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  1. Hi everyone! I'm Micaela, also known in internet circles as Dia or Crystallink. I am very much a newcomer to the world of leathercraft, having only been tinkering with the medium for a few months. I am mainly a character artist/illustrator, but I also love dabbling in other crafts and mediums (watercolor painting and making, hand sewing, a bit of knitting, clay sculpting and even some doll customization). Leathercraft was one thing I at first hesitated to get into because of how expensive it can get. But I was also drawn to how versatile the medium is, and all the beautiful items I've seen people made. After buying my first box of scrap leather and tinkering with it with my beginner tool set for a good while, I think I can safely say that I want to hone my skills and work my way up to doing larger projects. So far I've been starting out with rings, since they are the smallest and most simple thing I found I could tinker with without feeling bad about wasting large amounts of leather, and I discovered they're way more comfortable for me to wear than metal rings. I ended up going a bit crazy and creating a lot of them. I decided to sell most of them on my Ko-fi shop, so you can take a peek there to see what I've done so far: https://ko-fi.com/crystallink/shop If you're interested in my digital illustration, please check out my portfolio! (I'm a freelancer, so if anyone needs a mascot or a character based logo for thier business, or artwork for personal uses, I'd be interested in working with you!) https://crystallinkcreations.com Recently I've decided to step things up and try making a bracelet. This is my first one. It was done a bit hastily, so I know the crafstmanship looks a bit crappy. I'm hoping to better hone my skills and make these look more professional!
  2. $1100. Pickup in Calgary, Alberta, Canada or Buyer ships. Condition is Like New, all original needles included Make: Leighton’s Mach 1 Model: M-1 Open Arm Space 10 ½” x 7 ½” Cast Iron Speed Reducer Foot Lift 5/8” Thread Size 138 to 346 Short Stand Maximum Speed 300 SPM Sewing Thickness ½” Needle System 214 x 2 Feed-Bottom feed dog
  3. Hello everyone. It never occured to me to look for a dedicated online forum when I first started out on this little adventure. My story starts the same way many of your do too - A couple of years ago, I was in need of a new belt. I was usually content with the store-bought belts that I had been wearing all my life until I saw a guy with a genuine veg tan leather belt and asked him about it. I told my brother about what I had seen and the conversation that ensued, a week later a beginners leatherworking tool kit arrived with a dozen belt blanks and a note from my brother telling me to have at it and see what I could do. Those first few belts were a disaster; horrible dye jobs. The edges were nowhere near nice enough to show anyone. I rushed through the first batch rather than taking my time to get them right. I have since slowed down. Each step it taken with care. As my skills improved, so have my tools. My most recent project is a new wristband for my watch as they don't make them long enough to go around my wrists.
  4. I have a ton of very small leather scraps that can't really be used for anything. Is there such thing as a leather recycling center? It feels like such a waste to just throw it all away!
  5. Not sure if this topic is in the right place. What I would like to do is to get a moderator to 'Pin It' in the most suitable section in the Forums. When I read posts about almost any subject on here, I seem to spend ages trying to hunt down the easily obtainable equivalents to those mentioned in the post. Even if items are obtainable they tend to be very expensive if UK stocked and dispatched and generally out of the question if sent from the States. There are one or two examples of the reverse problem, I'm thinking of Dixon Tools and Tiger thread which you who live in USA find difficulties with. So what I am hoping for are lists of equivalents, suppliers posting with the items they supply at normal UK post rates and so on. So who wants to start? Claire
  6. Hey' all My name is Nelson Agaba from Uganda. I am new to this community. I am a leather expert with 10+years experience in leather tanning and tannery operations. I have always loved leather crafting and I have just ventured into small leather goods manufacturing and footwear making. I want to seek all help and assistance from experts in ladies sandal making, wallets, belts and leather bags. I have 2 post beds, and a skiving machine and all the necessary hand tools but no experience in this. Any help (videos, patterns, etc to help me get started) will be highly appreciated. Thanks all.
  7. Hello everyone! I am in search of a pattern for a quick draw knife pattern. Anyone help is appreciated. Thanks for the post!
  8. I'm pretty new to sewing. I have a consew 206RB in very good shape. The main purpose for me getting into the field is for shoe making. Before anybody goes there, I am aware that a post roller foot is the best machine for such work, but I didn't have post bed money. I bought a good machine that I could afford. I also plan to venture to other things which will require a flat bed. Anyways, the foot marks my leather. I have already read the manual and loosened the screw at the very top to relieve some pressure, which did help. But I was told that there is a screw to loosen for the outer foot and inner foot, and since I'm a rookie I really don't know which one I loosened. It's the inner or "walking foot" that leaves marks, they can easily be rubbed out of suede, but not leather. Anybody have some suggestions?? Even on tools that can rub marks out? Also, if you're interested in this machine shoot me a pm. If I can't figure out how to get this to stop marking my leather I MAY be looking to sell it to buy a machine that can. Located in Ohio. Thanks!!
  9. Hi, I work for a company outside of the US that manufactures products that are made from leather. Up until now we used to by the processed leather after it was dyed and now we are looking into doing the process in house . We have tried a few ways of dying the skin black and met with companies in Europe but didnt reach the result we were looking for. We were told that there is alot of companies in the US the specializes in these kind of things and have a lot of knowledge. Since we are a big company we are looking to work and purchase on a large scale once we find the right company to work with. If anyone has any insight on this topic or know any good companies in the state that specializes in this that we can meet with, I would really appreciate it if they could send me in the right direction. Thanks!
