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Big K

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    Florida
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    Guitar, woodworking, leatherworking, art

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    Holster making
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  1. I'm looking at doing a project (purse) that is stitched using a crossed 'X' pattern which I've never done before. Is there a way to calculate a rough thread length or should I just start with something comfortable and add more as I run out? I usually use 4x plus a little for saddle stitching but this one has me stumped. I don't have a problem with using long thread but this looks like it might get ridiculous.
  2. I just finished a messenger bag based a plan I got from a guy on You Tube. It's a combination of 5-6 veg tan and 5 oz chrome tan. It has a main pouch and a couple of pockets on the front which makes the final seams about 1/2" thick. I neglected to thin the edges as recommended because I was afraid to screw it up so sewed them full thickness which wasn't a problem until I tried to turn it right side out after finishing the stitching! There was NO possible way to turn it right side with those thick seams and I'm a pretty strong guy. The only way to get it done was to soak it in the sink for a few minutes which softened everything up and it turned out just fine. I then hung it to dry for a couple of days and the leather got pretty stiff......so.........what product/treatment would ya'll recommend to soften the leather? In my opinion, messenger bags should be soft and sort of 'floppy'
  3. I just finished a messenger bag based a plan I got from a guy on You Tube. It's a combination of 5-6 veg tan and 5 oz chrome tan. It has a main pouch and a couple of pockets on the front which makes the final seams about 1/2" thick. I neglected to thin the edges as recommended because I was afraid to screw it up so sewed them full thickness which wasn't a problem until I tried to turn it right side out after finishing the stitching! There was NO possible way to turn it right side with those thick seams and I'm a pretty strong guy. The only way to get it done was to soak it in the sink for a few minutes which softened everything up and it turned out just fine. I then hung it to dry for a couple of days and the leather got pretty stiff......so.........what product/treatment would ya'll recommend to soften the leather? In my opinion, messenger bags should be soft and sort of 'floppy'
  4. Kind of a novice and have never used anything but veg tan for my projects (purses, sheathes, holsters, etc.) and am not familiar with chrome tanned at all. I found a nice pattern for a messenger bag that I want to make and the main body is spec'd as ' 5 oz chrome tanned leather'. I think I'd rather use veg tanned for the whole thing but, I believe, chrome tan is not as stiff as veg. Could I use thinnner veg tan to get the same effect? The 'wrap-around' sides/body and trim/straps is natural veg colored and the chrome tan body is a darker brown. I'd like to use a thinner veg tan and dye it darker - does that sound reasonable? Hope I asked this so it's understandable.
  5. Thanks for the reply! I'm in Florida but would gladly pay shipping. I need pieces roughly 4"x12" if you have anything that big.

    You can email me at: surv450@aol.com

     

    Skip Ellis

    Bradenton, FL

    1. Big Sioux Saddlery

      Big Sioux Saddlery

      Ok, I will look through what I have this afternoon and get back with you.  How many pieces would you be wanting?

    2. Big K

      Big K

      probably 3 or 4

    3. Big Sioux Saddlery

      Big Sioux Saddlery

      Sent a message to your email

  6. Big K

    Shearling

    Does anyone know of a source for saddle shearling in smaller quantities than whole hides? I need enough to pad about 3 guitar straps (4" wide x 12" long +/-). Appreciate the help!!
  7. I'm sure you all are sick of people asking this, but here goes again. Is there any sort of garage sale/craigs list type sewing machine that I can use to sew light leather - 1/4" max. I'm interested in making some small concealed carry pocket holsters out of lighter weight leather. I don't want to mess up the wife's machine and I'd rather not have to hand sew, although I've done it in the past when forced. My budget probably tops out at around $60 - any suggestions? Thanks!!
  8. Is there another way to put a rounded edge on a strap besides an edger? I'm in the midst of a project and won't be able to get to a tool supplier for a week or so
  9. I've been offered an early treadle type Singer patch machine (for basically nothing), but before I accept it and go to the trouble of moving the thing, is this an adequate machine for basic holster and sheath making? I've stitched with a sewing awl in the past but this seems like this would be a positive step up if I wanted to try getting into it a little more seriously. Any comments/advice greatly appreciated.
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