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« on: January 01, 2018, 08:34:49 am »


Goin to do some sewing with either 3 or 4 cord thead (unwaxed linen that I wax). Could you advise the correct #awl and needle to use?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 06:01:48 pm »

Now you're asking me to start thinking. Grin

I use a Vergez Blanchard #43 diamond awl for most of my work.  It's the smallest available but makes a large enough hole for most applications (two or three layers of 8-9oz). For really thick leather, I have a longer awl I made which will punch through more layers of leather.

For needles, I have #4's & #2's . I don't recall exactly which size is which but I just take the smallest for the thread I'm using. Remember that you can put thread through a smaller hole than the thread diameter once it's waxed. One thing I was taught years ago was to wax the thread toward the midpoint from both ends so it lays the fibers down so the thread doesn't pull against the hole when running the thread through the leather. This also makes it easier to pull the thread through the needle eye.

I wish I could be a little more helpful. Maybe one of the pros on the forum will be able to advise you better.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 09:56:16 pm »

Good advice Will...


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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 07:58:17 pm »

Thanks , Marshal
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 12:31:44 am »

Glad to be of help. Let us know how that thread is.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 09:37:00 am »

holsterguy, if you're using the 3 cord from Campbell it is VERY weak, don't pull hard. Their five cord linen is pretty good just not as good as Barbours IMO.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 10:15:15 am »

Ended up ordering 4cord.  Ordered samples of 3cord from a bookbinding place in Wisconsin. They carry around 5 different 3 cord unwaxed linen thread.-12/3, 18/3, etc.
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