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  1. fiftycrushplan

    Making a belt

    I want to make a belt for the first time. What dye is best for this and what type of finish do you guys apply afterwards? Thanks.
  2. Can anyone tell me if there is a technique to lace edges with the whip stitch in three colours? I know there is a tri cordovan but I’m after something simple that I can incorporate three colours into the edges of belts. Doesn’t need to hold anything together, purely for the aesthetic look. Photos, video or tutorial would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  3. txgunjack

    Custom Leather Stamps

    I want to start making some of my own custom leather stamps. Just for me initially. If it goes well I may share. But i am curious how to make the lines and checkers in say a lined or checkered beveler or a backgrounding tool. I have the steel. I have some other specialty items for engraving and knurling. Also, do most stamp makers heat treat/harden their stamps. i don't think it would be necessary. I have seen so many nails that were made into custom stamps and they don't likely treat such a cheap tool. But i know Robert Beard is said to have heat hardened his to a 58 Rockwell scale hardness. Any tool makers willing to share their knowledge?
  4. Hey guys! Just thought this community would appreciate this. A short video giving some insight on the mindset of a super successful creator. (Film director and leather craftsman). Enjoy! You can check out more of Benito's work at @bennyboyindustries on instagram!
  5. Using exotic leather on your leatherwork can give your craft a very eye-catching look and add value and interest in what you are making. In this video tutorial see how I use alligator skin to give a simple pencil case a whole new look and feel. If alligator skin is not your thing, then you could use a wide variety of other leather types or materials in it's place to make it unique. Regardless, what I love about handmade leather goods is that in the end you have something that will most likely be with you for a lifetime and carry a story with it. If you'd like to try your hand and making this project a printable PDF pattern with instructions and materials I used to make this project can be downloaded from my website at www.fischerworkshops.com To see how it's made just click here to view my video guide to making an exotic leather pen case
  6. Hey guys, I've shot a real simple video of me making just a standart Key Fob, really easy for a first time project, except for the stitching part, obviously. I hope you guys can enjoy it, I haven't posted here in a while so I thought this would be a good time to do that! Also, the Key Fob that I made in the video is up for a GIVEAWAY, all you have to do is go to my Facebook or Instagram page (links below), like or follow, and comment on the Key Fob picture with the hashtag #iwantthekeyfob, next sunday I'll pick a random winner and that's it! I've made really basic step by step pdf instructions with the template, anyone can have it for free, jus make sure you support my social media and ask me for it, I'll gladily sent it to you Link to the YouTube tutorial: www.facebook.com/louraleather www.instagram.com/louraleather Email: louraleather@gmail.com
  7. Hey guys, I've shot a real simple video of me making just a standart Key Fob, really easy for a first time project, except for the stitching part, obviously. I hope you guys can enjoy it, I haven't posted here in a while so I thought this would be a good time to do that! Also, the Key Fob that I made in the video is up for a GIVEAWAY, all you have to do is go to my Facebook or Instagram page (links below), like or follow, and comment on the Key Fob picture with the hashtag #iwantthekeyfob, next sunday I'll pick a random winner and that's it! I've made really basic step by step pdf instructions with the template, anyone can have it for free, jus make sure you support my social media and ask me for it, I'll gladily sent it to you Link to the YouTube tutorial: www.facebook.com/louraleather www.instagram.com/louraleather Email: louraleather@gmail.com
  8. This popular folding coin purse design makes for a great leather project. Small enough to conveniently store in your pocket or purse but able to store a large amount of coins in. It also opens up nice and wide so you can get what you need quickly and easily. To add value and beauty to the purse I have used several types of exotic leather for aesthetics through the circular cutout of the purse frame. I have used both alligator skin and gazelle hide as examples for this tutorial. A PDF pattern with a detailed list of leather types, tools, and products used in this project can be downloaded from Fischer Workshops. Just click on the following link to be directed to the download page...Exotic Leather PDF Pattern DownloadI have also published a video tutorial to demonstrate the step by step process I go through in making the purse. The video is only 10 minutes long, but it took me about 2 hours to complete this project. I chose to stain the leather by hand which is the longest process in making the purse. I suppose if you bought pre-stained leather you could finish this project in about an hour. To see the video just click on the link below... Thanks and Enjoy!
  9. Eberk

    Covering The Pommel

    Was hoping someone could help me with either how you cover and have the stitching on the inside or what time of leather to use that will stretch and not have to stitch it at all.
  10. I need to make a lightweight strap for a small bag, and im not in love with having a raw side exposed. How is a strap like this done? It looks like its finished on both sides but no stitching. I don't know if I would want to rely on glue for such an important component.. Either way I was thinking of using either 2 layers of lightweight essex (2-3 oz) or one layer of a 4.5 oz essex. I am a beginner so sorry if this is a silly question.
  11. drawingonblank

