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Thread: Sewing leather with Singer Featherweight

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    Sewing leather with Singer Featherweight

    Does anyone have experience sewing leather on the Featherweight? What has your experience been? Can this little machine handle such heavy duty applications?

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    Sorry, I have never tried it. My grandmother told me she had a neighbor that used to borrow her treadle machine to sew leather on a fairly regular basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwright View Post
    Does anyone have experience sewing leather on the Featherweight? What has your experience been? Can this little machine handle such heavy duty applications?

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    Chris
    I don't think I would use my featherweight. They are great for piecing and lightweight things. Just my HO. I have sewn leather on a Singer 15. Works great on that. Let's see what others post.

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    BAD idea. It would be an excellent way to ruin a sweet machine.

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    Leather requires a special needle( chisel point), and sometimes depending on the leather type, a roller foot works better than a regular foot. If you have the right needle and foot , and the leather is not too thick it would be possible. Leather like fabric has lots of different weights , thicknesses, and other properties. The next questions is what kind of thread are you planning on using?
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    I sew a lot of leather so you can pm me if you need to. If you are sewing garment leather in the 1oz range you would so ok. However any all metal full sized machine would do better sine the fw only has a .6 amp motor. My 201 is a little better, any my Pfaff can handle up to 3 oz with no problem.
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    I would never use a Singer 221 Featherweight to sew leather, or any heavy fabric. I don't think it is made for it. It has a precision feed system, made for piecing quilts and sewing light weight clothes, IMHO. I would not want to ruin a Featherweight, and I think leather might do that.

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    I'm afraid to try that, but I bought one of my FW's from a man who had a shoe shop in NY and used it.

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    I've sewn thick leather seams with my 15-91 as well as my 201. If I still owned a Featherweight I would have used it to sew leather. The leather I used was a full 1/4" thick when you put 2 pieces of it together to sew a seam, and I had no trouble whatsoever. Click on my blog below, go to the Quilting page, and scroll down to the 7th photo... enlarge it and you'll see the pile of thick leather sitting next to my 15-91 before I cut it up to upholster a chiropractor's table.

    If you use the right needle you won't have any trouble. A leather needle will cut through leather like it's butter. The reason I say you should be able to sew leather with your featherweight is that the inards are pretty much the same as the 15-91 or 201... just shorter in places.

    A featherweight is not a wimpy machine, you'll be fine sewing leather if you use leather needles.

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    I wouldn't use a FW for it either but my mom probably would have. She used her FW to re-upholster the couch, mend the pop up camper and you name it and the darn thing still works. Here is a link to a clean up on it my sister and I did a couple years ago. You can see for yourself how beat up the poor machine looks from all the abuse: The cleaning of a 1948 featherweight
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