I read up and down the list and couldn't decide where this question should be posted. It doesn't have anything to do with quilting at all. So since I'll be using a vintage machine to do it I decided to put it here.
I have a project I'm thinking of. I'm going to make a zippered pouch from dear hide and some kind of soft internal padding. Not sure what that will be yet.
My questions are:
> I have a decent selection of leather needles for my machines, but do I really need them?
> I want a really strong durable thread. What should I use? Brand, size, material?
> Would it be best to use a machine with the needle facing front to rear, or side to side, or does it matter?
> I'm planning on a straight stitch to secure the zipper, but was considering a decorative stitch over that to make it look different. Can you do that with deer hide with out ruining it?