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Message Board > Sewing Machines > sewing sheepskin ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Seeking advice for sewing sheepskin
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Date: 12/27/11 3:20 PM

Hello,
I have more and more projects I'd like to do utilizing sheepskin or shearling, and noticing that this is a unique material with distinct challenges. It is at once thick, yet not that strong, and squishes down enormously. Perhaps most importantly, it has two totally different surfaces for the machine to grapple with, and makes feeding and clean stitching rather challenging! At least for me...
I am open to any advice on this topic, from people with experience and success. Specific questions are:
1- what type of machine and-or feed mechanism is ideal? Seems like a dual feed would be advantageous.
2- I've read about the Pfaff 1222 with this in mind, but is there a machine with dual feed like this, but all steel parts, instead of the nylon gears?

Thanks for your suggestions!
-- Edited on 12/28/11 1:32 AM --

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Date: 12/27/11 3:43 PM

Are you using leather sheepskin/shearling or a synthetic version? I'm guessing synthetic, but want to check for sure before venturing to give any advice....

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Date: 12/27/11 4:19 PM

This topic interests me as I have a sheepskin (real thing) that I just ran across while pulling a machine out of storage today. My late mother used it in her wheelchair, so it has been sitting in my stash since at least 1995. I would love to use it for something but have no idea where to start.

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Date: 12/27/11 5:58 PM

I sewed a shearling vest about a month ago on my Janome. The shearling was "Toscana" which meant the hair was longish and straight rather than short and curly. After a lot of fussing around, I ended up using a universal needle rather than a leather one. This was fine. I went with quarter inch seam allowances, and used a quarter inch quilting foot! This was also fine. The sheep skin was thin and pliable. The furry side did not get at all caught up in the foot or the bobbin to my surprise. Perhaps because it was straight? Basically, it was easier to sew than I imagined.

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Date: 12/28/11 2:06 AM


I'm only using real wool and genuine leather sheepskin and shearling. Thanks for your interest...

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Date: 12/28/11 9:19 AM

My only helpful suggestion is to cut or shave the wool off that is within the seams-especially if it is long or thick. It makes sewing easier and your seams tighter. I use a top-stitching needle on mine which are a middle weight skin.

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Date: 12/28/11 1:43 PM

Thanks. I have been doing the shaving where I can (when it's sheep on sheep), but other times I'm sewing another piece of different leather on top of the sheepskin for reinforcement (ie. a heel piece), where I don't want to shave the wool inside the shoe, because that's where I need it!
Also, I don't know what you refer to as a top-stitching needle. Can you explain for me. So far I only have regular round-point needles or leather needles (which slice). For the sheep I would prefer regular, like someone else mentioned, so as not to weaken the sheepskin.

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Date: 12/28/11 1:46 PM

Thanks for this info. What I'm curious about is the kind of feed mechanism on people's machines that are having success. Is your Janome only a bottom feed, or a dual feed, or something else?
Also, for the beginner: what is a quilting foot?

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Date: 12/28/11 2:57 PM

I'm definitely not an expert, but I have sewn leather, sheepskin, faux leather, etc. I practice with each combination of fabrics to find out what works best. I'll usually use a vintage straight stitch machine and a walking foot (this may be what you mean by a quilter's foot), but sometimes will use a teflon foot on a modern machine. Both allow the fabric to glide more smoothly. The walking foot moves both layers of fabric through equally (theoretically)

A top stitching needle is thicker, with a larger hole and a very sharp point (much like a jeans needle). The leather needle has the wedge shaped point, to slice through the leather more easily.

When you say you're using a rounded point, do you mean a ball point needle? I would not recommend that for leather, because it won't give you a nice clean hole. If yu don't want the larger hole that the leather or topstitching needle would give you, you might try a sharp point.

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Date: 12/29/11 0:00 AM

If you have a serger you may wish to try flatlocking which is used for fluffy wooly fabrics.

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