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Picked up several slings for my carbines from Northridge on eBay. They were advertised as 'USED, SERVICEABLE' When I received them it became obvious that some are not. The first one should have been clear to them that it was not - the buckle loop isn't there (the first one). Kind of annoying that they weren't 100% honest. In the second one it's barely hanging by a thread - literally. It's a shame really as the leather on the first one is in pretty decent shape. The question is what to do - I can send them back for refund or try to 'fix it' by stitching it up with something (which I'll need to research). What's do collectors think about such leather fixes?
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Not familiar with these or their return policy, but check and state your case with Northridge. Otherwise stitch according to your research. Tandy i think has cotton or linen thread that can be color/aged.
 

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I've had pretty good luck getting items re-stitched by my local shoe repair guys. Slings are a kind of hobby and help make a few dollars in my retirement, and the deal amounts to: thread on these is usually flax, sometimes early synthetics, sometimes treated cotton, but the leather will almost always outlast the stitches. It's a shame to abandon good leather, even with a wallet.
 
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over 70+ yrs of time, dirt, oils, grime, heat, water, ETC, and cotton thread will certainly rot!.so no surprise? just sew it with heavy cotton carpet thread or IRISH LINNEN thread and enjoy them. after all the slings are not museum quality any way. so sew it and enjoy it. they are not an item that one comes across every day. jmho.
 

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over 70+ yrs of time, dirt, oils, grime, heat, water, ETC, and cotton thread will certainly rot!.so no surprise? just sew it with heavy cotton carpet thread or IRISH LINNEN thread and enjoy them. after all the slings are not museum quality any way. so sew it and enjoy it. they are not an item that one comes across every day. jmho.
Dental floss or treated flax is also excellent, and WAY outlasts cotton thread, even sanforized.

Parenthetically, most European leather goods used a treated long strand non-cotton thread or flax, having abandoned cotton before World War I. This is in the literature.

It's very similar to dental floss, which for the most part is a product adapted from other industries.
 

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I only mentioned it just in case there are any STITCH NAZI'S out there. and cotton carpet thread will out last longer than the rest of your life. jmho.
 

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I don't collect leather. I have some old slings and too often they look like hell and are too fragile to rely on. BUT I like the look of slings on my guns so I buy repros freely and feel no shame about it. That said, I had a Swiss 1889 with the original sling torn in half, a friend who works with leather sewed it back together and it's on the rifle now, I just don't carry the gun by the sling.
 

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usually when leather is torn, it is repaired by SKIVING the leather, then using leather glue or sewing it back together. by using this method the leather stays the same in dimensions.
 
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