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« on: May 15, 2012 10:30:01 AM »

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Leather Bookmark using the BERNINA 350PE

I was inspired by this tutorial for using fabric scraps to make pretty paper bookmarks.  But paper isn't very durable so I wanted to see if I could replicate the bookmark in leather.  I wasn't sure if the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition would be be able to manage sewing through TWO layers of leather.  I was super excited to find out that the BERNINA 350PE didn't have any issues with it at all.



All I needed to make this bookmark was two leather scraps cut into the shape I wanted my bookmark and a fabric scrap cut slightly smaller than the leather.  I used a pair of scissors to cut out simple leaf shapes in the leather.



I placed the fabric scrap on the wrong side of the leather.



I then placed the second leather piece with the cutouts on top of them.



I straight stitched all around the perimeter of the bookmark.  See how thick the leather is?  



I used the walking foot for the perimeter stitches so the leather wouldn't shift around on me.  It worked quite nicely.



After I stitched around the perimeter, I switched to the regular presser foot.  It is very easy to switch out the feet.  You simply pull the little lever and then pull to remove.  To attach, you push the foot on and then push the lever back over to lock the foot into place.



I straight stitched around the little leaf cutouts.  I'm used snap on sole #20, the open embroidery foot, so I could see the stitches and the leather better.  



I finished with a fancy stem stitch to add a little extra touch.



Oh the possibilities!  I love how this came out!



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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 10:49:00 AM »

Decorative stitching on leather... I so need to try this.  Cute project!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 10:58:36 AM »

This is SO cute!  And stitching through 2 layers of leather? Impressive.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012 01:51:52 PM »

Love the way this turned out! It looks gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012 02:19:09 PM »

So pretty! and DURABLE I'm sure. That's always my problem with bookmarks! (Also, I so need to read Catching Fire. I've only read the first one!)
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012 04:22:19 PM »

What a super cute idea!  I love the idea of a durable bookmark!  And I can't believe that machine just went through the two layers of leather with no problem!  That's crazy awesome!
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