Hand Sewing Leather

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When hand sewing leather, use a ruler to make even stitches with a strong needle and heavy duty thread. Make holes in advance with an ice pick with help from a seamstress in the free video on sewing basics.

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Hello, I'm Linda DiSimone, seamstress and designer. Today, we're going to talk about how to sew leather by hand. The things that you will need are, your leather, ice pick, a ruler, a pen, a piece of wood, a heavy needle and thread. Okay. Step one is to get your leather cut to the size and shape of what you want to make and what I would suggest, if you want to make a nice stitch that's equal in length, that you can take a ruler and pen and mark off where you would like your, to go through with your needle. so, a half inch, a quarter of an inch, whatever you think your design will warrant. Step two is to take the strong needle we were talking about, as a strong needle and heavy duty thread, thread your needle, tie a knot at the end, and then you can just put your needle through the dots that you had made. Now, if you have a heavier leather fabric than this and your needle doesn't go through easily, then I suggest that you can make holes in advance with an ice pick. And that's why I suggested having a piece of wood so you don't damage your table. So, you can just put the ice pick in on the marks that you had made, and get your holes done in advance. And then that will make it much easier for you to sew. Also, to get the needle through, if you have a hard time, you have a thimble that you can use to push it through, and that makes it a lot easier. And also, I suggested that maybe you have a pair of heavy duty gloves that you can use to help you push the needle through, if it hurts. You can also, while you're sewing, you can make different stitches. You could do a running stitch, and go through your leather by doing one stitch after the other. Or there's another, you could do a stitch that goes over, depending on the look that you're looking for. My name is Linda DiSimone, and thanks for watching this video.

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