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  1. If you're doing a lot of work requiring a punch, you might want to invest in a couple of Sinabroks Stitching Punches, they look like they should automatically feed the punched pieces out the side.
  2. I don't know how they compare to others, but Buckleguy has bulk pricing. https://www.buckleguy.com/search.php?search_query="chicago screws"&section=product
  3. Check this company out California Collar Co., they make really nice leather collars and leashes. Depending on the size of the dog, if they really pull you should consider getting a collar like this Herm Sprenger Training Collar. In spite of the appearance, the "spikes" are dull and painless and it's really effective for controlling large dogs.
  4. I guess it depends on your risk tolerance and available free time, in this case I have neither. I can't find the post now, but I read something from Uwe Grosse that said (I'm paraphrasing), all things being equal, he recommended buying close to home if possible because support is so critical to the operation of industrial sewing machines. In the post he suggested two LA distributors; Atlas Levy and Alberoni. (Atlas Levy has a less expensive option that you may want to look at.) In my case I decided on the Cobra because the manufacturer is relatively close, they have a great reputation, and the brand is more recognizable if I want to resale it someday.
  5. For what it's worth... I've been doing a lot research on various cylinder arm machines and was leaning towards the Techsew 2700 too. I have their SK-4 Skiver and have no complaints with their service. Ultimately I've decided to get the Cobra Class 26 because it's a similar machine and the Leather Machine Company has a great reputation too ('Cobra Steve' is a frequent poster on Leatherworker.net). From what I see their are a lot of great machines and distributors who advertise and contribute on this site, but for me the tie breaker is that (like you) I'm located in Los Angeles which means I can drive the the Leather Machine Company (it's about an hour outside of LA) and pick-up up the machine directly. Not only does it save the cost of shipping, by picking it up you insure it won't get damaged in shipping.
  6. There's some good information in this video Weaver Leathercraft: Sharpening 7 Basic Shop Tools
  7. Weaver Leather recently started selling "Pattern Sheet" plastic for making templates. Pattern Sheet Plastic
  8. Depending on the size of the maul, it brings a lot more weight to bear at impact. For example, if you're driving a pricking iron through 6+ mm of leather you will have a much harder time doing it with a mallet. I rarely pick up a mallet since getting a maul.
  9. Have you looked at Vinymo MBT #8? Nigel Armitage did a review of their thread and (if I recall correctly) mentioned he was considering it specifically because Ritza was discontinuing their .4 thread.
  10. Really nice, best crutch accessory I've ever seen.
  11. Tandy (https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-hand-press) Buckleguy (https://www.buckleguy.com/bg-setter-hand-foot-press-requires-setter-die-w-screw-1/) Weaver (https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/65-6650/master-tools-little-wonder-/pr_30070) Check eBay if you're go with the Weaver press, sometimes you can pick one up for less than the list price. The real expense are the press dies you'll need for each size of rivet, snap, etc... you'll want to use. For the Tandy those run from $50 - $90 for each set. One other consideration, in one of Ian Atkinson's videos he mentions the Weaver double-cap rivets (maybe snaps?) don't work as well with his Tandy dies and speculates they may just be slightly different sizes. So you may want to get the press from whomever you expect to buy most of your supplies. I have the Tandy press and have been happy with it, but I have nothing else to compare it to.
  12. Fanny Pack pattern on Etsy... https://www.etsy.com/listing/683480494/fanny-pack-pattern-with-instructionbuild?ref=shop_home_feat_1
  13. District Leather Supply sells them... https://districtleathersupply.com/collections/featured-products/products/needle-tip-applicator-bottle-3-pack
  14. Have you looked at Vinymo? They have a lot of colors including Burgundy. Vinymo Thread
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