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  1. I found and old stitching horse (~ 100 yrs old) at an antique shop, and the leather strap that that goes from the foot pedal to the clams looked original. It was severely dried out and cracked. When you are a leatherworker, it would be easy enough to make a new one, but I wanted to save the original if I could. I applied numerous heavy coats of pure neatsfoot oil, and the leather softened up and regained its flexibility and strength. Still using that strap three years later. Leather is as you know an animals skin, and contains natural oils that get removed through the tanning process. Casing, staining/dying, wet molding, and other things we do to the leather, can further dry the leather. It only makes sense to me to add back some oil to the leather to give it back the moisture it needs to remain flexible and prolong its life. That is why many veg tan leatherworkers apply a coat of pure neatsfoot oil or extra virgin olive oil to their project at one stage or another. Then at the final stage of production a protectant of some kind is usually applied.
  2. Sbrownn, you are not wrong. Jacob who is new to both leather work and stitching, thought his Landis 1 was making a saddle stitch purely on the observation that the back side looked like saddle stitch even though it was a lock stitch.
  3. Hays3100 your question is way too open ended, so maybe that is why no one has answered yet, I would narrow your question down by coming up with a figure you are willing to spend to try out this hobby. Also what you think you might want to make will determine what tools you would need. For example are you going to make knife sheaths, then you would need stitching tools as there are multiple layers of leather. Will it have snaps or rivets, then you will need punches and setters for those. Are you going to stamp or tool decorations into the leather, then you will need a swivel knife, and either stamps, carving tools or both, and a mallet. Will it have a natural finish or are you going to paint or stain it... you get the point. A starter set should really be tailored to what you intend to do when working with leather. A tool that you do not need for your project is not very useful. As far as Amazon starter kits go, most are kits put together with tools made in China. Some are good, some are just OK, and some are just plain bad. Years ago, you could trust Amazon reviews, but nowadays there are way too many fake reviews, they can't be trusted. so it really is hit and miss with buying on Amazon, although if sold and shipped by Amazon, and you are a prime member, return shipping is easy and free. One of the biggest names in leathercrafting for beginners is Tandy Leather, an American company that sells tools under the name of Craftool brand, and they have been around for years. And yes, many of their tools are made overseas as well. They sell everything a beginner would need and much much more to get started in this craft. Many here started in leatherworking using Tandy tools and supplies, and many still use them. Although their prices are fair, you could still walk into a Tandy as a beginner buying their first tools and walk out $500 poorer. Some of this depends on what you consider a starter set. You can see if there is a Tandy near you and go talk with a sales associate and they could help you pick out tools individually, base on what you think you might like to get into. Second you can buy individual tools or kits direct from Tandy online. Here is a like for kits: Kits — Tagged "Kits: Tool Sets" — Tandy Leather, Inc., Or you can find a new and used kits like this on eBay: LEATHERCRAFT DELUXE KIT TANDY CHECKBOOK COVER MONEY HOLDER KEY FOB BILLFOLD | eBay Tandy Leathercraft Beginners Tooling Kit 4900-00 | eBay 2013 Tandy Leather Factory Leathercraft Set Punch Tools Deluxe 55502 47 pieces | eBay Or you could bid on something like this: Vintage Leather Craft Outfit Lot-50 Plus Tandy Craftool Lot-Custom Dovetail Box | eBay, Or our one of our vendors here SLC (Springfield Leather Company) sells tool that are on par with quality and price of Tandy, you could check them out as well: Springfield Leather Company Or if you are looking for the most amount of tools for the least amount of money, pick a kit on Amazon and take your chances. Maybe if you posted a few links to kits you are looking at and also mention what you intend to make with leather, some of the other members here could chime in with a thumbs up or down, or even with a differing opinion than me. Anyway, welcome to the club... you will most likely enjoy it, even if your wallet doesn't. EDIT: Oh, and cute baby by the way, I can see why you would want to keep the price down.
  4. @BigSiouxSaddlery You were so right in your assessment that it was a LR point needle . I just finished re-reading Schmetz's page on the LR and LL point needles, and it turns out that the direction of the loop (clockwise or counterclockwise) formed by the bobbin/lower thread can also impact the angle of the stitch. Damn. Now that is what I call luck!
