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Subject: supply list Date: 1/2/10 1:37 PM

would like to know about the supply list, what's included?
how much leather...
any unique tools...

also, is it more technique so we're making samples or will we turn out a finished item?

thank you,
K

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Subject: Re: supply list Date: 1/2/10 1:49 PM

Here's the supply list

- Roughly 2 square feet of leather ó this should be a light to medium weight.
A good resource, if you donít have a leather store nearby, is to buy an
old leather coat or jacket.

- 1 spool buttonhole, or topstitching thread, polyester, Gutermann is
a good choice.

- 1 packet size 14 machine needles, topstitching or embroidery, Schmetz
is a good choice

- 1 roll, Scotch permanent double sided tape

- 1 rubber or plastic mallet

- 1 "seam stick" (wood pressing tool), or length of wood closet or railing dowel

- 1 small container, contact cement, Weldwood brand is good and can be
bought at the hardware store

- Q-tips for spreading the contact cement

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Date: 9/15/10 10:01 PM

Can leather be sewn with a basic sewing machine, or do I need a heavy duty machine?

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 9/16/10 8:59 AM

You can sew on a regular machine--no heavy duty machine is needed. Just make sure to choose garment weight leather--the best way to do this, is to go to the thrift store and buy an old leather jacket. Also, you want either jeans needles, or topstitching needles for your machine.

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Date: 9/17/10 12:14 PM

Kenneth, will you be addressing shearling lambskin in your class, if so are there additional supplies needed. Thanks, Terri

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 9/17/10 12:17 PM

I won't be referencing that specifically in the lessons, but you can ask about it in the chats. As far as I know, no other tools are needed for that...

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Date: 9/23/10 4:43 PM

If we have a specific piece of unusual leather that we'd like to sew (I have some beaded leather), could I send it into Kenneth, and have him comment on the piece and how I might approach sewing it during one of the live chat sessions?? Thanks, Marcia (Kenneth--I met you--I have taken fit classes with Lynda Maynard in SF).

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 9/26/10 8:56 PM

If you post good photos, that will be sufficient. If you post, please put a back photo as well as a front photo--then we can see how it's sewn. Then I'll be able to assess how to proceed...

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Subject: type of leather needed Date: 9/27/10 10:15 AM

Hello Kenneth,

I just signed up for your class this AM. Late, of course, but I have most of the supplies.

I do not have my leather yet, and was wondering if lambskin would be OK? I'm looking at some pieces on ebay, but don't want to buy until I hear from you. They also have goatskin, but I think that might be too thin or stretchy. I have some leather garments that I've picked up from my thrift store, but I'm saving them for a real project and don't want to mess them up by learning on them.

Thanks,
Kathryn

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Subject: Re: type of leather needed Date: 9/27/10 11:34 AM

Lambskin and goatskin are both OK--they are leather, just thinner types, so you will be able to do the exercises with them.

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