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Hand Stitching Leather with an Awl and Two Needles

hand stitchingHand stitching Leather with an awl and two needles is a “must-have” skill set for any aspiring leather craftsman.  This method allows for maximum efficiency when it comes to having to hand stitch any project.

There are many ways to accomplish the same goal, and hand stitching is not any different.  Many people prefer to use a dremel tool with a small drill bit or a set of pricking irons.  These tools work for making the holes when hand stitching, but in my opinion they do not save any time nor create as pretty of a stitch.

In this video, Hand Stitching Leather with and Awl and Two Needles, I show you what I know about hand stitching leather the traditional way.  I prefer this method not for maintaining traditional skill, but more for its efficiency and accuracy when hand stitching leather projects.  This method allows for the best possible stitch and for me I find it to be the quickest method.

When it comes to traditional skills that we as craftsmen should have, I believe that proper hand stitching techniques are mandatory.  Even if you prefer to use a dremel tool or pricking irons, I would suggest that you give this method a try and see if you find it useful.

For sewing supplies used in the video, visit our friends at Maker’s Leather Supply.

And if you have been hand stitching leather and would are interested in getting your first sewing machine, then be sure and check out this recent video we did, “Cobra Sewing Machine Options with Maker’s Leather Supply,” where Aaron and I visit about the different machines Leather Machine Co. offers and which one is the best option for your first sewing machine.

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Cobra Sewing Machine Options with Maker’s Leather Supply

cobra sewing machineSelecting a Cobra Sewing Machine or any leather sewing machine can be challenging whether you are a first time buyer or have years of experience.  Doing the proper research to insure that you get the best possible machine to do the job you need it to do takes time and patience.

When I was in college doing leather work on the side, I hand stitched everything that I made.  Hand stitching is a valuable and necessary skill that all LeatherHeads should take the time to learn and master.  But there does come a point for most of us where a leather sewing machine becomes a much needed piece of equipment for our business.

There are so many different brands, sizes and styles of machines out there.  Selecting the best machine for your needs can be daunting.  The great news?  There is tons of information on the internet as well as helpful and knowledgeable people waiting to help with any questions or concerns that you may have when making the upgrade from sore fingers and long hours to powered sewing machines.

We recently took some time to visit with the folks at Maker’s Leather Supply so that we could help you answer some questions on some of the machines that they offer.  Maker’s Leather Supply deals in machines for the leather industry by Leather Machine Co.  These machines offer the industry’s best quality and customer support hands down.

I have been using the Cobra Class 4 sewing machine in my shop for right at 2 years now and I couldn’t be happier with its performance and the support I have gotten when I have had questions or concerns.

In this video, Aaron and I visit about some of the different options available as well as our opinion on buying your first machine if you are at that point in your Leathercraft journey.

Check out this video and if you get a chance check out Makers and see what Leather Machine Co. has to offer.

If you are new to sewing machines and looking for a good video on getting started using one, then check out this article and video we did on “Sewing Machine Best Practices.”

And if you have, or end up buying, the Cobra Class 4 Machine, then here is a video that we did “Installing the Cobra Class 4 Stirrup Plate.”

 

 

Installing the Cobra Class 4 Stirrup Plate

In this video I show you how to install the Stirrup Plate on a Cobra Class 4 Sewing Machine from Leather Machine Co.  The process in this video can also be used for other sewing machines that have a similar stirrup plate option.  This is also the process for installing the Holster Plate as well.

If you have been putting off trying out your stirrup plate on your Cobra machine, then I hope this video helps with any fears about the difficulty in changing this plate out.  Changing the plate out isn’t difficult and is worth the steps so that you can easily sew your stirrups or holsters using these plates. Continue reading

Leather Sewing Machine Best Practices

Sewing leather is by far the most common task that we have in our leather shops.  Whether you are hand sewing everything, or using a leather sewing machine, you will have to sew leather on just about every project.  In this post, I share the first of a three part video series on leather sewing machine best practices with the hopes of helping you become more efficient and safe while using an electric sewing machine.

When I started doing leather work, I didn’t have a leather sewing machine and spent many hours hand sewing my projects.  Though this is not the most efficient way to complete projects, I do believe that it is very important to become proficient at this skill.  So if you are still in the hand stitching stage of your leatherworking journey, don’t fret!  You are at a very important stage and learning this skill will serve you well for the rest of your leather career.  But when the time comes when you can upgrade to an electric sewing machine, I would highly recommend adding this piece of equipment to your shop. Continue reading