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  1. Hello All I'm attempting to recondition an antique suit case. This case is all leather wrapped and needs to be reconditioned. I have no issue with doing this work but the client does not want the leather to darken. Is there a recommended conditioner that will not darken (very much) the leather? Saddle oil or mink oil appear to cause the light color leather to darken too much. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Silverd
  2. Hi everyone, I need to know who to buy steel makers stamps from. I just purchased some from Grey Ghost and I was very disappointed. I didn’t realize they were plastic when I bought them, though it does explain the cheaper price. If you don’t have a death grip on those suckers they’ll fly right across the room and good luck getting a good burnish on them. They look nice but it reflects the energy back up rather than to the leather and it bounces right out of your hand. And of course the larger the logo the harder it is to get a good impression. Anyway, I really don’t want to waste more money so I need to know where to go to get some nice quality custom makers stamps in steel.
  3. Curious if anyone here is familiar with this school I have been reading about. Below is a link to the program. It is based in Florence, Italy and has several year long programs in shoe making and bag making. 2 of which really appeal to me. While tuition is quite steep and most likely not the wisest investment in time and money I am considering it in regards to a big life change and find more value in the location than necessarily what I will take away. Either way I have been told by admissions that my prior experience and works would make me eligible for the master course which eliminates another 1 year prerequisite. Part of the reason I would like to study in Italy is because this program includes tours of tanneries, and manufacturing plants. Along with a "corporate research" program that allows the student to work with a major bag manufacturer to develop a design for production. You can read much more information at the link below. The program seems quite in depth and short of the cost seems like something i want every part of. Thanks in advance for any information regarding this school. I am also interested in other foreign options of leather school regarding complex construction of either apparel or bags and shoes.
  4. Guest

    Master Upholsterer

    SCS Interiors in Duluth, MN is hiring for a Master Upholsterer. We are a manufacturing company that cuts & sews custom seat and carpet kits for various types of aircraft and vehicles and reupholsters chairs and furniture for commercial clients. Our team is extremely focused on high quality production of all the work that we do. We are seeking an individual who is able to design, make patterns, and sew new products for our clients. Some projects will include custom & creative design and development for individual customers. Other projects will be working on a new prototype that is then mass produced onsite. In this role, you might work on designing new patterns for boats, cars, planes, or theater/auditorium seating. This position requires a high level of sewing skills and previous experience working with leather. This individual will also design and install new foam kits for seats for the respective applications. Some projects are individual and unique while others will require you to train other production and sewing staff on the pattern and process for making the new item. The position is open until filled. Desired Skills: Prior Experience With Design & Product Development Pattern Making Sewing Leather, Carpet, Vinyl, Etc. Effective Communication Problem-Solving Ability to Teach Others If you consider yourself creative, have prior upholstery experience, or are interested in learning the craft, we’d love to speak with you. We are open to anyone entry level to experienced. Full Time Benefits: Group Health Insurance & HSA PTO accrual (4 hours per pay period) Simple IRA with Company Match 6 Paid Holidays Work Schedule Monday - Thursday 6:30am-5pm (FOUR DAY WORK WEEK) Salary starting at $50,000. Email cover letter and resume to to apply or for more information.
  5. Guest

    Looking for an apprenticeship

    Hello, I am looking for an apprenticeship In leather working. I’ve been doing my own hand stitching for about a year now and recently launched a website I’d like to learn as much as I can from someone more seasoned than I to eventually make leather jackets and boots. My shop is currently located in northern Colorado but I am willing to relocate if the job is right. Please email me at
  6. dprezgay

    Looking for the following 3D stamps

    I am looking for the following 2D/3D leather stamps at a reasonable price: Craftool: 8523 Flag of Israel 8524 Star of David 8536 Rearing Horse The Leather Factory: 8501 Eagle Head 8502 Deer Head 8504 Cougar Head 8507 Wolf Head 8517 Eagle on a Branch 8540 Wild Cat 8546 Bear Facing Right Midas: 8234 Wild Boar 8299 Wood Duck Left 8307 Deer Family 8339 Kangaroo with Joey 8344 Religious Fish 8347 Flower 8368 Leopard 8375 Semi Truck 8379 Cowboy Boots Please let me know if you have any of these. Thanks, Dale
  7. Karanasios

    Leather supplier from Greece

    Leather Shop, based in Greece since 1955. We sell high quality leather in the best price! You can visit our website or email us ( for more information or questions.
  8. PeterO

