February 23, 2018

Not only is it personally gratifying to hand-stitch something for yourself, but this manual technique also offers a stronger suture than the traditional lock stitch created by sewing machines.

In the following video, we show you how we make a beautiful leather piece that adds an authentic touch to all of our bags.

materials
  • 1 sewing needle
  • Waxed thread
  • A small piece of leather ( 10cm x 1cm // 3.9in x 0.3in )
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 slider
  • Blade
  • A hole punch
  • 1 lighter

Before you start you need to make the following mold in cardboard to trace on the leather the shape we need, after having the mold done, cut the leather with the blade and with the hole punch, open the holes to be able to sew the piece.



Apply a thin layer of glue in the back of the leather piece, give a few minutes for the glue to dry a little bit. Gluing the pieces in place helps with your sewing because you won’t have to worry about the leather not lining up.

Put in place the leather piece inside the slider making sure the center is aligned between the two elements, then prepare thread and needle making a knot at the end of the thread. Pull the needle through the first hole as in shown in the video and keep sewing in order, when you are done with the first row of holes, just pass the needle through the hole that is in the row above the one you already finished. Finally, top off by making an internal knot, cut the thread with the scissors and burn the tip, and you are done.

It is possible that the stitch doesn't come out perfect on the first attempt. Keep in mind that our craftsmen have been learning the art of stitching by hand for years, being a technique that is only perfected with patience and dedication.




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