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  1. Michellleatherworks

    Help! Ruined my project during stitching!

    I adjusted the feed dog down and that nearly eliminated the problem! It's sewing like a champ now, even with the left harness foot on. It just needs minor adjustments and I think I'll have it dialed in. Thanks again to everyone for the helpful advice!. Cheers
  2. Michellleatherworks

    Help! Ruined my project during stitching!

    Thank you all for the great advice! And yes I did sand edges before hand, unfortunately.. lesson learned! I will give the harness foot a go with some extra meat on the edges. what is the best way to trim material that thick? I have a trimming knife but am not confident with it by any means. Any suggestions?
  3. Hello all! I'm a new member to this site but have been researching topics as a guest for some time. Mostly since purchasing my CB 4500, since they have a steep learning curve for a beginner. I recently was doing a custom knife sheath prototype. It is a welted sheath about 5/8" thick. Everything went wrong when I went to stitch it on my machine. I used 346 thread top and bottom with a #26 needle with fairly high thread tension to sink the stitches into the stitching grooves. The front stitches turned out beautifully but the stitches underneath were all over the place! It was enough to make one sick, as any leather craftsman would know. Also, as a note, I'm using the left harness foot (that leaves unsightly marks on everything) and my machine is a cylinder bed which I suspect is part of the issue. As I sew, the project tilts side to side slightly every time the front presser foot comes down releases. There is no way a stitch will be able to stay true through that much material with the amount that it moves. My Questions are these: Is there something I'm doing wrong(most likely)? Would a flat bed attachment help this? Is there a adjustment on the machine that can help this? How do I reduce the appearance of pressure foot impressions on the leather, as my presser foot pressure is already set pretty low? Any help is appreciated! Thanks for reading! David M