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Date: 10/10/12 2:08 PM

I'm working on a jacket with welt pockets. I'd like to make the welts out of some lambskin I have. The instructions say to interface the welt pieces, but since I'm using a fairly stable material (leather) already, can I omit the interfacing? I'm a little nervous about trying to interface leather...

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Date: 10/10/12 2:23 PM

Why don't you make a small test welt using a scrap of your leather and fabric. It needn't be as long as the real thing. Try it without the interfacing and see what you think.

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Date: 10/10/12 10:38 PM

I'd interface it with some knit tricot interfacing. I have a leather book and it shows interfacing welts. Leather does stretch.

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Date: 10/10/12 11:07 PM

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I'm working on a jacket with welt pockets. I'd like to make the welts out of some lambskin I have. The instructions say to interface the welt pieces, but since I'm using a fairly stable material (leather) already, can I omit the interfacing? I'm a little nervous about trying to interface leather...

Yes. You want to interface the leather. Leather stretches, particularly thin lightweight leathers, and has pretty much no recovery, so once they stretch, they're stretched for food.

Tanned leather isn't nearly as delicate as you think it is, and well made leather goods have all sorts of interfacing on them, just like textiles. Do some samples to figure out what works for your application.
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Date: 10/11/12 6:18 AM

When I made this coat, I made leather welts. I interfaced the welts and am pretty sure I used a stiff, non-fusible interfacing for the welts. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was interfacing that was recycled from a leather waistband when I was refashioning one of my leather mini skirts I wore in high school. Definitely not a fusible, but stiff and provide solid structure for the waistband.

Although there are plenty of people who use fusible on interfacing. I googled it and got lots of tips so you might want to check that out.

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