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  1. I'm looking at the following tools to start with. I already have knives,( I'm a knife hoarder,lol) cutting mat from other projects, so these are the entry level items I think I should get. Please give me your honest thoughts gathered from your expierences. Thanks, Chris, the CrazeeOkie https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075R9SNPZ/?coliid=I2A4U775QMFEYO&colid=GWRZ2K5OXYQ7&psc=0&re https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HD3PQTJ/?coliid=I2NNNEMN8OQ3JQ&colid=GWRZ2K5OXYQ7&psc=0&ref_=lv https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074YD8DXY/?coliid=I2GKYR50XU6XCS&colid=GWRZ2K5OXYQ7&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
  2. Hi everyone new to the forum just wanted to say hi. Im sure im going to have lots of questions soon so get ready hahaha. Here is my work bench at the moment and my first bit of tooling, I made my own swivel knife today because I wasnt happy with my cuts and now I wish I did that before I started on my wallet but o well haha.
  3. Hello, I don't believe I have formally introduced myself, but my name is Reece and I have been officially in the hobby/trade of leather craft for about 2 months now. When my father passed away he was just starting out in leatherwork himself and so with his passing I inherited all of his tools and leather. When he got his set of tools it was already missing several items from it but he did have the majority of the basics. My question comes in on the stamps that I have vs the ones I don't and should consider obtaining. Below are the tool numbers currently in my possession: Tandy 100, b197, 203, 206, p206, 210, v407, 429, c429 c431, 702, s705, 708, 709, 748, s722 I have some money ear marked for leather craft items here in the following weeks and would appreciate to know what you all think would be good considerations to add as far as stamps are concerned.
  4. Hey all. I'm Arwel from North Wales. I'm new here and don't have much experience with these old boot patcher machines so please be gentle with me! I need the benefit of your expertise guys. I'm rather stumped! I have a Singer 29k-3 that I've only just recently bought. It took me a while to clean her up, oil her and loosen her up. She was built in 1902 and now runs OK, considering her age. The only thing is this: for the life of me, I cannot get her to sew! I've studied every inch of her, read up as much as I could find about her to no avail. It's obvious to me (even though my experience is with domestic machines and industrial lockstitch machines) that the needle on the 29k has already pierced the fabric before the foot has finished feeding the fabric through. Therefore, the fabric doesn't feed and doesn't produce stitches. I've tried everything I can think of and tbh, it doesn't seem like these machines have very much in the way of possible adjustments so I honestly don't know what to do next! Please help guys! Thank you in advance. Oh and, yeah, I painted her! I'm sorry if you guys don't approve! Arwel
  5. RavenLeatherSRQ

    Hello from Florida

    New to the art within the last few months. Self taught for the most part. Definitely still struggling in some areas but enjoying it Name is Cory, I own a construction company and specialize in custom woodwork and trim.
  6. Nelleyarm

    Cutting straight lines!

