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jamie-chaneyFeatured Employee Of the Month: Jamie Chaney

News Flash!

 Are you ready for a new feature in our newsletter?


We are trying something a bit new.  Currently we have a bi-monthly newsletter.  We are happy to announce that we are now switching up the pace and will now have a monthly newsletter.  


We are going to keep everything in the newsletter overall the same.  In the months when we are not featuring one of our amazing customers, we are going to feature one of our amazing employees.  


This month, we are happy to introduce to you our service technician for our Tippmann Boss leather sewing machine.

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Introducing Jamie Chaney!


Name: Jamie Chaney

Job Description: Service

Years at Tippmann Industrial: 4 years, almost 5

What’s your favorite Vacation Spot: Welstone, Michigan

What’s your Favorite Meal: Chicken wings

Music Group/ Artist: Aaron Lewis

Favorite Song: Country Boy

Movie: Evil Dead

Cool fact about the Boss machine: Made in the USA

Hobby: Golf, fishing

If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be and why? Jack Mickelson.  Just to be able to golf for a living

What’s your Favorite Car: 68 Road Runner

Do you call a fountain drink pop or soda? Pop

What’s your favorite Sports team? Hoosiers

iphone or Smartphone: Galaxy 54

Ocean or Mountains? Ocean

Motto/Words to live by? Live every day like it’s your last.

Who is your greatest role model?  My mother

We are grateful to have Jamie as part of our team.  


Jamie, thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Blue Leather Gladstone BagLondon Jack Leather

Featured Tippmann Customer


Name: John Feeney

Company Name: London Jacks Leather

Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, England



How did you first get started in leather crafting?

I remember making my first gunbelt and holster when I was about 14 yrs old, as I’ve been a fan of Westerns for as long as I can remember. Growing up in London in the 1960s, watching TV shows like ‘The High Chaparral’, ‘Alias Smith & Jones’ etc., plus the movies of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, all made a big impression on me and fired my imagination for years to come.
Years later I would become involved in Old West Reenactments, first here in the UK then with the Mojave Muleskinners in Arizona.
At that time I could not find the Leatherwork I liked, so I decided to make my own.
First was a pair of period style Shotgun Chaps, after researching the style and methods of construction, I drafted my own original pattern.  I then obtained the leather, plus the tools required, and set to work. Back then all my Leatherwork was hand sewn and the chaps turned out really well. Gun belts, Holsters, Saddle bags etc all followed.
I attended Leatherwork classes at Tandy Leather in Arizona, also Leatherworking trades shows in Wickenburg AZ, learning from the Master Craftsman I met there.
By now I was getting requests from fellow Reenactors to make Leatherwork for them, they really appreciated the heavy duty construction and Quality Leather I was using and knew that, if it had a London Jack Makers mark on it, it would stand up to anything they could throw at it.
What are some of your stories on leather-crafting?

Mostly all of my work is Western Leatherwork, Belts, Holsters, Chaps etc, but often I get requests for LARP, Steampunk, or Dragon Armor, sometimes from a picture or film, or just someone’s idea and a drawing. Bringing those ideas to life is very satisfying as leather is such a great material to create with, it naturally gives everything the feel and smell of quality. I’ve not met anyone yet who doesn’t like it.

How long have you had (a) Tippmann machine(s)?

I bought my first one in 2009.  It was the best investment I’ve ever made and has paid for itself several times over.


What made you decide to purchase the BOSS?

I knew that hand sewing leather was not going to be a practical way to keep up with the demands of a business.  It was whilst at a festival in Arizona that I saw one of the leather artisans using a Boss.  I’d never seen one before and, after finding the website, seeing all it could do, I knew I had to have one.  Not long after that day my first Boss arrived, all ready to go straight out of the box!  I quickly mastered operating it, which is really straightforward, and I knew then that I could handle pretty much any leather work I could think of.

Do you recommend any accessories?

The plate attachment adds a lot more functionality to the Boss, but the best for me is the Cobblers Bench which makes it very portable. As we travel to Festivals throughout the UK during the Summer, I can set my workshop up anywhere and the Boss is ready for work! The people love seeing things being made right there on site, it gives them an appreciation of the work that’s involved in creating a quality hand crafted product. The Boss gets a lot of interest, as most people have never seen anything like it before!


Any tips/tricks?
Making sure you have the correct thread and needle combination for the material you’re sewing, also keeping a check on the presser foot pressure to minimize marking your work.  I tend to use the heavier threads for my work as I like the look and strength it adds to the piece.  My Custom Fast Draw Rig is a good example of this; the seam on that Holster is nearly 3/4 of an inch thick, and the Boss handles it with ease.