    Pfaff 335 N00B

    Hi! So I've been working on a relatively newer Pfaff 335 machine and it's been getting the job done. After sewing an entire colonial style jacket out of leather and suede on a commercial machine, I finally upgraded; however, I'm beginning to think I'm making life harder than it needs to be by not using the correct settings for each job. I generally use a 17/105 or 18/110 diamond point needle for most things and the forum recently helped enlighten me about materials / needle / thread combos with the charts I found. I use a flat plate and the feed dogs in the pic below. I work on wallets, duffle bags, jackets, dopp kits and a lot of random luxury items. I even make soft leather holsters. After scouring the site and the manuals, I'm having a hard time finding good resources for what tools do what with my machine i.e. If I'm making a nice, burberry or cole haan type wallet with (fill in the blank type leather) (fill in the blank weight), I'd love to find some sort of 'standard practices' guide that answers: what needle and thread would I use? if binding edges, how to operate the edge binder and how to choose the size feeder etc etc what type of leathers are --typically-- used and what range of leather thickness? if skivving, how thin? when stitching zippers, which feet to use for the machine? I realize this just gets honed with time and each project is unique depending on the tastes but there has to be a guideline? I've figured out a lot thus far but it takes forever. Any help, resources, tables and/or charts are immensely appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  12. I just received my Cobra class 4:) never owned or even used a sewing machine before. its a challenge, but what I would like to know is, how do I make using this easier? I hand stitch everything, so when I received my tax return, I bought the cobra. no telling when an opportunity would allow me another chance, so I jumped. is there any advice on practices or even places that instruct on this matter:) I have tons of crap, and soon that will run out at the rate I'm going. I only ask, because I really don't want to learn poor habits, instead id like advice of some good habits to build on. Thank you:)
  13. Looking for different patterns and styles for my 2002 Indian Chief saddlebags. This is my first project. HELP
  14. Horny G Leather

    Making Chinks

    A friend of mine found out that I have been doing leather work. He wants me to make him a pair of chinks. I have not made a pair yet. I bought the Tandy pattern for them. Anyone got any good tips for me to get started with? IE type of leather for belt and body, size of belt.
  15. Stadler

    Juki Lu-562 / 563

    Hello. I am hoping someone can help me. I have a Juki 562 or 563. (Not sure) there are no tags attached. But it does not have a reverse bar. Is there any way to reverse stitch without it? Thanks for your time in advance
  16. Okay, I've been poking around the site now for a while and have learned a ton, but I also have lots of questions. Like... Should I be using a stitching awl or stitching chisel? Until now, I've been using one of several chisels (6, 2 and 1 points) I got from Tandy on everything I do. I've been using my awl (I got from Tandy) just to widen holes as I stitch so I can pass two needles through at the same time. It pointed, but far from sharp like what I hear about Bob Douglas awls. What am I missing here? When should I be using an awl or the chisel. Getting Stitching Holes to Line Up? What's the trick here? I think I've experimented every which way and cant say I've found the "right" way yet. If I punch holes first, they're less likely to lineup perfectly. But If I glue first, then punch holes, I have to go back over it with the dye again. Using the groover make it even more complicated and difficult to get things lined up. Should I always use a groover? I understand the groovers are used to recess and protect stitching lines. I've been doing it on EVERYTHING regardless of how it will be used because I thought 'that's just how its done'. After reading through the forums, I'm not so sure. Should I stop using the groover? Why/when should I use an overstitch wheel? I've been using it to layout holes around corners and curves. Should I be using it for something else? If it helps... I primarily have been working with leather weights between 3oz and 9oz to make variety of large and small cases/bags, iPad sleeves, and wallets. I've been stitching everything hand using Tandy needles and what I think is 4oz waxed nylon thread. Any help and suggestions you can offer are appreciated. Thanks. - Odin
  17. bcflyguy

    Redyeing

    I have dyed a piece too dark. The piece is not sealed yet.( no Resolene)How do I redye it to make it a different color thanks Neil ps I originally used Fiebing Eco flo
  18. bcflyguy

    Groover Blade Sharpener

    Is it possible to sharpen a groover blade or should I buy another blade . Which is the best type of groover??
  19. I would like to know what is the best way to align letter stamps for lettering and also to make sure pressure is even. Is there a press to use? What do you do to make sure your lettering is precise? For example, I would like to stamp names and addresses, phone numbers, and quotes on luggage tags. Thank you for your input on this. I really appreciate it!
  20. Here is another video on stitching if you guys are interested. I stitch a gun belt. Please subscribe to channel if you can. Thanks!
  21. What pen/pencil/chalk will leave removable trace on very smooth black finished leather? I'm trying to transfer sewing lines from pattern to the front, finished side of a black smooth chrome-tanned leather (Mission pigskin and ostrich print on pigskin from Tandy, if this matters). Construction is similar to tool or pencil roll, seams must be on finished part. Tried: - To order from US silver pen. Out of stock, and I would prefer not to spend another $30 for shipping of one pen, as you understand. - Silver metallic marker. It leaves quite bright trace, removable by wet finger of cloth. If stitching is over it, particles of glitter become embedded in thread and holes, looks dirty grey, not good. - Chalk. Leaves some trace, brushable off, but again, if seam is over or near it, particles are all over the thread, whitish powdery residue. - White water soluble pen for quilters and white soap, same result: they leave no traces on the finished side of leather, faint trace on the back side. - Ball pen. Leaves visible trace, but not removable, still visible under the thin thread. The only option left is use masking tape as a stitch guide, but layout accuracy will be affected and there is a possibility that foot of the sewing machine (domestic kind) would drag and maybe displace making tape. Any other solutions? Thank you.
  22. Krato3e

    Interesting Braiding

    Hello friends I am starting to learn braiding. I would like to ask if anyone know the name of the braiding or how it is done this nice leather bracelet that I saw in a website. thanks for your help
  23. harry phillips

    Antique Gel

    How to make your own antique gel?
  24. How do I achieve a light oil finish on my tack? I love the way it looks but have never been able to find a dye light enough to achieve the look I want. Any step by step pointers would be fantastic! I am also trying to find a place to buy thick leather to make 1 ply headstalls, breastcollars, etc. I have some light saddle skirting but it is just too thin and I have to make them two ply. Any suggestions on where to find good leather for this would be great. Of course as I am just starting out making tack, the smaller pieces I can find that still work are usually the cheapest so the better Thanks in advance! CW
  25. I know there are as many ways to make a belt as there are belt makers, but here is my take. A detailed photographed tutorial on the steps I take and why... http://www.mrlentz.c...a-leather-belt/