Fixing a thin cape along seam?

Submitted by Drew on 4/5/05 at 12:00 AM. ( )

Hey guys, question, one of my tanneries thought it was a good idea to shave my capes too thin all the way to the seam. So when i started sewing it was blowing out stitches even with minimum pressure. Any tricks to fix reinforce this area? I was toying with the idea of gluing a strip of fiberglass window screen or something along the edge. Bad idea? I had a hell of a time yesterday with a mulie. THANKS

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I doubt fiberglass window screen will...

This response submitted by Craig on 4/5/05 at 12:07 AM. ( )

do much for you but you might try a thin strip of leather. Just a thought. I hate it when they do that, always where it fits the tightest too.


This response submitted by Drew on 4/5/05 at 12:29 AM. ( )

Leather makes sense. I have some scraps from the last mount. Pisses me because you are right, it was near the end towards the shoulders right at the bend in the neck.

take off pressure first

This response submitted by paul e on 4/5/05 at 10:55 AM. ( )

try to take the pressure off of the stiches first
by using a regulator or pinning a little off the edge maybe a inch or so usually works
then put more than wrap at a time
stitch three or four before pulling together
and dont pull to tight
after it has dried for a couple of days start tapping seam down with
a mallet
the hair will lay back down
this will also work where a repair was done helping lay the hair back
dont tap too hard or you will start to indent
hope this helps


This response submitted by Drew on 4/6/05 at 12:19 AM. ( )

Problem with this cape was, they thinned it sporadically, so I would be sewing along then hit a thin spot and they would rip. Glad I am not using that tannery next year.

all my capes are thin

This response submitted by paul e on 4/6/05 at 7:39 AM. ( )

not taking up for the tannery
all my capes are thin requiring pretty much the procedure i posted earlier
at least on a tanned skin
when i do the smaller stuff with dry preservative the skin is a little tougher
but i guess it depends on the animal in question
i just love the feel of the hide of a tanned animal
well its eary im getting another cup of coffee
good luck youll get it

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