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« on: September 02, 2012 07:23:25 AM »

Hi There, I've recently been very inspired by some of the amazing leather projects on this site and I'm eager to have a go myself. Would it be possible to sew leather on my machine? It's nothing fancy. I've seen some linen thread but it says it's only suitable for hand sewing. Anyone got any advise? Thank you for looking!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2012 02:49:55 PM »

You can get needles specifically for leather for most machines in the UK, I presume its similar in the USA

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012 11:41:16 AM »

I just use polyester all purpose thread and leather needles. Make sure you set the stitch length to longer than normal and loosen the tension a smidgeon to prevent tearing out the holes. The thinner the leather, the easier it is to sew, especially where you have a lot of seams coming together. If you find the leather is sticking to either your throat plate or foot, masking tape is a great temporary solution to allow the leather to slide through easier. Garment-weight suede is definitely the easiest to sew - very thin and it doesn't stick. Make sure that any sewing is done with the feed dogs touching the back side of the leather (or what will become the inside/wrong side of your garment/project) because they will leave track marks on the leather.

I've sewn up to safety-gear-weight leather (4 ounce, 6 ounce? pretty fat, anyway) but I had to hand-bomb it over seams where their were 4 layers. I use a walking foot, as well, which makes life easier for just about any sewing project.

« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012 05:20:36 AM »

Thank you, that's really helpful. I've no excuse not to crack on with it now!
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2012 05:29:58 PM »

Just a note about the thread. I've been using extra-strong hand-quilting thread in my machines to sew leather and vinyl for many years now with no problems. I've never had a seam rip out, even under the toughest use with that thread, although I will say that I agree with using a longer stitch. If the holes are too close, even the best thread will not prevent the leather from tearing.

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