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  1. Let me preface everything that follows with this, I have no idea what I am talking about and only know what I've read on websites as it relates to sewing machines. I am starting my research process for purchasing my first sewing machine. The number of options are just as daunting as the prices. I make a wide variety of things. I like to make belts, wallets, journal covers, and laptop bags. The only thing that I want to do that I haven't done yet is cover hat bills with leather and also doing leather patches on hats. I've read enough on here to know that one machine will not be the best for all of these things but unfortunately I am limited by budget and space to one machine for now. From my research I am drawn to the Cowboy CB3200, the Consew 206RB-5, Consew 1206RB-1, the Sailrite Fabricator, and the Cobra Class 20. I like the cylinder arm prospects of the CB3200 and figure it would be a necessity for hat patches. Am I looking in the right direction? Are there other machines to consider? Thanks in advance for your help and input! https://www.sailrite.com/Sailrite-Deluxe-Fabricator-Sewing-Machine-Package https://www.springfieldleather.com/Sewing-Machine-Cobra-Class20 https://www.tolindsewmach.com/cb3200.html https://www.tolindsewmach.com/consew-206rb.html https://www.tolindsewmach.com/consew-p1206rb.html
  2. In my experience with using saddles, not building them, there is a continuous strap or band (adjustment strap) that runs under the seat but is also riveted to the upper part of the skirt to hold it in place. The fenders are then affixed to this strap with rivets. The part of the Blevins Buckle with the "peg" ends is attached to the end of the strap on the fender and the other part of the buckle slides up and down on the adjustment strap. Cutting saddles typically higher seat rise to keep the rider in the seat because of the posture the horse takes while cutting. They also typically have a longer thinner horn on the saddle that a lot of folks will hold onto. It's considered better showmanship to be able to control the horse with reins in one hand than to have to pull them from side to side with the reins. Roping saddles with typically have a higher cantle because the horse's rear end will squat down when sliding to a halt. You're right about mule saddles. They are completely different. Mule saddles will almost always have a strap that goes around the mules rear end because they don't have the pronounced withers of horses to keep the saddle from moving forward. Another difference is also the rear cinch. Typically folks don't tighten the rear cinch up on a horse. There is usually a gap. In my experience it's there as kind of a "last line of defense" for the saddle flipping forward. However, the rear cinch is important on a mule because of the way they're built.
  3. I need you to clutter this up a little bit before my mind explodes.
  4. Springfield Leather sells 13/4" wide rough out strips too.
  5. Exactly what happened here! I think if i was to make this for someone else I would use some pig skin for the middle layer to cut down on the thickness. It's not uncomfortable but it could be thinner. I also think I would make the "hidden" pockets open the inside. But so far I am satisfied with it, except for the edge finishing.
  6. This is from Buckleguy's website. I 100% agree with @chuck123wapati. It depends on the end use, customer's needs, and the end price point of the product being made. If it's a buckle I'm just putting there for "show" because there's a magnetic snap under it, why pay more? However if it's a buckle on a horse headstall or a piece of hardware on a holster of some kind, absolutely, get the best you can. I looks at it the same was as picking leather for a project. Sure, leather XYZ might be the best of the best, but is it really needed for the small pocket knife sheath you're making for your nephew? Just my $0.50 (rounded up for inflation).
  7. Compared to the first pictures this looks amazing! Did you ever get this project finished up?
  8. Afternoon Everyone! Me and my girls did a craft fair a couple weeks back and I ended up selling a gentleman the wallet out of my pocket that I had made for myself. So, I needed a new one. Here are some picture of it. I'm pretty happy with this design. If I made another one I would make it about 1/2" wider so the card pockets would lay better but. I have 8 cards in the pockets and my work badge in one of the outside pockets. You can see in the last picture that I put pockets on each side between the cash pocket and the card pockets. I could have gotten a little more meticulous on my corners but I knew I was making this one for myself so I called it "good enough." Let me know what y'all think!
  9. This is the very early stages of a briefcase/laptop bag I am making for myself. These are the front and back panels. I'm thinking about putting a large pocket on the back panel so the stitching for the inside pocket doesn't show. There will be a 5" gusset to form the sides and I plan on putting a heavy piece of veg tan in the bottom to reinforce it. I haven't decided on straps yet.
  10. I have to agree with you there. I wouldn't watch it with my kids. And the whole Billy Knapp and Alice Longabaugh story is very sad. But you can't help but laugh when James Franco looks over and says, "First time, huh?"
  11. This is one of the most awesome things I've seen on here!! I love that movie!!
  12. I agree with what others have said here. I have never heard of this stuff, didn't know it was a thing. And I'm relatively new to leather working so there's that too. I have tried a couple of different contact cements and found my favorite to be SLC's Ever-Tack. It's water based, not flammable, no bad smells, cleans up pretty easily, and when applied to both pieces holds pretty darn good. At least good enough to get my stitching holes made and get the piece stitched up. This has kind of been my philosophy on cements too. It doesn't really seem that I need something that's going to glue a bowling ball to the ceiling if it's going to get stitched. Just my opinions, take it for what it's worth.
  13. Awesome work on the mauls! I'm constantly impressed by what folks can do with a lathe. I find myself starting conversations about leather off like the quote A LOT! "So you just cut stuff out and sew it together?" "Well stitch actually, it'll be easier if I just explain the whole process..." And by the time I get done they no longer care
  14. @ScottWolf I just ordered all of the ingredients to make this. I am really excited to give it a try. If you don't mind, my girls have a craft fair coming up with their 4H group and would like to make this to sell there. Let me know what you if you're opposed to that. I don't want to step on any toes.
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