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Sewing Real Fur and Leather?

December 15, 2013

Sewing LeatherHow do I sew fur and leather, using my old Singer sewing machine, which is all metal? Where can I get old furs and leather jacket to make this quilt. Also, can fur or leather be cut into yarn and how to do that.

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By Emily from Long Island, NY

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December 15, 20130 found this helpful

That one is easy you will have to learn how to hand stitch which might be a problem. Just buy a thick needle and thick thread. And hand stitch it! :D if it doesn't work hey I'm only 10 I don't know every thing but I know it will work because I have tried it a few days ago!

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February 29, 2020

Can a 1927 White rotary sewing machine sew leather goods?

Sewing Leather on a Vintage White Sewing Machine - 1927 White sewing machine
 

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March 1, 20200 found this helpful

You can sew leather on Jerome,Brother,singer,Techsaw,Silrite and Toyota.

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March 2, 20200 found this helpful

Take in consideration that because leather often is thicker than some fabrics, you would have to use a needle for leather. They have stronger needles for leather. All you would have to do is change it out!

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March 3, 20200 found this helpful

Actually older machines are much better for sewing on jeans and leather than the newer machines are. You will need to find a heavy gage needle that is designed to sew jeans and leather in order to use this to sew your item.

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Once the needle is changed out the machine should work fine for you and you should not have any issues.

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December 30, 20210 found this helpful

The white rotary will sew machine garnent leather. The there not like singer with belt and pully. They have a friction wheel on the motor. Leather needles do help and there is people on YouTube showing it sew some leather. It all depends on the models you have to. I have model 43.

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December 30, 20210 found this helpful

The white rotary will sew machine garnent leather. The there not like singer with belt and pully. They have a friction wheel on the motor. Leather needles do help and there is people on YouTube showing it sew some leather.

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It all depends on the models you have to. I have model 43.

 
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February 25, 2015

machine for sewing furI just purchased an old R.Oleo and Sons overseaming machine. I don't know anything about this brand. It looks simular to the Bonis Bros. model. Has anyone ever used one of these machines?

By Les C. from Winnipeg, MB

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December 28, 20180 found this helpful

Is it for sale?

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May 10, 20210 found this helpful

My Great Grandfather Ralph Olleo was the inventor of that machine, I have all the blue prints and patent information at home, i can try to be of help.

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October 23, 20210 found this helpful

I would love any information you have on the Plushmaster. Its fascinating that you have that piece of family history. I recently found one and am excited to use it. I teach children sewing and this is going to be a hit. Thank you, Donna

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May 17, 2016

I recently got a Necchi 575FA. I'm currently trying to sew a patch on leather. My machine will sew thru cottons, but with leather it will not make a stitch. I changed out my needle to a heavy duty one. I have the right foot, dusted, and oiled my machine. I'm very frustrated and need help before I pull my hair out!


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August 4, 20170 found this helpful

You can try putting a piece of tissue paper on top of the leather to make the needle go in easier.

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November 3, 2009

I have an old Singer portable Model #99 (99-31 on manual). Can I retrofit this machine or utilize it as is for the sewing of leather?

By Gary from Austin, TX

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November 3, 20091 found this helpful

If your machine is one of the really old cast iron machines (all metal parts) that you can barely lift, you may be able to sew leather that's not too thick. Nearly all machines can sew on thin leather if you sew slowly & use a leather needle, but for med or thick leather, you'll need an industrial machine. I see these on Craig's List all the time. The old ones sell for less than $300. Machine's these days are made super-light with mostly plastic parts that don't hold up well. I found my heavy duty 1937-1941 Singer at a second hand thrift store & it works like it's brand new, but I can barely lift it! Be sure to regularly oil your machine!

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Be sure to use a special leather sewing machine needle. The leather needle has a sharp edge that actually cuts the leather. Use a new, sharp one with each project. These are available at sewing machine repair businesses. They're not sold at all fabric stores.To get leather to move ovewr the feed-dog you'll need a foot with rollers on the bottom (so it won't stick to the leather) or you can try a Teflon foot.These can be bought online or they may come with the machine.

* PS. It's not about "retrofitting", you can't replace plastic inside parts with metal ones. If you have the manual it will say if you can sew leather. If it's one of the new "computer" machines & is light weight (very easy to lift) then only sew on thin leather & ultra suede using a leather needle. You can always try writing to the Singer company.

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Several Singer Sewing Machine Feet:
www.allbrands.com/.../abp07704.html
List of Sewing Machine Feet:
sewing.patternreview.com/.../board.pl?t=27779

* A Note: Before buying most feet, you'll need to know if your Singer has a short shank vertical, high shank vertical, slant, or vertical type "B" pressure foot system. If the foot just snaps on, you usually don't need to know this. If it screws on the shank, you'll need to know which foot you have. You can simply take your machine into a repair place & ask them if you can't figure it out. Many times the feet sold for the Husqvarna/Viking machine will snap on to other machines. These cost more, (about $25 each) but are easily purchase ion the larger Joann Fabric stores where the Husqvarna/Viking machine are sold.

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For more sewing questions go to: http://sewforum.com
You'll be amazed at how quickly you question gets answered & how friendly & knowledgeable the people are on this sewing forum.

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