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Posted on: 1/2/07 10:06 PM
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I was sewing together a leather purse for DW. My walking foot made sewing easy while I had right sides togather but, would not work for top stitching. I was using soft lamb leather and the right side was 'almost' sticky and just would not feed. Baby powder to the rescue. I rubbed a little baby powder on the leather and it fed like magic. I could not beleive how well it worked plus, it cleaned up very easy with damp paper towel.
I did use leather needle, long stitches, and walking foot as has been suggested here on PR.

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crystalwoods said... (10/16/11 6:29 PM) Reply
Great idea, I'm going to file this one away for future use, Thanks
arianamaniacs said... (3/9/09 8:04 AM) Reply
I ran into this situation when I sewed my handbag, I wish I had seen this tip beforehand! Great idea
RegisG said... (1/4/07 9:43 AM) Reply
Teflon foot would not help with this leather as it would not even slide along the the metal and plastic areas near the foot. This is beautiful and very soft fashion leather and probably has some kind of finish on it. I suspect others bump into the same situation.
Seamingly Simple said... (1/3/07 2:35 PM) Reply
Talc is a mineral and won't react with anything in your machine. Cornstarch, on the other hand, is a carbohydrate and might get sticky or swell if it absorbs moisture or sewing machine oil. I'd recommend talc over cornstarch, and recommend vacuuming up the excess when done. A Teflon foot, if it works with your leather, wouldn't leave any residue behind.
Mary Stiefer said... (1/3/07 9:49 AM) Reply
Great idea.
kaitlin said... (1/3/07 1:24 AM) Reply
Please check your baby powder before using it this way. Believe it or not some actually have Talc in them and that is abrasive to sewing machines. Cornstarch is an acceptable substitute.
christine A said... (1/2/07 11:24 PM) Reply
Regis you amaze me. You are really doing well with this sewing 'hobby'!!! I can't wait to see the purse review!
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