  5. I've been wondering that as well. Maybe the CCP subsidizes the shipping cost to the US in order to undercut American made and sold goods.
  6. It looks like Tandy Leather once again is trying to stay relevant in the leather crafting market. Although the Craftool Pro series of tools was a definite step up from the standard Craftool lineup, for the last two years, they have been trying to win back the serious hobbyist/small business as well as leather professionals alike by bringing in more professional grade tools. First they started with a new line of machines called TandyPro, which now also includes the Cobra series of sewing machines, as well as the Cowboy Outlaw. Just recently they add some Barry King tools as well as the TandyPro hand tools lineup made by a Chinese firm and are labeled Since: TandyPro® Hand Tools — Tandy Leather, Inc. Although made in China, these tools actually look like pro quality tools. I haven't been able to get down to my Tandy store to check them out in person to see if their quality matches their looks. Anyone here have any hands on experience with these tools? I would prefer a tool work exceptionally well, rather than look good, but if I can have a quality tool with looks to match, all that much better.
  7. Yes it would, but new ones are too pricy for me even before shipping. May take you awhile to find a used one. I am not an expert by any means in this area, and don't claim to be. Having said that, many parts can be swapped out with Juki TSC-441 parts as Ferdinand based his machine on the Juki TSC-441. His first machines were actually Jukis that he modified to sew heavier and thicker leather, and they still had the Juki decal as shown in the top photo posted by DonInReno. Later I believe he switched to having his own heads cast, but I am not sure how many parts if any he may have still purchased from Juki, and how many were his own. Other 441 parts from other vendors such as feet from Cobra, Cowboy, TechSew, and Artisan, although they may fit, may have to be altered or the machine adjusted to use them. As an example, feet from other vendors may fit the Ferdco, but the overall length of the foot may be slightly different. You would then either have to grind down the foot if too long, or adjust your machine to sew properly with this new foot length. Having to adjust the machine would be fine if it was a one time thing, but would not be recommended if you had to switch back and forth between the original Ferdco feet and the new vendors feet (the info about the feet I credit to JJN as he clued me into this.)
  8. Conner, yes you are mostly correct. If mounting the head on a different table or a stand, you could use the same motor, and speed reducer (if it came with one.) The only thing you may need to alter/replace is the connector rods (connects foot pedal to actuating arm on motor), and the chain for the presser foot lifter, if they are not long enough. Below is a photo (provided by JerseyFirefighter on a different thread ) that shows a Ferdco that Keystone Sewing was selling with an additional flat bed attachment. To me, this would be the best way to mount a 441, if one need both a cylinder arm and flatbed machine. I hope you are correct about Hoffman Brothers, but I have my doubts. HB purchased Ferdco around 2011-2012(?), and the page on the HB website regarding Leather Machines (https://hoffmanbrothers.com/leather-machines/) points to https://www.Ferdco.com, which hasn't been updated since the purchase. I believe that Keystone Sewing Machines, was one of the last companies still selling Ferdco but I noticed they no longer list Ferdcos on their website. Unfortunately Gregg From Keystone Sewing is not longer with us to add to this discussion. My personal experience with HB is that I emailed them right after getting my Pro 2000 looking for extra feet, and they never responded to my email.
