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Basic Saddle Stitch Tutorial By Nigel Armitage

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I noticed some folks wanting samples of the different colors of Tiger thread. Cy at Leatherwurx has samples and will sell you small quantities for special projects where you don't want to buy a whole roll. He is real good to deal with as well. Garry.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/218679671/samples-22-tiger-thread-samples-ritza-25?ref=hp_rv

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I have been using Nigel's videos to improve my stitching (which I love to do).  I am right handed but hold the leather the way Nigel does (who is left handed right?)  My stitches end up looking better on the back of the piece than the front of the piece.  Thoughts? Comments? Help?!  Thanks all.

 

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Well CLW, I can't comment on your question, but this is a convenient place to mention that last year I went to a demonstration & lecture by Nigel. On his recommendation I have done two things that are cheap, easy,  and have improved my stitching

I no longer use a stitching groover, I use dividers to mark the stitching line. I got a pair from a secondhand tool stall on my local market for £2-50, about $3-50.

I changed from Tandy 'big eye' needles #1195-00 to John James size 2; they are also cheap enough.

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Zuludog, I started with the JJ size 2 although I find myself using the 2 sizes above that more recently (caveat: I mainly stitch thick saddle leathers with 0.8 or 1mm thread, usually Tiger). You can place small orders directly with JJ on-line. Interesting to note that the English company JJ's needles are/were made in China whereas the American company Osbourne's needles are/were made in England (at least they were last time I checked)!

I also started with the 7 ppi pricking iron suggested by Nigel but, again, found it too fine for the work I do, so now far more likely to use 4-6 ppi.  I can't imagine ever wanting to go more than 7 ppi (but some folk do).

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I make mostly knife sheaths from 3 to 3,5mm veg tan. I haven't tried everything or every combination available, but I've now settled on this  - 

I mark the stitching line with dividers

I use a Tandy Craftool stitching chisel with 4mm spacing which is about 6 spi. I polished the prongs

An awl that is a bit smaller than most, about 2mm wide, from https://www.bowstock.co.uk

I've tried Ritza thread, but I don't like it, I prefer 18/3 linen. I have natural from Bowstock, and various colours from other makers - Crawfords, Somac, & Fil au Chinois 

Recently I got Some Seiwa European Leather Stitching Chisels from Goods Japan, They have narrower prongs than Craftool. I've tried them on scrap and they're good, but I have yet to use them in on an actual piece of work. Do not confuse these with Seiwa Diamond Leather Stitching Chisel as they did not get a good review. See Nigel's Pricking Iron Reviews #8 &#9

Yes, I ordered my needles from John James, and noticed they were made in China

I also got an awl blade from them and mounted it in a haft made by a local wood turner. Had to sharpen & polish it myself, which was a bit tedious

 

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I only use a stitching groover for effect on a belt.  I like the JJ needles too.  I don't care for the Tandy big eyes unless the holes are round.   I love  love love the Tiger thread but cannot seem to appreciate the Lin  threads.  Have fun , awl! (Pun there)

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On 7/11/2018 at 1:07 PM, Sheilajeanne said:

The links on the first page no longer work, so reposting:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGuiha5S2oE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ue3zBg0bdA

Thanks for the updated links! It's been a few years since I've been on this site and I'm fixing to make my son a black powder possibles bag for his birthday. There's no "Tandy Leather Kit" for this project so I'll be doing this one from scratch.  I've never stiched leather before. At ALL. I'll be posting back with questions and/or progress.

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Anyone know where to get one of those angled English "pricking" punches? All I can seem to find are the diamond head ones.

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9 hours ago, Toddo said:

Anyone know where to get one of those angled English "pricking" punches? All I can seem to find are the diamond head ones.

They are called pricking irons. Wuta, Blanchard, Crimson Hide, KS Blade Punch all make some.

If I had my choice starting out again I would get the Crimson Hide version.

They act as a pricking iron and stitching chisels in one. Like awl blades all lined up in a row.

Nigel does a nice review of them on YouTube.

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5 hours ago, bikermutt07 said:

They are called pricking irons. Wuta, Blanchard, Crimson Hide, KS Blade Punch all make some.

If I had my choice starting out again I would get the Crimson Hide version.

They act as a pricking iron and stitching chisels in one. Like awl blades all lined up in a row.

Nigel does a nice review of them on YouTube.

Thanks BM

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Here is a link to Abbey England they have traditional pricking irons.

http://abbeyengland.com/Store/CategoryID/442/List/0/catpagesize/0/Level/a/ProductID/69231

Also here website can be hard work but they good to deal with.

http://www.leprevo.co.uk/sewing.htm

 

Hope this helps

JCUK

 

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10 hours ago, jcuk said:

Here is a link to Abbey England they have traditional pricking irons.

http://abbeyengland.com/Store/CategoryID/442/List/0/catpagesize/0/Level/a/ProductID/69231

Also here website can be hard work but they good to deal with.

http://www.leprevo.co.uk/sewing.htm

 

Hope this helps

JCUK

 

Thank You

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No worries let me know how you get on sorry for late reply been pretty busy.

 

 

JCUK

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On 2/12/2019 at 7:30 PM, Toddo said:

Anyone know where to get one of those angled English "pricking" punches? All I can seem to find are the diamond head ones.

@Toddo it's important to note that pricking irons are different from stitching chisels.  They are not intended to punch all the way through the leather.  Instead irons mark where the thread will go and prime the leather for the awl to punch through.  It can be a more laborious process than the chisels, depending on the quality of chisels and thickness of the leather.

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