Everyone has leather garments that they love, but what happens when an item gets pierced or torn? Patching a leather item can help it last longer — and give it a unique, well-worn, and well-loved look. Working with leather is a little different from working with other types of materials, so make sure you have your tools and supplies handy.
Patch Sewing Tips
Attaching a patch to leather has to be done correctly, as otherwise the leather can be damaged. Leather is different from other materials — the thread can cut through the leather, removing the patch and making it harder to fix.
The right type of thread also has to be used. The chemicals that are used to tan leather can degrade cotton thread over time, causing it to fall apart. A solid polyester thread is usually recommended. You also want to get a match as close to the color of the leather as possible.
When actually sewing the patch, make sure you're aligning the lining properly against the leather so that it lays completely flat. You want to sew through the leather and through the lining as well to make the patch stronger and to prevent the threads from tearing through the leather. But if not careful, the lining can bunch up.
Do one side of the patch at a time so you can check the alignment as you go. If the patch becomes misaligned at any time, you can cut the threads and try again. When doing so, try to use the same holes in the leather patch for your stitching.
How Long Will it Take?
Sewing on a patch doesn't take long! Don't worry — many shops can sew patches on so quickly that you can simply wait or shop. If you call ahead first, you'll be able to make sure someone is already available to attend to your needs.
Of course, you might want to do it yourself. If you have the right equipment available for sewing on a patch, it may take less than an hour. It will take longer, of course, if you aren't experienced in working with leather.
Keep in mind that you can do real damage to leather if you don't know how to properly patch it. A leather patch just takes a few minutes by a professional and will be clean and attractive. A leather patch can take much longer and be more difficult to complete for someone who isn't skilled in it.
If you have something that needs to be patched, call us now! At Renegade Classics, we can get you in and out in no time.