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plaidlightbulb
« on: May 27, 2004 10:42:20 PM »

does it take any kind of special industrial equipment or can you use a regiular sewing machine?  i have a wonderful red leather jacket i got for 20 bucks cause some of the seams are torn and the lining is very worn.  also, i might change the collar.  its not as heavy as, say, a biker jacket, but i'm hesitant to use my machine on it, though ive used it fine on lightweight leather that was almost as thin as deerskin.

i hope ive posted  this is in the right section - apologies if it's not.
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SarahFroggy
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2004 10:53:24 PM »

you can use a regular sewing machine but you need a heavy duty needle and maybe heavier thread. just go the the store and look for leather needle. they are clearly marked.
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moefen
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004 10:28:35 PM »

Agreed.  Get a leather needle, use a long stitch, and go slowly.  An older machine will stand up to it better than a newer sewing machine.  Use the hand wheel if you have to.

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Lady LJ
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2004 05:56:31 PM »

Agreed.  Get a leather needle, use a long stitch, and go slowly.  An older machine will stand up to it better than a newer sewing machine.  Use the hand wheel if you have to.



Moefen, you are a genius!!! Grin I have had this pink leather for the longest time and I could never sew it and have it turn out right and I used leather needles and special thread. I had seriously given up all hope of ever using it...until I saw your advice about using a long stitch. Shocked I followed your advice and it totally worked! That was the problem...my stitches were too tiny.  Thanks! Grin
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moefen
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2004 06:50:04 PM »

Glad to have been of help Cheesy
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