Leather is often a material that people avoid for home sewing projects. There is a common misconception that sewing leather is very difficult, which is why many people avoid using it.
But leather is a great material to incorporate into a lot of different things that you can sew, so it is best not to avoid it. In fact, sewing to the leather is not that difficult in reality.
Don’t misunderstand us, sewing leather with a sewing machine can be intimidating. Leather is an expensive material and sewing machines are often unruly. But sewing the skin by hand? Well this is a much easier task than people initially expect.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick guide that’s packed with everything you need to know about how to sew delicate leather. So if this is something that interests you, keep reading. People’s choice of Sewing Machine
What is thin skin?
Before we look at how to sew thin leather, let’s quickly take a look at what thin leather is. As you already know, leather is a material that comes from animals, and is created by tanning the rawhide and leather of animals, especially cows and cattle.
It is an incredibly popular and surprisingly popular material given its questionable manners. But perhaps its popularity lies in the durability of this material.
It may also be very popular due to its flexibility and versatility, allowing it to be used for a variety of different tasks. However, that’s just a skin. So what is the difference between normal skin and thin skin?
As you probably guessed, the difference between normal skin and thin skin lies in its thickness. Leather generally comes in 4 different thicknesses, all of which are better suited for different tasks.
The thinnest option is thin leather, which is sometimes known as upholstery leather and is usually no more than 1.2mm thick. The delicate leather can be used in cars, on furniture, in the manufacture of clothing, as well as in leather goods.
Its delicate look is easy to sew, and is a great starting point for people without leather sewing experience as it is easier to control compared to thicker types of leather.
As the thickness of the level increases, it becomes more difficult to control, so mastering the delicate skin is the first step. Now that we understand what thin leather is, let’s take a look at what you need to be able to sew.
What you will need
- To help you, we’ve put together this quick list of everything you need on hand to be able to sew delicate leather.
- We recommend gathering all of these materials before you start sewing so that you can relax and enjoy the uninterrupted experience.
You will need:
- Leather needles
- Waxed thick thread
- X-acto knife
- Cloth tape measure
- Strong scissors
- Sewing a pony
- Scrap leather
- Punctured skin
Once these materials are gathered, you are ready to start sewing. So let’s take a look at what you need to do to get started.
How to sew thin skin
After you have everything you need ready to use, you can then start stitching the skin. But before doing this, you will need to prepare the needle and thread.
This is not a difficult task, you simply need to cut the thick thread made of wax, in the same way you would normally use the thread, and then thread it through the needle.
To make sure you have enough thread, we recommend measuring the length you want to sew and then multiplying it by 2.5 to get the correct measurement.
Unlike other threads, you do not need to tie a knot at the end when you are sewing the leather, instead, you will use a method known as back sewing, later on, to lock the thread in place.
If you have any prior knowledge of leather sewing, you may have heard of saddle stitching. This sewing method is the most common method of sewing leather and differs from the traditional sewing method you may use with other materials.
Straight stitching is the most common method used in other materials, but saddle stitching is different because it fills in the stitches on both sides, leaving no gaps between the stitches and a straight line of thread along the leather. So let’s take a look at how to sew a saddle.
You have two options when saddle stitching as there are two main methods that people use. Traditionally, you’ll always use the double needle method. This method is difficult to master because using two needles at once can be confusing, but it produces perfect stitches.
But over the years, this method has started to lose popularity and many people now prefer the “one needle, two pass” method. This is the easiest method so let’s show you how to make this stitch.
You will start by inserting your needle into the first hole on the seam. Pull the needle through the hole but leave a 2-inch tail, then pass the needle through the second hole to create a stitch.