What are your plans for the future?

Having the Boss has allowed me to expand my product line from Holsters and Belts to everything you see on my Website, the latest being my line of Carpet and Leather Gladstone Travel Bags.
I will continue to learn new techniques plus refine and develop new products, using the Boss, for years to come.
London Jacks Leather has been operating since 2009. I make Old West Period Holsters, Gunbelts, Chaps, Fast Draw Rigs, Movie Gun Leather, as well as Steampunk Leatherwork, Pouches, Bags, Guitar Straps, Custom items, Leather Gladstone and Carpet Bags.
I am also now a Member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, an organization which promotes and demands a high standard of excellence.
My philosophy about Leatherwork is simple: start with High Quality Materials, Tools and Machinery, Integrity, attention to detail, great customer care and constantly striving for that elusive perfection.

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased a BOSS this month – we hit a RECORD month for BOSS sales!


Our “Boss” Sewing Machine sale ends February 15th.  Get your machine while the sale lasts!


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This month we are re-featuring our video for the Material Guide.  Here’s how it works:

Material Guide

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Featured Tippmann Customer


Robb Gray


Company Name:

Graycloud Designs



6026 46th Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136








How did you first get started in leather crafting?

I was making a lot of SW Indian style jewelry with silver and turquoise and my daughter asked if I could put a piece of turquoise on a leather cuff. I said “sure, no problem, I just need to learn how to work with leather”. So I went to the local Tandy store each Saturday morning for two hours for 6 weeks and learned the basics on working with leather. Then I joined the Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-op and met several people that were interested in helping me. I signed up for classes whenever a visiting leather artisan came to town like Chan Geer for instance. Then I met a saddle maker Carol Gessell from Black Horse Leather, and she really helped me progress in my leather skills.


What are some of your stories on leather crafting? 

I’m a knife maker, engraver, silversmith and leather worker and I love leather work the most. Although I’ve started selling items on Etsy, I get the most sales from my web site. I make a lot of leather placemats, bracelets and Bell Jar drinking cup wraps (huggies) and lots of custom items.

I was teaching welding at our local community college and an instructor in the design department had me make a leather case for a device that he had to wear on his belt all; the time. I guess he had back surgery and to help with the chronic pain they embedded this device that sent current to a group of nerves to block the pain. The case that came with the device fell apart because it was cheaply made and could not hold up to the abuse of daily wear. He had to replace the device once already for $3000 so he needed a heavy duty one made that wasn’t obtrusive or uncomfortable to wear. I made a copy of the device so I could wet form a holder for it and I used my Tippmann to sew it together. He thanks me for it every time I see him.

Most of my leather work is on custom knife sheaths. I have to go through several layers of leather on every sheath. I have maxed out the capacity of my Tippmann more than once and it keeps on going. Very reliable! I could not do this kind of work with any other machine that I have looked at so far.


How long have you had a Tippmann Machine? 

I bought my machine during the Christmas holidays about 4 years ago. One of the smartest purchases I have made; I love this machine! I was wearing my fingers out hand stitching everything I made and my profit margins were slim because of the time it was taking me. Now, I can go as slow or as fast as I need to.

I work with many different thicknesses of leather and at times, many different layers of leather. This machine does it all!


What made you decide to purchase the BOSS? 

It had been recommended by a couple of leather workers I had met in the Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-op. Also, the price was exactly what I could afford and I liked that it was not driven by electricity so I could really vary my speed and be able to think about what I was doing.


Do you recommend any accessories? 

I think I have purchased all of the different presser foot attachments, several styles of needles and threads.


Any tips/tricks?

Make sure the tension is adjusted correctly for the thickness of leather you’re sewing so the seam looks nice on both sides. It took me a while to figure that one out. Also, make sure you cycle the handle all the way and don’t get going so fast that you forget!


What are your plans for the future?

We set up a site on and we show a little of everything that I make.  I’m hoping that this becomes a great way to enhance my sales and drive a little more traffic to my own web site.

I’m interested in learning holster making. Since I am an engraver, (and I am the only engraver in the country that I have been able to determine that engraves the Sheridan style in metal) I engrave a lot of guns for Cowboy enthusiasts. I tool my knife sheaths to match the knife engraving, so I would like to make holsters and tool them to match the engraving on the guns

Take a look at his leather crafting skills in from the following pictures of hand-crafting:


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Have you been wondering how the Cobbler’s Bench is assembled?

