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  1. Just finished my Dojo Duffel Bag, 24" x 12" x 12". The body is 5/6 oz, chrome-tanned, supple, pull-up leather. The flesh side is a gorgeous burnt orange, so no lining. Exterior pockets and emblems on ends are 3/4 oz veg-tan that I tooled, painted, and dyed (Chinese tiger, Japanese dragon, Chikubukai seal, and mitsudome). By the time I make the shoulder strap, I will have assembled about 35 pieces, all saddle-stitched by hand. Antique brass fittings. Holds my gi, weapons, and towel with room to spare. I plan to use this also on the road for week-long trips. I purchased the template from Creative Awl and made changes to suit my vision (3 mm stitches, rather than 5mm; Frontier Leather, rather than Crazy Crow; different end designs; diamond punch, rather than round punch; tooled veg-tan pockets, rather than blank chrome-tan). This has been my most complicated and long-term project, which taught me a lot about cutting, handling, and sewing chrome-tanned leather. It got rave reviews at the dojo. I'm hoping to make more for a bit of revenue. I did the photography and compositing today and still need to post this on my website, https://www.crozetleatherdesign.com/.
  2. Hello. I'm Sheila from Ticino, South Switzerland. I'm a beginner self-taught leather worker. I have a lot to learn, but I'm not afraid by mistakes. I hope to make some good courses as soon I can, for the moment here some of my works. I love to make bags: in the first picture the first one I made as gift for my mom. Now I'm working on my first prototype, almost finished. second picture: A small box and after some eyeglasses case I designed. At the end a keyring. all Giftes. All hand crafted, with the best veg tan leather from Tuscany. I made myself also my cardboard packaging. I hope you like them. Here my Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/orikawa.atelier_leather
  3. Cylinder arm Industrial sewing machine Atlas USA AT335, including sewing table on wheels. Plus FREE flatbed table extension. And FREE bias binder attachment. Suitable for sewing shoes, handbags, leather shoes, leather bags, leather jackets, canvas, heavy jeans, leather craft, etc. Atlas USA AT335 = equivalent to Pfaff 335 sewing machine. Description: The diameter of arm is 46mm. It is specially designed for join-sewing. This machine can be use for edge assembly. Suitable for sewing shoes, handbags, leather shoes, leather bags, leather jackets, canvas, heavy jeans, leather craft, etc. Model: AT335 Sewing speed: 2000 s.p.m. Stitch length: 5mm Needle: DPx17 INCLUDES: HEAD,TABLE,MOTOR. **AS NEW: BARELY USED !!** $1,599 *NO SENDING, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY IN LOS ANGELES!*
  4. Cylinder arm Industrial sewing machine Atlas USA AT335, including sewing table on wheels. Plus FREE flatbed table extension. And FREE bias binder attachment. Suitable for sewing shoes, handbags, leather shoes, leather bags, leather jackets, canvas, heavy jeans, leather craft, etc. Atlas USA AT335 = equivalent to Pfaff 335 sewing machine. Description: The diameter of arm is 46mm. It is specially designed for join-sewing. This machine can be use for edge assembly. Suitable for sewing shoes, handbags, leather shoes, leather bags, leather jackets, canvas, heavy jeans, leather craft, etc. Model: AT335 Sewing speed: 2000 s.p.m. Stitch length: 5mm Needle: DPx17 INCLUDES: HEAD,TABLE,MOTOR. **AS NEW: BARELY USED !!** $1,599 *NO SENDING, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY IN LOS ANGELES!*
  5. My first item... planning to sell it online Made from Veg Tan Top Grain Leather, strap 4mm, bag 2.8mm What should be the price range for such an item? Please let me know what you think! https://www.instagram.com/drkrm.berlin/
  6. Hi everyone! I am planning to buy a sewing machine for a small business that I will start preferably next year. The sewing machines that have been offered to me are the following: 1. Juki DU 141NH 2. Juki DU 1181N 3. Mitsubishi LY2-300 BOB The machine that I need must be able to handle medium to heavy materials (I’ll be using a combination of canvas fabric and leather), as I’ll be making bags (backpack, small pouches and totebags). Also, the machine must be user-friendly and if changes need to be done, the machine parts must be easy to source. Each of the machine is being offered to me at $650.00. So I really need guys your expertise and recommendations as I am very new to this thing so my money and first sewing machine will be worth it! Looking forward for your suggestions. Have a good day everyone!
