Bags made from faux leather look great BUT sometimes it can be a little tricky to get good results! Here are a few tips that you might find useful if you are having problems. If you are experiencing skipped stitches, you are most likely using an incorrect needle (or too old!) for the job!
- Use a Leather Needle or a Jeans Needle in your sewing machine. Some people do NOT recommend a leather needle however for me, it was the ONLY needle with which I was able to achieve results! Test on a scrap!
- Don't use pins or ensure you ONLY pin within seam allowances or you may end up with unsightly holes. Use alligator or butterfly clips to hold in place!
- Set your stitches to a longer length than normal.
- Lesson the pressure of your foot.
Try a Teflon or roller foot. You can also try scotch tape on the bottom of your foot. Try using tearaway paper (Like that used in embroidery) on both the top and underneath, to help the foot glide over the faux leather. Remove the tearaway when you are finished stitching. However sometimes it can be a little difficult to pick all the tearaway from beneath your stitches. Try a water soluble version if you don't mind your work getting a little wet BUT do ensure you allow to dry thoroughly. If in doubt, as always, test on some scraps!
- Use 100% poly, Nylon, Rayon threads as cotton may not be strong enough.
- Adjust your thread tension. You may find if your thread is breaking a lot, that you need to lesson your thread tension. Test on some scraps!
- Start 6mm (¼") away from the edge when sewing your seams. Once you have completed the seam, go back and sew from the other direction. This will give you something to hold onto. Don't forget to reverse your stitching at the start and end as normal to secure your stitches.
I hope this helps you achieve results! If you have any other tips to add, please do let us know via the comments section! :-)