Working with Leather

Today on the Janome Live even on Facebook I’m going to take you through using your machine smarter to work with leather. There are a few items that I feel are must haves to accomplish this machine that are non-Janome items. So let me cover those items first.

  1. Scissors: I found a great pair of Fiskars Scissors that seem to cut through almost everything. Due to the serrated style blades they easily slice through leather, wool, everything I’ve asked them to take on. The scissors are the Fiskars PowerCut and can be found on Amazon at: Fiskars Power Cut.
  2. Leather Needles: While some other needles will work fine depending on the thickness of your leather, I prefer the Janome or Organ Brand leather needles to work with. These can be found or ordered through your Janome dealer.
  3. Thread: Try out brands and thickness to find that perfect mix for you. During today’s live event I’m showing Gutterman Upholstery Thread that’s nice and thick to get that large stitch size.
  4. Great Patterns: If you are just starting out, look into some of the quality pattern designers out there, a lot offer a free download to get you started. The luggage tags I’ve shown today were via a free download from Sallie Tomato at . For bags I also love working with the patterns by Swoon Patterns at
  5. Glue Stick: Yep you heard me right, those good old glue sticks we all use in school are perfect for working with leather. Just remember, a little glue goes a long way, so don’t apply too much so you don’t gum up your needle and cause other issues!

I hope you enjoy todays Janome Live event. The videos and so many others are available all the time on the Janome Sewing Classroom page. As always, if you have any questions, just send me a message and I’ll be glad to help! Have fun working with leather!

Redd Homestead was established in 2018 after a move from Texas to Maryland. Our focus is on the lifestyle of living in a semi-homesteading world, while also enjoying the comforts of modern life.

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