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by romango
Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22103

Re: Closing techniques

Another idea is to do it by hand. Even though I have the machines, I'd like to be able to make shoes without any machines. To that end, I recently purchased these tools from "Fine Leatherworking" in Berkeley CA. DSC_5243.JPG I think you could get by without the stitch marker (that was the expensive ...
by romango
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

My second attempt at stitching patterns. I learned a lot on this round. Also, on the advise of Paul Krause, I skant skived the vamp and heel panel. That does give a cleaner look. But I like it un-skived too.
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by romango
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48171

Re: sewing machines

My second decorative stitching project. I ended up using a Schmetz 134LR, size 14 (blade tip) on my Singer 31-20 with size 33 thread, from Lisa Sorrell. The size 14 needle is a little large but it seems to work OK. I'm still trying to locate smaller size needles. Still lots of room for improvement b...
by romango
Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48171

Re: sewing machines

DW. I notice you list a couple of round point needles. Are these also suitable for leather work?
by romango
Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Whole cut Oxfords. Box Calf from Weinheimer Leder in Germany.
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by romango
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30288

Re: Great Leather!

Like many larger leather stores, Oregon Leather (Portland and Eugene) has many bin full of cheap hides, sold by the pound. Most of these come from the upholstery business. About 95% I would not use but of the other 5%, it's pretty easy to find some suitable shoe leather. Knowing what you are looking...
by romango
Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Some nice cowboy boots.
Unremarkable in design but fairly cleanly executed, I think.
GH French calf tops.
Hand stitched outsoles.
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by romango
Tue May 20, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15509

Re: Curved needle

I'd love to just use the thread lube. Even the liquid wax makes quite a mess. I'm not really even sure what the function of the wax is beyond lubrication of the stitching process.
by romango
Tue May 20, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Curved needle
Replies: 217
Views: 15509

Re: Curved needle

What do folks use in their curved needle stitchers? Hot wax, liquid wax or thread lube?

Also, do you use an awl that is one size larger than the needle?

(I have a Landis K)
by romango
Thu May 15, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21765

Re: Glues and Cements

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True. I made my own for about $250.

A gorilla rack with some wood, glass and a squirrel cage fan. I got the fan at the used building materials store but is is basically an industrial fan for a restaurant hood.
by romango
Thu May 15, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21765

Re: Glues and Cements

I am all for alternatives to AP cement and I don't wish to rain on efforts and experiments to replace it. Having said that, I will say that every shoemaker I have visited uses these products without any proper safety precautions. This is very bad. If you are going to use AP, get a real fume hood! I ...
by romango
Wed May 07, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

That's actually a gray thread. I was shooting for something subtle. But the white is so bright, it makes the gray look more black!
by romango
Wed May 07, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

My first boots with top stitching pattern. The pattern is right out of DW's book. It looks pretty good if you don't get too close. I had a walking foot on my singer 31-20, which I have since replaced with a rolling foot. Hopefully this will result in improved stitching next time. Hand stitched side ...
by romango
Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48171

Re: sewing machines

There's a great little tutorial on tuning up a Singer 31-15 on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Z1QX4nL65L0
by romango
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Lance. Love your shoes too! Blake stitch by hand. Easy! I hope to post a tutorial next time.
by romango
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Here are some shorty cowboy boots, made for some very small feet. Size 2.5! Garlin-Neumann burnishable buffalo. Airbrush antique edges then more coloring using Fiebings Antique finish pastes (cordovan splotches then tan all over) and sealed with an acrylic spray - Fiebings "Leather Sheen". Blake sti...
by romango
Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Beautiful! And impressive for pair 9!
by romango
Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

I commissioned this painting from an artist friend of mine. She has a whole series of them http://www.olgalaxy.com/icons
Soon to be on Exhibit in the Univ of Oregon's prestigious art gallery! It's a Russian Icon with some modern bits!
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by romango
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27224

Re: Bottoming techniques

Awsome! Thanks DW.
by romango
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21765

Glues and Cements

I've always used AP cement (neoprene) when gluing upper components together before sewing. Particularly where there might be stress on the bond while sewing, like sewing the vamp on an oxford. I recently discovered that using regular rubber cement can work better. The trick seems to be to use 2 coat...
by romango
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

The kip came from Waterhouse Leather but I just discovered they have it in stock at Oregon Leather, which is owned by Montana Leather (last I heard). So any of their outlets might have it. It is available on the Montana leather web site. As a side note... I found the English kip to be a better produ...
by romango
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

Yes, I did use the airbrush on the edges and the toe, in addition to the hand dyeing.
by romango
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

a close up.
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by romango
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Wingtip Oxfords

Continuing my current trend... the leather is hand colored English kip. Soles are hand-McKay stitched with a forefoot midsole.
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by romango
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61776

Re: The Gallery

DW,

Nice shoes! Where did you get the Milano leather?