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Topic: help on sewing leather? also, one cream singlet dress, tute on pg 4  (Read 16003 times)
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« on: August 10, 2008 09:31:44 AM »

hi all:) it's been a long long time since i posted. anyway, i've been working on sewing a fake leather jacket, but i ran into some problems. the fabric is backed with some slightly woolly lining, and it's fine to sew on the lining side but it's really difficult to sew the leather side. it can't slide through properly and keeps 'sticking' to my machine bed.Sad any tips? someone suggested putting thin tracing paper on the underside of the leather, then tearing the paper off the seam after I finish sewing. Is this the only way to do it? thanks for any help!:)

just so it isn't text only... i made this dress with cream one-way stretch jersey, modeled after the urban outfitters one on the left. i decided to make one instead of buying one, because shipping charges would be a nightmare. i think it turned out pretty well, and was really easy to make:) i'd be happy to post a tute, just ask!

the uo dress:

http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/UrbanOutfitters/14988158_04_b?$prodmain$

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cheers all:)
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008 09:39:43 AM »

totally love the dress... it looks better fitted than the inspiration one. love your acessory details too Bravo!
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008 09:40:14 AM »

very cute!!!
i love urban outfitters!
pleaseeeee post the tutte Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008 09:57:45 AM »

i think i too prefer your dress it looks better fitted but still slouchy i guess....

the tracing paper trick does work well, although you have to be careful you are sewing on a seam that will be hidden so the tracing paper, if you cant rip it all out of the seam, cant be seen. I believe you may be able to get special feet for sewing vinyl and leather. Also keep the machine feet down and feed it though or the feet damage the leather or shred the paper.
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008 10:03:31 AM »

Yup, what was said here with tissue paper or a teflon foot for the machine.

I like your dress better. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2008 10:10:10 AM »

I'm totally loving your dress. Urban Outfitters is amazing, but your dress is a bit superior...
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2008 10:19:21 AM »

That is so adorable, I love it!
Especially with the belt.
Please post the tute, I'm definitely interested!
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2008 10:37:31 AM »

i want that!
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2008 10:41:05 AM »

i can't really help you with the sewing machine question but that dress is amazing.
i've been looking for a pattern for something nice and simple like that and failing miserably! but yours is beautiful and it really looks great on you.

great job!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2008 11:57:44 AM »

cute dress!

re: sewing leather/vinyl:  i've heard tracing paper works,as posted.  i've also heard using matte scotch tape on the underside of your foot will help it slide nicely.  more good tips in this thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261991.0 

i don't have a teflon foot, but i have a foot with a little roller on it, which works well for all sorts of fabrics, and is very helpful for bulky seams--it rolls right over those ridges nicely.
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