Saturday, January 8, 2011

I don't like leather..

Actually I do love leather, I'm just not a fan of working with it.. That's what I've been working with the past 2 days..
Wow it seems like forever since I've posted, I'm sorry about that. I've been doing a few things here and there just nothing too creative. So I thought I would post about a few of the other things I work on from time to time..
I've also been making some patches for Big B and his buddies for their vests. I swear men are way more picky than women.. I redesigned several of them before they were finally happy, and these were just name patches and worded patches, nothing fancy..

Sorry if the language on a couple of these offend any of my readers, they are biker patches though and some people want those patches.




A few for the ladies..


Of course the one the dog decided to chew on was my name, hmm you think he's trying to say something??


Back to the leather thing though.. If you can avoid it, I highly recommend not attempting to hand sew leather. Or more specifically, several layers of thick leather. It's a pain in the wazoo and it sucks. And I don't have a thimble so I don't know how many times my fingers slipped and I stabbed myself with the needle..

I've needed to shorten my chaps for quite awhile now but have been putting it off, I don't get to ride all that often and it's really not a big deal with them being how they were. But one of Big B's friends is short like me and had the same problem with his chaps and asked if I could somehow take them in a bit. Well you know me.. I said I'd give it a try. It wasn't too bad for the most part. My machine could handle most of it, although I would highly recommend a leather needle. I have one. somewhere.. Couldn't find it so I just used a heavy duty needle and it was fine..
After I fixed his, I figured I would fix mine since I had the needle on the machine already..

See that little dotted section on either side of the pocket? That's what needed to come out.


But I didn't want to lose the pocket, plus I didn't want to tear them up trying to get the rivet thing out. I just took out the seams around the pocket and folded it back out of my way..

Fold in half RST then stitch.. 


The cut the looped part..




Fold both inside seams to one side and stitch it down. I got a little crooked on one side, but once it's all done it's not too noticeable.



A little handsewing was needed on that part because those layers at the edges were just too think for my machine.
Now just had to reattach the pocket, I handsewed all of it. It was a slightly easier because the stitch holes were already there, but going through the seam I made was not easy with my cheapo little needle..


I did have a little bit of company, Mr. K decided he wanted to be up and play at 11 pm.. Please excuse the drool mess on his shirt, we *might* have some teeth soon!


 All done!


Sorry bout this pic, but have you ever tried taking a picture of your thigh with your not dominant hand?? Not so easy..


 Anyways I hope you enjoyed this post, have a great day everyone!!


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Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Wow! That's some talented sewing up there in the word patches! Impressed!!! Thanks for linking up to Fancy This Fridays! We love seeing each new post you link up! :)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

You're very talented and that photograph of baby is absolutely gorgeous. I love leather, especially wearing it. We have a leather 3 piece suite, and even though it's quite cold to sit on, it still looks good after 15 years!

CJ xx

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

You hand stitched leather? That's incredible! Thanks for stopping by Sand To Pearl. And 4 boys! Wow! I grew up with 4 brothers and 1 sister, it was crazy. Good luck!

CREATIVE MIND said...

This is really nice...& amazing too..you are so talented buddy..