    I am new to leatherwork, though not to sewing and construction with fabrics. I understand the need for sharp knives. I also understand that without straight cuts, it is pretty much senseless to try to put something together. It seems I am, so far, totally incapable of cutting a straight line! Multiple knives, roller cutter, fresh blades, scalpels, all tried. The biggest challenges are leathers about 2-3 mm of different types. Those of looser temper are most challenging. A couple of questions about approach. I prefer to stand, and have a sit-stand work area so can adjust the height. Is it better to be closer to the work? Does distance of upper body (being closer) help with application of pressure on the knife? What is the best way to get a smooth continuous...and straight...cut? One major issue is keeping the leather still and flat, and holding the pattern on the leather...one or the other always seems to move, even on short runs of 8-10 inches. Longer runs wiggle more. I have tried weights with limited effectiveness. Do have self-healing mats and all sorts of rulers and straight edges and squares. So that is the first area needing some input. I see the pros and semi pros cutting giant pieces of leather perfectly straight by eye on You Tube. Obviously some of the control will come with experience. What are some other tricks? The other major question is how to hide or fix mistakes...that one (or 10) crooked or out of line stitch, a hole in the wrong spot, those wiggly lines that need straightening. Oh yeah, and how to keep hole punches from bouncing and making 2 impressions. If any of you have suggestions, tricks, tips, videos, It would be grand if you could share a few on these areas. Thanks!
  7. I’ve never used a sewing machine before and just stitch bags and wallets by hand. I am considering a second hand Juki LS-341N as my first machine, and I have a few questions. I’m really hoping you could help me out. Is Juki LS-341n a good machine for stitching 2 to 3 layers of 2mm vegtanned leather? How about oil or chrome tanned leather? Denim? Thick canvas? Do I really need a servo machine with it? I was told by a local dealer that it is more expensive than a clutch motor and since electricity in our country is not that stable, any fluctuations will damage the computer board of the servo motor. Will using an AVR solve the problem? Also, what specific things should I look for in a servo motor? I also remember the dealer saying that locally available servo motors are too weak. We use 220v here. Can I use a 110v servo motor from the US and just have it shipped here? Is that a good idea? If yes, what specifications for the transformer should I use? If I won’t be able to get my hands on a servo motor immediately and have to use a clutch motor, what should be the specs? What should I ask the dealer/mechanic to do with the clutch motor so I could use the sewing machine while waiting for a servo replacement? If I use the machine with denim, or denim and leather, do I need to switch to a clutch motor? For 2 layers of 2 mm thick vegetable tanned leather, what kind of needles should I buy? How about for 3 layers? I plan to use Vinymo thread. What’s the thickest size I could use with the Juki 341n and what kind/number of needle is appropriate? If I go a size thinner, what’s the corresponding size of needle should I use? I’ve read that some sewing machines tend to leave marks on the leather. What is that part called? Is there a special tool I could use to avoid that? I’ve also read that some people had to file down the ridges. Could I buy an already-smooth one? What other things/attachments should I buy so I could maximize the use of the machine? Sorry for bombarding you with questions. Although I’ve read some posts pertaining to this specific machine, I wasn’t really able to find out if it’s okay to use it with vegtanned leather. Thank you so much!
  8. RecipeDude

    First attempt at utility case

    Thought I’d share my first attempt at making a case. It’s based on the Utility Case shown in The Art of Making Leather Cases Vol 2. page 60 with different dimensions. The handle, Handle No. 20 page 23 (same volume). Oak leaf carving on left side panel based on CitzenKates post on this site: Demo: Oak Leaves. Only experience with leather working I have is that a couple of weeks ago I picked up the Tandy Deluxe Leather Carving kit. Got tired of flowery bookmarks and coasters quite rapidly and wanted to really push myself. Laid out/measured up the cutting patterns in Sketchup before hand. Ran into trouble trying to figure out how long to make the handles and couldn’t find any advice or comment on handle length in the above-mentioned Stohlman book; upon assembly discovered the handles are a fair bit too short! Thankfully still usable, but it’d be more comfortable for each handle to have been 2 to 4 inches longer. Not sure if there’s any way I can address this after the fact though. Also discovered that I hadn’t thought through where the latch would end up… did get a latch but didn’t lay out the location beforehand so if I were to attach a latch it would end up smack dab in the middle of the carving on the front panel. Now looking for other strategies to close the lid - almost thinking maybe snaps? And the next fairly major oversight is that I mounted the handle shield too to high. This results in the inability to close the lid fully since the flap hits the D-rings. Am wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to modify/remedy this issue? Can see from the photos I have some more burnishing to do on that top panel… Critique, criticism, suggestions, modifications to improve the case, additional finishing, etc. much appreciated.
  9. dibsandthemachine