  7. 6 to be precise, not really lots, but seemed like a good part 2 to 'Lots of tooled belts'... Would combine into one thread if I knew how to change the title so as not to clog up space. These are in the same style as said belts, but although the finishing touches and assembly was recent, most of the tooling was done over a year ago and so unfortunately is not at the same standard as the belts. Since making these I have imported some lovely new tools courtesy of Mr Barry King which has made life much easier, and become a little more familiar with Western patterns. They say a bad workman blames his tools but good ones sure make a difference, as well as putting more time into drawing and planning the floral design, which is where i feel these suffer most. This was early days, but maybe a good 'before' and 'after' comparison can be made between threads... Anyhow, excuses aside, moving on. These are all (obviously) built to the same pattern and were my first attempt at building up stock in lulls between jobs. Hand tooled, hand stitched, fully lined, and with double loop edge lacing. Closing pins are laquered antler, which laces through a pair of eyelets on the back. Shoulder straps not in the photos but will of course be included... Many lessons learnt with these but I hope you like them anyway. thanks, Alex
  8. Hi! My name is Igor Sergeev. I am a designer and master from Russia. I want to share with you a few of my works. All work is done by hand using a saddle stitch. I really hope that you will like them. More of my work can be seen on instagram instagram.com/umptekdesign Just watch my videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC63ScdkQVZh8kUWFgY-5o8w?view_as=subscriber
  9. Thought I would share this, she doesn't speak English but I have learned alot from watching her. Look at some of her other videos. She shows how she makes her patterns.
  10. Hi All I am looking to sell some oldish Tandy Kits, (All in original packaging unopened and by Tandy) if anyone is interested, not sure on prices :/ 4371 x 2 - Loafer Handbag Kit 4469 x 1 - Truckers Log Book Cover Kit 4083 x 2 - Photo Frame Kit 4608 x 1 - Indian Scout Moc Kit - Size 4/5 4582 x 3 - Large Oval Leather Buckle 4588 x 1 - Eagle Leather Buckle 4592 x 1 - Horse Buckle Leather 4593 x 1 - Basketweave Leather 4581 x 6 - Luggage Tags 317002 x 1 - Spirit of Strength Mask Kit 4237 x 1 - Buffalo Skull Barrette Kit 4004 x 7 - Econo Pre-Punched Billfold Interior 4265 x 1 - Key Kaddy Kit 4185 x 1 - Western WatchBand Kit ------- x 1 - Horseshoe Ponytail Holder 3015 x 1 - Skin Plaque Set 4525 x 1 - Tapered Hatband Ends Kit, 1/2" to 3/8" 4236 x 1 - Bow Barrette Kit All of these items are in original packaging and unopened. I can upload photos if requested. I am in the UK, Postage to the USA is approx £13.00 for up to 2kg, the Billfold interiors are approx 100g in weight, so gives you some idea. Let me know if anyone is interested, Thanks Janine
  11. I'm designing a large (around 40 by 30 by 7 cm) gusset bag from 2 mm vegetable tanned leather. I'm using a three-piece gusset design for added rigidity. I know from experience that large bags like these will eventually start to become rounded at the top as the bag starts to form around your body.I would like to prevent this as much as possible, keeping the box-like form as long as possible. The best solution I have thought of thus far is making the lid a separate piece and hiding a slat of 2 mm PP sheet inside the joint between the back piece and the lid. I wish I had some wooden blinds, I could steal one of the slats and use that. I also considered adding a small formed pocket on the inside, but this would make the narrow bag less practical. Any thoughs or recommendations?
