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carmela

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    Leather working and classic cars

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    Bag making
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    edgework & developing sewing skills
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  1. Hi guys - Have you tried Renia yet? It is 100% odorless and carried in the U.S. by Lisa Sorrell Notions. I was getting headaches from barge so I switched and it is very comparable. I like the Aquilim 315 and use to glue plonge & devine leather liners into leather handbags. Also soak edges with it prior to clamping up gussets and it sets up quickly. Just press edges with your fingers prior to clamping and it holds well enough to pull clamps off and sew. https://sorrellnotionsandfindings.com/product-category/glues-and-adhesives/ Lynn
  2. Hi LJK, I'm so sorry I did not see your reply sooner. I must have not been checking responses correctly. I'm so glad to hear you may have some good connections. Can we speak on the phone or chat through email correspondence? I can send pictures of what I have in work and go from there? Sincerely, Lynn Johnson 314-805-1507 lynn.johnson50@yahoo.com
  3. Hello, Seeking someone who owns a clicker press machine to cut handbags. I have a range of pattern sizes with the Largest 34” to 36” long x 12” wide dies which will require a wide head clicker press. Smaller bags as well with smaller dies. Preferably located in the St Louis area, however open to all inquiries. If interested please send me your contact information. Sincerely, L Johnson
  4. Hello, I am looking for someone in the STl Louis area who has excellent leather sewing skills and the ability to sew even stitches around tight gusset radius of handbags. All bags are prepped so contract sewing is the main task. If interested please send me your contact information. Thank you L Johnson
  5. Thank you! I will try a heat gun on my next bag. The pic of blue bag was one I tried some edge paint on prior to sewing to see if it helped tack it down or fill in gaps but it just created a wobbly edge ( I tried the V cutouts on some rounded flap bags but they were hidden on underside - I wouldn't have thought about trying on the outer edge of gusset ) I stitched further back from the edge on this gusset & need to even it up with a fresh blade & then will try the heatgun. I ordered a welt foot from my dealer Cowboy Bob at Toldeo Ind and will try piping on some bags but I prefer the edge painted look so I'm not giving up. I ordered the dense basecoat & paint from the place in Italy recommended earlier in the thread ( GIARDINI) it sounds very thick so maybe that will help. I have some thick leather ( mellowtan chap leather from Hidehouse in Nappa) that comes in many colors and looking forward to transitioning to that. I really should try sewing the gussets on the 1541 flatbed but I'm so used to 4500 and love the cylinder & reverse. Thank you for taking the time to help me. I appreciate it very much. ( PS-your leather business looks amazing- gorgeous bags & love your farm):O)
  6. Also wondering if the Giardini dense base coat was tried and worked as a Filler? I was planning to buy that along with the dense edge paint as an alternative to Fiebings. I would try the caulk but I'm using many unique leather colors ( reds, blues, greens, yellows, orange, brown, salmon, purple ) so mixing up batches of edge paint keeps me busy enough. I would love to find a way to make the edges stay together throughout the entire process and not start popping apart in sections after I sew them. I thought it was Barge - maybe I got an old batch from Amazon so I tried the newer version but the same thing happened. I then tried Fiebings and the latest glue I tried and still using after reading about it on the Forum is Aquilim 315 ( from Sorrell Notions & Findings). I love the glue ( odorless ) and definitely comparable to Barge. ( no more Barge headaches or dragging my folding tables outside to glue ) big process improvement! Thank you Leatherworker Forum! Now I am really hoping to figure out a solution to my current problem. I clamp gussets to handbag body right after the glue sets up and sit overnight clamped up and then I remove clamps as I sew ( using cowboy 4500 - cylinder machine) In some sections seams are together but in many small section they are seperated. Tomorrow I plan to try different leather to see if I get the same thing. I appreciate any ideas as a way to fill in the gaps along the edge. Sincerely xoxo
  7. Also wondering if the Giardini dense base coat was tried and worked as a Filler? I was planning to buy that along with the dense edge paint as an alternative to Fiebings. I would try the caulk but I'm using many unique leather colors ( reds, blues, greens, yellows, orange, brown, salmon, purple ) so mixing up batches of edge paint keeps me busy enough. I would love to find a way to make the edges stay together throughout the entire process and not start popping apart in sections after I sew them. I thought it was Barge - maybe I got an old batch from Amazon so I tried the newer version but the same thing happened. I then tried Fiebings and the latest glue I tried and still using after reading about it on the Forum is Aquilim 315 ( from Sorrell Notions & Findings). I love the glue ( odorless ) and definitely comparable to Barge. ( no more Barge headaches or dragging my folding tables outside to glue ) big process improvement! Thank you Leatherworker Forum! Now I am really hoping to figure out a solution to my current problem. I clamp gussets to handbag body right after the glue sets up and sit overnight clamped up and then I remove clamps as I sew ( using cowboy 4500 - cylinder machine) In some sections seams are together but in many small section they are seperated. Tomorrow I plan to try different leather to see if I get the same thing. I appreciate any ideas as a way to fill in the gaps along the edge. Sincerely xoxo
  8. Also wondering if the Giardini dense base coat was tried and worked as a Filler? I was planning to buy that along with the dense edge paint as an alternative to Fiebings. I would try the caulk but I'm using many unique leather colors ( reds, blues, greens, yellows, orange, brown, salmon, purple ) so mixing up batches of edge paint keeps me busy enough. I would love to find a way to make the edges stay together throughout the entire process and not start popping apart in sections after I sew them. I thought it was Barge - maybe I got an old batch from Amazon so I tried the newer version but the same thing happened. I then tried Fiebings and the latest glue I tried and still using after reading about it on the Forum is Aquilim 315 ( from Sorrell Notions & Findings). I love the glue ( odorless ) and definitely comparable to Barge. ( no more Barge headaches or dragging my folding tables outside to glue ) big process improvement! Thank you Leatherworker Forum! Now I am really hoping to figure out a solution to my current problem. I clamp gussets to handbag body right after the glue sets up and sit overnight clamped up and then I remove clamps as I sew ( using cowboy 4500 - cylinder machine) In some sections seams are together but in many small section they are seperated. Tomorrow I plan to try different leather to see if I get the same thing. I appreciate any ideas as a way to fill in the gaps along the edge. Sincerely xoxo
  9. Hello - I was wondering if you found a solution? I am going through a tough time getting my edges to stay together after I sew them up. I logged in to the Forum for some expert advice and saw your thread. I get small gaps & edge separation along my gussets in handbags. I tried many glues and different clamping methods but after sewing ( cowboy 4500) possibly the heavy pressure foot causing edges to come apart? I'm sewing croc embossed cowhide ( has a glossy surface) using a edge skiver ( also cowboy brand) I feel I tried everything as far as prepping edges ( even enrolled in a online edge course) using sander, wax, burnisher and paint. Edges still coming apart and even have small ripples in some areas. I'm getting as close to the edge as possible when I sew and using different length of clamps to mold edges prior to sewing. I'm really stumped & frustrated at how many bags I have to seam rip & try again unless someone has a suggestion? Sincerely xoxoxo
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