First is a friend's Christmas present that just arrived. A clean, elegant, and inexpensive Seiko quartz. She's been looking for something similar for a while. I may or may not have had something to do with her new interest in watches.
Secondly, I wanted to share my first finished attempt at making a leather strap! I feel like 19mm straps (that I like) are hard to come by, so I thought I'd just make one. Thrifted a $2 leather belt and got some needles, thread, and scalpels from work and VOILA!!! Could use sanding to smooth out the edges, but overall, I'm pretty darn happy! =)
The main reason I asked is I also have some WWII reproduction jackets and items and I like to sew period correct patches on through heavy material but I have one major problem. My huge hands and fingers. I can not find a thimble that even comes close to fitting on my index finger. The biggest I have found barely fits on my pinky making sewing like you have done on your watch band a real pain literally! What did you use to push the needle through the leather and not your finger tip!
I actually poked holes through the leather first with a 19G needle. I used it like a drill so that thre would be holes already where I was planning to stitch. That way I didn't have to force the sewing needle through such tough material/didn't need a thimble. Might be hard to get away with that if you're sewing complex patches onto a jacket though. =/ Best of luck, Michael! -Cat
I commend you on your "one size fits me" design with the leather strap- that's really cool! I don't know what exactly that strapmakers use to finish the edges of their straps, but maybe try some mink oil, or beeswax, to take down the edge's contrast a little, if you wanted to. Test on scrap first so I don't get blamed for ruining a perfectly good strap