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Kbarker
By: Kbarker
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Sewing leather with walking foot
I've been sewing a thinner leather with a walking foot and heavier duty thread. When I first started both sides of the stitches pulled through so that they were each a finished look. After working on other projects and coming back to the leather with the walking foot now the bobbin thread lays flat on one side while the other looks finished. I'm using a 110/18, tried fresh needles, tried changing the tension but nothing changes.

Please help.
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  1. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    Don't understand your sentence 'the bobbin thread lies flat on one side while the other looks finished'. Please explain and maybe one of us can help you.

    Jacquie
    Posted: Mar 14 2017 By: devilcat
  2. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    As you know when you so leather with a walking foot both sides of the stitch look neat the crossing of the two threads happens in the middle. When I sew now the topstitch looks normal. But the bottom stitch, or the bobbin thread rather, is lying flat and straight on the underside of the leather it does not get taken up into the piece and look like a finished stitch. I have toyed with the tension on my Janome horizon but nothing changes. I'm rather New to this machine and don't want to think you're too much to where I ruin something. Content is edited
    Posted: Mar 14 2017 By: Kbarker
  3. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    Does your machine sew correctly on regular fabric? You might try with some scraps to test what you are trying to do. Are you using a leather needle for your stitching? If things don't work correctly you might take your machine into your dealer and have them check it out. Take samples of what you are sewing so that they can see your issues.

    Cheryl
    Posted: Mar 14 2017 By: CherylAnn
  4. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    I have tried multiple leather needles, called the dealer and ensured I'm following their suggestion. Simply hoping someone else had possibly encountered this problem.
    Posted: Mar 15 2017 By: Kbarker
  5. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    Leather needles are not always the answer, especially on thin leather. Leather needles have points like little chisels. When I sew on leather I use a universal needle. Are you using the heavy thread because it is more attractive or for structural/strength reasons? If the top thread is too heavy in relation to the bobbin thread, it will not get drawn up properly to make a locking stitch. KBarker has the right idea. Make samples on scraps. First try the stitches on fabric of similar weight and density and then on the scraps of leather. Get back to us with your results.
    Posted: Mar 15 2017 By: devilcat
  6. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    Which model Horizon are you using as that will help us know what features are available to you.

    Do you have an Accuflex foot and have you adjust the feed balance? These will vary with machine models.

    I don't use a walking foot on my Horizon, not really needed on that machine with the other inbuilt options but I haven't stitched real leather as yet either, only faux which can sometimes be more difficult or easier depending on the type.

    Posted: Mar 16 2017 By: SewingNana
  7. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    I have tried multiple leather needles, called the dealer and ensured I'm following their suggestion. Simply hoping someone else had possibly encountered this problem.
    Posted: Mar 16 2017 By: Kbarker
  8. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    I will write personal impressions. AnthonyBlack, better buy unwaxed good yarns of famous brands (Gutermann, Fil Au Chinois) and wipe them before sewing by hand with a wax bar. But this, so, according to personal feelings. And the thickness - it all depends on the stitch width, the size of the holes from the piercers, the type and thickness of the leather used. Everything will come through empirically. Are there any other options.
    https://leather-toolkits.com/review s/best-threads-for-leather/ Content is edited
    Posted: Jun 21 2019 By: Sunny123
  9. RE: Sewing leather with walking foot

    KBarker,

    You seem to have tried almost everything you can think of, including "calling your dealer". You might just need to make a trip into the dealer as your machine might need a little adjustment. If you haven't had it serviced in sometime (I can be guilty of this, as I have so many machines and use them all) it just might be time for that maintenance check and a thorough cleaning that you can't do yourself. Sometimes that's the ticket to success.

    Cheryl
    Posted: Jul 11 2019 By: CherylAnn
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