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  1. Oh i just found this video- I understand it now. Do you have a sorce you would recomend? I und
  2. Thank you! Thank you! So is sewfoam a generic term or a brand? Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Bosal-493-36-R-Form-Fusible-Stabilizer-36/dp/B01I06AD48/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=sew+foam&qid=1610674306&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A307EOO7SO3VAU&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyUUhESFM4UE5QQkRRJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODMzNTAwM0RNWjBRUEFTSUc5MCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwODA3MTQ4Mjg1VFdENTA3U1dNWiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= ? Thanks, Gavin.
  3. Ah ha! Now this looks intersting. Where would you normally get this?
  4. Oh wow that's loads! Will check them out for sure. Just saw this, will have a look and feedback
  5. Hi all, I am looking to experiment with quilting leather. I use old/discarded/surplus upholstery leather so it is a little lighter and has a bit more movement than some of the traditional craft leathers. I am inspired by the style and details of vintage cars so I would like to reproduce that kind of lush voluminous bulk that you get in something like those old car seats. I have done a little - just put some fleece in between the lining and the leather and sewed it down. While the result feels nice to handle it doesnt have the nice chunkier relief I am looking for. Is it a matter of a bulkier layer? Or I need to create non flat channels and stuff them then sew it down/seal it in maybe? I don't know how to quilt with standard quilting fabric, and I amn't looking to make patchwork, more just sewing shapes to get volume and shape (like classic Chanel bags, but I want to experiment with different shapes too) Any help much appreciated! Gavin.
  6. Goooood point. Thanks for the reminder. Any tips for sourcing within Canadian borders? I am in Monéreal
  7. I have the Tandy Pro and don't have any real complaints. Sometimes a leather piece doesn't take the stamp but I put that down to the quality of the leather rather than the printer. It takes a bit of getting used to, to get the 'knack' and I have nearly messed up a couple of pieces but if you are ready with a damp sponge or cloth and can see the problem and act right away you can correct it without ruining the leather. It is my first and only foil print machine so I don't have a basis for comparison. I do find the stamp sets to be very expensive. I have a set of 4.5mm but want to get the 6mm set soon and sort out my logo on an individual stamp and that is going to knock me about $800 for that-eek! I did find these guys when I was surfing about looking for a Die Cutting Press https://lwleathers.com/ - might be worth a look. Tandy isn't selling their die cut press any more (or they are just out of stock) so for that I am between these guys or etsy sellers from the far east which I am a bit hesitant about.
  8. Thank you! I will have a look into it and compare. I also want to do an order with them just to see what the service and products are like.
  9. Hi, I havent dipped into YouTube loads for leatherwork videos, but I do like Bedo's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC84XCkIspEOw3cxv3IISvMA He is more focused on shoes but when he does work on bags I find it super interesting (it shows what classic big brand name bagmakers do in their construction which is cool) I have also found some real crap videos out there, so if you have an interesting or useful faves in general leatherwork or bagmaking I would love to see them.
  10. Bonjour Adonis! Loving your work. I moved to Montréal from the UK in February. Would love to pick your brain on where you get your materials and tools from! Gavin.
  11. Hi there, I have just come across 'Rocky Mountain leather Supplies' online. As a recent transplant to Canada from the UK I have been spending a lot of time working out my new suppliers. I have been quite reliant on Tandy but I like the 'Rocky Mountain' stategy of picking and supplying different products from around the world as well as their own label goods. I am thinking of buying the sanding kit as I am finding the manual sanding pretty labour intensive and would love to speed it up. If anyone has this or any good alternatives I would love to know what you think https://www.rmleathersupply.com/collections/machines/products/rocky-mountain-summit-edge-sanding-and-burnishing-attachment?variant=29972344209517 Gavin.
  12. Hello, I make my own bags and accessories, some of things that work for me: Stiffeners- bag base. In the UK I was using Buckram material which is most commonly used in millinery I believe- it comes in various weights (I use thiiner for small leather goods, heavier for the base of a bag) . For the overall structure of the bag I stock mostly to craft foams and interfacing (like pellon etc. that you have listed) as I don't find leather needs too much support to sit upright (thin buckram can be good to get it to stand up without too much weight- this is a recent discovery for me!) Piping wise- I tend to use vinyl when I make my own piping as it is a bit thinner and a lot of my designs can get bulky quickly. It's flexible and easy to sew around curves and there is all sorts of colours. I guess this only works if you are working with a contrast design aesthetic though) I haven't used much reinforcement tape but I will have a proper look at the links you put on there-I should probably consider using it myself!
  13. Hi there, I managed to order a set of nylon bonded coats indutrial from A&N trimmings when I lived in London. They don't love doing small single orders, you kind of need to get the right person on the phone and they check then and there what is available. https://www.antrimm.co.uk/threads The threads are great! I am still using them. There was maybe black and white threads only in the various leather supply shops in London but these guys were the only ones I could manage to get the right stuff in a range of colours without being a full corporate customer.
  14. Hello, Just a wee update, after a bit more back and forth and more research I have settled on the Durkopp Adles 69-373. Mark at muary sewing machines had a model in better nick and for about £300 less than what I found in Wimbledon. He has re-furbed it, I tried it out in his shop on Tuesday and having it delivered tomorrow. I am excited, I will let you know how I get on with it I just tried to attach a pic of it but it is too big sadly! Gavin.
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