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  1. I put just simple masking tape on the finished side.
  2. I don't know about grain direction in leather. But I had a concern about stretch of a strap and I layer a sewing reinforcement sf101 and it made a big difference.
  3. Here is what I did: Folded and created a seam. Used contact cement. Put stitches all around no butt or baseball. The bond is surprisingly strong. I hammered after folding and got a nice edge. Skived for the buckle fold. Two layers after folding made it a bit thick. Reinforced the skived area with a thin and strong liner. The skived area got a little stretchy without it I'll save the baseball stitch for another project. I also tested all this on a 2 foot scrap before implementation.
  4. I am using heavy chrome leather on a purse and for the strap. 2-3 mm chrome leather; firm. I plan to make the strap by folding over and butt joining in the center of the length then edge stitching. I plan to use either a baseball or butt stitch. My concern is that either of those stitches uses a hole that is not perpendicular to the leather. I think I risk the thread tearing the hole. I have choices hole punch ( perpendic.,,), Chisel perp. Or angled. Suggrstions for holes and stitch? I could also not butt stitch and put another row of stitches. Tom
  5. Here is what I found/did: I used flesh2flesh for the panels and added small patches of tandy board on each panel 1" from edges and .5" from folds. I works great! The outside stretches the inside compresses. That's ok because the folds are permanent unlike the in a bifold wallet. If I make this again I will use, probably, goat on the inside and use more tandy board near folds and maybe a startched reinforcement over all. The bag has way is named "structure". I used gray waxed thread thick. Got an interesting result,: before hammering it was nearly invisible after hammering the gray became lighter but not boldly. I didn't use contrasting because I was afraid of exposing my errors - I could have since my stitching seems to have improved. Tom
  6. I am making a purse with a flap; it is a single piece : front, bottom, back, top, flap. I have planned to use 1.5 (,maybe 2.0) mm glued flesh to flesh 3-4 mm). The pieces are pretty firm but on each of the 5 sections I will imbed stiffener/tandy. On the panels but not in the folds. It came to me that it gets folded into it's box shape I might have a problem that comes up in bifold wallets that are f2f them folded. I did some tests on scrap and it seems ok : the inside piece compresses some and the outside stretches some. The wrinkles are minimal. The two pieces will be hand stitched at their edges and the two pieces will be glued f2f. What are your thoughts on durability, do ability?...; Similar to bifold wallet. Tom/Dominican Republic
  7. TomMeyers

    Rex #27

    I have this Rex #27 press and it came with a variety of rivets but I suspect that the anvil is missing. The post on the bottom is a tube and it is on a spring. The upper pressing part is non-removable and has a dimple; maybe for splash rivets. Any suggestions for use or other info appreciated. I am thinking of 3d printing a piece to hold a metal anvil on the bottom and maybe similar for the top. Tom
  8. My first thought Is a welt like a shoe sole and capture the piping. The piping will hide the raw edge the fabric can be turned. Or, roll the leather edge and sew without piping.
  9. If you can't find them you could have them 3d printed.
  10. That's what you get for 150-200$US in the Will store.
  11. I double checked: inkscape can output in dxf format. Here is a link with some info. Download inkscape it is free. Tom
  12. Frodo, from a paper drawing? Lines? How about a photo of it. I would use inkscape. Free and easy. Tom
  13. Thanks, I have a diode laser engraver and I never thought it could shape plastic. I have used it to cut leather and engrave leather. I am going to try the plastic. Tom 5 w diode Lasergrbl Fusion 360 Thank you
  14. I agree: it should be shame on me! If I submitted to begging.
  15. I have used my laser engraver eleksmaker and a low power 5w laser to cut and engrave veg tan. It went well. Chrome tan is not recommended because of fumes. To cut I made multiple passes.
  16. Is the groove on the flesh side or gusset; I don't see it. Tom
  17. Thank you, everyone, for your replies. I am now going to try that.
  18. OK, i better get started!!! Ow ouch ow ouch ... aaaaah Thanks, Tom
  19. I saw a video of a saddle stitch being done while the person sewing could only see one side and feel the other side. It was a handbag. Is there a trick to this? Something that minimizes the number of times i poke my finger. That person sewing passed the two needles in the hole. It appeared that he used a fine needle. He seemed to insert one needle and used that to find the hole for tje second (inside) needle. Thanks, Tom
  20. I agree with spyros . Get the most you can and price at the market price of similar products. So know your competition. If that price is too low for you then get out of that market. Sk there is a use for costs but it is not for setting price. Cost plus pricing is erroneous; market price is reality. (MBA '83) Your work is very! Nice. I would have punched the holes into the pattern rather than by measure.
  21. I recommend you put a tab of leather across the bottom of the closed zipper and in front of that sew an X on the teeth. The tab will hang off the end a little but give you the space to open fhe case. I use that in purse making. The other end can be finished the same or just sewn to the leather. One side of zipper to one side of leather. ...
  22. There is an up and down of the tape. The dome should be pointing up when zipping (up). Yours are not.
  23. I bought a 2ft by 2ft scrap of dyed leather. Attractive color (dark burgundy) 2-3 mm soft. I worked with to make a bracelet; skived, burnished edge, machine stitched, folded. All went well it was a little spongy, burnished ok but not real shiney, easy sewing. Didn't seem to work well with my bag kote. It is bonded and has no fibers. Whst has been your experience with bonded leather for working and durability? I may use it in a purse. Anything that might help me purchase, work and sell in a purse product? Thanks, Tom
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