Ten rows of stitching, close-up

Some boot makers start with the outermost row, but I was trained to begin with the innermost row. It really depends on what style of design you’re doing — with this one, accurately defining the unstitched space in the middle is crucial, so it makes sense to begin on the inside.

This work is done one row at a time on my vintage Singer 110W that still has the old clutch motor. I learned to sew leather on the exact same style of machine and motor, and it’s like learning to drive on a stick shift. It makes learning harder but once you master it, you can drive pretty much anything.

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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