Adventures in Industrial Sewing ~ Bias Fold Binders ~ Take 1

If you have an industrial sewing machine, did you know that there is a chance their are feet for it beyond the standard one that came with it?  I have quite a few in my 5 years as a Juki owner, check some of them out here.  A few weeks ago I purchased a new attachment for the Juki. It’s a 2″ Double Fold Binding Attachment: Now, before you go surf for an attachment for your industrial read the rest of the {Read More}

They’re Multiplying! A New Vintage Sewing Machine

I once had a small but cute vintage sewing machine (VSM) collection.  I didn’t set out to collect them.  The only older machine on my wish list was a Singer Featherweight.  They are small, lightweight and very portable. I wanted to use it as my quilting machine.  So I waited and hunted and when I saw one at an auction for a great price, I grabbed it!  All done collecting. Or so I thought. For Mother’s Day last year my {Read More}

TBT ~ I’m ripping apart handbags!

Here is a blog post I originally wrote almost 4 years ago but still rings SO true for handbag makers.  How to find expensive bag hardware besides online retailers…thrifting!  Enjoy your Thursday. Don’t shoot me, but I spent some time yesterday ripping apart handbags. Not mine or a fancy brand, but some random old handbags I found at the local thrift store. I was tempted to keep the green one, but my boys vetoed that so it went into the {Read More}

Leather Tools – Part 2 –

So what did you think of the leather strap maker I shared last week?  I love how easy it is to cut custom sized straps for my handbags.  Add a few rivets or stitch the straps in place and I’m good to go! Today I’m going to show you two more tools I have been learning to use in the studio recently.  These are a bit trickier and require more patience when using, but I’m getting the hang of it…slowly. Here is a {Read More}

Leather Tools – A Strap Tutorial – Part 1

This is part one of two posts I’m sharing this week on my adventures in leatherwork.  I’m a total newbie, but when I find a tool that makes me want to grab all.the.leather. I had to share. If you make bags like I do, you know how important straps and handles are in overall construction and design.  We need them to be the perfect size to hold or wear over our shoulder while made of material that coordinates with our “look”. {Read More}

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