    Leather vambraces

    Recently got into leather working a month or two ago and I love it! Here's a few projects I've completely thus far.
  9. Sell sewing machine Duerkopp Adler 669-180010. Number of needles: Single needle. Stitch Type: Shuttle. Platform, type: Sleeve. With triple advancement. Energy saving stepper motor with needle positioning function. 750W, 1x230V. Table (height adjustable). Countertop 1200x550mm. Lamp. Suspended (folding on top) ruler adjustable 0-42 mm. A set of one-sided legs. Needles 134-35 LR 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 for 30 pcs. Bobbins Duerkopp. Duerkopp oil. The sewing machine was purchased from a Duerkopp dealer in Lithuania. In production not used. Condition: new. Ptice 3200 $ (or 2800 euros) + delivery from Riga (Latvia). Price without VAT. Delivery by transport company from Latvia. Shipping cost depends on the location of the buyer.
  10. Sell leather splitting machine Camoga CN403, 40cm. Working machine, with a spare knife. 3300 $ (or 2900 euros) + delivery from Riga (Latvia). Price without VAT. Delivery by transport company from Latvia (Riga). Shipping cost depends on the location of the buyer.
  11. Hello dear friends! My name is Darek an i'm an autodidact leatherworker from Poland. I want to introduce You a briefcase I made one year ago. This briefcase is made from 2,8mm hand dyed, veg tan polish leather. The interior is lined with italian goat suede in racing green color. Hardware are solid brass made. All is 100% hand stitched with 1mm thread. I hope you like it. I am open for any critique from Your side. Ps. Sorry for my English language another pics...
  12. What Exactly is an EPS? Cobra Steve, Leather Machine Co., explains what an EPS (Electronic Positioning System) is, and how it can help you do a better job sewing leather. Be sure to watch the video too!
  13. AdamsNaturalMeats

    Tanned 1/2 Bison Hides

    I work for a Bison rancher in Colorado and we have several 1/2 bison hides for sale. We currently have a dark chocolate brown and a medium tan. They are approximately 14 sq ft hides (give or take). All the tanning work is done, all you have to do is add your creative touch to turn them into something special! The leather is soft and flexible. Would be perfect for making clothing, moccasins, upholstery, or whatever your creative brain can think up. If you are interested, shoot me a message on here or via email!
  14. Ninjamonkyy

    Help needed! Phone pouch

    Hi! So im very new to both leatherwork and this forum. I'm having a bit of trouble with finishing a project. This is my first real thing I've made, so any tweaks I could do or hints would be very much appreciated. I need to finish the sides of it but don't know how I would do it. I've used 3.6mm thick leather for the whole thing and it will be used to strap onto a belt for work. I have got a 2mm leather that I want to use. Any ideas? Thanks!
  15. Bluecro

    Leather Lace Beveler.mp4

  16. Hi, I am selling a load of BRAND NEW Vergez blanchard tools as well as an Osborne punch set and Japanese punch. All the items are in pristine condition, and need to go. I became a vegan (don't use leather) right after buying the I never used them. These tools are amazing quality (used by Hermes and Louis). I am willing to sell individually, but the more you buy the bigger the deal. Vergez blanchard pricking iron set 9 tpi 10 and 2 teeth Vergez strap end punch size 17 Vergez skiving knife (hss special steel) Vergez saddler hammer size 3 Vergez saddlers clam Vergez round knife Barry king awl blade size 0 Barry king awl haft (small) Barry king mallet 32oz Japanese Strap Punch size 21mm Glue pot w/brush Seiwa tokonole gum I am unable to post pics on this forum (I don't know why) so if you dm me your email, I will send you a pics as well as you custom price. Best regards, Isaiah LeVinus Instagram: @Ilevinus Email: Ilevinus777@gmail. c o m
  17. Hello, I am selling a Gritzner sole stitching machine in a good working condition. It was cleaned and oiled regularly. Pictures from the machine and stitching done with it can be seen at the following link: Please let me know if you can't see the pictures. Price: 300 eur + shipping costs via transfer service (like Transfer Go, Transfer Wise, etc.) or paypal. Shipping from Romania. Weight approx.30kg Let me know if you are interested so we can find a good shipping solution. Best regards, George
  18. Selling Must Go ASAP. SHOP CLOSED. RANDALL BELT CUTTER 14" Working Condition USED On Wheels Ready for Easy Move. Retails used $1500 on average. FALES LEATHER CLICKER MACHINE with ALL CLICKER WOODEN/METAL DIES/MOLDS & ANVIL on SIDE. Needs Motor , Machine weight is 1000 LBS. DIES alone retail over $1000 used. LOCATION DEARBORN MICHIGAN. ZIP CODE 48127 Send email for best contact. Serious Buyers only please.
  19. jeanniegardner

