Who says sewing has to be limited to every-day fabrics? Leather clothing is definitely coming back into style, and there is no reason why you can’t create some fantastic leather clothing. Sewing with leather is not much different from sewing with fabrics like cotton or polyester – not if you have the right kind of sewing machine. Few things are more frustrating to a sewist than breaking needles, skipped or broken stitches or having to force-feed the material through the machine.
Why you should buy a leather sewing machine ?
Buying a high quality, heavy-duty sewing machine for leather will not only make your sewing easy and fun but will result in a professional looking product whether you’re making alterations or creating something from scratch. Here is some info on what to look for in a leather sewing machine and how to get the best leather sewing machine for your money.
I’ve compiled a list of a few good sewing machines designed for sewing leather and other heavy-duty fabrics. While their features may seem similar, each of them may have special features that appeal to you or fit into what you need.
In addition to having an extra durable heavy-duty metal frame; a stainless steel bedplate; and a motor 60 percent stronger than conventional machines, this monster machine can also sew up to 1,100 stitches per minute. This feature cannot be fully appreciated until you see how quickly you’re able to finish your project. If you’ve always thought preparing your machine took almost longer than the actual sewing, you’ll love the simple-to-load top drop-in bobbin system and the automatic needle threader. This Singer has also included the following features.
- 23 built-in stitches – In addition to the buttonhole stitch, you’ll have six basic stitches, four stretch stitches and 12 decorative stitches at your disposal.
- Snap-on pressure feet – It includes a buttonhole foot, zipper foot and an all-purpose foot.
- Automatic 1-step buttonhole maker
- Heavy-duty interior metal frame provides you with skip-free sewing.
- Stainless steel bedplate ensures smooth even sewing.
- 25-year limited warranty
One of the first things you’ll notice about this heavy-duty Janome sewing machine is that many of its features you’d typically find in more expensive sewing machines. One example is the durable cast aluminum body, which is typical in machines were made many years ago. The extra-high pressure foot lift and the free arm make it much easier to sew cuffs, collars and pants – a must when sewing leather. This machine also offers a maximum stitch length of 4mm and a maximum stitch width of 5mm. Other features found in the Janome HD1000 include:
- 14 built-in stitches – In addition to a 4-step buttonhole stitch, you get stretch stitches and every-day utility stitches.
- Snap-on pressure feet – the Janome includes a hemmer foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot and an all-purpose foot.
- Drop feed for stippling and darning
- Built-in automatic needle threader reduces eye strain
- 3-piece feed dog
- Manual lay-in thread tension control
- Reverse stitch lever
- Front-loading vertical oscillating hook bobbin
- Accessories – These include buttonhole/seam ripper, hem guide, soft cover, extra needles and bobbins, screwdrivers and extra feet.
- 25-year limited warranty
The Singer 4432, with its stainless steel bedplate and heavy-duty metal frame, is one sturdy leather sewing machine. With its 1,100 stitch-per-minute capability and automatic needle threader, sewing can be faster than ever. This machine’s three needle positions, automatic reverse and free arm make it the perfect sewing machine for leather pants and cuffs. This Consumer’s Choice leather sewing machine includes the following features.
- 32 built-in stiches include 18 decorative, 7 stretch, 6 utility and one buttonhole stitch.
- Various pressure feet – These include an all-purpose foot, a zipper foot, buttonhole foot and a button sewing foot.
- Adjustable pressure feet foot control
- Accessories include seam ripper, extra needles and bobbins, lint brush, screwdriver, quilting guide, dust cover, auxiliary spool pin, spool pin felt, foot controller, instruction manual and quick-start guide.
- On-board storage so accessories are easily accessible
- Adjustable stitch length and width – Maximum stitch width of 6mm allows you to make gorgeous decorative stitches.
- Extra-high pressure foot lifter make it easy to sew leather and layers of other fabrics.
- 25-year limited warranty
With everything else becoming computerized, why not your leather sewing machine as well? Known for its performance, durability, quality and reliability, this Brother machine is everything you’re looking for in a leather sewing machine whether you’re a beginner or have been sewing for years. In addition to offering a professional 1-step buttonhole maker, it also allows you to make eight styles of buttonhole so you can create a professional looking project. It not only sews but also acts as a professional hands-free quilting machine. This machine has many special features.
- 185 built-in stiches include 130 all-purpose stitches and 55 alphanumeric stitches as well as a font for monogramming.
- Extra wide table gives you 33 percent more working space than other machines.
- 12 sewing and quilting feet
- Various accessories include accessory bag, extra needles and bobbins, screwdriver, cleaning brush, seam ripper, detachable working table, eyelet punch, bobbin clip and instructional DVD.
- Backlit LCD gives you a bright working area.
- Free arm and large storage unit
- Jam-resistant drop-in top bobbin
- Advanced simple needle threading systems
- 25-year warranty on chassis
With the great choices available to you, you may still be uncertain as to what type of sewing machine you need and which one best meets your needs. Despite being an expensive fabric, leather is very popular in clothing and various projects because of its elegance and easy-to-maintain characteristic. If you’ve decided to sew leather, the best way you can do it justice is by using a machine designated as a sewing machine for leather. Below are some factors to consider as you begin shopping for your sewing machine.
- Long stitch options – When sewing with leather, you want a machine that offers the longest possible stitch length so you’ll have the strongest and most secure stitch possible.
- High stitch per minute – Sewing machines that can sew fast will work best on leather. The faster it can so, the better for finished project will look.
- Needles – You want your leather sewing machine to be able to accept as many needle sizes and strengths as possible. Conventional sewing machines don’t always offer this feature.
- Thread – You also want a sewing machine that accepts various thread types because leather generally requires synthetic threads. Many regular sewing machines will not operate good with synthetic threads.
- Type of Motor – While a servo motor works well on thin to medium fabrics, sewing with leather requires a machine with a clutch motor.
- Feed style – Two foot feed style found in heavy-duty sewing machines are walking foot and puller feed. When working with leather, the walking foot feed works smoother and easier.
- Arm style and size – Sewing with leather typically requires a large working area, so look for machines that offer large working tables and/or longer arm length.