Canvasing a leather jacket
Posted 26 September 2015 - 07:27 PM
I've not got much experience in leatherwork and thought I'd make a jacket to cure this- I'm curious as there isn't much at all covering this on the forum-
I was wondering about canvas- leather can't really be basted (the one I have is super soft and light- any needle marks would show) so how would people approach this?
Any tips or techniques anyone can give making and/or cutting wise ?
- Schneiderfrei likes this
Posted 27 September 2015 - 04:01 AM
I would do a bit of sampling, especially to see how your machine handles the leather. You may find a teflon foot useful. One thing to be mindful of is stitch length. Too close on weak leather may cause it to perforate and tear out in future. Make sure the machine does not stretch your seam length, otherwise you may need to glue in a stay tape that will control the seam lengths.
You may or may not need to use a leather needle in the machine-again test first. You may or may not need a glovers needle to stitch by hand. It really depends on the skins you are using.
There are so many techniques that you can modify for sewing leather but too many to go into er and now. Just keep in mind that since it does not ravel, you can use the cut edge of leather in places where the bulk may be too much with a regular type of seam. Again the weight of the leather makes a lot of difference.
A sewing hammer or rubber mallet is also a good tool to have to flatten seams.
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:48 AM
Great advice and suggestions- along the lines of what I was thinking!
I always wondered if the average tailor dabbled in leather on a regular basis, or if its something left to specialist 'leather' tailors- if there is such a thing?!
Will stick a photo up when I get round to making it!
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