Sidona

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  1. Sidona

    Cylinder Arm Machine

    Thank you everyone for all of your feedback. Just to make sure I'm clear, can a 3500 or 4500 cowboy or the Highlead GC 2268 do 1/4 inch thick and lighter leather (single layer and then up to 3 layers of 4.5-5 ounce leather) regularly or am I better off getting a lighter machine (as some mentioned)? Does anyone know of leather roadshows that take place in washington state where I could try multiple machines out?
  2. Sidona

    Cylinder Arm Machine

    Thanks for the quick response! It is 1 to 3 layers of 4.5 to 5 ounce leather (each layer is that weight). I'm actually lining the wallet with a very thin layer of leather on top of that. Altogether it is about 1/4 inch thick. Right now I'm doing the "Roy Rogers" stitch by hand with Tiger thread and like the look of it so I'm trying to figure out how to do that with a machine.
  3. Sidona

    Cylinder Arm Machine

    Thanks for the quick response! It is 1 to 3 layers of 4.5 to 5 ounce leather (each layer is that weight). I'm actually lining the wallet with a very thin layer of leather on top of that. Altogether it is about 1/4 inch thick. Right now I'm doing the "Roy Rogers" stitch by hand with Tiger thread and like the look of it so I'm trying to figure out how to do that with a machine. Also it was Toledo Sewing Company whom I called for the Cowboy and the salesman wasn't familiar with the needle positioner.
  4. Hello, I'm interested in doing small wallets and possibly briefcases later. I've been looking at the Cowboy 4500 and the Highlead version of the cylinder arm and would appreciate your input. The leather I'm sewing is pretty thick, I would be sewing 1/4 inch thick leather regularly (4.5-5 oz). I've noticed that the Highlead is much more expensive than the Cowboy, but I've heard the parts are easier to order. One person told me the Cowboy can take Juki parts though. However I like the price of the Cowboy- essentially I can get the 16 inch arm for the same price a Highlead 9 inch would take if I purchased locally. Also the Needle Positioner feature comes with the Highlead and I can imagine it being useful for a novice like myself, but the Cowboy salesman didn't know what a needle positioner was. Any thoughts on that? Both come with a servo motor. I've read some other forums but would appreciate your input. Perhaps my biggest concern is service and support since I'm new to industrial sewing and leathercrafting. There will be issues and I know I'll have questions. Thank you so much for your support. Sidona