There are a wide variety of sewing stitches that are all designed to meet specific sewing requirements. As a beginner, it is best to identify the stitch that will best suit your sewing needs before starting to sew.

Below are some of the basic stitches that you will need to learn:

Texture of cloth with stitch.1. Running Stitch

The running stitch (also called a basting stitch) is the most basic of all and is usually not used to actually join fabric but as a guide for other stitches or to hold fabric in place while sewing.

It consists of simply guiding your needle in and out of the fabric at regular intervals to form a sequence of stitches and spaces. A running stitch can also be used to gather fabric when pulled tight.

2. Stitches For Hems

Catch stitches are ideal for sewing hems in place securely. Start by ironing a crease about 5 cm’s in length into the fabric. Fold the short piece of fabric over and iron a second crease into the fabric. The first crease will form the hem and the second crease will be laid against the inside of fabric that you will be sewing.

Pull the needle and thread through the second crease a couple of millimeters from the edge of the crease until it reaches the knot in your thread. Catch as small piece of the underlying fabric at a slight forward and upward angle from the original entry point. The length of the catch will determine how visible the stitching will be on the outside of the fabric.

Pierce the creased fabric about 5 mm’s from the original entry point and you should have an inverted ‘V’ or ‘X’. Repeat until complete.

3. Basic Stitch For Seams

Seams are created when you join two pieces of fabric together. The most effective seam stitch is a Backstitch that basically doubles the seam strength.

Thread your needle and knot the end of the longest piece. Pierce through both pieces of fabric, pulling the thread through from the back to the front, until you reach the knot. Make one stitch to the desired length leaving the thread and needle behind the fabric. Place the needle the desired stitch length away from the first stitch and pull the thread through to the front of the fabric.

Pierce the fabric with the needle as near to the end of the first stitch as possible without using the same hole. You should now have two neat, even stitches facing you. Repeat the process.

4. Finishing Edges

Fabric edges are prone to fraying. The Zig-Zag stitch finishes edges to prevent the fabric from unraveling or becoming frayed. You can work with a single piece of fabric or two edges together.

Start by pulling the thread through the fabric, 3-5 mm’s from the edge, from back to front. Create a vertical stitch directly up from the exit point and then through the original entry point to the front again. Your next stitch will be angled to the top right, from front to back, and then vertically from the back to the front again. Repeat to form a zig-zag. It is best to practice these sewing stitches on scrap material before starting to sew.

Recently joined a cool motorcycle club and want to sew a patch on your leather jacket? Or do you just want to do it for fun? Read on to find out how you can easily sew a patch onto a leather jacket.

Sewing with leather does not differ much from that of other materials. The key is to always try stitching on a piece of scrap prior to sewing on the actual piece, and making sure that your pattern is accurate for the piece you want to sew. The main reason why this is so crucial is because once leather is stitched, any mistakes that require the stitch to be undone will weaken the leather and holes will be left behind. Here is how to sew on a patch onto the jacket:

Vintage Black Cowhide Leather Motorcycle JacketPreparing the surface

This is about the first thing you need to do; getting the surface of the leather jacket ready. It’s always a good idea to start with a clean slate to work with. You can even make a few small markings with your marking tools or a pen, so that you know exactly where you want to place the patch before sewing commences. Don’t forget to remove the liner first if your jacket has one.

Put the Patch in Place

When your jacket is ready, pin the patch in place using small sewing needles to ensure it doesn’t move around when you start sewing. Always keep the guidelines you drew in your mind (if you did so), to make sure that the patch is placed exactly where you initially intended it to be.

Sew the Patch on

Be sure to select an appropriate thread for the sewing process, in terms of color, size, and length. Once done, you are now ready to begin sewing the patch on, just as you do with other sewing processes. Make sure that the thread is securely sewn into place when starting out. Then sew around the patch, while you remove the needles you had put to hold it into place. Ensure that your stitches are kept small and tight, in a way that the patch will remain in place, and it won’t come out easily. This ensures that the patch stays on your jacket for as long as possible.

Review the Work

After sewing around the patch completely and the finishing touches put on the threading, the motorcycle patch should be securely sewn onto the leather jacket. The next thing you want to do is making sure the patch looks and is placed exactly where you wanted it to be. Of course you wouldn’t want to do your job all over again, and if you like the way it looks, then it might have to do. If you remembered to line up the patch as accurately as possible before sewing it in place, then you should have no reason to redo the work. You can now repeat the same process for stitching other patches on the jacket.

Now that you have learned how to sew on a patch onto a leather jacket, you will be amazed how easy and fun it is to do it. The key to success is using the correct tools and taking your time to place the patch correctly.

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.