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This is why I sew and quilt

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Tallbald, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Tallbald

    Tallbald Well-Known Member

    I enjoy many hobbies, one of which is sewing and quilting using a 1934 hand crank operated Singer 201 sewing machine. My range bag is a zippered sewing machine soft case bought for $5 by my wife Penny for me on clearance at Hancock fabrics. It kinda looks like an old tapestry bag and holds all the black powder stuff or fixed ammo and accessories I need for a trip to the range. Commercial plastic pistol cases are too big to pack, and fleece lined pistol rugs are too bulky. Penny gave me some leftover batting that I quilted between some cheap camo outer fabric (quilt "top") and some heavy canvas for inner lining (the "backing"). Instead of stuffing pistols in an old athletic sock I'm making generic sized pistol transport heavy duty "socks" secured closed with velcro. Cost- Free. Time- got plenty. Using cutting patterns I made for the leather holsters I turn out so each one is pretty quick. Learned to sew a bit from Mama before high school graduation when I moved to the coast for my first apprenticeship. Made beer money back then patching jeans for buddies. I was the only one with the skill, and a sewing machine (a 1954 Singer 221 Featherweight I took with me). Never depend on the opposite sex to have a skill all to themselves. Don.



  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I also sew. I have made some snazzy Unertl scope cases out of premium fake leather.
  3. hartcreek

    hartcreek member

    You would like the hand cranked leather Singer machine that bought for $20.
  4. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Well-Known Member

    Nice wheel gun, nice quilt and a beauty of a singer. Good work. I too learned to sew as a kid but never got very good at it. Just enough to patch up jeans and coveralls. I wish I could do work like yours.
  5. Tallbald

    Tallbald Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. Sewing is a neat way to make stuff you need and want for a very little money (like leather holster making too). I'm not really very well skilled, just determined. Hartcreek the old hand crank machines are becoming pricey. We lucked into this one for about $25 at a charity auction because the lid was locked, the key was lost and all you knew was you were bidding on an old Singer. I like it because it's quiet, doesn't have to be near an outlet, and takes a lot of relatively modern accessories like a zigzag attachment and walking foot. Colt can you post a photo here to share how you make scope covers please? I would like to make some for mine and have a idea but only and idea. Thanks all. Don
  6. hartcreek

    hartcreek member

    I know that I got a $500 leather machine for $20 as I was made offers when I took the number of the machine down to the Singer store to special order bobbins. I am glad that you posted as what I am using now is a universal V type auto holster and after a while I get tired of the barrel rubbing on my leg and that looks much easier the the leather holsters that I have made in the past.
  7. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    I can attach two pieces of fabric...temporarily... and in something resembling a straight line. I never learned to use a sewing machine, but I did help my aunt operate the treadle of her old Singer when I was little. It's a skill I sometimes wish I had learned.

    Nice job. I really like the design.
  8. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    I am 66yrs old and I still remember my mother teaching me how to sew on a peddle Singer sewing machine. She told me flat out that just because I was a boy that I should learn how to do everything. Amazing the older I got the smarter she was
    I have several sewing machines now but would love to have your Singer in my collection
  9. Cadman458

    Cadman458 New Member

    thats a beautiful machine!!! My dad gave me an old sailrite sewing machine awile ago and its pretty amazing. im def not the best at using it but it gets the job done very well. it can either be run from 12v dc or hand cranked. (i usually hand crank it). one thing ive learned is canvas dropcloths make excellent cheap material for making stuff. i made a very nice tool bag (the kind that goes into a 5 gallon bucket) as well as lots of leather stuff. (i get my leather from old leather couches people leave by the road for the trash to pick up) the couch leather is pretty easy for my machine to sew and ive done up to 6 layers at a time. actually my edc holster is made from it. im not sure if your machine can handle a thicker thread but i learned braided fishing line is excellent for heavy duty sewing (the ones made of spectra or dyneema). its pretty expensive tho but its very very weather/sun resistant. if you live by water and can get to know people at tackle stores sometimes when they put new line on someones fishing reel they usually throw the old stuff away and in most cases its perfectly fine. the picture isnt of my machine but its identical to it. (mine is in its wood box in a closet and it weighs over 80lbs so i only get it out when i need it) the holster was the first one i ever tried making but its very comfortable and i can tuck my shirt behind the belt clip

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