I don’t do a ton of leather sheaths, but when I do it tends to come in batches. I’m getting tired of ripping the skin off my fingers tightening each pass of hand sewn saddle stitches.Jason all the Videos on YouTube said they are fussy, and they are. But once you get them "tuned" they seem to work fine. Three biggest problems I had were figuring out Needle and Thread sizing, how to get Bobbin to work (install it). You have to clean it real good then oil and grease it up. I polished the bobbin holders too. Sanded a lot of the rough edges and fixed some shoddy work. Sounds like a lot of work but its more frustrating! Once you get it all squared away it really runs good. Mine is running well now but I need to tweak the stich length, shouldn't be that big a deal though? You could go nuts I suppose tear it down clean and polish everything paint it etc... I just wanted it to work! Oh and it sewed the 2 layers of 8-9 ounce leather no problem
I'm not sure. I would say no though. My reasoning for this is there are a couple of tensioners on it and the tube the thread feeds thru is relatively small. I would think over time the wax would cause problems. I ended up running a synthetic thread that is super strong and smaller than the thread I used for hand stiching. I need to downsize my needle to better suit the thread I have. I cant remember exactly the name and size off hand. The array of thread available is staggering!! If your worried about waterproofing or strength you can get Kevlar thread!!I don’t do a ton of leather sheaths, but when I do it tends to come in batches. I’m getting tired of ripping the skin off my fingers tightening each pass of hand sewn saddle stitches.
Will this machine run waxed thread?
I really like it now that I can run it without it breaking thread all the time!!That’s good to know on the threads available. For the price of the machine I think it’s well worth trying. If I was doing leather as a significant part of my business I’d break down and get an industrial machine, but not for less than 20 sheaths a year.