Redhairing

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    Open top end military duffle bag closure....

    thank you all, for the replies.....I used a long single loop slider. works great!
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    Easy Way To Make Patterns

    I make paper patterns first and then make a prototype in felt yardage. Felt doesn't exactly imitate leather but is helpful if I am making something with turned seams or draping that paper doesn't approximate well. It can be a drag to have a second prototype when you're anxious to get into the leather but can help prevent costly mistakes.
  3. Hi- I want to make this style of duffle and have never actually seen the hardware for this closure. There are four grommets on the opening of the bag and from the unclear pics I find online, it looks like a tall narrow sort of "footman's loop" is inserted through the grommets and held together with a swivel clasp. Does anyone know what the piece of hardware is for capturing the grommets at the end of the bag? Thanks!
  4. Hi- I want to make this style of duffle and have never actually seen the hardware for this closure. There are four grommets on the opening of the bag and from the unclear pics I find online, it looks like a tall narrow sort of "footman's loop" is inserted through the grommets and held together with a swivel clasp. Does anyone know what the piece of hardware is for capturing the grommets at the end of the bag? Thanks!
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    Handbag Foot studs help....

    Thank you for the reply...what I have are split post handbag feet and I found out that they require a wedge shaped tool to splay the legs apart and down over a washer. Basically, they are split post rivets, not the soft pronged hand bendable type at all. Found the setter at Ohio Travel Bag. These posts are very heavy and indestructible.
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    Handbag Foot studs help....

    How does one set the heavy foot studs that have the thick split post in the back?
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    Help With Sewing Shearling To Veg. Tan Backing...

    That's great advice- Thank you Jimmy, I'll try that on the next bag. Time to reread the Stohlman books!
  8. been away and just found these responses, thanks all!!! Love the rucksacks HENDREFORGAN!
  9. Thanks for that advice, TinkerTailor. Yes, I tried going back through with the chisel and stitching and the blister shape is lessened but still not pretty. Will sharpen my tools tonight and might sew on a slightly bigger exterior pocket to cover and hide the blemished stitching rows.
  10. Thank you all so much! It's clear to me now. Tried to smooth out the blisters with a bone folder with little success. Dull tools plus softish poundo board equals pockmarks. I will learn to sharpen my chisels and meanwhile ordered the Seiwa chisels that Nigel reviewed and start again!!!
  11. Hi- I am using 4-5 oz. bridle leather for a satchel and using a diamond stitching chisel to go through a thin calf skin interior pocket and the bridle leather and am getting a horrible round blister shape around my holes on the surface. they don't smooth out with hammering.....any ideas? Is the surface just too firm a temper to prick through the backside? I would be very difficult to catch the pocket edge by pricking through the top....is this just another lesson learned about a particular leather? Only make holes from the top or could my tools be too dull? I'm using a mallet on a poundo board....thanks!!!! Susan
  12. Can you recommend a supplier?....this sounds right up my alley....googling right away...Thank you!!!!!!
  13. thank you both for the advice.....I will investigate the brass iron and the Fenice coating as I have quite a few chrome dyed 5-6 oz. hides that I hadn't considered using for "edge work"pieces. Thanks again!
  14. I am making a satchel with exposed edges and would like to burnish and finish them well. I have used veg tan and bridle leather & love the edge quality but wonder what other choices might be available. Specifically, what is combination veg/chrome re-tan? and will it burnish? Will oil tan burnish? Any other leather choices suitable for raw edge work? Thank You~
  15. WOW! 86 views and no replies! Well I finished the bag and here is what I did...instead of pricking my stitch holes through the face of the hair on hide and not being able to see through the layer of hair on both faces of the bag, I carefully measured my starting and end points and made holes from the pigskin lined back on each side of the bag individually and hoped that the holes would match up when I stitched the front and back together. I am happy to report that it worked beautifully and probably because of the uncomplicated simple shape of the bag. thanks.