I often get a question from my customers – how to sew straight ？Everyone who actually tride to sew knows things are not quite what they seem. Sewing straight is one of the most important things, a crooked seam will definitely ruin whatever you sew. Fabric doesn’t usually have guides or rulers and it’s very easy to either deviate from the straight line.
In this Sew Straight guide, I will show you how to easily keep stitching lines straight.
1.Straightening the Leather Edge: To maintain straight stitches, it is essential to start with a straight leather edge. Trim or cut the leather carefully to create a clean and even edge before proceeding with the sewing process.
2.Planning Hole Spacing: Use spacing rulers or dividers to plan and mark reference lines for hole punching. These lines will serve as guides for maintaining consistent spacing and straight stitches. Take your time to measure and mark the lines accurately.
3.Neat Hole Punching: When punching holes along the reference lines, using a multi-toothed punch can yield neater results. Overlapping the first two teeth with the previous hole helps maintain alignment, resulting in more precise and even holes.
4.Pre-Indentation for Accuracy: For added precision, especially for beginners or when working on crucial projects, pre-indentation can be beneficial. Use a mallet or mallet-shaped tool to lightly press an indentation along the reference line before punching. Once the indentation is accurate, apply force to punch the holes.
5.Practice and patience: Keeping your lines straight takes some practice and patience. Make sure your stitching gestures are steady and that you are stitching with the right amount of force and speed. Over time, you will become more proficient and be able to control the straightness of the lines better.
Attention to detail and employing the right techniques are crucial for achieving straight stitches in leatherwork.
In addition, we can also use some auxiliary tools.
Leather Suture Positioning Needle:After the sewing holes are punched in the leather, the positioning needle is used to fix them in sections, which is not only convenient for sewing, but also can prevent the hole dislocation. Especially when multiple parts are perforated separately or sewing large bag, it is used to simulate sewing and confirm the hole position. really easy to use and helpful.
Leather Stitching Pony:Secure leather when lacing or stitching, holds the leather in place so you can work with both hands.
By ensuring straight leather edges, planning hole spacing, using a multi-toothed punch, and considering pre-indentation, both beginners and experienced craftsmen can maintain accuracy and produce high-quality leather products.
Remember, keeping your lines straight while sewing leather takes some skill and experience. Keep practicing and trying different methods and you will gradually improve your technique and get better results.