Thursday, January 21, 2016

Suede Sewing Basics

Suede is a type of brushed leather often used for making purses, jackets, seasonal garments, and upholstered items.

You can get regular sueded leather hides for sewing or you can get synthetic microfiber fabric that provides the look and feel of true suede.

Tips for Sewing Suede

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  • Sewing suede is a lot like sewing leather, but suede has a nap that leather doesn't have. 
    • So, when cutting out the suede, you need to  make  sure all the pieces are cut so the nap will go in the same direction.
  • Avoid using pins in sueded leather because the pin holes will be permanent. 
    • The holes won't show at first. but as the item begins to show wear, pinholes can turn to weak spots.
    • Pattern weights work just as well and take the pinholing problem out of the equation.
  • Use basting tape to keep pieces from separating and sliding apart when sewing.
    • Hand basting also works, but be sure to keep stitches close to the cut edge of the suede if hand basting.
  • Set the sewing machine to make long stitches and use a sharp 10 gauge needle.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions or concerns about sewing suede that I didn't cover in this short list of tips for sewing suede, leave a comment and I'll get back to you with an answer.

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