    Hello from Northampton, UK

    Hi everyone, I have just recently caught the leather bug and I am so happy to have found this community. I attended a hand stitching bag making class last weekend and Now I never want to stop sewing bags. I want to learn everything about leather and leather accessories , especially bags. I live in Northampton which has a rich cobbler history and there are many leather merchants around. My office is a 6 minutes drive from The Tandy Leather store in Northampton which is dangerous for me as I find it hard to control my spending habits when it comes to my hobbies. I am already dreaming of Blanchard tools and fil au chinois threads and I want an Adler sewing machine .....I know, champagne tastes on a beer budget . For now though, I am just trying to learn as much as I can and finding out exactly what tools are essential for me at this stage as opposed to what I see the master craftsmen/ women using. Finally I just want to thank everyone on here who shares their knowledge.
  10. Hi all from NC. What started as an innocent trip last year to check out the local Tandy shop with my daughter and the purchase of a simple purse project has turned into...well...an addiction! I've been on here for a bit and realized there is SOOOO much to learn, but am grateful there are so many people out there willing to share their knowledge. Maybe sometime soon I'll remember to take pictures to post in the other forums. Until then, thanks to all the contributors that take the time to "teach" the new guys.
  11. I got some alligator scraps on eBay with the intent of making a few small items. I also got some alligator printed leather from Tandy and took a crack at that. Can you guess which one is the real gator? I think they came out pretty nice for a newbie. I can't decide what friend i'm going to gift these to.
  12. This is my first attempt at a messenger bag. Its a simple fold over design with no liner. I would like to add a pocket to the outside of the front panel that will be concealed by the flap (circled in red). Maybe something for a cell phone or something small. My question is, how do I make the measurements for the pocket panel? I feel that if I make a simple rectangle and stitch it on 3 side it will be so flush to the bag that it won't have any inner depth. Should I cut the pocket panel in a trapezoid and stitch at right angles? This sounds like it would make sense to allow for room in the pocket. Maybe angles at just a 1/4" or something?
  13. Prestige593

    First post, First project.

    Hello, This is my first post and my first project. I needed to make a new leather fishing pliers holster so I walked into my local Tandy shop a few weeks ago. A few $100 later I walked out with a bunch of tools, chemicals, and leather. I am still going to make that pliers holster, but made a wallet to start off with. I am brand new to leather crafting and only know what I know from this forum for a few weeks and YouTube. I plan on gifting this to a buddy for his birthday. I stamped his initials in it with some of my wife's metal stamps (not really made for leather). Made from 4/5 oz veg tan shoulder, stained USMC Black, and hand stitched with Lt Grey thread. A simple 2 pocket card wallet lined with material liner from Joanne's. I found the wallet template online. Very simple and I had fun making it. I don't think that I'll line the inside with fabric on the next one. The cement came through the fabric in some areas and was a little messy. Let me know what you think. Mark - Hollywood, FL
  14. CanuckAmuck

    Hello from Taiwan!

    Hey everyone! I'm Ben, a 26 year-old Canadian expat currently living in Taiwan. I recently got into leatherworking in October, after I took a leathercrafting workshop with a friend in Vietnam. Bought myself some tools and leather on my return to Taiwan, and have fallen in love with the craft! I've always been a maker - I do photography, cross stitching, filmmaking, and (frankly, too many) other hobbies - so I've enjoyed diving into leathercrafting. I started out making a really janky-looking passport cover, and have since made some coin pouches and moneyholders and dice bags for my Dungeons & Dragons players for Christmas. All through, my cutting, stitching, burnishing, and designs have become better, so with each new project I'm even more proud of my work. I'm amazed with how much I've learned in just three months, and I know I've just scratched the surface. Can't wait to see what the next project will be! Attached are some images of my latest project, an updated passport cover that I'll be taking with me on my travels. Hope to see y'all around! -Ben
  15. Being an avid outdoorsman and Bushcrafter leather work seems to be the next hobby for me. I'm hoping to learn skills for making axe masks, knife sheaths, pouches etc.. I've started researching/learning on youtube & the web and came across this site. I Figured this would be one of my best learning tools and resource for info.. Thanks, AL
  16. Firewalker

