I actually looked at used leather sewing machines and you can get them for around $100-$250 or so (some are a LOT more expensive, but I don't want anything super fancy). There was one guy selling a bunch of leather scraps AND tools for $250. Unfortunately, I hadn't the cash then :(
I've always wanted to try my hand at leatherworking/silversmithing. I do Taxidermy (getting better at it, doing two chickens and they actually look like chickens!
) so leatherworking wouldn't be that big of a jump.
I might look for some cheapo used bridles to mess with, take the stitches out and add stuff kinda deal. See if I can put them properly back together, etc.
ONE DAY! XDDD I shall have my purdy tack set! I lost out on the lawn-mowing summer job I was hoping to get (wanted a slightly-custom saddle for Divo). The guys just out of his mind with what he wants to pay, so no dice on that. Did get hired to help my dad remodel a house he bid on. There miiiiggghhhttt be some extra work there, he's talking to the boss today to see. I'd inquire myself, but I'm a girl
-eyeroll-, hard to get dudes to take you serious.