To sew leather with a standard sewing machine, use either a thick or polyester thread, and attach a Teflon presser foot and a leather sewing machine needle to the machine. Use paper or binder clips in place of pins.
- Prepare the sewing machine
To make the pressure foot glide across the leather in a smooth manner, attach a Teflon presser foot to the machine, or line the bottom of the original presser foot with a piece of tape. Load the machine with a thick thread. If the thread is too thick, use a strong, polyester thread instead. Attach a brand new needle that is designed for sewing leather.
- Prepare the leather
Place a weighted object on top of the piece of leather. Use a metallic ink or grease pen to trace the cutting line. Use a rotary cutter to cut the leather along the line. If you need to pin two or more pieces of leather together, use binder clips, transparent double-sided tape or large paper clips to prevent the appearance of visible holes.
- Sew the leather
Sew one of the following types of stitches slowly: lapped seams, faux flat fell seams or top stitch. Glue plain seams shut with a leather adhesive, and use a small roller to seal them.