    Hello from Houston Texas

    Hi there, I am Scott and this is my introduction post. I have been doing leather work for about 9 months after doing woodworking for 25 years. It has been a fun journey so far and I am happy to be here. Wishing you well and a Happy New Year! Scott
  17. I'm a novice in leather working. I've made a few simple items out of veg tan scrap here and there and always just picked pieces from my bag that were the right thickness and size. I find myself with some time on my hands these days and wanted to recreate a simple messenger bag (only a little bit larger than the original) I had made for me a few years ago and think I have the skills to do so now. The bag I have measures 2.6mm to 2.8mm thick (measured with digital calipers) at all available edges which plants me well into the 6/7oz range, right? So I order some 6/7 oz leather. I received the leather, and opened the box and my heart sank a little. It seemed so thick! Remembering that I always think new leather looks thick because it's usually stiff and the edges haven't been beveled yet, I grab my trusty calipers. I found one spot along the edges that measures 2.8mm, but it's 3.0mm to 3.3mm everywhere else, with a couple of spots hitting 3.5mm. This plants it firmly in 7-8oz territory, right? Did I measure wrong? I'm quite confident in my ability to measure with calipers, so is there something specific to measuring leather that I missed out on? Did I use the wrong mm to leather thickness scale? Thanks for any insight!
  18. Hi, I'm Bert from Poland, age 50, I'm interested in sewing machines. Now I just wanted to say hello and thank you for accepting me in the group. A few words about myself: About 3 years ago I became interested in the sewing machines and technical aspects of their functioning, later bought an old damaged sewing machine and the overlock and even managed to fix them. Recently I bought very cheap Pfaff 145 industrial machine . Actually it is a rare 4145 model, which I could see as a specific combination between the Pfaff 145 and the 4143. The machine is sewing but it is grossly neglected and requires general cleaning and adjustment. Therefore, I am now looking at posts in this group regarding the Pfaff 145 with interest. Later on surely I will have some questions, but first I want to check existing posts. And here are some photos of my machine. Regards. Bert
  19. This is my first attemp at a nice bookmark, what do you guys think? https://postimg.org/image/ksj2s1anp/ I used 3-4 oz veg tanned leather, 0.3 ml of Eco-Flo Java Brown dye mixed with 1 ml water. Fire Red and White acrylic Angelus paint. Still need to apply Fiebing's Resolene finish.
  20. Hi Everyone! I'm just going to ramble all the questions because I want to know anything and everything! I've been heavily dabbling in leather for the past year working with veg tan from Tandy and mostly getting my information from there too. I want to break away from just veg tan, and especially get away from Tandy as I saw it as an easy distributor. Now that I've been scouring through this forum I've realized my mistake with Tandy. So I'm wondering, where do all the aussies buy their leather? I'd like to try not to pay an arm and a leg for overseas shipping, but more than willing to pay for quality. I also recently did an intensive shoe making short course. I got to design, cut and make my own pair of boots (besides the seamstress parts). Are there any shoe makers here who could give me pointers on where to start for supplies? And also what type of leather and thickness do you use for your upper leather? And also for your lining leather? These were answers I got but didn't retain during the course as I was pretty flat out making those shoes. I've also searched up machinery and tools and know I'll have to source those overseas if I wanted to start up a workshop. Wallets!! I've been making a few wallets here and there that are tooled on veg tan leather from Tandy and lined with their (crappy) lining leather. What leather if I were to pull away from veg tanned would be fun to use in any future wallets? I make billfolds currently with tooled designs relating to video games but I see all these beautifully finished upholstery leathers and I'd love to work with them somehow. (I just love making things) Any other tips are definitely appreciated!
  21. RusticCanuk

    Another Canuk

    Good evening, New guy on this forum from Alberta Canada. Started working leather in school grade six. I've been picking away at it off and on. I'm starting to take it seriously as a hobby now and have been enjoying all the wisdom and good humour this forum has to offer. I have mostly done tooling work in belts a few wallets and other smaller projects. I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. Cheers
  22. EllaAdventure