  9. David, Welcome to the world of Leather. I live in the Sacramento area as well, so I know what you mean, but don't despair. You have probably already discovered that there is a Tandy Leather in Sacramento on Northgate just off of Hwy 80. They do have some upholstery leather, but not a great selection. My recommendation to you would be The Hide & Leather House out of Napa CA, which is the only business left of Sawyer of Napa and the Sawyer Tannery. The Sawyer Tannery was the largest tannery west of the Mississippi in its heyday, and was the last tannery in the west to close down. In fact the term "Nappa Leather" and the quality associated with it, was directly tied to the quality of leather and garments coming out of this tannery. The Hide House claims that they stock over 3,000 types of leather, if you ever visit their facility, you will believe it. It's about 1hr and 40mins from Sac, and well worth the drive, however they sell online as well. If you get a CA resellers license (which is not difficult), you can set up a Wholesale Account with them for discounted purchases. I get my Hermann Oak veg tan from them. Website: The Hide & Leather House, Inc. (hidehouse.com) Tour: I agree with Uwe, but I couldn't resist the opportunity of sharing this information with a fellow leather craftsman in the Sacramento area. I hope this helps, and maybe we can meet up for a beer sometime. Best of Luck! Steve
  10. Conner congrats on the purchase! From looking at the literature I have, Ferdco only lists the HH in the Pro 2000HHFB package which listed for $7,095, but you could get the head only for $6,545. I don't see a Pro 2000HH package which would have been mounted on a table like the standard 2000 or the 2000H. So either someone purchased the head only and built their own flatbed table (not likely), or I would say that you what you do indeed have is the Pro 2000HHFB with the original table. I don't think Ferdco would have put on the FB decal (even if there was enough room) as one, it is self evident, and two, it has no bearing on that actual head itself. If you are going to be sewing items without contours to it (fairly flat items), stick with the flatbed for now, as you can always remount it down the road if that situation changes. Curious, did you get any attachments with it, like a holster or stirrup plate, different feet, roller guide, etc? Also, I would really be interested in knowing the capacity of the HH. If you put the needle in the top most position, and using the foot pedal to raise the presser foot to its highest, what is the distance from the needle plate to the bottom of the walking foot? I sewed with the clutch motor for awhile, and you get used to it. However, if your really want to sew at a snails pace for some items, but really take off on long straightaways like belts, , I highly recommend the FS-550 servo motor.
  11. Cool use of that one stamp for backgrounding. I would really like to see pictures of them mounted on the tank when you are done.
  12. Are you asking if you can buy new 29Ks online, used 29Ks, or both? If you are asking about new, there are several companies that make a Singer 29K clone, such as TechSew's 2900 Leather Patcher. Or, are you asking if 29K71 parts are available online? If this is the question, then yes many new/replacement parts can be found online. Here is just one of many sites you will find if you search for Singer 29K71 parts.
  13. Buying from Offer Up shouldn't be any different than buying from CL, FB or any other type of classified, as it is just another way to put buyers in contact with sellers. It is still ultimately the buyers responsibility to do their homework to make sure they are getting what they are paying for, in working order or not. JJN found my Ferdco Pro 2000 on CL for me (still can't thank him enough), and like him, I spent a good part of a day driving up and back to pick it up. It's an awesome machine, and I love it even more now that I put a servo motor on it. As far as those Ferdcos go, $1,400 for a 441 clone with a 16 inch arm, looks like a great deal, even if they were ridden hard and put away wet. Ferdinand, aptly named his 441 clone the Super Bull, as it will plow through anything you throw at it. I believe that the model shown is actually the Pro 2000HHFB. HH - Super High Lift, and FB = Flat Bed. The Pro 2000HHFB sold complete (stand, motor, speed reducer, and accessory kit) for $7,095 when it was released in 2000. There is the standard 2000, the high lift 2000H and the super high lift 2000HH. The standard will sew through 3/4 inch, so it makes me wonder what the H and the HH will sew through. Considering most 441 clones max out at a sewing height of 3/4 inch, that makes these HH at $1,400 even a better deal if they are still sewing. My only concern, is that on my Pro 2000, I have to have the Presser Spring Regulator backed out almost all the way, so as not to mark up my leather with the walking foot. The one in the picture show has the Regulator cranked down almost all the way down. If I was in a few hour drive of the area and needed/wanted a 441 clone, I would go look at them.
  14. BigSiouxSaddlery, sorry, but I can't find an emoji that has egg on it's face so this one will have to do . You have my apologies and my respect. Curious about the needle point though... my guess of LL is based on the direction of the angled stitch, as my LL sample above matches the angle of Jacob's sample.
  15. Oh, and here is a handy Schmetz guide to Cutting points/Needles for stitching leather that can be downloaded if the above link ever dies: leather-needles.pdf @BigSiouxSaddlery below sounds like she has a tremendous amount of experience with the Landis, and would know more about your machine than I ever would.
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