Sewing leather requires different techniques and a heavier push through the material than sewing fabric, even heavy fabric. Leather is a skin, whereas fabric is a weave or knit and allows for a needle to go through or between threads easily. Different machines are available for sewing leather.
Standard Industrial Machine
A standard industrial machine can be used to sew leather. Many manufacturing companies use it, especially if the leather is soft and the seams do not require a great deal of maneuvering. A walking foot, which won't scrape the leather, is a good addition to any industrial machine.
Cylinder-bed industrial machines are used for sewing purses, tack, saddles and projects where you have to get into tight spots. Instead of having a flat table, a free standing cylindrical arm is used to allow the piece to hang below the foot and needle.
Antique Crank Machines
Shoe repair shops still use these machines. Antique crank machines are run by hand, using a crank on the fly wheel. They also have a free standing cylinder instead of a table. They are good for slow, detailed work where you want to be able to move the piece around a lot and have to get into tight areas.
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
How to Time an Industrial Singer Sewing Machine
Industrial sewing machines are the workhorses of the commercial sewing industry. ... 7 Ways to Deal With a Tantrum by Mom.me. Check...
How to Sew Leather With a Standard Sewing Machine
Success in sewing leather depends on needles, tension, thread and stitch width. Australian fashion designer and bag-maker Nicole Mallalieu says leather is...
The Best Sewing Machine for Heavy Sewing
Industrial sewing machines are the best choice for hard core, heavy-duty sewing, including tent canvas and leather. ... Sewing Machines for Sewing...
How to Sew Leather
Sewing leather using a sewing machine can be done by using a chisel-tip leather needle, by loading heavy duty nylon upholstery thread...
How to Make Purses with Upholstery Fabric
Want a purse that will look good, last for years and cost you hardly anything to make? Upholstery fabric totes are simple...
How to Sew a Cylinder Pillow
You can sew your own cylinder pillow in an afternoon and make it as soft or firm as you like. ... Zig-zag...