US nor in the UK. I'm in France (but I'm English and she's German :/ ) Looking for a nice bit of wood for a table and proper Atlas treadle irons - someone put her on a Singer treadle. She was used on a Trotter's Yard here in France to make and repair harnesses for the horses.
  11. Bonjour,

    I´m from Germany and I have 2 heavy material sewing machines for horse rugs or leather work for sale - maybe you are interested.

    One is an Adler 4-4 and the other one is a Singer 45K92

    I can send picture and even a demonstration video. Shipping would be not problem, I can ship by freight forwarder - in case you are interested.

    Best regards

    Folker

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      marronne

      Hello

      Thanks for the message.  Only just read it !  I didn't get a notification :(  I've now bought a Singer 29k58 and a Claes Atlas.

      Could you send photos of your machines anyway and with how much you're looking for, for each of them?

      I'm currently looking for needles for my Atlas - they're like harpoons at 8cm long and about 2mm wide !

      Best regards

      Marronne

  12. Hello Can you help me? I'm looking at getting a 1950s Singer 15-32. There doesn"' seem to be much information about it on the internet apart from that it is the more robust sister to the Tailor's Singer 31-15. I want to work on horse gear - thick canvas, horse rugs, 1/4 wool felt and soft bag leather. I have read that it will cope admirably - is this the case? Would very much appreciate any advice and opinions on the 31-32 and also the 31-15. Also, if anyone knows of any info on line anywhere ...... Many thanks