Yes, the needles are called glover's needles. They have a triangle tip that will cut through the leather. You can buy them from a leather supply company. Makes all the difference. What is it you are trying to do?
My favorite leather to work with is lambskin. But it is more important to look for the weight of the leather. That is how they measure thickness. I try to keep it around 1 to 1/1/2 oz more than that is too thick.
But if you are looking to tool leather, and emboss it with letters or a design you will need nice thick leather and an awl to pierce the fabric before stitching.
Here is a link to the guy I buy leather from. He has an ebay shop too. You can look around and see the way they are marked. I have sent him questions and he has always given me good prompt answers. http://www.theleatherguy.org/LAMBSKIN-15408.aspx
I just add a photo that the design is embossed on the leather, cow skin, 0.2 cm thick, sorry Joanne, i don't know the weight, as they are scrap from craft store.
find it difficult to sew on 4" bear and the seam is not clean as well even with size 3/7 leather needle, is the problem of thread? what kind of thread you use? mine is strong cotton thread.
in the meantime, i try to do the embossed on thin leather, sheep skin and suede ( for much easier to sew ), the final outcome is very weak, that the image cannot be seen
will try the sewing machine for the holes linked to the body, thanks Elena.
Susana, cow skin 0,2cm is very hard to sew, it's very thick. I use goat leather and buy it here
This leather is nice to sew but it is impossible to emboss, because it is very thin. I take nylonbond thread.
I finally shifted to another alternative to sew on lined leather, which is leather with lining, it shows the embossed pattern, but not obvious. Maybe i have to take a short course in this aspect :doh:
The link above is wonderful, like their dye, those colors look natural, thanks Elena
When I sew the very thin leather for the foot pads I use regular thread. I use that because I want the thread to not be noticeable. I am now working on a hat with thicker leather, I have used upholstery thread which works well, and I have also used artificial sinew. That is a waxed thread that is many threads held together, you can separate it into smaller strands. I believe that many people that work with leather use this type of thread.
I always use regular needles and regular thread when I applique my paw pads. I like drizt #7 quilt-basting needles for handwork, and shmetz 8, 9, 10 needles for machine applique. I don't like to use glovers - although klasse needles makes a #12 leather needle, I find mostly glovers leave holes that are more susceptible to tearing when doing the stuffing for trapunto.
I also find that regular Gutterman thread is much stronger than regular Coats & Clark thread, which almost always frays and breaks eventually, but Coats and Clark upholstery thread is stronger than Mastex upholstery thread ;-)
Hello Joanne and Kelly.
oh yes, i use general needle and Guterman thread for thin leather, and i have the experience that the triangular on thin leather leaves big hole if i need to remove the stitching and cannot be used anymore ,
i have seen people in Australia use artifical sinew, but don't know what's the difference between usual thread with wax? what's their advantage?
will go and try the Dritz quilting needle, thanks for your suggestion.