I was thinking about making some small leather items such as pouches, ball bags, etc. Being it is not likely I will be purchasing a sewing machine, does any one have any advice as to how to stitch up the leather? Long ago there used to be something called a "Speedy Stitcher" that you would sew by hand. I don't know if they are around anymore or there is something better that would do a good job? Also, what kind of strong thread should I use and how heavy should it be? Cotton? Linen? Waxed? Thanks much.