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About Tugadude

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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. Can't imagine any better. This will make someone happy for years to come.
  2. I agree with the statement about comparing French style to diamond point irons. You are also correct that there has literally been an explosion of irons onto the market. Like any tool, there is no such thing as perfect, but there are enough irons on the market now that finding one "perfect" for an individual is more likely than ever before. The problem is the trial-and-error one must go through in order to find that style. There have been a number of threads here at the forum where folks were selling off sets of irons that they decided weren't up to their expectations. That is one reason I asked that a "sticky" thread be established as a resource for folks to hopefully narrow down their selection process. Some irons are nearly perfect for an individual and may require some extra polishing. That is no different from awl blades that are purchased and then sharpened and/or polished to a desired level by the purchaser. Certainly the more one pays, the less work is expected. A $90.00 individual iron should be ready to go out of the box. The bottom line is even novices can attain a high level of stitching with an adequate tool and some proper instruction. It isn't brain surgery, it is making some slits and inserting some thread. I stumbled and bumbled my way through trying to learn the saddle stitch before I found a video from Nigel Armitage that unlocked the secrets for me. It allowed me to make a functional and aesthetically-pleasing stitch that was repeatable. I will forever be in his debt. That is one reason why I recommend his videos highly.
  3. It isn't often that the actual product looks better than the advertising photos, but I feel that is the case with the new irons SLC is stocking. I have no doubt that they aren't "new" in reality, but they are new to SLC. They are highly polished and they pull nicely from the leather. I tested them on two layers of 4 oz. and they came back out with little friction. I'm not suggesting that these compare in quality to Crimson Hides, Kevin Lee or KS Blade. What I am saying is that they are very nice and cost a fraction of the price. Time will tell if they hold up. I am beginning a larger project soon and that will test them. This is some scrap with some stitching lines for comparison. Also, notice the small (relatively) holes made by the SLC 3.0 irons.
  4. Nigel demonstrates the irons so the proof is in the pudding as they say. If they're rubbish, the work will reflect that.
  5. Nice job, looks very smart.
  6. I also suggest checking out the following thread for more info. Nigel Armitage has reviewed both of the irons that you are considering, I believe, so check out his videos on them if you haven't.
  7. I suggest you check out the new irons that Springfield Leather Company is selling. For the money, they are among the best I've seen. The teeth are very smooth and they come out of the leather very easily. The holes they create are fairly small in comparison to some other irons out there. Smaller tends to be better, in my opinion, so long as they have enough angle to make your stitches reflect the angle. If you re doing wallets and such, the 3.0mm and 0.6mm thread would be a nice combo. https://www.springfieldleather.com/Craftmaster-3mm-Diamond-Point-Stitching-Chisel The chisels make a diamond-shaped hole. I showed the holes in another thread.
  8. I don't know if this is happening to the OP's example, but I know that when I use glues, sometimes I am afraid that it will show too much on the edge so I tend to spread it too thin. I like the suggestion above about carrying the glue all the way to the edge with a spatula or scraper. If the glue is sparingly-applied, that might account for the gaps.
  9. What I've learned from some of the recent posts is that there still is no replacement for picking up the phone and contacting a seller when you think something isn't right. That is the best way for them to get feedback. When they get enough of those calls, I have to assume they will take action. I've worked at several levels in the construction products industry, the manufacturer level and the distributor level and I can tell you my biggest frustration is when a customer calls to say they've been having problems with something and that this is the third time, etc., etc. I always ask why they didn't call the first time because it would have been good to know and we maybe could have fixed it and prevented more issues. This is the same. As a result of the feedback in this thread, SLC is looking into their shipping prices and realized that they might be missing out on some orders due to the issue. I feel good that it is being fixed. That's a win-win for our industry.
  10. I enjoy making larger bags myself. When you are finished, you're glad it's over, but you miss working on it at the same time. At least that's what I experience. Your next one will be a lot easier.
  11. Tony, you may want to investigate the issue of shipping charges as it relates to the last two posts. Perhaps adjustments are in order.
  12. The Rhino works good with my larger irons and I will be buying more colors. I had some .06mm thread on hand and it works perfectly with the 3mm irons that I purchased. Pulling them out of the leather is smooth and easy. I look forward to using them on some upcoming projects. And Tony, I always enjoy seeing Jeff when I'm in the store. He is knowledgeable and very friendly.
  13. I don't have any issue with the direction of the thread. I hope folks continue to discuss.
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