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    Shoe repair, wallets, purses, belts
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    cordwaining, bootmaking, the meaning of life

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  1. If you want to make sneaker you should look for a postbed machine with a roller foot. This is the best machine to make shoe uppers with. I was able to get a Cowboy 810 for $375 at auction. But usually most used post beds are going to be around $500 - $750 used. Depending on the sneaker style you will still need to stitch the sidewall of the sole to the upper by hand. But it's very doable. If you follow JBF Customs on Insta, he started with a patcher sewing machine. You can use one of them but the bobbin is small and needs refilled to finish most shoes so you may not get the cleanest look. Or you have to think ahead about when you might run out of thread.. A used patcher can be had between $275 - $500
  2. The spec you will need to look into is what is the max run time before cool is needed. So a cheap laser may not be the best route if you are looking for something that can run half a day to all day long. For example, I have heard and read that the GlowForge Basic can only run a couple hours before needing a cool down. But the GlowForge Pro can run all day long. So depending on your volume, it can totally be a viable solution to ramp up production.
  3. Start with a used machine. The 810 models are the cheaper ones because they do not have a gear driven wheel. See if there is a sewing machine dealer near you and ask what they have available. Granted i got mine at auction but only paid $375 for a Cowboy 810. There's a facebook group called "Leather Tools for Sale" that has had post beds listed off and on. The Singer postbed model i was thinking of is the 51W.
  4. For one, the bobbin size. The 29 does not have a big enough bobbin to do a pair of shoes. Second, the wheel provides constant pressure on the work and provides better control. Another, is you can change stitch per inch much easier on a post bed. I’m not sure you can change the number of stitches on all 29 models. Typically, different styles of shoes have a different stitch count. My Cowboy 810 can do 5 - 21 SPI, I believe. I recommend checking out Marcell Mrsan’s channel. He mostly does shoes but the same principles apply in upper making.
  5. If you are wanting to make shoes / boots then a post bed to stitch the uppers and lining is the way to go. Examples: Cowboy 810 or 8810, Cobra 8810, Adler 888 or something along those lines. You can attach the welt by hand and hand stitch the sole. Or stitch the welt by hand and guy an outsole stitcher, like Wiz mentioned, to attach the sole. Not sure how much room you have or budget you have.
  6. Are you using a colored creme or the neutral creme? If you are using a neutral it's not going to restore the color lost from wear.
  7. @blacktip I am interested. I will send a DM.
  8. I'm looking for a manual for a Landis 36 Lockstitch McKay. There doesn't seem to be much out there. I haven't heard back from Landis so I figured I would ask here. Thanks.
  9. The piece I got from Springfield did the same thing. Part of it got stuck between the flaps of the shipping box and left an oil stain. I took it out and placed it on a couple of rolls of leather that were wrapped in paper and the shark left a small oil stain on the paper. I haven't worked with it yet so not sure about sealing or if it's just a temporary thing.
  10. @MikeRock got ya. I thought you weren't wanting to support Weaver at all. I understand now.
  11. Do you know who your Amish supply chain is? Weaver deals heavily with the Amish community so there may be a chance it's still Weaver.
  12. I have a magnetic one and it works fine for my work. The magnet is pretty strong and as long as you don't apply too much pressure it doesn't move. It usually removes my bobbin cover with it when I try to take it off.
  13. Have you asked any of the local shoe/boot repair shops? Coming from a family that runs one, we have fixed a lot more things than just shoes. And we have never seen leather workers as competition. If you're in Texas there may be a saddle shop that can restore it.
  14. I would also recommend shears / tin-snips. An additional suggestion would be to sand/grind down where you want the stitch line to go. Knocking down the pearls will make it less likely that the needle/chisels bounce off.
  15. Amazing work! I might have to try something like that with my Cowboy 810.
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