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October 23, 2019

Leather sewing machine
Hello I’m continuing to work on a Custom made dog collar here that I’ve hand
tooled and I have the lining glued into it Now you know I would like to come in
with my C S Osborne scratch compass put a groove around the edge so I can Sew on my Cowboy Harness Stitch Machine
CB 4500 I would like to demonstrate how I sew A double and stitch belt or dog collar Dog collar like this
I will be scratching The border in here in about 1/8″ Leathercraft with Bruce Cheaney C S Osborne scratch compass That cuts a little groove There so the stitches the machine
stitches Sit down in that groove And protect the stitches so they won’t wear out They will hold this piece together for
very long time Here’s the dog collar that is ready to be machine stitched Custom dog collar that I’ll be sewing
and demonstrating How to sew on my cowboy harness stitcher This particular machine will sew A thin double layer like what I’m
fixing to sew Or thick saddle leather Like a thick saddle skirt that would have two or three layers of thick leather The sheep skin layer and then a
filler Saddle skirting itself three layers Or it works good for making knife sheaths and other leather craft items Or gun holsters where you have multiple
layers And the pressure foot raises up to 7/8′ high It has a foot lever here that I can raise the pressure foot up and put the piece in that I am going to sew Anywhere from thin to thick Very thin to one inch Right here is the lever for adjusting Adjusting the stitch length And adjustment lever that you turn to lengthen or shorten the stitches Good idea to check you stich adjuster befor you start sewing your project Practice piece of leather to check stitch length Make sure the tension is right That’s one good thing about a machine
like this that you You really don’t have to adjust the
tension every time you sew Every time it’s a pretty consistent it pulls
it right in the center like it needs to be Cowboy sewing machine review And I’ve got a fresh wound bobbin And a blank unfilled bobbin This will actually wind this bobbin as I am sewing The lever here that’s the reverse position and that’s a forward position Position And this adjust the stitch length And that’s the bobbin winder Polyester 346 white thread My machine and it sews real well with polyester thread
This particular machine has a servo motor Servo motor on it It just takes a little adjusting to get the servo motor set to the speed that you are happy with Speed where you want it when you get a new
machine like this And these bobbins are big enough that you can sew a couple of belts and several dog collars Several pieces without having to change
the bobbin I’ll start at the back here I’ll start at the back and set this dog collar like that And bring my needle down where I want to start sewing Like put the tip of the needle right there And then I like to hold the bottom and
the top thread as I start sewing So it starts off right and pulls the thread down Just give it a start like that That I can Drop down and put to the edge Which is pretty handy sometimes
but I’ve been sewing So long without guide that I don’t
really need one myself Here goes sewing with the harness stitcher I like this servo motor because you can
just really sew slow Really slow it down and concentrate on sewing right in the groove Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines
Cowboy Quality Leather Stitchers The pressure foot I am using is a closed toe and I also have a open toe pressure foot so you can see the stitch groove When I get close to the end right here
I’ll really slow down Really slow down and make sure that I
get the point of the needle right in the tip Where it looks good Looks real good
I’ve got room for one more stitch No I don’t actually I’ll raise my pressure foot up and turn the dog collar around now As you can see this sewing machine has plenty of power and will sew fast Go ahead and floor board it My bobbin just stopped winding it is full and ready for next time While I’ve been sewing this collar Dog collar Okay now I’m going to stop right here
and take Pull the lock stitch in the center of the leather to lock it in And there’s a loop there and what I want to do
is like pull that loop Like right in the center of the leather and
that holds that stitch secure So it won’t unravel One more stitch there and I’ll raise my pressure foot up Raise the pressure foot up and turn the leather piece like that Usually over lap Like one or two stitches To trim the excess leather off Use the top part as a guide to trim the bottom lining off Thank You for watching this
Leather sewing machine review Sewing tutorial with Bruce Cheaney
Leathercraft sewing


  • Reply PintoBlades February 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Very nice leather sewing machine! Thanks for the show!

  • Reply alca107 February 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Bruce, thanks for sharing. Great video. I would like to ask if you have a video on chap making. If not do you have plans to do so? thanks again Albert

  • Reply Dean O February 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Great video – I enjoyed seeing a leather sewing machine in operation. Also, the lapel mic has greatly improved the sound quality of your video's. What camera are you shooting with? Thanks,

  • Reply Doylee10000 February 9, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Do you think you could have a go at making a leather archery quiver

  • Reply WillPower1818 March 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you so much for the video, so hard to find leather machine videos from master craftsmen, great video, please do more

  • Reply Teamroper551 August 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the video! I was wondering what you used for a lining?

