The process has gotten crisper. Stitches are straighter, headbands are flexible and brims are more uniform.
A combination of serging and stitching are applied to the raw materials.
Started another batch of hats. I can typically get one hat per fat quarter. Wash, iron, cut then start the construction process. Those steps will be in next post.
Picked this cute little Vise with rotating base up at a local auction recently.
North Bros. Mfr. Phili. Pa USA
I know nothing about North Bros/Yankee Tools but did find this catalog image with the same vise on the cover circa 1930s. Looks like an additional jaw was available – one more thing to obsess about.
Inspired by some recent articles from Ukraine art community banding together to manufacture these ingenious devices to help fend off the Russian invasion. So simple in form and so effective. They have a look of defiance…
Used some 2pt steel Rule formed around some hardwood for cutting out hat pieces. 6 panel cycling cap, brim and brim insert dies working out pretty good so far.