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Thread: Does anyone sew with leather? I've gotten in over my head...

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    Does anyone sew with leather? I've gotten in over my head...

    I decided to make an ipad case (simple, rectangular with a small strap to close) out of leather. I am using a fairly thin, flexible leather and I have a button stud as a closure. The problem is that the hardware will scratch the ipad if I don't cover it somehow from the inside. Because I intended to sew the leather wrong sides together and just trim the edges, I can't figure out how to attach a lining. I don't think the leather will "turn" the same way fabric does.

    The only think I can think of is to glue the lining fabric to the leather. My concern is that glue or adhesive will leave marks on the outside of the leather. I.e. if I use a swirly application of glue, will the swirls show?

    Ugh. Anyway, I've procrastinated as usual, and now have to finish this little project by Monday night.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    You could make a separate lining, place it into the case wrong sides facing, and bind the top edge to attach it.
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    If it is real leather than the inside will be like suede and shouldn't scratch. I don't sew with real leather because I don't like how it sews for me. If you decide to machine sew leather, I would recommend a roller foot for your machine. Some people sew through tissue paper instead to prevent the leather from sticking to the machine foot and machine bed. Use a blue jean or similar needle and strong thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    You could make a separate lining, place it into the case wrong sides facing, and bind the top edge to attach it.
    See? This is why I come here. That had not even occurred to me.
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    You should be able to turn the leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If it is real leather than the inside will be like suede and shouldn't scratch. I don't sew with real leather because I don't like how it sews for me. If you decide to machine sew leather, I would recommend a roller foot for your machine. Some people sew through tissue paper instead to prevent the leather from sticking to the machine foot and machine bed. Use a blue jean or similar needle and strong thread.
    It is real leather. I'm not too worried about the leather scratching, rather the hardware that I am using as a closure. I sort of wanted to hide the strap at the point it attaches to the case, but I think that might just be borrowing trouble.
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