Luxurious Leather
by Kathryn Brenne
  • Introduction
  • Choosing Your Leather
  • Calculating Your Leather Requirements
  • Selecting a Pattern
  • Combining Leather with Fabric
  • Layout, Cutting and Marking
  • Sewing Machine Set Up
  • Needles, Threads and Notions
  • Pressing
  • Interfacing
  • Seams
  • Buttonholes
  • Bucket Bag
  • Leather Pillow
  • Reversible Capelet/Belt
  • Care and Cleaning
  • Kathryn's Gallery
  • Sewing Leather CD

  • sewing tutorials
  • sewing guides 2004-2009
  • inspiration
  • fabric store
    Sewing Machine Set Up

    Wonder clips are used to hold a seam together. Stitched using a Teflon foot.

    The most important accessory and the key to success in working with leather is a Teflon foot. Without a Teflon foot, stitches are small and irregular as the metal of a regular foot sticks to the leather. Even if your machine has a built-in walking foot, you will be unsuccessful without a Teflon foot. Too many stitches, too close together weaken the skin allowing it to tear, so lengthen the stitch length on the machine to give you 6-8 stitches per inch. Try a sample with a stitch length of 3 - 3.5mm and count the stitches to see how many stitches per inch you get. The stitch length will vary depending on how thick the skin is and how many layers you are sewing through, so experimentation on scrap pieces is essential to get it just right.

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