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« on: March 06, 2005 01:16:43 PM »

I plan on buying a leather jacket soon because man, wearing just layered coats in NH winters just ain't enough. If it's a little too big, I want to be able to tweak it a bit. So, I want some information. I don't want any animal rights loonies preaching using animal skin for clothing, so let's just skip that all together, eh? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2005 02:07:03 PM »

hmm... i shouldn't think it would be entirely different resizing leather as it would a regular tweed blazer, parsay? (which would be simply sewing at the inside seams) but im no craft goddess by any means. however, seeing as i am excellent at destruction and the like... i would just go with the flow. buy an inexpensive leather jacket- if that isn't an oxymoron- just in case.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2005 07:19:48 PM »

Any stitching lines or pin marks will be left permanently in the leather, so be careful about moving seamlines.  And doublecheck before you sew, any mistakes will be permanently marked with a dotted line.

Use a leather needle for your machine - it has a chisel tip, so it cuts through the leather fibres.  Use poly thread - it is strong but won't rot.

Flatten seams with a hammer.

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2005 05:11:38 PM »

Also, use a longer stitch length if you are sewing on a sewing machine.  If you use too small of a stitch - think perforated paper~rip! Test on scrap of leather for right length. Good luck, I am a bit of a leather reconstructer myself but I have never attemped anything with a jacket.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2005 06:24:54 PM »

Flatten seams with a hammer.

that's awesome.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2005 04:00:56 PM »

 the number one awesomest thing i found to use on leather instead of pins are binder/bulldog clips and those long alligator hair clip things.
that should hold it all together for ya if you're wanting to pin.

funny how clips have animal names....
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