Watch the video here to find out!


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To all who participated in our FIRST-EVER Cyber Monday Sale.  The sale was an overwhelming success, and we plan to make the Cyber Monday Sale an annual sale!


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  Our Tippmann Boss sewing machine is still on sale!  Get this machine for your leather crafting hobby or your special someone and make this a Christmas that they will always remember.

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Leather case by PrestonRise Above Leathers by Preston

Featured Tippmann Customer


Name: Charles Preston Cavanaugh


Address: Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Company: Rise Above Leathers by Preston,

(Facebook business page), prestonleather on Instagram.




How did you first get started in leather crafting?

Throughout travels over the last several years, I started venturing out at night and absorbing a lot of the music and artisan scenes.  Between New York, Philly, the Rust Belt, Seattle, and L.A., the climate for trends was so open and volatile, and the reception usually preceded Iowa by two years or more.  I wanted to create a standard in leather that mashed the riskiness of big city style with the grit of the Midwest.  So on one trip, I bought a book on the history of leather crafting, and read it cover to cover.

Not long after, during the summer of 2008 while sandbagging around the hospital I was born in (and standing in waist deep river water), I realized that my volunteer time alone was not going to be enough to help my hometown recover. That experience planted the seed for the birth of Rise Above Leathers in early 2009, and a portion of proceeds from every piece I make and sell is donated back to the ongoing rebuilding/revitalization efforts in the Greater Cedar Rapids Community.


What are some of your stories on leather crafting?  

When I started, I essentially was a walking billboard for my items.  No matter where I was going I would be wearing one of my belts, cuffs, or watches.  And from there you get the double takes, which leads to questions on where I bought it, to the conversation that I actually made it, then a customer is born.  And that cycle repeats every time they wear their piece out in public.  It all boils down to giving your customer that unique, one-of-a-kind piece and a memorable buying experience, and then they become your best marketing tool.


How long have you had (a) Tippmann Machine’(s)?

I’ve had my Boss for a little over a year.


What made you decide to purchase the BOSS?

When stitching is added to leather pieces, it instantly increases the visual appeal and quality of the item.  Coupled with the fact that I only use high grade domestic leather and am promoting my product as Made in the USA, it seemed fitting that I should use the finest quality stitcher that is also Made in America.


Do you recommend any accessories?

Yes, the cobbler bench is a must.  Easy to assemble, sturdy, comfortable, and mobile (I actually take the Boss and bench to art shows and stitch on site. It really helps my customers see first hand the work that goes into leather crafting).


Any tips/tricks?

Yes, on both tension wheels I back them off to the point where they are just touching the spring.  This becomes my “tensioning starting point”. From there I use a black Sharpie to mark both the center bolt and the tension nut at the 12 o’clock position.  This helps me count the number of revolutions I make when adjusting the tension, and also helps me find the “sweet spot” for different threads and leather thicknesses so I get a perfectly locked stitch every time.


What are your plans for the future?

I hope to continue to expand my product offerings, and my dream is to have a storefront in a historic district in my hometown where my workbench and Boss are the centerpiece of the store, and customers circle around me and shop for leather goods while I work.


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                      Videos We Have Created for YOU On How To Install The Presser Feet! 

Fleece Presser Foot

Center Presser Foot

 Standard Presser Foot

Left and Right Feet (also known as zipper feet) 

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Name: Dana O’Brien


Company Name: Classic Tactical


Location: 14659 Sapphire Lane

Ramsey, MN 55303


Website: facebook business page


How did you first get started in leather crafting?

I have always been a fan of leather outdoors and hunting products. Something about the longevity of a well crafted leather item always interested me over new materials like nylon and gortex. Most of these items are not as cheap as their synthetic counterparts, so I decided to make some of them for myself. I put together a holster and a few other items, stitched by hand, and once I saw the final outcome I was hooked!


What are some of your stories on leather crafting?

Some of the items I make could be considered heirloom quality. If something is made well it can last many generations. Gifts made by and give to family members make the best heirlooms in my opinion. One of my younger brothers and I hunt ducks together in the fall, and a good tobacco pipe is a necessary piece of equipment. Last year my brother purchased a very nice pipe from one of our pipe dealer friends. He was concerned that it would get damaged in his hunting bag and had it inside of a glove. I decided that I would make him a case for his pipe as a gift. Once it was done, it turned out to be my nicest piece to date and I was proud to give it to him. That particular case is what got me into design and sale of leather items. Everyone who saw it was so impressed they kept telling me I should sell them, and now I do!