    Leather Working Equipment

    We are selling the machinery from a company that made leather horse halters and dog collars. He had a pretty big operation and ran the business as long as he could. I am attaching a brochure here with pictures and pricing. If you see anything you are interested in, just let me know. We must sell everything. Leather Equipment Brochure - Pictures and Pricing.pdf
  20. For sale Cobra Class 4 Machine. Has 16" cylinder arm, 7 bobbins, 2 packages of various sized needles,, edge roller, 11 various spools of thread, leather, and an electronic variable speed servo motor. Asking for $2200 Was purchased new in 2018 Unfortunately, it is way too much machine for my needs and am looking to scale down. My loss could be your gain. Local pick up or you arrange shipping only. St.Charles, Missouri area. Please call, text, or email for details. 636-734-7124
  21. Hi All, I am on the market for a new sewing machine and I am pretty certain that I am going to go with the Cobra Class 3. The one thing I am hung up on is the threading options. All of my work has been hand stitched. I am a big fan of Tiger Polyester Braided Thread Waxed (Ritza 25) sold by Abbey England supplier. Question: Can waxed braided polyester thread be feed through these machines? - What nylon thread is similar to the braided polyester? - Should I just spend the extra $700 dollars and get the Cobra class 4, or can I get away with the class 3? I make rifle scabbards, knife sheaths, belts, bags. I think that the CAMPBELL Lock-Stitch and UNION Lock-Stitch can run other types of thread, but I have read that they have a steep learning curve, in limited supply and pretty pricey - so those machines are not currently an option. I have no experience with these machines so it will be an adventure, but I want make the right choice. Thanks!
  22. For sale Cobra Class 4 Machine. Has 16" cylinder arm, 7 bobbins, 2 packages of various sized needles,, edge roller, 11 various spools of thread, leather, and an electronic variable speed servo motor. Asking for $2200 Was purchased new in 2018 Unfortunately, it is way too much machine for my needs and am looking to scale down. My loss could be your gain. Local pick up or you arrange shipping only. St.Charles, Missouri area. Please call, text, or email for details. 636-734-7124
  23. This question started as a result of having some not-so-high-quality leather, that has some soft dirt marks, but now I’m curious about general prep practices before cleaning the leather. I was considering using denatured alcohol to wipe the leather with a sponge, before doing any cleaning. I understand this is effective, but also that it may dry the leather out. So, is it better to water down the leather first? Will that help to prevent the drying/hardening provided by the alcohol? I was then curious about the wetness of just water, since that tends to be used to help mold/form leather. Wouldn’t the water also cause hardening? Should the process be to: 1. sponge water and remove most dirt that can 2. use a light amount of denatured 3. add water 4. mold to final state 5. dye I’m considering something like making 3-piece gussets, where the molding may be important, yet hard to dye after molded (without dipping). I know it’s not ideal (or as affective) but can the leather be re-watered and molded after being dyed for those pieces? I also use denatured alcohol for cutting my Pro dyes, so there’s a lot of potential for drying out. I’m not sure what the best process should be to clean and dye. I would like to add a cleaning process, regardless if the vegtan leather seems to need it or not, just for consistency between final products.
  24. LeatherCritic

    Input on Weights for Laptop Bag

    I was curious if anyone had any input on weights for a laptop bag / briefcase. I have a decent amount of 4/5oz shoulders and double shoulders on hand and a limited amount of 6/7oz usable material. This left me curious about a few different options: Would a 4/5oz 15" laptop back be sturdy enough alone? What if the gussets were semi-hardened? And is it possible to do so without leather stiffener? For instance, would a wet wash be enough? What about a combination of 6/7oz for the gussets and 4/5oz for the front/rear panels? How about doubling up 4/5oz (back-to-back) to make 8/10oz? — sounds thick and like it might require a lot of stitching Anyhow, I'm interested to see the responses as I've been watching YouTube videos and reading these forums for months, but haven't taken on a project this big yet.