CALLING ON HOME SEWERS TO HELP HEALTHCARE WORKERS FIGHTING COVID-19
The lack of proper masks, gowns, and eyewear equipment is making it difficult for health workers to do their work fighting the novel coronavirus. In a recent New York Times article, medical workers said they were worried about how they can both fight the coronavirus without imperiling themselves, as well as their loved ones when they go back home.
If you are a home sewer, please consider helping my joining Hickey Freman Technical Vice President Jeffery Diduch in his effort to produce and deliver homemade gowns and masks to medical professionals in the greater Rochester, New York Area. Read about how you can help here
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Thanks Lance. We're just about to start the next one, several more to do after that so I'll try to keep the thread updated with more photos. As well as the full sized briefcase above and on the website Ive a complimentary design for a lighter, slimmer more laptop case proportioned version I hope we'll have finished shortly. Never enough hours in the day to get the ideas from the head to the leather!Charlie, that is one fine case; the leather, stitching, clochette, workmanship, just beautiful!
Thank you that's kind of you. Its a team effort here so cant take all the credit by any meansLooking forward to your slimmed down version as well as updates on current full size briefcases in progress. Charlie, your work is superb!
This is really the heart of saddle stitch. You use a pricking iron with flat diagonal teeth to mark the leather and then when you're stitching a diamond shaped awl to actually make a hole in the leather, following exactly through the mark you've made. The small, flat hole allows space for the two half stitches that inhabit each hole and the offset nature of the line makes the stitch line far less likely to tear, a la a postage stamp. Two of the many reasons handstitching is stronger than machine stitching. Heres a couple more photos, both from the last case we made, you can see really clearly on the handle photo that the stitching is clearly angled, with the thread going from the top of one stitch mark to the bottom of the next, repeating consistently down the stitch line. A round hole for the prick mark and a round awl produces a totally different look, a slightly untidy straight line that's more inclined to tear under stressCharlie, why do you use a slot shape diagonally oriented hole rather than simply a round hole for your stitching?