Leather Sewing Tips

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When sewing leather, always use a chisel-tip leather needle, which cuts the material instead of separating the weave, and use a heavy-weight upholstery thread. Gather the right materials for sewing leather with instructions from a sewing craftsman in this free video on sewing.

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Hi, my name is Sam Lewis from madebysam.com and I'm here to discuss some leather sewing techniques. The two most important things to keep in mind when you're sewing leather, the first you need to have a leather needle for your sewing machine. A leather needle is shaped more like a chisel than a needle and it's designed to cut through the leather rather than push apart the weave of the fabric that the regular sewing needle does. The second thing you need to bear in mind is that you don't want to use all purpose thread. You want to get yourself a good heavy weight upholstery thread preferably in nylon if you can find it. That won't react to the leather at all and it will also stand up much rougher treatment than regular thread. Finally to prepare your sewing machine, you need to make sure it's oiled well, and make sure that your bottom bobbin compartment is completely clean because you're going to make a big mess out of leather fibers and everything. Those are some basic techniques for sewing leather.

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