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Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:34pm On Feb 04
1. The basics
The best thing to do when you're just beginning is to make something that interests you. Not only does this help keep you passionate about completing the project, it also helps you narrow your focus on a few leather working skills instead of being overwhelmed by them all at once. Pick something that is smaller and simple to make, so you can find out if you like leather working before you make a large investment. If you're having troubling thinking of a project here's a few suggestions: a wallet, a card holder, a watch strap, a journal cover, a bracelet, a sunglasses case, a belt, or a dog collar.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:35pm On Feb 04
2. Basic Skills Needed

There are a number of basic skills in leather working that most projects require, some of these include: saddle stitching, cutting, and edge finishing. Then there are more advanced skills that not all projects need to complete and have more to do with refining a project or larger projects in general. Some of these include: skiving, knife sharpening, and stitching for more unique situations (i.e. box stitch). Try to choose a project that just has these basic skills.
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:38pm On Feb 04
3.Basic Tools

Now that you know what skills are needed to complete a project, you should have a basic understanding of what tools are needed for the project as well. The most basic projects will need the following: a knife, glue, needle and thread, diamond chisels, a hammer, and a ruler. Chances are that whatever you're making will need a few additions to that list.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:40pm On Feb 04
leather groover
sewing awl
stitching spacer
diamond hole chisel set
rotary leather punch
poly or wooden mallet
cardboard + poly cutting board to punch on
leather cement

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Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by marylandcakes: 9:16pm On Feb 04
Very lucrative hobby and you can also make money by the side.
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 10:30am On Feb 05
it very easy to make money and the tools are also very easy to get. You don't need to get everything, you can always improvise on some of them. You can even make some of them yourself.

Watch out for my video on how to make a stitching pony coming out soon on my YouTube channel Phyllis Craft Works.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:16am On Feb 05
Interesting. Following.

Welcome on board. wink
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:35am On Feb 11
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 5:41pm On Feb 11
Watching for my next video of learning how to hand stitch a leather hand bag.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking on the above video.
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 10:37am On Feb 12
In my next video which is coming up in the next couple of days, I will be teaching you how to make the popular tote bag. I have attached a few pictures.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 3:01pm On Feb 13
In Nigeria, leather crafting is a very easy craft to adopt as a source of livelihood. it is a business that does not require a very large capital outlay. There is also this general belief that it is a trade meant for the Northerners. Anybody can take up leathercrafting.

Even students can use it to earn money by the side, by making hand bags, purses wallets etc. the tools are very easy to carry around, for basic leather crafting all you need is your needle and thread.
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by marylandcakes: 7:15am On Feb 14
I am following
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by hepzibahpraise(f): 9:19am On Feb 14
Following closely sir
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:30am On Feb 14
What thread do you use for leather?

Bonded nylon is a strong thread, and the bonding process it undergoes adds strength and reduces friction, making sewing smoother and faster on an industrial sewing machine. It is perfect for hand sewing leather because the bonding agent (a type of resin) helps dissipate friction during the sewing process. You can also pass it through your bees wax to make it more smooth.
Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:42am On Feb 14
Though its history dates back to the dawn of civilization, leatherworking remains an enjoyable and useful skill even in the age of 3D printers. And while you can spend a lifetime learning the deeper intricacies of leather, the basics are easy enough for anyone to pick up.
Among the most useful of these skills is the ability to sew pieces of leather together. The process is similar to sewing cloth, but has some significant differences.

In this skill builder, we’ll learn how to hand sew leather using the saddle stitch.

Hand sewing leather may seem daunting, but it’s inexpensive, very strong, and less work than you might imagine. The saddle stitch is actually more durable than a machine stitch. When a machine stitch breaks, the entire piece will quickly unravel. When a saddle stitch breaks, the threads bind each other in place.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:44am On Feb 14
Stitching needles are heavier, longer, duller, and have a larger eye than regular sewing needles. As opposed to sewing cloth, the needle is not intended to create its own hole. A hole is punched through the leather by an awl or chisel, then the needle is pushed through. We’ll use two needles, one on each end of waxed thread. This thread is much heavier and stronger than cloth thread and is typically made from multiple cords of strong linen or synthetic material. A small lump of beeswax will help bind the thread

Cut some thread to the length of your arm span. For big projects, double that. Pass the end of the thread through the eye of the needle, then pierce the tip through the thread about 3″ from the end. Personally, I always pierce the thread twice.

Slide the thread down the needle until it passes the eye, then draw it tight. Rub the beeswax along the splice and roll it tight between your fingers. Perform the same operations on the other end of the thread with the second needle.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:48am On Feb 14
Now let’s prepare the leather. We need to score a line that is the same distance from the edge of the leather as the thickness of the two pieces of leather being sewn. There are fancy tools for doing this, but you can use scissors as a makeshift compass cutter to accomplish the same thing as shown in the figure above.

The distance between the holes varies with the intended use, thickness of thread, and weight of leather. If you’re using an awl, an overstitch wheel is the best way to mark the locations. While using an awl is old school cool, chisel forks have become much more popular. Place the two pieces of leather together in the position you want to sew them. Set them on a smooth work surface padded with some thick scrap leather that you don’t mind damaging

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 11:59am On Feb 14
Hold the fork along the marked line and use a soft-headed hammer to punch it through the leather. Drive the fork all the way through the two pieces being punched. Pull the fork out, set the first prong in the last hole and punch the next section (see figure above). Continue until holes are punched along the length to be sewn.

You can also hold the leather in a stitching horse, between your knees, in a soft-jawed vise, or in any manner that will leave your hands free because two needles require two hands.

Pass one of the needles through the hole where you want to start and pull it until the workpiece is in the middle of the thread.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:08pm On Feb 14
Take the needle that will be on the back of your work and pass it back through the next hole. We will stitch toward ourselves. Pull two inches of thread through the hole. Take the front needle and push the tip just through the hole in front of the thread that’s coming through. We always place the front needle in front of the thread from the back needle.

Before you pull the front needle through the hole, we need to make sure it didn’t pierce the back thread. If that happens, the stitch will have to be cut and you start over (or learn the advanced skill of dealing with a pierced thread). We can avoid this by pulling the back thread back through the hole as we push the front needle into the hole. When the front needle is almost all the way through we can stop pulling the back thread. Then we take a needle in each hand and pull evenly until the stitch tightens. Note that the needles alternate front to back on each stitch.

The needles will be harder to get through the holes that already have thread in them. I generally end up using needlenose pliers to pull the needle through. Be careful doing this since it may weaken or break the needle. You can avoid this by carefully pulling straight through and not putting any side force on the needle. Breaking off a needle can be dealt with if there’s enough line to thread a new needle and keep going. Otherwise you’ll have to backstitch as much as you can with the other needle and hope it holds.

Re: Leather Craft Work For Beginners by phyl123: 12:10pm On Feb 14
Once finished, use small scissors or a utility knife to cut the remaining threads as close to the leather as possible.

Many leatherworkers use a special tool called a stitching groover to gouge a shallow trough along the line of holes and, when finished sewing, use a hammer to tap the stitches down into the trough. This tucks them out of harm’s way and makes them last longer.

With a little practice, hand sewing becomes a fast, easy, and fun way to make anything from a wallet to a saddle. Give it a try and discover a whole new world of leatherworking!

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