Pardon me, I have a question today, pertaining to stitching methods. I know that this has been touched upon in the very early days of this thread (sorry to bring this up again), but this is regarding the "norwegian split toe" design, and the "round closed stitch" method.
With regards to the particular techniques used. I am aware that there are some possibilities.
Some makers use 2 pieces of leather joined together at the split toe seam with that stitching technique.
Some makers execute the same stitching method on a single piece of leather to create a similar effect (ie, not a true split toe, but a decorative feature somewhat).
Apart from the fact that there is potential to save more leather when using 2 pieces, and also the desire for the authenticity of having a true "split toe" with 2 separate pieces of leather. Are there very specific construction requirements, or any desirable features that make the 2 piece method superior to the other?
Once again, thank you for your time.
Well, round closing is a somewhat difficult technique and requires a leather that is both firm enough and thick enough to do it.Personally, I don't care for using a needle--another instance where a bristle is superior if only because there is less strain on each individual stitch.
And round closing can be done well or not so well...it's all in how tight you pull the stitches.
Having said that round closing produces the strongest seam known to man.
And having said that no seam is always stronger than any seam.
In the end however, nothing says 'exceptional' like round closing done well.