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About Anubis78

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    Alexandria, Va
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    Belt and suspender making, leather goods, and accessories.

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    Leather working, crafting, tooling, sewing, care, restoration, alteration wet form, mask making, costuming, pros and cons of different machines used in leather work, accessories.
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  1. Uwe, any pics of items that you’ve sewn with it?
  2. I'll look into this one too! Yep that's the site/app. The response that I got back from the vendor is that they customize them to your needs. I simply want something that has versatility with the weight of the leather used for the tape as well as the weight of the item being bound.
  3. Hi guys! I'm still looking for a reasonable solution here. I never received a response back (see above), so still looking for solutions at this point. I came across this today and I'm waiting to find out from the seller 1) the maximum thickness/weight of the tape that can be put into the machine, 2) the width of the tape, and 3) the maximum thickness of the leather that can be bound. They have 3 different options for the binding and they are only $43.56 each! If these really work, it's better than paying $450. I have a Cobra Class 4 machine and this listing says that it fits a 441. I'll update once I get a response.
  4. I've been making them for over a year now and I have not had anyone come back with issues not have I had issues with any that I've made for myself. One would have to forcefully pull them apart to come undone. So yeah, I just wanted to double check for feedback in the unlikely event that other leatherworkerw have had any issues with doing that.
  5. Out of curiosity, do you always have to sew leather straps? I have suspenders that I make that are rather inexpensive for my customers. Since the straps are only an inch wide, they look better to me without them being stitched. The edges meet in the middle on the backside and are held with contact cement. A fellow vendor suggested that I sew them down along the folded edges, but I haven't had any issues with them coming undone. My customers like them as well. I've tried sewing them, but I really didn't like the look because the straps weren't that wide. What are your thoughts?
  6. Hey @CowboyBob, did you ever get this part in? If so, what has the feedback been on this?
  7. I agree with everyone above. Go with the new machine. I got this one from Serge at SewPro... http://sewprousa.com/sewprousa1_010.htm on their site or https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F120943208925 on ebay. When I was looking at machines, his was cheaper than Cobra and Weaver with a larger cutting area. The cutting area on the Leather Pro AK-20 is about 14". The machine comes with metric spacers, however Serge made perfect imperial spacers for me in the sizes that I needed. I was lucky enough that his location is in driving distance as I saved money on shipping costs (I think that freight shipping to me was between $175-275) by picking it up myself. So for $2000, get a new machine! Also is that the bottom/stand of that cutting machine? I wouldn't want that bulky mint stand. The machine I have sits on a nice table that isn't an eyesore.
  8. Are CS Osborne snaps better than Tandy? I've had a few issues with Tandy snaps where they have come off or they are almost impossible to snap closed.
  9. It works very well. I'm able to work with it a lot faster than the original for folded leather straps; typically one coat spread evenly will do the trick. Because I have a large volume of straps to do, I put one end of the piece of leather in a vice while holding the other end. I take a metal putty knife/spatula to spread the contact cement gel across the back side of the leather. The first pass absorbs the contact cement and the second makes it tacky enough to bond in 5 minutes or less. It works just the same as the original, just less mess unless you are using large globs of it. I let it cure 24 hours after folding it to insure that it has bonded properly. No issues with sewing on my Cobra Class 4. I have used it in the past on 2 pieces of 8-9oz veg tan leather pieces that I glued together, but I don't recall that there were any issues with the edges... I sanded and burnished them with no problem. Just my experience with it, but I love the stuff... well minus the fumes!!! Thank god I have a really good mask and decent ventilation, but even with I takes me 3 hours to get the fumes out of my place.
  10. Hi Gary, in Virginia/DC/Maryland it is marked down to $27.98 as clearance in store with a clearance tag. On the app it shows the same price but doesn't say it's on clearance. The stores that I've gone to to get it have sold it to me for $10 for the last cans because they were dented or rusted (contents were totally fine as I had them open it before I left).
  11. Just a heads up for those of you who use WeldWood Contact Cement gel, Lowe's has it on clearance. I believe that they are either getting rid of the old designed cans to possibly replace them with new ones OR moving away from carrying the 1 gallon cans. They do have the smaller cans of the gel, but the gallon cans are the better buy.
  12. The one from Tandy is on sale this weekend for $99. I purchased my first one last year when they were on sale for $74-79 (I should have gotten 2). I picked another up today because I want more of an assembly line type set up and don't want to deal with having to keep taking out dies. Also because the dies are so expensive with Tandy, I found that the dies that Weaver sells are cheaper and they fit the one from Tandy. I'm going to look into this one too as it's so I can set it up for a station specifically dedicated to one task (in the future if the costs make sense).
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