After adding the gorgeous handmade leather labels to our range (shown below) we thought we’d share a few tips for sewing with leather so you don’t feel daunted.
- Use a leather needle, it will penetrate the leather more efficiently than your regular needle making it easier to sew.
- Use a Teflon non-stick sewing machine foot, or a roller foot to help the leather move smoothly through your machine. If you don’t have one try laying a sheet of tissue paper on top and tear it away afterwards.
- Don’t use pins or clips on leather, it will make it. Use pattern weights to hold it in place or alternatively you can use double sided tape.
- Use a longer than normal stitch for sewing leather, around 3.5 to 4 works well. Sew a test piece first because you may need to reduce your tension to about half what it normally is.
- Use a nylon or polyester thread, cotton thread will deteriorate in time due to the tannins in the leather.
- Don’t rush! You will make holes that cannot be removed when you stitch on leather so go slowly and carefully so reduce the chance of mistakes.