I have restitched a few cases. it can be a PITA if you want it to look right. I restitched a case for a Baby Yashica and it took about two hours. I can see why the guy charged so much, but he should not have bitched about it. You can get some harness needles and appropriate thread from Tandy Leather. It shouldn't cost too much, then you can do it and be happy with your own handiwork.