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Saddle stitch/double french seam Leather

Adedoyin | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I have a straight sewing single needle SINGER industrial sewing machine which I’ve used for most of my upholstery jobs in fabric. I have just been commissioned to do a leather job which requires saddle stitching seams with gusset in some areas and double french seam on the outline borders. This poses a challenge to the capability of my current machine. While shopping around for used machines, I’ve come across a double needle NECCHI ??, DURKOPP ADLER 367-170010 and PFAFF 1245 but the long bed, double needle RELIABLE MSK-8420BL really caught my eye. Apart from the retailers claims and a few web search, I have limited knowledge of the capabilities of these machines.

I’m earnestly seeking advice from experienced hands in upholstering in leather for the most cost effective type of machineappropriate for the job (used vs new, double vs single needle, walking foot??.. ) Time is of essence pls.


  1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #1

    How often would you be using a double stitcher? I like used machines, myself , industrial last for along time. I've used both double needle and single when I used to make awnings. My single Consew was my favorite. But that double stitcher sat idle alot.Walking foot is a must.

    1. Adedoyin | | #2

      Thanks Susan,

      I really haven't given it much thought. I  assume I can always use a double needle as single needle by simply taking the thread off one of the needles. I also reckon that it might be a worth-while investment to get a double needle machine since there is a growing demand for leather upholstery where I live right now. My single needle Singer 191D is snipping threads especially when I try to use thicker threads required for french seams on leather. I also thought double needle would do a better job for parallel seams.

      How much should I be prepared to pay for a used double needle walking foot industrial in good condition like yours? Does having space for an extra needle be a limitation or added versatility? I'll be glad to have your advice..

      1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #3

        I can only say that the double stitcher I worked with was touchy . And if you remove one needle you're sewing on the side, I mean not centered.Also you are limited to that machines width of the needles spacing. Where as with a single ,when top stitching you can make that second row as narrow as you might need.Depending where you live and how lucky you are might dictate what you'll spend.I was lucky to be offered a walking foot machine,a Phaff 145-p-6c what ever that means, by a neighbor lady who was retiring, for 600.00 , and she included all her upholstery stuff with it,a covered button maker ect.I have been offered double that price to sell it.Never will cause it will sew thru anything,and has saved the day on many occasions.I'm pretty sure a double stitcher will cost much more and limit its use.Have you checked the back pages of an upholstery magazine? Sometimes your fabric suppliers have a bulletin board with machines for sale.Good luck with your search.

      2. Susan -homedecsewing | | #4

        Also you would need to remove the needle so you dont punch a bunch of holes in that leather .

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