Friends! Hello all. I have been missing in action for a while now and I wanted to share with you all why. I did not abandon my hobby nor you all that makes up this special place. When one puts forth energy into something (anything) there is an evolution process that begins to happen. When you followed your passion of leather outerwear it led you here. The evolution process differs for everyone, some widen there perspective and begin writing about their knowledge an experience- blog- king terry on you tube ect. One place in my process that I have been pulled to is production, building, sewing of the leather jackets we love. It started when I had a jacket i wanted altered, it is a cool jacket, great hide, but has some snakeskin trim i didn't want to wear. I began the tedious process of removing the liner, and then began- major surgery. Panel removing. I acquired some Horween horsehide to replace the removed panels. I was going to need a sewing machine. I rushed into getting a machine that people-the internet said "heavy duty" sews leather an thick materials. It was a domestic singer 4432 that is a good solid machine- but its not for sewing seams on leather jackets. Its is a fast machine with a low foot presser height. Not what you want for sewing jackets/leather. Regius has been a great friend to turn to during this process, always giving great insight and information. So this started my introduction to studying sewing machines. Long story short after learning the cutthroat used industrial sewing machine game, I have a great machine on the way and in the works. JOHN CHAPMAN has a used union special machine for sale on Facebook Market place. Its a great deal to. I didn't buy it, its not a walking foot and he wants to sell the head,table,motor as a unit. 250$ to ship freight. Anyway my project is on hold while I wait on my machine. I also have a pattern for a western shirt like the flat heads deerskin shirt. I have acquired some 4oz Horween mottled deerskin to. Thats my other project, beautiful leather I have pics to! I have also been immensely immersed in the lighting bolt path to enlightenment- Tibetan Buddhism. That is a totally different topic, I will say that if you have a desire to live a stable, liberating, and vibrant life the path is there to be traveled. It is "life changing " for lack of a better term. Here is some pictures of some of the things I've talked about, including pictures of the sold " heavy duty" 4432, an pictures of the walking foot consew 225 thats on the way!