  12. So, I have done a few projects such as belts, wallets, dopp kits, and a duffle bag. I have settled on mine next major project and could use some guidance moving on to a more complex project (as I see it). I want to build a pilot bag like the one seen on Buffalo Jackson. https://buffalojackson.com/large-leather-briefcase-everett-pilot-bag-camel.html I believe that I can get the basic shape, the pockets, the handles, and the strap right. What I am not sure about how to complete is the inner pockets for the laptop and tablet, the pocket that is accessible from the outside (making a hidden pocket), adding loops for pens, and the lining without showing all of the edging. I also still debating the welting. I made a dopp kit that the interior looks terrible because I didn't do a very good job on the inner seams and I don't want to repeat this mistake. Any advice is appreciated as I would like to work out a solid plan before I start building this bag. It must be able to fit in the overhead of an airplane as I will be flying frequently. I am also uncertain as to what thickness of leather would be best...2/3, 4/5? I am still debating hand sewing this or using that most aggravating sewing machine I got from Tippman....leaning more towards hand sewing to reduce blood pressure and cussing. I am not so good at pattern making but will try to put together something decent to post to the group as I work through this project. Looking for a little group think on this project to make it as good as I can and any help is greatly appreciated.
  13. Ok, here she is.....The oversized satchel I've been working on for last couple of weeks.
  14. Hi, I started learning to work with leather recently. I've learned some on my own but I know there are the right ways and in some cases easier ways to do things. I've made some leather bags, cuffs, keychains, pattern weights I live in Norwalk CT and I'm looking for classes or a leatherworker willing to show me skills in New York City or Fairfield County, CT. Below is what I've learned and what I know I know nothing about. Please let me know if you know of someone or ask them to respond to my posting. Thanks for your help, Dennis Leatherworking skills Know a little: Patternmaking Measuring leather Cutting accurately Snapping, riveting, grommeting - poorly Hand sewing Gluing Grooving (?) Marking holes Punching holes with awl 2 needle sewing Threading needles and securing ends Process Machine sewing thin leather using walking foot attachment on home sewing machine Cutting straps Punching holes Stamping letters Edges Beveling Sanding Burnishing Buffing Know nothing about: Reinforcing/ Gluing to backer board Wet forming Dyeing Choosing leather Treating flesh side Lining Carving or detailing
  15. Hi all , my latest bag project , comes with a shoulder strap and lined with natural colour pig hide.
  16. This is a purse made from the same Wickett and Craig harness leather that I made a briefcase from. The customer saw the briefcase and loved the look. Once again critiques are welcome. This is the first time I've made a purse.
  17. Hello All, I'm a newbie to leather, l started introducing leather on my waxed canvas bags and l'm hooked. It's a great (but expensive) medium to work with so l have started to make some small accessory products and one bag but hoping to one day have learnt enough about processes and leather to start making a small collection of bags. Fingers crossed.
  18. Hi everyone! I've been lurking awhile, thought it was time! I'm Lori Jo (Joey) McFarland and have been playing with leather on and off for years. I absolutely love the this forum, and really enjoy seeing what everyone is making. The information here is terrific, thank you! Here are a couple pics of my work. Ok just one cause I can't seem to make them smaller ;-) This journal uses composition notebooks. The design is from a Byzantine mosaic from St George's (I think) cathedral.
