Tips for Sewing with Leather

Tips for sewing with leather

If you tried to sew leather on home sewing machine have you noticed how hard to do it. Whether looking for real or faux leather sewing with either of them need great experience and special leather sewing supplies and accessories.
Whether looking for real or faux leather you need to use special sewing needles and presser foot. And you should know that not every sewing machine capable to sew these materials. To avoid damage of sewing machine read about these technical capabilities in the manual.
Here you find a few helpful tips for sewing with leather.

The standard Teflon foot

For sewing heavy fabrics and leather need to use special presser foots with rollers or such standard Teflon foot.

The special knife for cutting leather

For cutting the leather you can use the scissors but it is better to do it with a special leather knife or rotary cutter.

A soap may be used as a lubricant

Ordinary soap may be used as a lubricant. Rub a little the face surface of leather with soap before placing it under the presser foot.

The adhesive textile tapes

Different types of adhesive textile tapes necessarily used for sewing leather. Instead adhesive textile tapes you can use special liquid glue (for rubber or leather).

Special sewing needles for leather

Whether looking for real or faux leather you need to use special sewing needles.

The set of tools for sewing leather

On this photo show a partial set of tools for sewing leather.

Take two scrap of leather and sew them together

Now it is time to try sewing with leather. Take two scrap of leather and sew them together with seam allowance 1.5 cm.

The real or faux leather must not be ironed

The real or faux leather must not be ironed with a hot iron. In order to press the seam allowance you need to use adhesive textile tape or rubber glue.

Using an adhesive textile tape

Using an adhesive textile tape is very easy and comfortable.

A small hammer for sewing leather

The small hammer or wallpaper roller are very important tools for sewing leather.

For finishing stitches use the Teflon foot

For sewing plain seams on the wrong side leather you can use usual presser foot. For finishing stitches remove the usual presser foot and attach the Teflon foot.

Sewing leather on your sewing machine

Do not forget that the simple toilet soap can very to relieve for sewing leather on your sewing machine.

The real or faux leather can be sewn only once

Remember that the real or faux leather can be sewn only once. Every prick of needle leaves a hole on the face side leather. Set the stitch length and test your first stitches on a small pieces of leather or faux leather.

Tutorial for sewing with leather

I hope these simple tips help you for sewing with leather.

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