Adding personality to a favorite pair of jeans by sewing leather patches on them in the shapes of letters, animals and other cool designs has been and still is an interesting way to outwardly express a creative mind. The designs that are available are limitless. Anyone interested in doing this can easily find thousands of different patterns and interesting ideas online by visiting a number of forums, social groups or websites that specifically cater to creative sewers.

Before we move forward, there are a few very important things about sewing leather and the items that you will need to attach it to your jeans. Though such a project does not seem like it would be extremely dangerous, there is a bit of safety precaution that must be taken to avoid any small mishaps that can turn into big problems.

Man working with leather using crafting DIY tools1. There are times when a project such as this will only require the use of dull stitching needles which can do damage to your fingers or other parts of your body if enough force is exerted. In a case such as this there is less of a concern for injury as long as you pay close attention and focus on what you are doing.

On the other hand, no pun intended, careless use of sharp needles can result in a number of physical injuries ranging from irritating finger pricks to infections if the needles are dirty.

2. Safety concerns about using scissors to cut threads and materials for your project is self-explanatory. Cutting, stabbing yourself or losing a finger would very quickly zap the joy out of your project. Need we say any more about this?

Moving forward, we will now look at the items you will need for adding leather patches on to your jean pants, skirt or jacket.

1. Choosing the right thickness and flexibility of your leather is very important because it will need to be bendable, twist-able and even scrunch-able throughout the life of your garment. Another thing to consider about the thickness and rigidity of your leather is how difficult will it be for you to poke and pull a needle through it.

2. The thread that you use must be much more durable and longer lasting than the thread that is commonly used around the household for repairing holes in socks and such. If you are at all able to visit a hobby store or leather outlet to purchase the proper materials for your awesome project, that is highly recommended.

3. Leather needles come in a variety of sizes so that you are able to choose one or more that is easy to handle. They also come in different lengths and shapes for the use in completing specific projects. Though it is possible to use some of the needles that are designed for more standard materials such as cotton and polyester, it would be a little wiser to use a set of needles that are designed for leather projects. Have fun expressing yourself and for goodness sake, please be safe.

When it comes to sewing, leather is a very tricky material to master. Whether you are planning to use real leather or one of the faux options available, you will find the following advice on how to sew leather quite helpful.

1. Don’t Use Pins

Most people prefer to use pins to hold fabric in place when they are sewing. While this is fine when working with many materials, it is not a good idea when dealing with leather. Placing pins will leave holes that don’t close once they are removed. It would be better to use clothespins, tape or paper clips to hold things in place.

The woman Hand on sewing machine. leather embroidery.2. Do Fitting Ahead Of Time

The next thing that should be mentioned on this journey to learn how to sew leather is fitting. Usually, you can do fittings several times during the course of sewing; this is not the case when it comes to leather. Every time you create a stitch, it will leave a hole, so there is no way to make alterations once a stitch has been made.

3. Choose The Right Needle

There are sewing needles that were created for use with specific fabrics, and leather is one of them. When you are shopping for needles, make sure that you place these at the top of your list. If you try using a standard needle when sewing leather, there is a possibility that they can bend or break when trying to force the needle through the fabric.

Keep in mind that threading leather needles is a bit more involved than doing so with a traditional needle. It may take you a few tries in order to master it, so be patient.

4. Practice Your Stitching

As you were told earlier, once you create stitches in leather, there is no way to redo them. This means that they have to be done perfectly the first time. If you are worried about whether this is something you can do with ease, you should grab some scraps and practice your stitches beforehand.

Once you see that you are able to sew without mistakes, then it will be time for you to move on to the leather you purchased for your project. Again, this will take a bit of patience, but you want to make sure that things are done perfectly.

5. Place Markings On The Wrong Side

If you are sewing with a pattern, make sure that you place all markings on the side of the leather that will not show when the piece is complete. By the way, marking wheels and transfer tape are not ideal when working with leather. Tailor’s chalk and marking pens are much better options.

Sewing is a tricky concept, especially if you are working with a fabric that you are not very familiar with. If you are thinking of creating sewing magic with leather, you should keep all of these tips in mind. That will ensure things turn out exactly as you expected.