  19. Hello, everyone! My name is Anton, and I'm from the Kiev, Ukraine. I just wanted to say thanks to this forum and all of you for the great information. I've been reading forum for couple of years (without registration). Here is some of my works. I love bags, briefcases, satchels, good leather wallets and so on... And personal site: http://antonragozin.com/ (russian language)
  20. Hi Everyone, Warning: Complete Newb. For the past 6 years or so I've had a desire to learn leatherwork. I love well-made leather products and since I've got fair hand eye coordination I finally want to give a go. I've been trying my best to read as much as possible about the various thread types, leather types, sewing machines, etc. I had contacted a guy on Etsy a few days ago who does great work and he imparted some advice which was "First, know what kind of projects you want to take on" and "Start with hand sewing to see if you like it." Seems logical. So having given this some thought, I'd like to start perhaps with a bag, like a possibles bag, and maybe belts, and then more elaborate bags with linings, pockets, sections, etc. I want to use premium materials in my items. I'm from Chicago originally (home of Horween) but I live in the UK these days (London). I could really use some good advice because I'm finding myself overloaded with info researching this on my own. 1. What is the best leather (and/or canvas) to use for a mens bag, like a possibles bag and/or satchel? I've received some samples from a Scottish mill of some wax canvas up to 24oz which seems to be a reasonable material. 2. Can someone explain, or post a link to a good source, on thread thicknesses, how they're categorized and their applications? i.e. what is a good thread "gauge" and type to use in a bag application. I've read Polyester is the best weatherproof thread out there. 3. What kind of lining would be good for a bag, if any? Would a tartan wool work well? Are linings typically glued in (if so, what type of glue)? or stitched in? 4. If I'm doing this by hand, what is the best needle to use? Are there specific leather or canvas type needles out there? and do they match up with the thread thickness somehow? 5. Let's say I go a sewing machine route. What are some good sewing machine types / brands that I should consider? I've done a bit of research on this and whilst some people suggest a vintage Singer 201K, others seem to use much more industrial and robust machines like a Techsew. I've seen some amazing videos by Arthur Porter. And Wizcraft's posts stand out on this forum. Amazing. 6. Any really good classes, books, or online bag making tutorials out there that are recommended? I know this is a load of questions and anyone answering doesn't need to address them all. I suppose I'm looking for a general "approach" to this whole thing and to understand if there are any "rules" involved. Thanks so much, and apologies for the long post. Any and all advice you can throw my way is appreciated. Kind Regards, Geo
  21. Hello, I'm interested in doing small wallets and possibly briefcases later. I've been looking at the Cowboy 4500 and the Highlead version of the cylinder arm and would appreciate your input. The leather I'm sewing is pretty thick, I would be sewing 1/4 inch thick leather regularly (4.5-5 oz). I've noticed that the Highlead is much more expensive than the Cowboy, but I've heard the parts are easier to order. One person told me the Cowboy can take Juki parts though. However I like the price of the Cowboy- essentially I can get the 16 inch arm for the same price a Highlead 9 inch would take if I purchased locally. Also the Needle Positioner feature comes with the Highlead and I can imagine it being useful for a novice like myself, but the Cowboy salesman didn't know what a needle positioner was. Any thoughts on that? Both come with a servo motor. I've read some other forums but would appreciate your input. Perhaps my biggest concern is service and support since I'm new to industrial sewing and leathercrafting. There will be issues and I know I'll have questions. Thank you so much for your support. Sidona
  22. Hello All - For any bag/briefcase makers out there I'm in the market for something I can use in the business world. I'd like to buy and/or have something made that can be proudly taken to business meetings but also has a somewhat casual appearance. If anyone is interested can you please message me or respond to this post? Thanks!
  23. Hi Everyone! I am looking for tips on how to most efficiently construct a long (~45"), skinny (5/8") two layer strap out of upholstery leather. So far I have been folding over a large piece of leather and gluing the flesh sides together, then cutting a straight edge, then cutting to width, then sewing around the whole thing. The thing is, it has been hard to get a nice clean cut edge, and very hard to cut a consistent width down the length of the strap. Anyone have a different method I could try? Also, I've been using water based leather adhesive - should I be using contact cement instead? Thank you! Juliette
  24. Hello everyone! I hope this is OK to use as a thread of the many things I'll create I'll use this first post as an index of what I've made! I hope you enjoy and I always appreciate feedback and tips! My kraken book
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