Ok, I’ve jumped in feet first into the world of leather. Cutting has been a lot of trial and error, which is expected. I started out with two different veg tanned leathers from Tandy. One is pre stamped and one is pre dyed black. Got to experience that odd smell leather puts off when cut. The pre stamped leather is back to smelling normal, however the pre dyed one is AWFUL smelling. I washed the cut pieces with saddle soap after cutting. I thought the smell would dissipate and normal leather smell would come back, but it hasn’t. That awful smell over powers everything. I put together a wallet, finished the edges, and then ended up washing the whole thing with soap and water, but the smell is still there. I also found that the black dye transferred a lot while I was sewing. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a prep/washing process I should do for dyed leathers before/after making items? Any special process for restoring that leather smell that people would expect? Thanks for any advice!
This is the leather I’m having issues with