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Webgear
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posted 04 August 2008 01:44 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was wondering if anyone has any past experience crafting leather clothing?

I am especially interested in how to produce footwear and gloves.


Edited for grammar.

Thank you Remind.

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remind
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posted 04 August 2008 01:59 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you mean produce? Or protect?
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posted 04 August 2008 02:06 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I meant to write "produce footwear and gloves" . Thanks again
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posted 04 August 2008 02:41 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You make the pattern from the person's, you are crafting it for, hand or foot, creating extra space around for seams.

And here is a link:

http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/50-hmg/hmg-01.html


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Webgear
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posted 04 August 2008 06:13 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thank you, that link will be very useful.

I want to use a machine for the stitching however I think my leather is to thick


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posted 04 August 2008 06:27 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I doubt you can stitch leather on an ordinary low-end sewing machine. You have no doubt seen the machines tailors have. Actually, it might be a good idea to start sewing simple things by hand, with a LEATHER NEEDLE and proper thread. Leather needles are triangular-pointed to pierce hides - remember that they can pierce your hide even more effectively than that of a dead animal that is a) tanned and b) in most cases, except the most delicate leathers, thicker-skinned than you.

Can you sew? You might want to practise on cloth first. I've used the leather needle for repairing things, and sewing leather patches onto jeans etc, but I've never made gloves or handbags. If you are serious some kind of course (in person or on-line) is really called for.

I'm not a vegan by any means, but I wouldn't want to see hides wasted. They did come from a living being.


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posted 04 August 2008 07:11 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, very thick hide is not that good for gloves, perhaps mitts, or mitts with 1 finger, but not gloves, not even work gloves are made out of thick hides, which is why stretching it is so important, for things other than purses.
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posted 04 August 2008 07:38 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The wife has a high end machine. I wanted to try some of the sewing by machine however I am willing to do most by hand.

I am getting a leather needle and punch in a dew days. I can do repairs, it has been years since I have done a major project.

The material I am using are scraps from a horse tackle shop.


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posted 04 August 2008 08:00 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The wife, the car, the boat, the house, the car, the fishing tackle, the rocks, the clouds, the boats... sorry to derail the thread a bit, but men calling their partner in life "the wife" reallllllly bugs me. Does she call you "the husband"? I doubt it.

Now, back to the topic, that is some thick leather you will be working with, have you tried stretching it out to thinner weight? Wetting it, I mean really soaking it, and strectching it out as you would an animal hide to dry, may work to thin it out, as I am not sure stretching it manually would even...be possible.


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posted 04 August 2008 11:04 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We have many nicknames for each other, depending on whom I am talking to, will depend on which name/title I will use for her. I just thought no one here would care to know her real name, however I understand your point and will use her name in the future.

Back to the topic of the thread, some of the leather is pretty thin however if it is not I will try and stretch the leather out by using the water method. I am researching the possibility of using simple mechanical means to stretch the leather.

I was thinking about a using a device similar to how you would stretch out a quilt.


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