How long have you had (a) Tippmann machine(s)?

I have had my Boss for less than a year.  Before that it was all overstitch wheels and hand sewing.


What made you decide to purchase the Boss?

Saving time was a big part of why I got a BOSS. But almost as important as that was the appearance and consistency of the stitches on my work. I like the fact that is is non-electrical. When all else fails, I can still sew leather. I also love the fact that I control each stitch, making sure that my seams are neat and contained in the groves on the leather. After researching leather sewing machines, the price point of the BOSS helped me to decide on a Tippman, as well as many recommendations on various leather working forums stating it was a great machine for small businesses and greenhorn leather workers.


Do you recommend any accessories?

I would recommend the light accessory. Sometimes, especially with the center presser foot it can be difficult to see where your needle is positioned without enough light. I plan on getting my hands on the stirrup attachment soon, it looks like it will help keep my stitches true on certain holster patterns I make.


Any tips/tricks?

Secure it to a stable surface. The instructions tell you this 78 times, and they are not kidding. It won’t work right if you don’t. Also, get some good silicone grease and a flux brush from a home improvement store. Keeping the BOSS well lubricated is key.


What are your plans for the future?

At this point I plan on doing custom projects on a made-to-order basis. I am also looking to start making some larger items like saddle bags and long gun cases.


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Featured Tippmann Customer


Elizabeth McIntyre


Company Name:

LittleJoe Handmade Horse Gear


9572 West 87th St

Overland Park, KS 66212


Elizabeth specializes in hand-crafted horse gear. Read our interview with Elizabeth below:

How did you first get started in leather crafting?

I wanted to make a soft saddle or bareback pad that was more sturdy and stable than other ones on the market. In the process I learned how to make really nice billets to buckle the saddle to the girth, which I stitch with the Boss. Previous to that I had done quite a lot of leather braiding for myself and for friends, but nothing that required stitching.

What are some of your stories on leather crafting?

It was an interesting process, learning how to make a strong, flexible billet strap that would stand up to a lot of wear, dirt and horse sweat. I tried and rejected many different techniques! Through all the experimentation I was able to use the Boss to stitch through the thick leather. The billts I make now last and retain their flexibility for years, even when used every day.

In addition to the regular bareback pad, we also make a hippotherapy version with handles, which is used by several therapeutic riding organizations around the country.

At the same time, I have learned a lot of traditional braiding, which I use to make bridles, reins, romals, and horsehair tassels among other products. Sometimes I use leather, and sometimes I use nylon mountain-climbing rope. I did discover that I’m not very good with rawhide!

How long have you had (a) Tippmann Machine(s)?

About 8-9 years.

What made you decide to purchase the Boss?

I loved the fact that the Boss did not require a power source, and the simplicity of its design. My business is very small (it consists of me and one other person), so I needed something I could learn to repair myself–I cannot afford to be without a machine for days or weeks at a time while it’s out being serviced or repaired. The Boss is very reliable and easy to operate, and with the guidance of the tech staff I’ve been able to make any infrequent repairs and adjustments quickly and easily. Best of all, it produces a professional product with beautiful, even stitches.

Do you recommend any accessories?

I recommend the right and left presser feet and the edge guide.

Any tips/tricks?

My best tip is to make good use of the support staff! Ben in particular has been wonderful, walking me through a number of repairs or adjustments. I’m not a mechanic by any means, but he makes it easy for me to understand and is very patient.

What are your plans for the future?

Recently I have learned how to make several kinds of “inside” braids, those that are closed at both ends. I have used the Boss to stitch these braids to leather bridles as a decorative finish, just trying it out (picture enclosed). At some future date I would like to offer them on my webpage.

The pictures below show the bareback pads, a closeup of the billet stitching using the Boss, and a bridle I made using the Boss to stitch leather braids to straps. This is a personal project that I hope to perfect for sale in the future.





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Featured Tippmann Customer:


Wade Hatch


Company Name:

Biskit Saddle Arts


Location: Sunny state of California


Specializing in custom leather work, Wade is a proud owner of the “Boss” sewing machine.


How did you get into leathercrafting?

