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  1. I know this is an old post but there wasn’t a response. The oil in an AK20 strap cutter is 85W-90 Gear Oil, not sewing machine oil. It’s a closed system so you should not have to add oil unless you are changing the oil. As long as you can see a little oil in the window then you don’t need to add oil.
  2. See those holes in the ring? There is a bar that came with the machine that fits in those holes. Gives you leverage. It is reverse threaded so you need to go the other direction. Right-loosey, lefty-tighty. Try having someone hold the hand crank wheel behind the machine while another person uses turns the nut.
  3. Thanks for the replies! The whole thing was used as a decoration for a while. It was entirely dismantled, painted gray, and put back together to sit in some store somewhere. I spent a while with low grit sand paper but the blade needs more help than I can provide. Thanks for the suggestions!
  4. I have a 8" Osborne Chase Pattern splitter blade that i need to have reground. Do you know of anyone who offers a service to resharpen leather blades?
  5. I'm a firm believer that umbrella or liability policies are a good thing to have. I would not rely solely on an LLC designation to protect against someone going after my house. Depending on the state you might have to go through a broker to find a policy for leather manufacturing. MN was exceptionally hard to find something for some unknown reason. Insurance companies like ACT will provide umbrella policies and coverage for your tools/materials at home that might not be covered by your home owners insurance. I pay $400 a year for a million dollar liability policy and $50k coverage for materials/tools.
  6. J&FJ Baker & Co Oak Bark and Veg Tan equestrian leathers are now available in the US! Carmine Jack Leather has Bakers traditional oak bark bridle, harness, and stirrup leathers in a number of different colors. We also have some of their veg tan offerings including their panel hides and bag hides (double back hides averaging (34sqft) as well as their corrected grain veg tan harness leathers which are a big hit in Japan. We have straps available for sale on our website but working on getting everything else up there. The backs, butts, and whole hides we offer are all done through direct invoicing so please send us a message to get an order started.
  7. Are you looking for stirrup bars? Or Stirrup butts? I have J&FJ Bakers Oak bark tanned leathers (bridle, harness and stirrup) available and if I dont have what you need I can easily get it.
  8. I have two Black Oak Bark bridle double shoulders for sale from J&FJ Baker in England. $250 each plus shipping. Between 11 and 11.5 sq ft. These shoulders are unsplit and are between 3mm and 3.5mm. Let me know if you have questions. Black Oak Bark Shoulder #1 Black Oak Bark Shoulder #2
  9. Cobra NP-10 bell skiver. Purchased new from Cobra a little over a year ago. $2100. Runs excellent its just that business needs have changed. Local pickup only. I am in Minneapolis MN but I would be willing to road trip a few hours to meet. PM me with questions.
  10. Natural Bakers Oak Bark Bridle has no wax or grease (called Dubbin) unless specifically requested when ordering direct from the tannery and can range from 4mm to 6.5mm. From what you described you did in fact get the Bridle leather but better quality pictures would go a long way. Flesh sides vary with each butt. Some smooth. Some hard. Some not. The waxy Bakers Natural you are looking for from Japan (Leather Phoenix) is Bakers Stirrup leather. Its a corrected grain leather that is finished with dubbin. Would explain why there are no pores and doesnt get any water stains. Its advertised on the japan site as Harness which is why it was distributed in the states as Harness. See link below. Japan sells Bakers "Navy" harness but Bakers only makes their Navy color on their Stirrup butts. https://l-phoenix.shop-pro.jp/?pid=108304152
  11. Hey folks, Im trying to sew a front pocket into a tote with my machine and I am wondering how other people temporarily attach their pockets to keep them from moving around during stitching? Same for little badges with the logo? Do you glue the pockets on first? Do you tack it somehow? Tape it in place before stitching? Are there any good videos about this? I get the feeling it something pretty obvious and I’m just not smart enough to see the simplest explanation.
  12. That was a lot of really great info. Before buying this machine I had no idea there were so many different needle styles. I’m currently using a 794S. I’ve got a number of different sizes and haven’t started playing with them yet. I like the big chunky thread look and am using a 277 thread. I’ve got some size 350 Serabraid samples that I will start messing with once I figure this machine out some. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!!
  13. Thanks Tom. Could recommend a brand?
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