Goal for the day

My goal was to have all four panels stitched by 5pm. It’s 5:08; I guess that’s close enough.


About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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4 Responses to Goal for the day

  1. Chris Hanner says:

    “The Way I Am – 2” ??? Are these beauties for that same customer? See, we do pay attention 🙂

    • customboots says:

      Thanks for paying attention! These are for another client. Even though I do the same designs again sometimes it’s always nice to get to make them in different colors.

  2. Moe, Randall SWT says:

    Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
    Caveats: NONE

    Lisa I am trying to decide between a Artisan 2618-R Post machine and a Leather pro 8810 the Artisan has reverse the leather pro does not but has Steve for support any suggestions? Thanks Randy

    • customboots says:

      I can tell you my experience: All of my new machines are from Artisan, and I have both the 2618 and the 5110 post machine. I bought the 5110 first and later bought the 2618 with the intention of giving the 5110 to my daughter and keeping the 2618. The 5110 is the bottom of the line machine–the only addition it has is reverse.

      My idea of using the 2618 lasted one afternoon and I took my 5110 back. The 2618 is great for making shoes because it has a gear driven roller wheel and it will climb right over seams. However, it also has a fatter post and I didn’t like that because I couldn’t get into tight areas. Also, the mechanism for changing stitch length is a pain on the 2618. I haven’t tried the 8810 but I figure it’s about the same as the 2618.

      For myself, I don’t consider reverse to be that big of a deal. I rarely ever need to backstitch but if I wanted to and my machine didn’t have that feature, I’d sew two stitches, raise the lift, pull the leather back and put the needle in the original hole where I started, and take off again.

      In short, if you’re ONLY making boots I’d recommend the 5110 or Steve’s equivalent, in other words, a post machine with absolutely no bells and whistles. If you’re going to be making both boots and small leather projects you’ll probably want the nicer post machine but honestly I doubt there’s much difference between the two you mentioned.


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