Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Sew Vegan/Faux Leather

Sewing with our new Vegan Leather is easier than you think!  The following hints, tips and tutorials will get you whizzing up stunning leather creations in no time at all!

Firstly you do not need really need any special equipment (needles, feet etc), our vegan leathers sew easily on a standard machine using a mid weight all purpose needle.  You can of course use specialist equipment if you like but bear in mind our vegan leather is softer, drapier and lighter weight than traditional leather so it is easier on your machine and needles!  Always use a new needle when starting a new project (this goes for whatever fabric you are sewing).

A few things to bear in mind when sewing with leather - 

1)  Mark your pattern on the wrong side of the fabric using chalk or pens, don't use a marking wheel (any marks may be visible and won't allow you to redo it if you go wrong!)

2)  Cut your pattern pieces out individually, one layer at a time.  A rotary cutter often works better than scissors.

3) If possible don't use pins (they will leave holes, although they will be fairly imperceptible with our vegan leather), use fabric clips, paper clips, bulldog clips etc.
4)  Check your fitting before you start sewing, every stitch could potentially leave a hole so unpicking and restitching may leave marks.

5)  Use a longer stitch length for a stronger seam.

6)  Like knit fabrics, our vegan leather won't fray so no need for finishing (you don't even have to hem if you have a nice clean cut!)

7)  When sewing the right side of the leather face up, it can sometimes get stuck to the presser foot, so to prevent this you can use a teflon foot, or for a simpler, cheaper fix you can put some scotch tape on the underside of the foot to prevent it sticking.

8)  Have a trial run on some off cuts before you start to get used to the fabric and make sure your stitch setting/ needle/ tension etc. are all ok.
Autumn from It's Always Autumn wrote her How To Sew with Vegan Faux Leather guide specifically for our Vegan Leather so it's spot on.  She used a different method using plastic shopping bags to prevent the leather sticking to her foot which is also a great tip.
Finally, this very short video gives a couple of great tips for sewing with vegan leather on your standard sewing machine...

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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