JAMES BUILT SADDLERY: THE STORY
Prior to our marriage over 33 years ago, Miriam designed and sewed clothing as well as suits for hunter jumpers and side saddle skirts. When Randy came along, we started a home-based business making moccasins called Country Lane Leather. It was a humble beginning sewing the moccasins by hand as well as attaching the fur. Our sales were made all at Alberta Farmers’ Markets in Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Millet, and the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market (which we did for 27 years), in Edmonton. In 1987, when all our fingers were sore from hand sewing, we purchased our first industrial table top sewing machine. Although we were still cutting everything out by hand, the sewing machine made assembly much faster and gave it a more professional look.
Somewhere in there, we bought our first Singer fur sewing machine for an Edmonton furrier; one that had originally been purchased and used on the Woodwards Fur Floor, sewing fur coats, etc. That machine alone has lots of history! With the aid of this fur machine, we were able to sew rabbit on moccasins and mitts. This segued into sewing raccoon, coyote, beaver, skunk and bear fur hats and gauntlet mitts and selling them in Edmonton stores and in the Northern Stores which were part of the Northwest Company, which was previously the Hudson Bay Company… Read more >