What Industrial Sewing Machine Can I Use for Sewing Leather?


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 Machines

  • 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.

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