I have been following leatherworker.net for a couple years. This is my first time commenting on a thread.
I am new to leather working about 2 yrs now. I have downloaded several patterns you print and then punch out the holes and cut. The first few were to say the least worse than BAD!!. I am a bit better but seem to be making items I really don't like and feel like I am wasting leather. I can't get myself to sell them because I can see the flaws. I have given a few away to family and friends and then I went back to making covers and wraps for tools but you can only do that so many times.
I would like to start making items to sell to at least try and recoup some money to pay for supplies so I can keep doing leather working and get better and maybe some day actually make a good product I feel is worth selling. My goal is to make bags, purses wallets and glass cases.
There are many talented people making PDF patterns, or acrylic templates, no one seems to say how they go about making their own patterns.
I have been looking online and can not find anything that give me an idea of where to even start without wasting expensive leather. My biggest problem is calculating holes and spacing and then matching up your holes on pieces especially when doing curves. I usually use round holes when stitching because I like the look and seating of the thread vs the angled stitches.
I just bit the bullet and purchased a Cobra Class 26 should be delivered in a few weeks. Hoping this will help with alignment of leather pieces when stitching.
My question is this? How does one get started in making their own patterns. I can't draw even a little. I tried to use a ruler and graph paper but the whole calculating spacing for holes drove me crazy. I purchased a machine because I figured if I cut out pieces it would be easier to match up the ends by sewing on a machine than by hand. I am trying to learn Adobe Illustrator, because I think a lot of people use it make their leather patterns.
Any help or suggestions on how I should go about to produce my own stuff or links to where I can learn to produce my own patterns, would be greatly appreciated.
I apologize for the long winded explanation. Thanks in advance for your comments.