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Posted on: 11/11/07 2:08 AM
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Leathers can be expensive and difficult to sew. While real leather is hard to beat aesthetically, there are some decent synthetics being made in recent years. Here are some tips for working with the new "pleathers" (plastic leather).

Choose a simple pattern without lots of small pieces. Avoid pieces with lots of top-stitching.

Use paper clips, clothespins binder clips, double sided sticky tape or even glue sticks instead of basting and pinning. If you must pin, pin in the seam allowance where the pinholes won't show.

Sew from the wrong side when possible as the back bonding is easier to pierce.

Avoid ironing. Use a clapper to set seams where possible. If you must iron use a synthetic setting, no steam and a pressing cloth. Test a scrap first.

Use a leather needle and a slightly larger stitch setting.

If the pleather sticks to the face plate or your presser foot, try covering it with waxed paper or tissue paper. A Teflon foot can also help with sticking.

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