  • Reply My Art October 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I want to get into this for my new hobby, thanks…

  • Reply Eric Hixson December 10, 2013 at 3:06 am

    is this the type of machine you use for making fur hats and gloves?

  • Reply Rizwan Rafeek February 14, 2014 at 12:29 am


    Gee, a work of art.

  • Reply Diewithyourbootson4 March 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I learn so much from your videos. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Noahs Ark September 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Do you use nylon or polyester thread for dog collars? thanks

  • Reply bush Wookiee October 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

    beautiful machine..professional craftsman….pretty to watch!

  • Reply Andres Alcaraz November 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Very Interesting,
    Hello Bruce Do you Have Any Idea How Much This Machine Worth? Thank you

  • Reply Lambs Music December 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Love watching your instructional videos! Thanks for sharing!
    I noticed you have a Webb amp under your workbench. Only two guys I know use those – you play fiddle or steel?

  • Reply BB Rosser January 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    I love that machine as well as your instruction.

  • Reply muffntuf February 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Bruce I have been looking at these machines – what is the model of this machine?  Thanks!

  • Reply roundingcorners February 17, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    you're very skilled, appreciated the craft vid

  • Reply Ahmet Turan Önder March 2, 2015 at 11:13 am

    çok güzel

  • Reply Keith Lanzon April 7, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Great video, what model machine is that and about how much.. I've been hand stitching for years.. it time for a machine!!!

  • Reply David Boson April 15, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    that is one big dog – are you sure it is not a horse collar?

  • Reply Alison M May 5, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I think your stitches are to small. Making too many perferations in the leather.

  • Reply 1Lotusflower September 25, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Bruce, how long did it take you to train in this craft? Absolutely excellent by the way!!

  • Reply Dung Trần November 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I wonder how you can make this machine works slowly. i would like to know about it. I have 1 machine and it's super fast . I cant do anything 🙁

  • Reply muhammad nadeem December 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    just see your leather sewing machine its great professional product can you send me details by mail with prices and made also thanks

  • Reply Sword Fish December 29, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Bruce, do you know of a portable machine with a walking foot that will sew belt leather without too much motor strain?

  • Reply Gustrapos Ramirez January 25, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Nice job! I'm planning and getting one of those machines.

  • Reply daytonpyro March 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    so, where can I get a belt pattern for tooling? do you have any you could e mail me?

  • Reply Dan McKinney June 2, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Bruce, have you used the stirrup or holster plate attachments on your CB4500?  Very little info on the use of these optional attachments for the CB4500.

  • Reply Joshua Rumsey July 6, 2016 at 5:02 am

    will you say what thread and needle size you are using? Thank you

  • Reply martony03 July 15, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you Bruce great video.

  • Reply Garnett M July 17, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Nice machine , I just bought a Nakajima 982 High post got a deal on it , This won`t do the big stitch like eyours but it will be good for doing coveralls , zippers , boots , sandals Nice collar .

  • Reply Dr.James A McBean. D,Th, Mcc July 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Great video! How much for a machine like that?

  • Reply Baltimore love thing August 7, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Do u have contact info.. If send me that way love the work and iam looking to get a collar for a pitbull n Corso

  • Reply Bashaer Jafar August 29, 2016 at 2:37 am

    OMG!!! So neat 😇

  • Reply P K D Premathilaka September 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    can i bay this machine

  • Reply Louise Florida /Missouri September 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Just curious, do you use the same thread for hand sewing items? What a machine! Sounds like a beast, not something I could afford tho. ATB Louise

  • Reply Ron Brasfield September 30, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Thanks Bruce, I've watched all the videos on the CB 4500 and mine arrives tomorrow. I think my leather work is really going to get a great kick off. Over the last year, I had gotten to making all easy item because hand stitching had gotten pretty difficult. I have guitar straps and computer bags that had been waiting on me to bite the bullet and buy the machine. You convinced me. I know that saddle stitching will never go away, but those long Gussets stitching session are soon to get better.

