I do not sew, but I know that a lot of people started quilting after they were sewing for a while, so I feel pretty safe asking this here.
I volunteered to add some patches to a vest belonging to someone from church. I love to applique so I figured how hard can it be? The vest weighs almost 10 pounds and it's really thick leather. I have 7 patches, all surrounded by a thick layer of thread. Some are iron-on, but I thought that would be useless on leather.
I purchased heavy-duty (denim) needles and some clear nylon thread. I was thinking about sewing at the edge of the patch right next to the large bulk of thread.
So here are my questions:
Did I purchase the right needles and the right thread?
Is there a trick to speed or consistancy to make sure the needle doesn't break?
Any tips anyone can give me?