At the age of 14 years old, while earning my Leather craft merit badge in the Boy Scouts, I met Kimball Blackburn, a Saddle maker, in our small town. He repaired saddles and was in a Mountain Man re-enactment club. I made me a belt, laced a pouch and tanned a rabbit hide. During this time I decided to make me some buckskins and join the Mountain Man Club. I continued to visit the saddle repair shop. Kimball had me tear down saddles that were in for repair. Soon after my Uncle asked me to make him a child’s saddle. This was my first saddle. Leather craft and carving was in my blood and has never left. After learning the basics, it has been trial and error, learning as I continued making new items.  You can visit my website at

How long have you had your BOSS?

I bought my Tippmann Boss three (3) years ago and it has allowed me to take on many new projects. This has allowed me to do more professional work and sell my items at a nearby shop that caters to western theme and to vendor at local festivals.  While using this machine I have learned to do a lot more in leatherwork than I ever thought of when I purchased it.  It took me some time getting used to sewing by other means than hand.  I am now confident in using a sewing machine.

Do you specialize in any sort of leather work?

I do repair on western and English saddles as well as custom make holsters, belts, wallets, chaps, picture frames, valances, guitar straps, and other items.  I find there is a great love for handmade, custom carving and design craftsmanship when it comes to leather work.  People are still fascinated by the talent when you put it in front of them.  Here are a few items I have made with my “Boss” machine.

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Featured Tippmann Customer


Richard Salsbury

How did you get into leathercrafting?

Like many others I suppose. I started “dabbling” in it, while in Boy Scouting. Assisting at the leather crafting area of the summer camp programs. Did not really get serious about it until I had to retire due to health issues and disabilities from Agent Orange Exposure during the Vietnam War. (1968). I took a tooling class at Oregon Leather, in Eugene, Oregon. Just a simple basic class on how to get started in tooling leather. They gave as a Tandy Basic (Really Basic) tool kit as part of the class. I was hooked from the first cut with my swivel knife.


I still consider my self just a few pegs ahead of that basic class, as I learn something new every day. I really liked to hand sew my projects, liking the slow pace of the stitching. Usually when I make a mistake, it is due to rushing a project along. The hand sewing slowed me down. But earlier this year, my Neuropathies in my fingers causing numbness, took away the necessary feeling to handle sewing with needle and thread so I started to look into sewing machines for leather. A friend gave me a Chinese knock off of a Juki commercial sewing machine, but I found out I could not handle the high speed sewing it was designed for.


I remembered an ad for the Tippmann Sewing Machine and ordered one right away. I found it to be a perfect solution to my needs. Simple to set up, maneuver leather through the machine, and has the sturdiness to handle what ever I need it for. My leather crafting has developed into a personal ministry for serving the Lord. He has been my guidance and teacher as my skills (Art) has moved along. I love making things for people and getting the chance to talk to others about the Lord. I give away a good portion of the things I make to organizations for raffles prizes and fundraisers. I ride motorcycles, so a lot of what I make is geared to that group. Riding with the Christian Motorcyclist Association give me plenty of items to make or customized requests.


From simple stamped or tooled belts,. saddle bags, tool bags, tank and fender bibs, chaps, vests, holsters, gun belts, rifle slings, Gun cases, etc; just about anything I can think up. What Items I do sell, I only charge the costs of the materials. I dont need to make a living at this, I just love getting a smile from someone who gets a bargain from what God tells me to do for others.

How long have you had your BOSS?

I have had my machine about 5 months now, and really do love it. It makes putting together projects much easier. I especially like being able to set the pace of the sewing myself. The machine is very easy to use and maintain. Threads easy, the bobbins are easy to load with the drill attachment. It is easy to control the tensions, and stitch lengths. It is not hard to transport. I take it with me to do repairs and such at the rallies I go to, if I am setting up a booth. I sew patches and make repairs at no cost for the events I take it to. I built a sewing “Horse” to attach the machine to when traveling with it.


Anyone getting into leather crafts, would find the cost of the machine well worth the price. It saves time and wear and tear on the hands and fingers. (And I like the way pulling the handle, reminds me of the handles on a slot machine). So if you havent yet considered a Tippmann, you should, it is a great tool!

Any tips/tricks?

In the beginning it is VERY easy to get rushed, so you can see the finished piece right away. SLOW down so not to make many mistakes, or mistakes that cannot be reversed… Unless your in this for a living you shouldnt really have too many deadlines.

What are your plans for the future?

Just to keep on enjoying my leather crafting as a ministry to our Lord, and let him do the rest.. :)



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Featured Tippmann Customer

Mark Tucker

How did you get into leathercrafting?

I’ve been doing leather work off and on for over 25 years. My grandfather was a Boy Scout leader/scout master and he did leather work. I may have picked it up there.