  10. I am looking at the different types of foil, hot stamping machines out there. I have a client that wants a gold foil stamp for logos and I.D. Tags. I've seen different techniques with different tools and machinery. What is the best? Any ideas? Thanks for reading my post
  11. Brand new Fabric Cutter 12" with straight blade! for all type of fabrics (Cloth, Leather, Vinyl, and Paper) Made in USA This portable (swatch) cutter is the most affordable and fast working (swatch) fabric cutter on the market! Cuts leather, vinyl, cloth and paper. Features: * Over all size 30" x 20" * Cuts up to 12" * Cuts multiple layers of cloth stacked up 3/4" high. * Portable only weighs 40lbs * Straight blade! I bought a few machines for my workshop, and this swatch cutter has never been used, it's just sitting here, now it's time to let it go. New price=$500 Selling it for $375 Goldstar Swatch Cutter.jfif Goldstar 2.jfif
  12. 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!*
  13. 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 !!** $1,599 *NO SENDING, LOCAL PICKUP ONLY IN LOS ANGELES!*
  14. Full line of cobbler Equipment up for absolute auction. Located in Wooster OH, starts Friday, March 19th . https://www.kikoauctions.com/upcoming/details/11560
  15. hi folks! First time posting here, hopefully I'm not stepping on anyone's toes...Last weekend I brought home "Pfaff 145-1B H2L" leather sewing material and been googling info on it. Found this forum and theres PRICELESS information here. However I learnt its basically spread on different messages / threads so I started this "All things Pfaff 145" thread to collect everything I've found on one place. To help newbies like myself and also collect all the important data on one place. Pfaff 145 Manual in english: http://www.pfaff.com/SiteMedia/PFAFF/Products/Machines/Support-manuals/pfaff_145-manual-EN.PDF Pfaff 145 & 545 Parts book http://www.industrialsewingmachineparts.co.uk/pfaff_145_545_partslist.pdf Here's what I've learnt from classification so far: H1 & H2 7mm under foot H3 11mm under foot H4 14mm under foot Needles: 134 (H1&H2), 134-35 (H3) and 190 (H4) A: light materials, B: medium, C: medium heavy D: heavy L: leather N: 6 mm stitch length
  16. For the past year, I've been playing around with Sheridan style carving. Indeed, this style of carving is rather ambitious but I'm getting more familiar with it and creating some pretty nice pieces. That being said, I feel as if my swivel knife is holding me back from progressing further with my works. I'm currently using an old Tandy craftool knife and looking for an upgrade. I've been looking online for a good, reasonably priced blade and I'm currently considering the Barry King knife and the higher-priced Leather Wranglers SK-B brass swivel knife. I wanted to ask if the SK-B brass's 135$ price tag is justified or should I go with the budget friendly Barry King knife?
  17. Hello, I am new to this forum and very excited! I create custom browbands for horses, but due to Brexit, I've had to start looking for new suppliers again. The quality of the leather is very important to me, as well as the delivery timeframe. So I am wondering if any of you know where I can find empty channel, color or non color padded browbands, ready to use. I've alreday found http://www.horsefashionshop.de/ (do not like the leather quality as it seems very hard and painted) and https://www.kkressing.boutique/stirnriemen-rohlinge/ (very nice leather work and great quality, but not much on stock,...) . Any of you familiar with this and could help me out? Thank you so much!!!
  18. G'day everyone, been a while, thought I would show you a custom book I finish for a customer, Leather used for Cover, Gold Tooled using tools that are around 120 years old.
  19. Post American (USA) veg tan & latigo suppliers here
  20. I’m getting ready to start making belts. I have looked at numerous leathers still have not found exactly what I’m looking for. Money is not as much of a concern as quality. I want a single ply belt in the 9 ounce range that is super smooth on the back, scratch resistant, and won’t crack when bent. What leather do you use? I tried splenda BOM leather; it was everything I wanted except for the fact that it cracked when bent. I feel like there has to be something that meets these qualities.
  21. I dyed one of my best saddles with fiebings pro dye dark brown, and it turned almost black. I’m so sad and it looks hideous. Is there any way to lighten, bleach it or take the dye out? I would love to save it ❤️❤️❤️
  22. Hey y'all, my name is Brian, owner of Upstate Handmade. Thanks for accepting me to this channel. I want to show off some of my work but my photos are to big. Please findme on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/upstatehandmade/ Would love to hear what y'all think!! Thank you all
  23. This Leather needs no introduction, Epsom Calf from Tannerie HAAS in France! These are all first quality skins and the leather is amazing for small leather good and bags. Leather thickness is 1.6-1.8mm Color: Cognac Quantity Instock: 500+ PRICES: $14.00 SQFT If you have any questions please DM me. Thx,
  24. Here’s a last minute Christmas gift that was sent out. Wallet is constructed of 3oz black buttero with black 0.45mm waxed linen thread spaced at 3.38mm and black Uniters edge paint... I got this side of leather on sale from Rocky Mountain so I wasn’t able to have it split.. I usually prefer 1.0/1.5oz leather to keep the bulk down but I did a lot of skiving where I could to keep this project as thin as possible. Questions comment and critiques always welcome. Happy holidays !! Thanks for looking
  25. I started making belts when I was 17, back in the late 60's. I started with just any old Tandy veg tan. At some point I found a leather, French Butt, that was lovely to work with and had a nice hand. It didn''t dry out and made beautiful belts. I have made belts off and on since, but three years ago started a small custom shop and I have yet to find a very nice quality veg tan leather like that French Butt. Does anyone else remember that or is there anything available today that might compare? Thanks for your help in advance. I live in New Mexico and local sources are few and far between.
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