I wanted to share some tips for sewing leather so other projects can be referenced back here. I had a lot of leather from my leather couch project! So I have quite a few projects to complete!!
When people see that I make goods out of leather the first reactions I get are “you MADE that?” and “what kind of machine do you have?”
Well, the answer to the first is yes, and the answer to the second is in short-nothing fancy! I’m going to share some tips for leather that I’ve picked up along the way!
In this post I wanted to share my recommended supplies for getting stared, and then in my next post I will share some techniques for hand sewing, since if you don’t have a machine this will be the cheaper way to go!
Recommended supplies for machine sewing:
• leather foot, this is a plastic foot that glides a little easier over your leather instead of getting stuck to the metal on a regular foot. -make sure you are getting the right brand for your machine.
• leather sewing machine needle- meant for sewing leather, the shape of the needle tip is special for leather
• sewing machine- most machines can sew leather, especially thinner leathers. I will hand sew thicker leathers that are not compatible with my machine. (currently sewing on a singer scholastic)
Recommended supplies for hand sewing leather :
• sewing awl- this is a really sharp needle that is attached to a handle of sorts meant for sewing leather.
• leather punch – I like the kind that requires the use of a hammer, the one with the grip I find a little hard to get through some of my leather projects. (if you use this then you will also need a hammer, and a hard surface I use a piece of scrap metal as a base)
• I recommend getting sharp scissors that you would use only for leather, and/or a rotary blade you would only use for leather to keep them sharp!
• I also use tape to keep my pattern in place while cutting, since pins would leave unwanted holes.
• I also like binding clips (originally meant for quilting) – to hold pieces together while I’m working for the same reason above with the pins!
sewing leather is very do-able! Start with smaller simpler projects (like keychains| wallets| coin pouches) to get the hang of it and then get creative !!