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what kind of string would I use for making horse tack like bridles and reins and all that kinda stuff
I work on leather products and use heavy duty industrial machines and several thing must be considered when choosing thread. If you have a leather product you want to avoid cotton it will rot over time and the seams will fail. You don't want thread that can stretch and it must pass through the needle with ease. If your item will be exposed to a lot of light you need a UV protected thread. Thread weight is also a consideration, and needle size. I normally use a size 16-18 leather needles which are perfect for medium duty seams. Some of the other needles leave to large a hole and is like pushing a nail thought the materials and has a very poor visual appearance. Great for shoe soles but not for worn garments.
I use bonded nylon #69 with a tensile strength of 11 pounds and its very strong and passes through needles with out problems. If you use none bonded can present problems in leather and more difficult to pass through the needle. When working with leather I consider the thread to be the last thing I want to worry about. You have one chance to do it right in leather so use the best thread you can get. Leather is expensive and thread is cheap in comparison.
I use a medium weight thread and don't try to break it with your hand it will cut you before it breaks.
If you need thread you can contact Tandy Leather if there close or on line also http://www.superiorthreads.com has good selection of weights of bonded nylon and other types in many different colors.
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Posted:Nov 19, 2012
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