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Old 05-04-2021, 09:24 AM
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My husband wants to get into knifemaking. We have been setting up a room in the back of the shop for this purpose. Everything got put on hold when he broke his arm.
My part in this endeavor is leatherwork, sheath making specifically. I have been looking into a leather sewing machine. My heavy duty Janome can do light leatherwork so making flat sheath isn't a problem.
But, here is a dilemma I have stumbled onto. I do a lot of repairs on my husband and sons odd shaped items. Such as knee pads for work, gloves, tool bags. A lot of these things can't fit under the needle of my Janome. So I have been looking into a machine something like this...https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ref_=pd_gw_unk

But not as expensive, finding one on CL in our area is like finding a hen with teeth.......lol
I see a lot of these type of machines on Amazon for less than 200 bucks but the reviews are less than 30 and are usually bad ones. I do realize that a lot of reviews are from people who don't know how these machines work or they thought that they could magically get something spectacular made the first try. I have ben around a few heavy duty sewing machines (my first love Phaff 545) to know what such a machine is capable of. But I haven't had any experience with a machine with such a small sewing bed and foot plate.

As an added idea we were thinking of mounting in such a way I can use it with a treadle stand and use my feet to control the machine. Or possibly attaching a motor to it and use a foot pedal.

So if any of the great people here has any experience with this type of machine and has any ideas on a good brand. Add your thoughts to this thread.
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Old 05-04-2021, 10:05 AM
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I saw a machine made for repairing sails for a boat and for keeping on the boat. I think the name was Reliable. Not very big and it may work.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:17 PM
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Look for an old industrial machine for leather and heavy work.

I bet if you start making some queries, before long, a connection will be made.
Maybe that will prove out via someone on this thread!

How's Operation Puppy Watch going?

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Old 05-04-2021, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
Look for an old industrial machine for leather and heavy work.

I bet if you start making some queries, before long, a connection will be made.
Maybe that will prove out via someone on this thread!

How's Operation Puppy Watch going?
Operation Puppy Watch is still ongoing......
Layla has started the nesting stage, she has gotten a bit wider as the puppies start moving around getting ready for labor.
We are in "anyday and anytime mode" right now. This week is the expected delivery week.
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Thanks for the update, Chasing Hawk!
Always loved having batches of puppies to enjoy.
Though ours, were always in the barn,
not in such upscale accommodations as Layla and the kids will have.

Anyday and Anytime ..... then let the FUN and games begin.
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Old 05-04-2021, 08:53 PM
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this is a shoe patch machine- there are stands for them-i have used a for 35 years on a treadle stand
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singer 29 boot patcher, but they have tiny bobbins and tend to leave presser foot tracks
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Wowee, the puppies will be here soon! How exciting. I don’t have anything to add about the leather sewing. You are such an interesting person!
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I purchased a Sailrite Industrial machine approximately 3 years ago and have been very happy with it. Their customer service is awesome. The machine goes thru everything i have asked it to do - Heavy canvas, heavy denim, strapping material, seat belt strapping to name a few. It's worth going to their website to check it out. Lots of information and how to videos and you can actually talk to a representative. They have been in business since 1969 and actually cater to sailboats enthusiasts but have branched out to all kinds of DIYers. Very well priced and I'm glad I made the purchase.
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I'm not sure if it would sew leather, but my mom used to repair my heavy canvas horse blankets with grandma's old treadle. She could even sew thru the strapping, canvas and lining to re-attach the straps.
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