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Topic: help on sewing leather? also, one cream singlet dress, tute on pg 4  (Read 16798 times)
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« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2008 09:57:16 PM »

wow, not only is that dress fantastic (tute? yes please!) but it looks so great on you especially paired with that belt and your funky self of course. AND it's way Way better than the one you based it on which was, quite frankly, sort of shapeless and sloppy looking. i really like your version a LOT!

as for stitching leather, here are my tips...
*make sure that you purchase leather needles for your machine, they make a big difference.
*a teflon foot is a great tool but if you don't want to invest in one you can put scotch tape onto the bottom of your regular foot. it has to be the cloudy kind of tape (sometimes called magic tape). it is slipperyish and will peel off when you're done. take the tape off as soon as you're finished your project to keep the sticky stuff from staying on the foot. if there is any sticky residue left over at ALL you have to clean it off well (nail polish remover or lighter fluid work well for this).
*baby or talcum powder or corn starch will work but it can be messy. if you do choose to use it make sure that you just dip a finger in and run it along where the seam will be. sprinkling it on liberally is unneccessary and makes for lots of clean up.
*i find tissue paper hinders the ability to see where you're stitching and this isn't good with leather. you don't want holes left over from mistakes.
*you can raise the presser foot a little bit but do test out on a piece of scrap leather to make sure that it works. you can use a wide stitch length too, just make sure you test that as well. and strong thread, unholstery thread is pretty good. you don't want to have to make any repairs later on, all those holes make the leather weak! and of course sew slowly.
*if you have any questions ask at the fabric store, the ladies there are a literal fount of knowledge and i find them to be most helpful a lot of the time. they know their stuff!

good luck and have fun!
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« Reply #31 on: August 11, 2008 12:43:23 AM »

-Teflon foot (thats a plastic one)
-A degreasing spray, it wont hurt your garment because its not an absorbent fabric and will wipe off after
-Less pressure from the foot
-You can also so butchers paper but the other three things work fine.

Nice job on the bindind.
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« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2008 12:59:00 AM »

I LOVE THIS DRESS! FANTASTIC WORK! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE post the tute!!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2008 02:27:07 AM »

nice dress!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2008 03:17:23 AM »

can't freakin wait for the dress tute!! i have a few yds of some yummy aqua jersey just DYING to be a cute dress some day:)


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« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2008 03:51:13 AM »

If you put a paper it will be OK, so you can try it.
And, um, can you post a tute?^^ The dress is sooooooo lovely.<3
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« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2008 03:51:25 AM »

here's the tute as promised:) it's really easy. bear in mind that i made the pattern up as i went, and modified it when necessary. you'll need about a yard of fabric if you're an S like me.

1. cut out two rectangles for the top of the dress, and one long one for the skirt. the skirt should be about 1.5 times the length of your hip measurement. my dress is approx. 16" across and 23" down for the top half, and 8" long for the bottom. don't forget seam allowances!
2. take a tanktop that fits well to use as a template, and draw the shape of the U-neck and the arm holes on a piece of paper. use this to trace out the curve of the neck and sleeves on one of the rectangles for the top half. if you happen to have a curve ruler however, this isn't necessary.
3. assemble the top half together. sew the sides and shoulders, and hem it all.
4. take the skirt rectangle and make gathers along one side. you can do this by using a large stitch, and gathering the fabric in the middle by pulling on the threads. sew this to the top half.
5. make a pocket from a small rectangle of fabric, sew it on where you fancy.
6. and you're done!

sorry if it's unclear, i'm not good at tutorials! if you have any questions just ask and i'll try to answer as best i can Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2008 05:31:43 AM »

I didn't see it mentioned, and it may be a moot point now, but they make soluble stabilizer, so if the leather will stand up to a little water (not suede or REALLY fine- or if you want to have a little weathering look in the seams) you can use that. It doesn't really leave a residue (wet toilet paper) and it won't need all the "coaxing" out of stitches.

It's just a generally awesome product- depending on your local stores you can find it with embroidery supplies or you can order it from places like Sew True in NYC... a friend of mine makes fiber art with it...
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« Reply #38 on: August 11, 2008 07:44:03 AM »

Love it Love it Love it!!!

I went into UO last week with a fiend of mine and walked around the entire time going "I could make this!" every time I saw something that I liked and saw how over priced it was... Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: August 11, 2008 07:53:06 AM »

I study leather work and we have special machines with a waking foot. But I already made a coat out of vinyl and I use a teflon presser foot and spray some silicone it totoly work!
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