Currently, there are tons of options for Custom Leather Wallets in the market, but none of them matches the practicality and elegance of my creation. I decided to buy a heavy-duty sewing machine of my own and started to make different prototypes of the wallet; working on improving the design to get the perfect size and quality. I experimented with different colors of leather, thread, and lining and dreamed of the possibilities that were not in my budget at the time such as custom made elastic bands and leather embossing.
I made several prototypes out of leather scraps I bought at Tandy's Leather to refine the size and polish the look of the wallet. I, then, handed them out to friends to test their quality and usefulness. Although the stitching on some of my prototype was not so perfect, my friends still kept on using them.
I continued to try different sizes of threads, leather weights, and elastic bands. Then, I bought some premium Italian leather, suede lining, and a $900 Sailrite Ultrafeed walking foot sewing machine to create new wallet prototypes.
The right sewing machine that I had was the third one I bought. This type of machine is commonly used to sew sails for boats. The difficulty I encountered this time was getting the stitching perfect, especially with the contrast stitching. The Brother BAS-311G would have been perfect for this type of stitching but it costs $10,000.