VIDEO | HOW TO SADDLE-STITCH LEATHER (TWO WAYS!)
Okay, now we're getting to the fun stuff. So far we've gone over basic leather sewing tools and supplies, how to choose and where to buy leather, and today I'm gonna show you how to saddle-stitch using a single needle and also double needles.
Saddle-stitching is one of the best, fastest, and easiest leather hand-sewing stitches. I love saddle-stitching my leather projects because it's a super strong stitch, but also very minimal and clean looking. Saddle-stitch anything that requires a strong, straight stitch.
- Tools + supplies for hand-sewing leather
- How to determine the length of thread that you'll need
- How to thread the needle
- Single needle saddle-stitching
- Double needle saddle-stitching
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TOOLS + SUPPLIES
- Your project
- Leather hand-sewing needles
- Waxed thread
- Thread clippers
- Stitching pony (optional)
HOW TO DETERMINE THE LENGTH OF THREAD THAT YOU'LL NEED
To determine the length of thread that you'll need, measure the area to be stitched, then multiply that number by four.
HOW TO THREAD THE LEATHER HAND-SEWING NEEDLE
1. Push the end of the thread in the eye of the needle.
2. Pierce the thread with the needle point and push the needle through the thread.
3. Hold the needle and pull the thread over the eye.
4. Then twist.
SINGLE NEEDLE SADDLE-STITCHING
The front of your project should be on your right side and the back should be on the left side.
1. Push the needle through the first hole. The left needle always enters first.
2. Leave a little tail, about an inch or so.
3. Then just weave the needle in and out till you get to the end.
4. When you get to the end, weave the needle in and out going back the other way, filling in the gaps.
To finish the stitching, just backstitch a couple times, clip your thread tails and you're done.
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Stay tuned for the first DIY project of the leatherworking series. It's coming up next! You'll be able to practice your new saddle-stitching skills. Woo hoo!