The hard part is done

The United States flag/eagle boot tops are stitched. I am most proud of the fact that the entire boot top, with the exception of the lettered banner (different color of thread) and the tail feathers (will be stitched later), was done as one continuous line of stitching. I started at the bottom of the flag pole, worked my way through the complete design, and finished back at the bottom of the flag pole.


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, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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2 Responses to The hard part is done

  1. Jennifer says:

    Lisa…I love your work and I appreciate all the information and videos you have done. I would love to take your class someday when I can get away from my current non leather business. 🙂 I would like to add a roller foot machine to my shop to do some decorative stitching and overlay work. What machine models work best for this? (I had a 111w112 for many years and I sold it and now regret it because we had become very intimate and trusting friends!)

    • customboots says:

      That’s a sad story. 😦

      I like the old Singer 110W model, in either the 124 or the 125. They’re pretty easy to find–the trick is finding one that’s not worn out. If you search, you should be able to find one.

      The only currently available sewing machine that I recommend is the 5110 model from either or It’s a post machine, and it has feed dogs rather than a roller feed like the Singer. It does have a roller wheel though, and I’ve had students who built a removable table for it, to convert it to a flat bed.

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