Leather Sewing Machine

Posted on: March 30th, 2015 by Jamie @ Leathersmith Designs

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  2. Tammie says:

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  3. Wendell Hinkson says:

    Interesting article. I had been wanting to learn how to use a sewing machine so I bought a cheap one at a garage sale. It worked for a while but not too well on my leather projects. I had been doing all the leather sewing by hand, mostly with a leather sewing awl. I bought a semi-industrial sewing machine which did better on leather. It had a 1/10 HP motor that ran at 9000 RPM. I contacted a couple of companies about getting a larger motor and they basically said I had a cheap machine and it wasn’t possible to use a different motor. I knew it was a relative cheap machine but thought there would be some way to soup it up. I found a 1/3 HP motor that ran at 1750 RPM, ordered a longer belt and went to work on it. It had a 1/2 inch shaft and I needed to step it down to 1/4 in. (actually it was metric chose to 1/4 in.) I built my own step down adapter, put it all together and everything worked real well. The foot has about a 1/4 in. space and I could mostly sew anything I could get under it. Then I found a 1/2 HP, three speed motor and interchanged it for the first one. It runs at a slower RPM but I think is slightly more powerful. I’m looking for a 3/4 to 1 HP motor to try next. Long story short, when someone tell you it can’t be done, don’t believe it until you try it. I post a picture but I don’t see that option.

    • It is always good to get a few opinions as you might find different answers and have to decide which sounds correct. When I went looking to buy a heavy duty stitcher to sew multiple layers of belt leather thickness, I tried out one brand new machine and it tore my leather surface because the feet had sharp serrated teeth for grabbing cloth. I was discouraged. I went to another sewing machine distributor that knew about working with leather and their exact same model sewing machine had smooth feet so it would not tear the leather. I ended up buying from them just because they knew how to customise the machine a bit to work for my application.

  4. Ciara Minden says:


    I have been looking for a cylinder arm sewing machine for quite some time. I am interested in a machine that can sew thick leather for purses and wallets. Would you have any idea where to get a similar model to yours second hand?

  5. Tom lee says:

    Do you know if a patcher sewing machine a good investment vs a cylinder arm seeing machine. I need to sew a tight corner of a purse? I was told a patcher cannot five a tight neat stitch. Is that true? I live in the bay area where it is hard to find a leather sewing machine company so I cannot have any chance of trying them out at all. I would appreciate if you can help me.

    • An industrial sewing machine is quite an investment. I would suggest to at least try to make a special trip to a shoe repair shop as they all have patcher sewing machines, get their opinion and get them to stitch it for you. I couldn’t answer your question unless I saw your purse and tried it. I will say that our patcher sewing machine is used very little in the run of the year for making products because we use the cylinder arm 99.9% of the time. Our cylinder arm pulls the material from underneath and on top so it has more control for straight stitches. It also has a roller guide for butting our leather against for keeping the stitch even with the edge. The flat smooth feet on our cylinder sewing machine leaves less of a mark on the leather than the teeth on the feet of the patcher. We use smaller feet if required for some jobs on our cylinder sewing machine as they are easy to switch with just one screw per foot. All our leather belt pouches which have tight corners are sewn on our cylinder arm sewing machines. We also had a tiny pulley put on the motor for control so it would not sew as fast. We use our patcher for hard to get spots that our cylinder can’t get at. You could also mail a couple of your purses to a sewing machine center and get them to sew it on both machines, get their opinion and have them ship them back so you can see the result.


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