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Finishing stitches

Discussion in 'Materials & Technique' started by dancom, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Having only made a couple of sheathes so far I am lacking in a good technique for finishing the loose ends. the basic pattern is two thread hand stitch. I am using artificial sinew from Tandy. When I get to the ends I want to tie them off and hide them away, i.e. no big ugly knots showing.

    Any good advice on what to do here?

    Thanks as always,

    Dan

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  2. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    I've only made a few as well. But I don't use sinew I use the waxed linen thread. I finish by going back 3-4 holes then cutting off and burning the threads.
     
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  3. Alexander13

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    Sorry Dan, I do the same as Ryan.
    Joel
     
  4. Icho-

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    I tie a knot inside the leather. I will try my best to explain. Using your diagram as reference pull the grey thread thru. Now the threads are both on the same side of leather. Just before you pull the red thread thru the hole the grey is coming out of, tie a standard knot but keep it loose. Now you can pull the red thread thru but Don't pull it tight. Now the threads are on the correct sides but the knot is still on one side or the other. There should be slack on both sides forming loops. Make the loops approximately the same size. The knot is still likely on one side but since you have slack on both sides you can pull on one side so the loose knot ends up in the leather. Now take the ends of the threads and carefully pull them tight keeping the knot hidden in the hole. Repeat this one more time in the same hole being careful not to loosen the first knot or poking the needle thru the other threads. now you have a standard double knot that is hidden and shouldn't come apart. Snip the excess thread as close to the leather as you can. Now you can burn the ends of the threads or just push them into the hole and out of sight or even a combination of the 2. I found the hole occasionally is stretched a bit so I slightly wet the hole and it tightens back up.

    So this is how I do it. I hope i did ok at explaining it. Also i found that the thicker the seam you are sewing the better this works because you don't have to be as precise with the location of the knot.
     
  5. dancom

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    Thanks man! I understand. That is what I was looking for. I will give it a try and let you know.

    Dan
     
  6. Icho-

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    Cool. Looking forward to see how it works out for you. I haven't seen it done before and I'm not even sure if anyone else does it but it seems to work out nice for me.
     

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