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  1. big_swede

    New boots

    Most german and austrian makers have similar models. I.e. traditional alpine walking boots. Some are heavier than others though, meindl perfekt are made for fixed crampons etc. What I wonder if it's a genuine norweigan welt or if it's a mock-up? Anybody know? Compared to the glue jobs that are...
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    10 years anniversary competition extravaganza!

    Moose bull milk, for your health! (Makes lumpy tea though!)
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    10 years anniversary competition extravaganza!

    No you are not sir. The moose cow has a completely different facial expression when milked. Sort of "what the h3ll are you doing?!".
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    10 years anniversary competition extravaganza!

    To be completely honest, it is a few gems in there. I'm gonna try to get a few pics of it.
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    10 years anniversary competition extravaganza!

    As today I will celebrate my 10 year anniversare of being a member of this site I am holding a small photo competition. I will be the sole judge of it all. There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd place. There will also be a small prize to the worst entry. The prizes might or might not be presented...
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    Leather stitching needles needed, help please!

    I agree that john james needles are second to none. However, when I made a few pairs of boots a few years ago I used bristles instead of needles. After getting over that awkward step of learning how to 'thread' them I could sew using smaller holes which is to my eyes more neat. Although in...
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    How to celebrate 10 years?

    Hello. I am back in sweden so I'm out in the woods with horse or hound everyday. :)
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    How to celebrate 10 years?

    Right. That's a good suggestion. Hmm, got to put on my thinking cap for that one.
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    How to celebrate 10 years?

    I don't have so much kit actually. Haven't bought anything the last 5-6 years, only made stuff myself. Which is sort of the whole idea I guess. :)
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    How to celebrate 10 years?

    Aye, that's not a bad idea actually.
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    How to celebrate 10 years?

    My BCUK 10 years anniversary is coming up. How should I celebrate it?
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    Industrial sewing machines? Confused

    I started out in heavy sewing, am a coatmaker by trade now. And I can assure you I've never ever met a woman machinist in either heavy sewing or bespoke tailoring. But I always get some jokes about sewing being a feminine job.. Weird, ain't it?
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    Slotted buttons in bulk?

    No requirement with the vat, but trade suppliers usually want one to sell at trade prices. I'm not going to Glasgow anytime soon to be honest but if you want to act as a proxy that'd be cool. What size and colours did he have?
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    Slotted buttons in bulk?

    Not bad, but need both sizes and 5000 might be a push. Acetal sounds cheap but hey if it's milspecitshould fit the bill.Care to split a box?
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    Slotted buttons in bulk?

    Alright, where can I find natobuttons in bulk? Not pallets but at least hundreds.. Only found them at asmc.de in packets of ten at a prize that would ruin me. Need a proper supplie, got vat no etc..
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    Repairing Berghaus Alpha

    You can fell it on. Use 70's thread at least. Preferably 50's.
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    Dyeing a dessert DMP smock

    Try RIT-dye instead. It dyes poly as well as cotton. A mixed fabric is tugher because of the different chemicals used in the dye bath and to set the bath. But it's better than dylon. Good luck.
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    Old sewing machines (pic heavy)

    So you mean I have no right to be curious?
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    Old sewing machines (pic heavy)

    Why not just get a proper industrial machine and be done with it? Seems as a lot of people on here are into sewing machines for sewing machines sake, rather than actual sewing. Which is fine off course. But if you actually are in to sewing, instead of messing about with tens of different...
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    Sewing a buttonhole?

    There is an japanese made attachment from called ys-40 or something for industrial machines. I have one at home. It only makes straight shirt-type buttonholes and demands a certain fettling around. Usually available new on the auction site.