Hand sewing

The last time I posted a photo of these boots I said that they were “ready to be inseamed.” Inseaming is sewing on the welt–that narrow strip of leather going around the toe–and in my shop it’s done by hand, not on a machine. The boot on the left has been inseamed. Can you see that the thread is pink? I did that just for fun; when it’s done properly the thread will never show or be seen again unless the boots are someday torn completely apart to be repaired.