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Old 02-08-2012, 09:41 AM
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How did I miss this: SB does a awesome job I love the one he did for me .........Curt
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:21 AM
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Ain't we lucky Curt? Dan
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:34 PM
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Ain't we lucky Curt? Dan
Yes very lucky! I have realy learnd a lot form these fourms all the things people can do its amazing to have such talent. And each one done a little different but all end up doing the same thing. RIDE. RIDE............Curt
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:36 PM
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Thanks Silver B for that tutorial.
You make it look so easy but anyone who has ever tried to hand stitch will tell you that keeping the stitch consistant is a challenge and takes talent and patients. I have an old stitching awl that I've used for small jobs where the stitch is short or hidden and it is a time consuming tedious operation.

I found a tool that helps guide the stitching. It's a small pointed wheel that looks like a miniature spur. You run it along the stitch line and it makes little indentations in the leather to help keep the stitches even and aligned. It helped me make better looking stitches.
Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and talent with us.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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Thanks for the kind words, you guys. Tom, I've seen the tool you mentioned, but never bought one. Actually I don't mind if the stitches look hand done since they are. In this age of machine made and mass production, something made by hand is different and special. At least that's how I see it.

Since this thread is now a sticky and will be seen by others later on who are doing a search, I'd like to draw attention to yet another approach by forum member WhoZaWhat which I like very much.
http://motorbicycling.com/showthread.php?t=36691&page=4
Posts 36 and 37 give a nice pictorial how to with great results.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:36 PM
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Thanks for the very detailed post! It is nice to see recycled motorcycle parts being used!
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:43 PM
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My dad has a leather shop, we don't do many custom stuff anymore. He has a bunch of turn of the century sewing machines that are perfect for stuff like this. You did a pretty good job without a machine. We just did a seat for my dad's friend who bought one of the kit motors. He put it on a 1960 Coast King all chrome bike. The seat is an electric blue color. I'll post some pictures of it when I get around to it!
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Would deer hide be more difficult to use in comparison to elk hide?
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Would deer hide be more difficult to use in comparison to elk hide?
I don't imagine it would be harder to use than elk hide, but I don't know how well it would wear. The little I have used deer hide the skins have used were on the thin side, great for garments and things like medicine bags. But for things like moccasins and mukluks the Elk hide is thicker and more durable, so that's what I had on hand. I like the look of Elk hide, but if you have deer hide, what's to lose in trying it? You can always do it again some time in the future if the deer hide wears out.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:11 AM
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it is like 1.4mm thick, il just try it, thanks for the advice, and cool thread btw
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