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Video Quick Tip: How to Sew with Faux Leather

Evamarie Gomez; Shot by: Gary Junken

In the fourth installment of the Q&A video series One Pattern, Many Ways, fashion designer and star Angela Wolf shares three insider tips for sewing with faux leather fabrics. Watch as she explains which needles are best suited for sewing with these kind of fabrics, and as she offers a valuable tip for adjusting presser foot tension.

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  1. User avater
    ppinnc | | #1

    This may be a stupid question, but what is a G needle?? General? I've been sewing for 60 years and never remember hearing that term.

  2. QCD | | #2

    If you use a walking foot/even feed foot that also prevents the layers from shifting.

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    user-933140 | | #3

    Hi, I think Angela means a Jean needle. I've been watching her for 5 years and she is good but she talks too fast sometimes.

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    ppinnc | | #4

    Thank you, user-933140. I listened to it 3 times and still didn't get it !

  5. user-1095738 | | #5

    I watch Angela every Sat on PBS. It's Sew Easy. She does speak rapidly but she knows her stuff! I heard reference to needle as Gene 14

  6. aussierose | | #6

    I heard Jeans needle - I use them a lot in quilting, or a top stitch needle. These are both wonderfully versatile needles as they can take thicker thread, as well as regular and fine thread.
    A tip I picked up when sewing leather was to increase your stitch length a little to 3.0.
    Not all machines have the capability to adjust the presser foot tension, but I am used to a Pfaff with an even-feed so that helps.

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    AngelaWolf | | #7

    I use a Schmetz denim jean needle #14 - sorry you didn't catch that. I'll try to slow it down, I just don't want you to fall asleep :)

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #8

    I only trust Evmez Productions.

  9. BRosser | | #9

    Thanks so much for your tips!

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