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Date: 1/24/07 12:34 PM

I am wanting to use leather for a few projects, but am at a loss for where to find it. Are there any sources either in Madison, WI or Chicago? Or online? Are there any secrets to finding affordable leathers? I don't even know what to expect, pricewise.

I am also open to any advice on sewing with leather, as I've never done that before, only with faux leathers...

Thanks!
Diana

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Date: 1/24/07 1:35 PM

Check out denverfabrics.com

I have order a couple of leather from them and been very happy with it.

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Date: 1/24/07 2:05 PM

I haven't sewn with it yet, but did find leather at a good price at this ebay source.

Fast service, too.

As for techniques, take a look under the "Creative Sewing" heading, here. There are good tips.

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Date: 1/24/07 2:09 PM

Tandy Leather does mail order as well. I don't know where you are at, but they do have local stores. I have gotten books, supplies and good advise from the guys there.
I have sewn a couple of leather jackets, Italian lambskin of about 3 - 5 ounces is as heavy as my machine will sew. I used binder clips instead of pins to hold seams together and rubbercement to press them flat.
I love my leather jacket that I made. I would be glad to assist you in any way, we can have a good thread or you can PM me.
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Date: 1/24/07 2:19 PM

ReBecca-

What a great jacket!

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Date: 1/24/07 2:30 PM

Thanks,
I used fusible hair canvas on the front, and I am glad that I did. It holds it's shape very well.

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Date: 1/25/07 9:48 AM

Try any local upholstery / drapery fabric store- I found some really great leather remnants on for half price at one last month.

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Date: 1/25/07 10:49 PM

Check Vogue Fabrics in the Chicago area. They do have some leather on their website Vogue Fabrics.

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Date: 1/29/07 9:00 PM

I use Tandy Leather quite a bit and have found the sales people to be incredibly helpful with knowledge and advice. The selection is great, and I've always found what I was looking for. When I was looking for leather to make my first pair of infant shoes, the sales person took about 20 minutes with me giving me a run down on the different types of leather that he thought would work best. The sales person's wife had also made infant shoes, so he was great at pointing me in the right direction. I ended up with an amazingly soft hyde of kid skin which has held up beautifully with my 2 1/2 year old Babyzilla. I currently use mostly pig skin, with the occassional kid skin if I need certain colors. You might also check out Ebay, as there are lots of estores that carry really nice colors. My best advice would be to see if there's a Tandy anywhere close to you, go in and see the different types of leather.

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Date: 1/30/07 6:55 AM

Everytime I go to Goodwill, one of the thngs I am on the lookout for is leather. Extra large mens jackets and longer & large size womens jackets can provide some decent size pieces once they cut apart. The color selection is usually pretty slim, tan, black, brown, maybe a burgandy, but it is cheap.

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