  • Reply Peter Iacontino October 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    That was Great Bruce ! I've been hand sewing leather for 40 years, part time. I just retired from my day job, so I will be doing my leather work full time. I make belts, dog collars wallets, cases etc. I'm looking to purchase a sewing machine to sew these products. What machine do you recommend ? For about $1,500.00 .

  • Reply marie noack January 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I really love your videos! Wonderful teacher!

  • Reply Sarah van Oosterom January 13, 2017 at 3:16 am

    hi Bruce, thanks for the wonderful video! I noticed you back tacked a couple of stitches at the end, do you use a round point needle or a leather point needle? I've heard that the leather point needle can severe the thread as it's sharp when back tacking. do you have any recommendations?

  • Reply Brian Bo Jensen January 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What kind of threat do you use ? 😉

  • Reply robert amos January 27, 2017 at 12:21 am

    thanks bruce.. I finely got a teacher bud shaw to help me with leather work and he went and passed away on me  bummer thankyou for the lesson I got 2 important things from you thanks very much again buffy…………..

  • Reply Mario Perez January 28, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Gracias a los que hacen sus vídeos. Lamentablemente no entiendo en inglés las descripciones técnicas. sólo Puedo darme cuenta por lo que veo. Gracias.

  • Reply Central Oregon Aussies February 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Bruce, we are wanting to make leather dog collars. Would you recommend the Cowboy sewing machine to start our with? What other brands would you say are pretty good industrial sewing machines that a beginner would enjoy. We are only going to make dog collars with it. Thanks and love your videos:)

  • Reply olio negra April 17, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Möchte cowboy werden… Cool video

  • Reply Scott Ballz July 20, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    What did you use as the liner on the bottom of the collar?

  • Reply reuben vargas October 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Bruce what type of thread do you use and is it nylon or polyester? ????

  • Reply reuben vargas October 11, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Is it waxed or anything like that, because I have a Ferdinand bull 900b and I had problems with finding the right type of thread

  • Reply Raymond Palacios November 8, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Very nice Mr. Bruce.

  • Reply LifeCulture November 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

    why don`t you thinning the leather in the buckle area. Thanks anyway for sharing.

  • Reply Ringo Gingo November 28, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    That  Is a bad ass machine!

  • Reply Teddy Ariswandi December 24, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I always have difficulties in slowing the speed. Is this the default speed of your machine, or you did some modification?

  • Reply Supermazorquero C December 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Great 👍 wonderful 🙏

  • Reply Firewalker688 December 31, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Mr. Cheaney, I sure do like your videos and want to thank you for sharing. Happy New Year to you sir. Cheers!

  • Reply Brad K January 9, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Is there a machine that's not made in China?

  • Reply Motilal Nogiya September 2, 2018 at 8:24 am

    please u have to sewing workers India my phone WhatsApp number +919619196583

  • Reply Peter Abimbola September 21, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Powerful Machine. How can i get one?

  • Reply clem October 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Always good to see a fellow craftsman at work……great stuff Bruce.

  • Reply calcidone vella October 17, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I want to buy havy duty sewing machine for havy duty leather I want it second hand with good condition

  • Reply momen ahmed December 10, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    what is the full name ( type and number ) of this sewing machine
    i want to buy the same one

  • Reply B Mac January 17, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Is there a sewing machine you recommend for someone like myself that's new to leather work thank will see thick leather but won't break the bank account?

  • Reply Braz1956 January 18, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    What were the main reasons you chose the Cowboy 4500 over the Cobra class 4? I have A Juki 1508N upholstery machine that will sew some leather but looking for one to handle thicker layers.

  • Reply Drew Milton January 24, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I got the same one mate and I am very happy with it

  • Reply tom thompson March 19, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    what a beast of a sewing machine ,, its great

  • Reply Boozoo Chavis May 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Darn good demo – nice being able to see everything so clearly with great close up shots!! Thanks for explaining everything so clearly and allowing the rest if us to see how you do your work. Some people seem to think if they keep all of their information to themselves, it makes them more money or keeps all of their "little secrets" and I think the opposite actually happens, sharing the info seems to help us all!

  • Reply Steve Farling June 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Was disappointed that with the title of this video, you only showed one sewing machine. Kind of misleading. However, I did enjoy this video.

  • Reply Ivvana Ivvanov June 10, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Thank you very much for the video, I really liked it, I am waiting for new videos. Tell me, what is the name of the sewing machine?

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