Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Short takes

Several nice people commented on the NAN saddle's seat stitching, and I have to admit that's one part of the saddle I like without reservations. It was the first time I've added decorative stitching to a seat, but not my first foray into small scale stitchwork. For the last couple years I've been both gluing and sewing the padded flaps onto my saddles. You can see the itty bitty stitches in this closeup.
I am not a great seamstress, but I've found a way to make straight, uniform stitches every time. All you will need is a set of pounce wheels, a small needle, sewing thread, a pair of pliers and lots of patience.
Run the pounce wheel along the area you want to sew and then go back and stitch into the holes. If you are sewing through several layers of leather, you will probably need to use the pliers to pull the needle. Take your time--sewing isn't hard, but it does require a lot of patience. The results are worth it, though. The stitches are so small and even they're almost invisible, and the flap is much more secure than it would be with glue alone.
So that's it--the shortest Tack Tip ever! It may also be the most obvious. Unfortunately it wasn't all that obvious to me. I spent years trying to make small, identical stitches freehand before I figured this one out! From short Tack Tips to short Weekend Show Reports--Tiffany sent this picture from a show she attended last weekend. It's Anna Nicole Sugar Pie again, this time showing in a Saddleseat class. I made the bridle to fit Tiffany's customized Breyer Flash, but it looks just as good on this Miss America resin!


  1. I love the tiny stich marks that the pounce wheel creates, great simple tip. It's just hard to find a small pounce wheel.

    1. You can find a great set of three in the UK on eBay or amazon

  2. I was wondering what size is the pounce wheel? I bought a 1/4 inch (makes 21 teeth per inch), and I was hoping that was small enough to be in-scale for traditional sized saddles. Thanks! :D