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Chris Hill

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  1. Anyone know what this is? I don't know the first thing about Singers, but a friend is getting rid of this and I was wondering if it would sew some lighter leather? Model AD7x4772
  2. ENC, The piece is already completely black. The look I'm talking about isn't a harsh antique. It's a softer look, almost like white powder has been put over the piece, then rubbed off of the high spots.
  3. I've been searching and reading, and still can't figure out how to achieve the white waxy reverse antique on dark leather. Anyone have experience doing this? I saw a thread on here where someone was doing this to celtic design guitar straps, but can't find the thread. I have a black tooled guitar strap that I want to apply this to so I can make the tooling pop out more on the black leather. Thanks Chris
  4. How do you plan on punching your holes to hand stitch with that small of a thread? You might have to work an awl blade down super small; otherwise you're going to wind up with awl holes much much bigger than your thread and it will look bad. Also, finding a stitch marker that small (13-14 spi?) is gonna be tough. Just a few thoughts.
  5. Have you tried it on a piece of leather? I'd love to see the impression it makes!
  6. Another thanks from a newbie! I've been wondering about the differences in final result between using an expensive pricking iron, a cheap pricking iron, and an over stitch wheel. What I'm gathering from your last post was that the final result will be the same, since the awl is really making the hole. The only difference would be ease of the work?
  7. Right on. Thanks! I've heard that the order and placement of your needles, as well as adding the knot will create a nice stepped stitch. I think you've confirmed my thought that the pricking iron won't have any effect on the end result.
  8. Love the color contrast. Did you sew or stitch it?
  9. ...and that strait stitching is what I'm trying to avoid, which is why I'm not cutting a grove. I want a nice slanted stitch. I'm really just wondering what the benefit of the slanted teeth are on the Dixon style irons. Why pay so much more for them then say the Tandy ones?
  10. So y'all still get a more dramatic slant to your stitches or are they fairly strait?
  11. I'm going for a saddle stitch with a nice angle to the stitches. I understand that a groover will straighten the line out significantly, so I'll be using a scratch compass (spreaders?) to mark my line. My question is this: If I'm using an awl to make my holes, does it really matter what I use to space them out with? Nice expensive handmade pricking iron, or a cheap Tandy punch that I simply don't hit all the way through? If it is only marking a place to put my awl, and not making any hole, then it seems (with my limited knowledge) that it shouldn't matter, and therefore pointless to spend big $ on this tool. Please correct/confirm my thoughts.
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