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About Landcruzer94

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  1. Thanks, I'll play with thinners to see what happens I get it, some people just dont want to wait for the natural process to carry out. Lol I get it, and have done so in the past. I'm limited to what I can find, so I need a repeatable process with the other leathers that I have
  2. Hi all. Been lurking for a while and making watch straps among other things for about four years now... the one thing that has seemed impossible to me is giving my straps the vintage look I see other makers doing The dried, cracking surface texture The darker edges with fading inner body The stains, etc. Perfectly placed. I've tried all kinds/types of leather, scuffing them, sanding them, etc. And the oils/finish in the leather quickly bounces back to what I started with...with minimal change. I dont think this is vintage to start with, as the ammo straps everybody is crazy for command much higher prices. Any ideas? Example of what I'm going for...
  3. Seeing the comment below I'll look into cutting the foot, thanks! The divider trick is genius, I'll try it out! Thank you!
  4. Thanks, I've watched this video before and it's somewhat helpful. I do like the center presser foot that he has on that machine because you have a lot of visibility of where the needle is heading, but cannot seem to find one. Mine has a significant amount of metal in the front like this one. Any idea where to find one or have people modified theirs?
  5. Thanks for the tip, I'll keep at it Not generally, the overall thickness ends up being somewhere between 7-10oz and it's firm enough to resist doing that.
  6. This is pretty much what I'm referring to. As you can see my stitches end up either too short, too long, or just plain not-straight. I'm a little bit better, but I hate to throw away perfectly good straps because of stupid errors.
  7. Good Morning All, I've been using a CB3200 for a few months now, sewing a few things and mainly getting used to how the machine is used, but I'm still having small issues with making accurate stitches when it comes to making right angles and ending stitch runs. I mainly use the machine for watch straps, so I'll start at one corner (let's say for the longer part of the strap) and with a roller guide stitch the three main sides (left side, tip, right side) just fine. When it comes to stopping exactly where I would need to make a right angle I always seem to run into a pickle where the last stitch is always shorter than the rest, ruining the aesthetics (to me at least) of the strap. once I make my right angle I continue at my regular stitch length and stitch maybe 5/8" and run into the same pickle again, sometimes I even over/undershoot the hole by just enough that it ruins the whole piece. What I'm finding difficult is judging where the needle will hit next, and planning far enough ahead to make sure this doesn't happen. Part of this difficulty is the center presser foot is bulky and tough to see exactly where it will hit. I've been trying to lift the presser foot just as the needle is reaching the leather to see where it's hitting, but it's letting off a little tension. I also try to look at the outer foot to see where it's hitting the leather in anticipation of where the next stitch is going to be, but still doesn't look 100%. Are there any tips out there that could help? Thanks! I'll post a few shots shortly of what I'm referencing. Thanks!
  8. For black and browns I'm using Tandys professional edge kote and for other colors I've been using Fenice.
  9. Hi there, I've been making watch bands for almost 10 months now. I'm mostly self taught and figuring things out by experimenting, but I've come to a point where I need to reach out. Some of my bands I line the inside with a smooth piece of undyed veg-tan and sometimes when I edge these bands the edge coating breaks surface tension and leaks on to the leather, leaving an unsightly stain along the edge. It doesnt happen often, but when it does the project is pretty much ruined. Is there a way to seal this leather first to prevent the leather from wicking this up? Or maybe a mask that I can apply temporarily? Thanks in advance!
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