I have been creating leather earrings and decided to try to create a sketchbook cover for my son. I have messed around with stitches for a while and have spoken with a lot of leather shops and what needles to use and thread. I know there are a couple of other posts on here that have stitch examples but didn’t see all the info on needles and thread. So I thought I would share my example. I’m doing saddle stitching by the way.
So after trying several threads and needles which some needles were too big and the thread was too small or vice versa. I went to Landwerlen Leather Co. in Indianapolis and the owner spent a lot of time with me and showed me examples of stitches with needle size and thread size in a few sample pieces of leather. It was actually nice to see the examples in person instead of just guessing.
The thread I’m using is Maine Thread Company .40 waxed cord. The needle was sized by him matching the thread. The head of the needle is 1/16 wide and the eye is 1/8 long. So not too big. I had another leather shop give me a huge needle and said it was the best. NO WAY. The stitch holes ended up stretched out and tough to get through the leather.
So below are my examples and how to change them.
I’m using Adobe Illustrator CC 2019. If you open the SVG you can adjust the distance between the stitches by going to Object > Blend > Blend Options and adjust the steps. It should be set to 10 which for me is about 4mm spacing between stitches.
I’m working with 3/4 oz and 4/5 oz leather but use Thick Leather PG settings for the material. For the cutting of the leather, I have found that your leather must be really flat on the crumb tray. If not it won’t cut well. You also have to play with the settings as all leather seems to cut differently. I have some that are very flexible and I have to cut them slower for the same weight of leather.
Material: Thick Leather PG
Engrave: SD Graphic - this is for the path
- Speed: 225
- Power: 93
I have a path on one stitch SVG and this is for the thread to sit but you don’t have to use it. The other is just the stitch holes.
leather-stitch-example.svg.zip (903 Bytes)
leather-stitch-example-path.svg.zip (982 Bytes)
I hope this helps someone.