by cfidl 03 Mar 2020

So I got my first job from the Auto Trim business, and it is on leather. I have needles. What kind of stabilizer do I need. I hope the font I chose is close enough. I assume I do not use a topping. Any tips or tricks for this material?


by cfidl 05 Mar 2020

Christie found a font that may work well and taught me how to make an outline object so I can then adjust the density. Whoo Hoo! I also have the font that comes with the software. I will stitch them both out and see what the client prefers.

by dragonflyer 04 Mar 2020

A lot will depend upon the weight and thickness of the leather...This will affect both the type of needle you choose and the stabilizer. I would try to get either a sample of the same leather or a similar one and do some testing... What type of needle are you planning to use?

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cfidl by cfidl 04 Mar 2020

I went to 3 stores today looking for 80/12 needles as recommended by emblibrary. I have 90/14. I finally had to order them from amazon. I think I will use a stiff stabilizer/interfacing that I have been using with vinyl and has worked well and under that I can use a cutaway or a tear away. not sure yet. I have 2 pieces of scrap for testing.

by jrob Moderator 04 Mar 2020

If your design has a needle down (like it starts in the center of the hoop instead of at the beginning stitch) you will make a hole. They do not close up in leather. Just keep that in mind.

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cfidl by cfidl 04 Mar 2020

Thank you I will make sure. I still have not decided if I will use a font that comes with my software or the piece I digitized or something from Christie. More tomorrow!

by stock 04 Mar 2020

If you keep breaking thread, get some silicone lubricrant fabric slip spray, also works well on lycra...wendy

cfidl by cfidl 04 Mar 2020

I hope that does not happen, however what would I spray it on?

stock by stock 06 Mar 2020

spray direct on any fabric, doesn't leave any marks

by graceandham 03 Mar 2020

Light glue tape instead of pins!

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cfidl by cfidl 04 Mar 2020

I had not even thought of that. he pieces are not that big but are bigger than my hoop. I am not sure how I will tape it down or if I should use a temporary adhesive spray.

by toogie 03 Mar 2020

Does the design have to be specially digitized so doesn’t perforate the leather or vinyl? I’m just asking, I have no idea.

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cfidl by cfidl 03 Mar 2020

I digitized it myself and do not like it. I will probably need to ask for help.

by crafter2243 Moderator 03 Mar 2020

I am no help. Never had used leather. The first thing I would check is Youtube and Emblirary. Good luck. I am curious what others have to say.

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cfidl by cfidl 03 Mar 2020

Well I have the wrong size needle. I do have the correct stabilizer and do not like any of the fonts. Emblibrary says a light design which is not a satin stitch.