A FANCY STITCH
By J. Wit.
One often wants to sew a pistol, knife or rifle scabbard with buck skin or some other leather, because it will wear longer, be stronger and last longer than if sewed with thread. Many people like to have things useful as well as ornamental and the following stitch will be found just the thing for sewing the many leather artifacts to be found in the sports manís kit.
Buckskin is the best for sewing though fine oiled calfskin is also good. Cut the strings a little wider than wanted and thoroughly soak and stretch them. They may be softened by rubbing them with a soft soap made by boiling shaved white laundry soup in an equal amount of water. English Crown Saddle Soap is the best. You can punch the holes, or make them with an awl. The latter will make the best job. Begin just as though you were going to sew a regular over-and-over seam, only donít pull the loop tight, but take another stitch through the loop, instead of through the leather again. Then pull the 1oop tight and make the next stitch through the leather.
The stitch begins at the top. The first stitch is a regular overóand-over stitch, and the second is the fancy stitch. The string is sewed through from right to left, both in the stitch through the leather and the stitch through the loop. If the stitches are pulled tight and evenly, it will look just like three braid on top and will be an added strength as well as an ornament to any holster.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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