Knowing how to hand sew is one of the basic skills that every person should achieve. It helps for making simple repairs to clothing and other fabric items as well as allows for small or basic alterations.

First and foremost, you need the basic tools:

– A sewing needle.
– Thread.
– Scissors.
– Fabric.

Hand For Sewing From Woman HandAdditional tools that can ease the learning process include:

– Pins to hold fabric in place while sewing.
– Removable fabric markers or dressmaker’ chalk to provide a guide on where to sew.
– A thimble to protect your forefinger against pricks.
– An stitch picker to undo stitches easily.

Cut a piece of thread about 30 cm’s (12 inches in length. Hold the tip of one end of the thread between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand if you are right handed and vice versa if you are left handed. Push the tip through the eye (hole) of the needle and pull the thread through for about 5 cm’s (2 inches).

Take the longer piece of thread and make a loop near the end. Place the tip of the thread through the loop and pull to create a knot as close to the end as possible. This will stop your thread pulling through the fabric as you make your first stitches.

Place the two ends of the fabric you want to sew together. You can use pins to keep it in place and mark the line you want to sew with fabric markers. Pierce through both pieces of fabric with the sharp end of the needle and pull the thread through gently, until it reaches the knot.

Pierce the fabric again about 3 mm’s from the original point of entry and pull the thread through to create the first stitch. Be careful to be gentle and avoid pulling the knot through the fabric. You can make your stitches as long or short as you wish. Shorter stitches are however preferable as they are more secure and provide a stronger seam.

Repeat this process, going through the original entry point and the second piercing 4 or five times. This will give you a secure starting point that is less likely to unravel.

Now pierce the fabric 3 mm’s from the end of your first stitch and then again as near as possible to the end of your last stitch and pull the thread through. This is called a back stitch and is the preferred stitch for seams and most other types of sewing. Repeat the process always progressing the same length of your previous stitches and ending at the end of your last stitch until you have reached near the end of your fabric or thread.

Go over your last stitch in the same way as your first to secure the end of your sewing. Place the end of the needle under the end stitches, create a loop in the thread and pull the needle through to make a knot. Cut the thread and voila – you now know how to hand sew.

These days, there are many people that are not very knowledgeable when it comes to using a sewing machine. Since the price of clothes is steadily rising and making your own is cheaper, some are considering trying to obtain this skill. If you are one of those who have never used one or you are more experienced and interested in operating one properly, the following advice will help you understand how to use a sewing machine safely.

Buy Finger Guards

More than half of the people who are rushed to the hospital yearly with sewing machine injuries have punctured their fingers. It is very easy to lose sight for a moment and sew right through your finger. While this may seem strange, many of the people who injure their fingers are experienced. They become overconfident with the fact that they know how to use the machine and they fail to take the proper precautions. In case you are wondering, finger guards can be purchased from the manufacturer of your machine and they are not very pricey in most cases.

sewing-machineAvoid Distractions

When you are using a sewing machine, it is important that you minimize the number of distractions around you. For instance, if you have children and they are running around being vibrant and precocious, this is probably not the best time to pull out your machine and try to start a project. Loud music, telephone calls and barking dogs are a few more distractions that can throw you off when trying to sew.

Unplug When Not In Use

Countless people leave electronics and appliances plugged when they are not using them, but this is never wise in this case. When trying to learn how to use a sewing machine safely, this should be something that you keep in mind at all times.

Sewing machines produce a great deal of heat when they are turned on, which can lead to an unexpected fire. Even if you are only going to be away from the machine for a moment, you should remove the plug. It would also be a good idea to use a surge protector if you wish to be on the safe side.

Consider Material Thickness

Unfortunately, all sewing machines are not durable enough to sew through thicker materials. For instance, if you have a basic, low-cost machine, you may not be able to sew anything that is denim or corduroy. If you try to force things, there is a chance that the needle can get caught. Trying to remove it can be very dangerous; don’t attempt to do this. Your best bet would be to head to professional cleaners or a seamstress instead of placing yourself in jeopardy.

Using a sewing machine used to be a skill that everyone had, young and old. If you are one of the many people who is looking to learn this skill or you have already gotten started, it is important to be safe. That will not be an issue if you follow all of the advice you were offered.