How long have you had your BOSS?

I’ve owned the “Boss” for just under a year. I researched the “Boss” for 2 years or so. I put it on layaway when it was on sale and got it paid off in about a month or so.

How did you get into shoemaking?

I’ve wanted to make my own shoes since I was in high school. I was into the Revolutionary War and the Mountain Man stuff back then and looked into making the type of shoes they wore back then but just never had the resources or wherewithal to make them. I didn’t know anyone to train under at the time and the Internet was not yet in existence. The library did not provide me with the information I was searching for. Fast forward to about a year ago and I was looking at videos on YouTube about shoe making. I got a couple books and some shoe lasts. I made a shoe upper pattern and got the leather and cut it out. I even managed to get in on the last and fastened and ready for the midsoles. I was also looking at another way of making shoes other than the type most people wear called “Goodyear welt construction.” The other type of shoe construction I was looking at is called “Stitch down construction.” A guy back east was making this type of shoe and even was offering classes and had a website to look at and see what he made and what his students were making. I found a 10 minute video that he was making on how to make these shoes. I keep watching it and finely gave up making the “Goodyear welt construction” type and decided to make the stitch down kind. After watching the video on YouTube several times I finely redesigned the upper a bit and ordered some mid sole and sole material and started to make some shoes. The first pair is usable but not the best. The second pair was better and I’ve worn them constantly for the last 14 months. I had to resole them about 2 months ago but they have far outlasted any shoes that I’ve bought. Sure they may not be the prettiest but they are comfy and work well. I sewed the uppers together with an old singer 29-4 sewing machine. If I remember right it was made in 1898. But most of the time with making the uppers I was working at the max that it was able to sew.

What made you decide to purchase the BOSS?

I knew I wanted to get a machine that was better able to sew leather. At the time I had been looking at the Tippmann Boss but didn’t really have the funds to spend on it. Another few months passed and I decided to take the plunge and get the Tippmann Boss. I had been reading a lot on line on a few forums about the Tippmann Boss, some good and some bad reviews. I even talked to a guy in Florida on Facebook about the Boss. He has one and likes it. Another reason I wanted the sewing machine was so that I could sew the mid soles of the shoes by machine. It took me 45 minutes per shoe doing it by hand with the speedy stitcher. It takes 5 minutes with the Boss. The last pair I made I made entirely with the Boss. Sewing the uppers together, the mid soles to the soles topstitched around the heel and toe, see the black pair of shoes.

Do you recommend any accessories?

I decided to get a few different feet with it also. I got the center foot and both the right and left zipper feet. I think I ended up with about 10 extra bobbins but sometimes wish I had more.

What thread do you use?
I use mostly 207 and 277 thread. I’ve even used 138. I have not had many problems with setting the tension on it between the different sizes of thread. It’s a very simple machine to work on and operate. As soon as I got it I promptly made a stand/seat to mount it to and then bolted it on and started to used use it. I even got an eggbeater drill and mounted it to the tower so I could have my bobbin winder close by.


Any tips/tricks?
I also repair old sewing machines for people so this machine was right up my alley. It is very simple. I did have to advance the timing just a bit to make it work a bit better. I’ve also ordered a couple extra parts for it that might break but I haven’t had any problems with it. I’m not sure what these people out there that talk negative about it are talking about.


What are your plans for the future?

I hope to start making shoes for other people. They are custom fit to your feet. Your feet are the last, as I form them around your feet. As I stated earlier I also repair sewing machines for some of the people around were I live. I enjoy it a lot. I specialize in treadle sewing machines but will work on most any kind as long as it doesn’t have a computer in it.


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Featured Tippmann Customer

Creative Leatherworks

Leslie Polk

How did you get into leathercrafting?

I first got into the leather crafting business, by building custom knife sheaths for my husbands company, Polk Custom Knives.

How do you market your business?

We are currently doing all of our business over the internet and by phone, but we are in the planning process of building a storefront.

Do you use any other kind of sewing machine for your business?

The “Boss” is the only sewing machine I use to build my creations. I enjoy the versatility of this machine, as it allows me to change stitch length and can easily sew through the thickest of leathers that I would ever use. Further, this machine sews thicker leather than any other machine I have ever come across, and is very easy to use. When I have any type of question, as far as sewing with my “BOSS”, I know that the I can call Tippmann and talk to the customer service representative, who is always happy to assist me in my project.

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business for four years.

How long have you had your “BOSS” machine?

I’ve had the “BOSS” for ten years.