How to Sew Leather on A Home Sewing Machine?

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Sewing machines are now more modernized and powerful than ever. They let you work on a variety of materials that even includes the leather. However, it is a little challenging to sew leather in the home sewing machines when compared to the linen, cotton, or satin.

In this document, we will discuss How to Sew Leather on A Home Sewing Machine. After reading the article, it will become easier for you to sew even the thick leather easily with the sewing machine.

How to Sew Leather on A Home Sewing Machine

Here are the things that you will need:

  • Sewing machine 
  • Paper clips
  • Leather needle
  • Iron and pressing cloth
  • Ironing surface
  • Machine thread

Change the Presser Foot

You need to make bring some changes in the accessories of the machine to make it suitable for sewing the leathers. Begin with replacing the typical presser foot of the machine and insert the Teflon foot or roller foot.

You may want to proceed with the usual presser foot but it’s not recommended. It can stick with the material and produce wrong feeding.  You should use the Teflon/Roller foot for a smoother working experience.

Alter the Needle

Then you will need to alter the regular needle with a leather needle.  These specialized needles for sewing lathers are a little bit thick and stronger but arrive at the same price as a regular needle. You should easily find it in any sewing stores. It is also recommended to use a new needle while starting the project to avoid damage and frustration.

You may also use the nylon needles if you cannot find the leather needles. Also, make sure to store multiple suitable needles as it is very normal to break the needles while working on the thick leather.

Stitch Length

 You will also need to change the stitch length. Instead of using the regular stitch length, use at least 3.5 or up. Like the typical fabrics, lather doesn’t include any weave which means the needle leaves a permanent hole in the leather while stitching. That means smaller stitch length will weaken the fabric and make it easier to tear.

Replace the Thread

Never think of using the regular thread for sewing the leathers. You will need to use tougher threads like nylon or polyester. This will ensure that the stitching will stay durable for a long time. You can also use other heavy-duty stitching threads as per the availability.

Use a Holder Clip

Typically, most of the individuals use pins to hold the layer of fabrics during the sewing. However, it wouldn’t be a great idea to use the pin on the leather as it will leave a permanent hold. Instead of the pins, you should use the holder clip to keep the layer of leather secured while sewing.

Also, you can use the two-sided tapes that you should find in any hardware or stationery stores. These tapes can hold the material strongly so that you can sew smoothly.

Bind a knot at the end of the thread

It is better to knot the end of the thread at the starting and ending of every stitching row. Like the other fabrics, you shouldn’t leave the ends as it can cause looseness in the stitch in the long run. Don’t backstitch ion the leather as it can cause perforation, tearing, splitting, and such other issues. 

If you want a smooth and tight row stitching, then make sure to hold the ends of the threads tightly while starting. You will need to hold the stitch for the first few seconds only.

Test Before You Start

Leather is a pretty costly material and you may not want to damage it by a problematic sewing machine. Like the regular fabrics, you cannot solve a wrong stitch on the leather as it will leave a permanent hole. That is why it is recommended to perform a test on scrap leather.

A test will help you to check all the aspects including the tension, stitch length, threads performance and overall performance of the machine. After you have completed the test, you can start sewing based on your plan.

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The leather is an entirely different thing when compared with the other fabrics. It requires cautiousness to sew leather using the home sewing machine. We hope the given tips will assist you in producing the best stitch on the leathers.

About Haven Erdman Website Author

About Haven Erdman

Hi there, this is Haven Erdman, the owner, and editor-in-chief of the “sewing associate” website. I am a full-time businessman who owns several sewing shops. I started my sewing journey from home when I was 19 years old. Apart from the businesses, I am a passionate writer who has featured in several fashion blogs. I love to share my experience in the industry with others through writing.

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