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Best Guide To Sewing Leather For Upskilling Your Leathercrafting

Best Guide To Sewing Leather For Upskilling Your Leathercrafting

What, according to you, is the most important thing to do before taking up any new activity? Is it assembling all the supplies required for the activity, or is it something else? Before engaging in any activity, it’s crucial to understand the fundamentals involved in the same.

Basics contribute to our understanding of the activity, be it a new sport, subject, or hobby. Consider this. If you’re interested in the arts and take it up, wouldn’t you first indulge in basic techniques like hatching and blending before going on to more complex topics like shadows and gradients? Leathercrafting is like any other activity. It requires you to equip yourself with the fundamentals before you can progress to taking up more complex projects. 

As far as leatherworking is concerned, sewing is considered one of the basics and forms an indispensable part of any leatherworker’s skillset. Ask any professional or experienced leatherworker about the significance of sewing in leather, and they’ll reiterate its importance. In terms of definition, sewing leather is a technique by which two pieces of leather are stitched together with the help of a needle and waxed thread.

Sewing as a skillset brings many things to your leathercrafting repertoire. Attributes like longevity, finesse, elegance, and durability are infused into your leathercraft products. Via this article, we’re going to give you insights into sewing as a technique. Plus help you understand how you can assemble your sewing leather kit and integrate the same into your leathercrafting process. 

Sewing leather: Skill For Masterful Leatherworking Products

Leatherworking is an aggregate of various nuances and details that all add to create a product that oozes elegance and panache. Sewing leather by hand is one such attribute that you need to master to elevate your leathercrafting process.

Especially when leather products are being mass-produced to meet the high demands, you need to equip yourself with the skill of sewing and tools for leather sewing. In times to come, handmade leather products will be highly sought, and with an entrepreneurial mindset, who knows, even you can cash in on the opportunity.

Difference In Hand Sewing vs Machine Sewing Leather Products

Today’s leather products are either mass-produced in factories or are put together by hand. These techniques have their limitations as far as efficiency is concerned. Hand-made leather products take substantially more time than products made in leather industries. 

However, the quality that’s on display by these handmade leather products far supersedes that of machine-produced leather products. Every stitch is taut on these products. Every corner has a smooth finish- an efficient sewing process makes all this possible. Here’s giving you an insight into the stitching process and the list of tools you need to equip yourself with. 

Tools Needed For Sewing Leather

There is a requirement for a leather sewing kit and different tools for leather sewing. But here are some individual tools that will come in handy when you take on some leathercrafting DIYs: 

  • Stitching Needles: Since leather is a thick material compared to regular fabric, the needles used in leathercrafting also have to be thicker for sewing in leather. A set of leather stitching needles will help you quickly stitch into your base leather and help you achieve that snug fit you’re after. Some names of these leather stitching needles you’ll hear are prong lacing needles and saddler’s harness needles.
  • Thimbles: It’s a metallic cap used during the leathercrafting process to avoid any injury during stitching/sewing leather by hand.
  • Sewing Threads: Apart from needles, threads are another essential requirement in sewing. Akin to stitching needles, the threads you need to use need to wave as this will ensure that your stitch is more robust and water-resistant. 
  • Hand-held Lighters: When your stitching process is completed, there may be loose ends of thread dangling from your product. Often, a pair of scissors cannot deal with these threads due to their size limitations. In such a case, hand-held lighters are used to burn and remove the dangling threads to provide a snug finish. 

Types Of Stitches

With your workstation now assembled, here are some stitching techniques that you should consider trying out: 

  • Single Stitch: It’s one of the most widely used stitching techniques by leathercrafting enthusiasts. Only one single waxed thread is used during the process.
  • Saddle Stitch: In this technique, a single row of stitches creates a double stitch pattern. This technique is majorly used in the manufacture of leather wallets as saddle stitching is a technique that induces strength into the product.
  • Z Stitch: Also known as a zigzag stitch, this stitching technique is mainly used to produce leather products that receive heavy wear and tear.
  • Box stitch: This stitching technique is used for finishing corners of leather products, mainly leather bags. 
  • Baseball Stitch: An American stitch, this stitching technique consists of a series of ‘V’s that add strength and durability to the leather product. You may find its applications in sails, couches, steering wheels, and other leather-made furniture.  
  • Cross stitch: It looks like a series of many ‘X’s. You may find its applications in leather car seats as it adds a lot of durability to the leather product.

Final thoughts

Apart from being a fundamental skill in leatherworking, sewing is an essential life skill that everyone must practice. It helps in inducing your focus and patience, leading you to a more confident personality and outlook. 

In leathercrafting, sewing gives strength, durability, and desirable looks to your leather products. Ideally, you should start with simple stitching techniques and then gradually proceed to practice saddle stitching and then onto more complex types of stitching. 

There are an array of leatherwork courses on DIY crafts and DIY leather crafts that are available on online platforms that cater to the requirements of both beginners and proficient leathercrafters. However, these may not address your fundamental requirements, which is why we at Artisans have put together an online resource to meet your needs. You can visit our website and go through our DIY leathercrafting kit to start sewing and leatherworking. 

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