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Staceyjo75
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Date: 4/21/09 6:13 PM

I am about to embark on recreating Shakespeare's leather doublet from Shakespeare in love. You can see it at this site:
http://www.costumersguide.com/audra/shakespeare9.jpg

So my first question is, to get that raised look in the leather (where the lines are), I think I need to use a double needle, but do they make twin needles for leather?

Secondly, I only have a little Huskystar C20. Does anybody know if that machine can handle soft leather? Thanks so much!
-- Edited on 4/21/09 6:18 PM --

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Date: 4/22/09 11:48 AM

I'm not sure that a double needle would make the raised lines, but it might if the leather was light and supple enough. You don't have to use leather needles to sew leather. Since you'll obviously have to try a sample (no mistakes!), I'd try a different needle.

My Janome sews leather fine. It seems to be pretty powerful and will go through almost anything as long as the needle starts more than 1/2in. above the fabric.

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Date: 4/24/09 7:45 AM

You can also try sewing with a raised stitch, single needle, as I can do with presser foot F on a my old reliable Viking 940 (and machines of that ilk). I don't know what it might be on your machine, but there is a way to use a cord under the leather, then stitch, using a guide to the left of the needle (my right facing the machine), which gives an even more pronounced raised effect). It takes two passes to make the raised effect, but is lovely indeed!

You can see this illustrated at: https://www.thecolorfulworldofsewing.com/p-434-husqvarna-viking-raised-seam-pintuck-foot-three-groove.aspx

I don't know how to set this as a link, without errors (as I almost always screw such things up), but you can copy the above address and see what I mean. I've also done this with light leather on a very old, straight stitch only machine, predating my Viking 940, and it even worked on that without the guide or fancy presser foot.

"To stitch, or not to stitch, that is the question..." (Sorry about that Will )
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Date: 4/24/09 10:46 AM

My gusss is that there is a cloth backing to the leather and cord has been pulled through the parallel stitched lines.

As for a leather needle: I'd say you need one, I've done it both ways and eather needles has always worked better for me. Also you should use a teflon foot or stick some teflon tape to the underside of a regular sewing foot.

Phyllis

P.S. - this is indeed cord and a backing/lining fabric, if you look at the turned back collar you can see the stitching and cord on the lining.
-- Edited on 4/24/09 10:48 AM --

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Date: 4/24/09 8:18 PM

Oops! I forgot about that backing thing...

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Date: 4/30/09 2:42 PM

Thank you so much for the advice! I did get a teflon foot so the leather won't stick and I will try to figure out the cord underneath thing. The good news is I have a good amount of extra leather so I can play a little to sort it out. You all have been most helpful!

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Date: 9/22/10 5:03 PM

StacyJo,

How did your C20 do with the leather? I have a C20 also, and have been wondering if it will sew with a double needle as well. Did you have a chance to find out?

Thanks!

~Tammy

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