Hi everyone, for who is interested in handcrafted, especially in leatherwork. I would like to show you some of must- have items you should buy before starting.
Now, let check it out:
When thinking about sewing, this thing should come first in your mind, isn’t it? So I think needle is one of the decent priority kit. To stich leather stuffs, I choose the Saddles needle or Glovers needle which are designed to cut through tough fabrics, making them ideal for leather. And the size I always use is 5. A pack of 6 needles is about 3-5$.
2. Linen thread
What next comes to your mind secondly after needle? Thread, yes! You should choose linen thread and my recommend size is 6. Remember, linen one, not the regular one.
There are thousands color to choose, but I go for medium brown. This is because most of my products are brown, from light to dark. So medium I think is the good choice for both of light and dark brown leather. One skein is approximate 5$
3. Steel Ruler
Ruler is necessary and also one of the important things for sewing work. To measure the size of the product, I choose the steel one which unit are cm and mm. You can choose the inch measurement, but most of ruler has both of these measurement units. Price for it is about 8 to 20$ depend on the length and quality.
Pencil or any kind of pen is work for drafting a product. Before cutting leather, I usually draw in paper, so to me pencil is indispensable
Beside pencil/ pen, of course you need a paper for drafting/ drawing a form/model for your product. But what kind of paper we should use? Let go for the thick or hard one. So from that you can use it modeling your product before doing in leather. Besides that, after cutting the form/ model for your product in paper, you will apply it to leather. So, thick one is better choice !
It is easy to find any good one in any clothing material shop. Let ask for the scissor which is used for leatherwork. Price is about 15$-30$
7. Overstitch wheel (adjustable)
Because we are not using sewing machine, and leather is thick, not like other simple fabrics, so you need to create a line with holes in the leather surface, it helps you can stitch properly and easily. Depend on the seam, there are many sizes for the wheel, the “6 stiches per inch ” seems ok to me. Price for it is about 5- 10$
8. Hole punch
As I mentioned above, leather is thick; you cannot stitch it without punching a hole. There are many kinds and sizes for hole puncher depend on your needs and design. To sew a light and thin seam, the choice is size 1mm. That is my favorite seam size. Price is about 7$- 20$ for a set of 9 pieces (9 sizes)
9. Poly-Head Mallet Medium
The regular hammer drives your family and neighbours crazy with the noise when u are punching. So, I go for this poly-head hammer because it can reduce the noise of punching. It is really useful for leatherwork, believe me! You don’t want to be annoyed when somebody knock your door to give complain and ask for stopping, especially when you are living in a condo. Price is in the range of 10-20$ depend on the size and quality or brand.
Depend on your budget, there are many kinds of leather, for starting/ learning and saving money, my advice is you should choose imitation leather, it is much cheaper and for practicing before you decide to do in genuine leather.
If you have any question about material or how to use tools, in my knowledge I will answer you clearly. Please give me your idea/ comment or any participation are welcome 😉
By DoDa Leather.