Ever wonder how we at RoyalPoint make our leather products? This post will provide insight as to the materials, supplies and equipment we use in the production process.
- Pencil and paper: All of our products start on the drawing board and are designed using pencil and paper. It should not be surprising that our ROYALPOINT JANUS 929 pencils are the tool of choice;
- CorelDraw: This software is a Canadian alternative to Adobe Illustrator and is used to create the design for many of our patterns. It has the advantage of being purchasable outright as compared to a monthly subscription model, thus keeping our costs down which allow us to pass those savings on to you;
- Patterns: Our patterns are cut out of leather stiffener boards;
- Leather: We use a number of different types of leather. One of our favourites is our 99% veg tan leather which combines the beauty of vegetable tan with the finishes available through other tanning methods;
- Pattern weights: To keep our patterns on the leather during the cutting process, we use dressmaker pattern weights;
- Knife: Most of our cutting is completed using a Palosanto Euro Knife which is covered with a pigskin lining to make it more comfortable to use;
- Kwikprint hot stamping press: To brand our leather, we use a Kwikprint press with custom-made brass dies;
- Glue: Most of our gluing is now done using Ecostick 1816B. The advantage of using a water-based glue over a contact cement is the ease of clean-up and that elimination of harmful fumes which require ventilation;
- Sewing machines: Machine sewing is much more efficient than hand sewing. We have two sewing machine models which are used in the shop: a JUKI 563 (flatbed) and a PFAFF 335 (thin cylindre arm). The Juki is used for sewing flat seams and the Pfaff is used for more three-dimensional and gusseted items such as our bags. Both machines use speed reducers and Sewquiet servo motors;
- Thread: Our machines use 92lb Polyester thread. This thread size provides a perfect balance between durability and practicality. Polyester has the advantage of being more UV resistant than nylon thread;
- Thread zapper/burner: We use the Ultra Thread Zap to trim threads for the finished pieces;
- Snap press: We use a KamSnaps snap press for to affix our snaps and rivets;
- Burnishing agent: We use Tokonole (clear) as our burnishing agent. It is easy to use and provides excellent results. We apply it using a Japanese edge applicator;
- Edge paint: Most of our items are simply burnished using Tokonole, however for the edge painted items, we use Giardini Edge Paint;
Although there are many other tools in the shop, those listed above do the lion share of the work.