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I'm pretty proud of myself for this haha
Kainne didn't have a western bridle and I had a lot of spare time, so I decided to make him one myself.
I've been slaving away at this thing for days..
It all started with a spare pair of Abetta cordura split reins and some spare buckles from old and ill-fitting bridles I had lying around..

I whipped out my soldering iron and sewing kit and went to work. I used an old bridle to get all of the measurements down..I reinforced just about everything I sewed/cut/poked/etc with the soldering iron. I used extra thick thread for all of the sewing..and finished in time to get his name on it.
Here is my masterpiece:





Look, it actually fits!

 

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Wow thats pretty awesome. Maybe you could sell some
I was thinking about how much I'd love to do something like that..I really love making and working with tack :)
So I just may do that someday
 

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Looks great! Congrats.
 

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Great work!! You should definitely make and sell them!!! Im sure a lot of us on here would love a new bridle! =)
 

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Thank you so much guys =D
 

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I would love to know more about the sewing. It doesn't show in the pictures. Do you use the soldering iron to punch holes in the leather?? What do you use for thread?? What do you use for a needle??
I would love to sew leather but I don't know how??
 

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I would love to know more about the sewing. It doesn't show in the pictures. Do you use the soldering iron to punch holes in the leather?? What do you use for thread?? What do you use for a needle??
I would love to sew leather but I don't know how??
The material I used wasn't leather, but a tough type of nylon, so it was a bit easier than if I'd used leather. Still pretty tough though..but I don't know if it will help at all.
I used a slightly heavier type of regular sewing needle and normal sewing thread doubled in half extra times for extra strength. It was really hard to get the needle through the material, so I had to force it through both ways with pliars for every stitch.
I believe I heard that they do make needles specifically for sewing leather, though. That would be something to look into. This same method may work for it as well though, I'm really not sure because I haven't tried..
I hope I can be of help :)
 

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to sew leather you need blunt harness needles , you put one on each end of the thread for proper saddle stitch.
The needles are pushed through a hole made by a stitching awl - otherwise it would be nearly impossible

All of the main manufacturers machine stitch their leatherwork - saddle stitch is time consuming so is not commercially viable, but it is stronger.
 

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The material I used wasn't leather, but a tough type of nylon, so it was a bit easier than if I'd used leather. Still pretty tough though..but I don't know if it will help at all.
I used a slightly heavier type of regular sewing needle and normal sewing thread doubled in half extra times for extra strength. It was really hard to get the needle through the material, so I had to force it through both ways with pliars for every stitch.
I believe I heard that they do make needles specifically for sewing leather, though. That would be something to look into. This same method may work for it as well though, I'm really not sure because I haven't tried..
I hope I can be of help :)

Thank you. I actually have a singer industrial sewing machine that can do the toughest nylon and thickness doens't seem to be a problem but I can not use it on any heavy leather. I take all my stiching to the local amish who do harness leather. I would really like to be able to do it myself and tried hand stiching a few times without any real success.
You did a nice job and thank you for the reply.
 
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