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Inlay Sheath - something new for me

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by ANovinc, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Hair-on inlay, with a deer skin lining, using my Singer 15-91 for the inlay stitch and my Cobra 3 for all else. I hand skived the edges for the inlay window as best as I could in order to make the transition a bit nicer, and supported the backside of the inlay with the cut-out from the window so that the front of the sheath remains nice and solid.
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  2. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Nice job, Amy..... the first one is the toughest...they all get easier from here on. Hair on inlays are harder for several reasons. It's almost impossible to skive the flesh side to thin the inlay down some and likewise gluing the inlay down to the front panel prior to inserting the filler plug is also next to impossible because the hair is "a moving target". You might consider buying and using 2/3 Oz. leather for your front panel to reduce the thickness of the transition or step of the window. Then back that up with 5/6 or 7/8 for the main body of the sheath . Since I have splitter I just split the block cut 7/8 to about 50%, install the inlay and plug and then cement the the two pieces back together to the original 7/8 and then cut out the actual pattern and stitch the inlay window. Keep at it!

    Paul
     
  3. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Thanks, Paul !! This one definitely was a challenge. Having some 2/3 oz. to glue to the leather I used for sure would have made things easier for me--that's a great suggestion that I'll look into for the next one that I do.
     
  4. High Standard

    High Standard Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 23, 2017
    Hey Amy. Great first sheath. Heck, you dove right in there with the hardest inlay material you can use for your first time.
    Glad to see you got the 15-91 up and running. It's a trip trying to get your inlay window stitches perfectly straight. Thank God we can turn the wheel by hand, one stich at a time. Waiting for your next one.
     
  5. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Thanks, Vinnie. It was only my blissful ignorance that caused me to jump in with the hardest inlay material the first time.....I'm sure to have shied away from it, had I known..... And yes, keeping those stitches straight is a bear, even one stitch at a time. (I still ended up with a wobble rounding that last corner.) Love, love love! that old machine though--it's perfect for my needs. I'll post attempt #2 as soon as I have it completed (Hopefully sooner rather than later).
     
  6. High Standard

    High Standard Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 23, 2017
    Glad you're enjoying the 15-91.
    One thing I found out really quick with my aging eyes. I set up 5 different lights. 3 in the back, and 2 up front. All are at different angles all pointing to the foot area. It helps a lot with eliminating any of the shadows.
    I hope your vision is better than mine.
     
  7. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Sadly, I am quite confident that it is not.
     
  8. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Looks very complicated....Nice job !
     
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  9. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Looks great the hair on hide is really cool.
     
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  10. byoffcr

    byoffcr

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    May 31, 2009
    Nice work your showing. KT
     
  11. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Thanks KT !
     
  12. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    I like it Amy! Let's see the next one.
     
  13. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Thanks, Dave! Hope to have the next one soon.... ~ !!
     
  14. pugs75

    pugs75 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Amy,
    May i ask what size needle and thread your using, I have a 15-91 as well, just finished rebuilding it and getting ready to start sewing with it. Thank you in advance, Pugs
     
  15. ANovinc

    ANovinc Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Pugs,

    I'm using a size 14 Schmetz, with 69 thread on the 15-91.

    Amy
     

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