    Newbie from the Twin Cities

    Hello! I'm new to the world of leatherworking and I'm looking gain as much knowledge as I can! I have an interest in constructing leather armor pieces, bags, and other accessories along the way and to improve my tooling skills to add beauty to those pieces! I'd love to make friends in the community and would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for someone making their first foray into the craft. If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region I'd love to know what stores you go to or if there are any interesting leather conventions/guilds around. Thanks! Elli
  23. Hello, i am just starting out and i figured out real fast that this is a VERY expensive hobby starting up, but I've found and made some things to cut cost that i wanted to share with yal to help out, ill label whats free, and what i payed for and how much. 1. FREE... wine box from any liquor store.just ask them if they have one to give to you, they just throw them out. Makes a tool holder, storage box.. anything you want, just be creative. 2. CHEAP...Bar soap containers. 1$ at walmart... for holding all your small stuff you want to keep separate. Like the swivel knife and stamps. 3. CHEAP/FREE.Trash bags/walmart bags. Used to lay down under leather when dying. Be careful with walmart bags though, alot of times they'll have holes and not as flat. CHEAP... tool storage boxes.. bought a pack of 4 of them at walmart for 9 bucks. Good for keeping things organized. FREE/CHEAP... old white t-shirts.. instead of throwing away the old white work shirts. Keep them cut them up. Good for tons of stuff.. buffing towels, speading glue and dye, what ever you can think of. CHEAP... stanley box knife. Couple bucks at wal mart and you can get 50 blades for 5 bucks i believe. FREE/CHEAP... BOOKS! Scribd.com 8 bucks a month and you get a ton of books(including al stohlman)..you can also download them onto your phone, using your free 30 day trial(wink, wink).. and if you cancel membership before the month is over you dont pay a dime. Again (wink wink) its not letting me put up the pics so if you want to see them, or have any questions, send me a message and ill send them to you somehow! Addition! Ill add stuff as i think of them and do them... The internet/youtube!! I have already learned a ton of stuff off youtube, and when you have a better understanding of what your doing and how to do it you'll waste less products and save money... Tandy leathers offers a free beginner's class go take it!!
  24. Hello and greetings from sunny Bournemouth, England! (Except it's currently 02:20 and therefore not very sunny at the moment, but oh well...) I'm probably the latest in a long line of long-time casual browsers of this forum, and also viewers of certain beginner-friendly channels on Youtube. I'm the sort of person who can research something to death but still not quite get the grip of certain things, so please bare with me if at times I sound like I know what I'm talking about but actually have it all wrong I've been after something creative to do in my spare time for quite a while now, and in my search for something to put a decent amount of time and effort in to, I've decided to turn my attention more seriously towards the Wonderful World of Leather. I'm sure that has to be the name of something in the "adult" genre, or else furniture, but I'm sure you get my drift. I'm currently waiting on delivery of some El Cheapo beginners tools (my theory being if I don't take to it, it won't be too much money wasted, and once I get into it more I will be able to get a feeling for what to replace as and when). I'm also going to be ordering some needles/thread and most importantly Veg Tan over the weekend. What with being what we Brits call a "Bank Holiday" over Easter (basically everywhere apart from retail shuts down for 4 days Friday - Monday, and if you don't work in retail it's customary to spend from 5pm Thursday drinking booze and stumble into work on Tuesday morning with an impressive hangover) I thought I'd wait til nearer my equipment's meant to arrive before getting the raw materials in . I'm deliberately neglecting any finishes, treatments etc for the time being as I'd rather get to grips with basics of stitching and simple patterns first. Fancy tooling and colours can come later (if I even end up going down that road) because without straight lines and semi-sturdy stitching, decorative things don't do much more than make it look like a 3 year old has gone happy with arts and crafts. In my opinion, anyway. As far as what I'll be doing, I've got a 2nd/3rd project idea of a combined cigarette/lighter pouch. 1st and 2nd will probably be simple card holders and the like. And I've already been asked to consider making a sheath for a Reenactor friend's saxon dagger once I'm confident enough, so there's that. In the long run, I guess I'd like to see myself making pocket items (wallets etc) as well as the occasional more costumey wearables. And journal covers. And so on. But yeah, thought I'd actually make an introduction post and hopefully start getting to know some of you fine Leathersmiths and no doubt learn a thing or 2 doz. Hope everyone's having a god weekend!
  25. QueenMommy

    I think I did it!...?

    I think I finally got the hang of the saddle stitch! Please critique and let me know what I need to improve on. The top line was my first attempt - please ignore!! I know it's dreadful. the second line was where I think I got the hang of it. I did not use a stitch groover- should arrive tomorrow. I know my line is not perfectly straight; I was less worried about that vs just getting this two-handed stitch thing down. and yes, my stitching pony solution at the moment is my husband's blacksmithing vise!