Have you always loved custom leather? Wooah! scratch that, wrong question. Let’s rephrase the question; who does not love leather products? No one right? They are one of the most durable fashions available in the 21st century and at the same time, one of the most difficult to produce. Leather, to say the least is a thick, stubborn and resistant product that does not like to have needles stuck in it let alone have a complicated stitching pattern. But if you have with you your best leather sewing machine by your side, then you will find it a lot of fun working with custom leather products.
What makes a great Leather sewing machine?
Needless to say, leather machines need to have powerful motors. Their motors are rated according to the amount of current that they draw. 1.5 and 1.2 amp motors are acceptable. Anything below this rating is below standard and will not meet your needs. High end motor systems also include reduction gear systems, ribbed drive and other precision devices engineered to eliminate the chances of the materials slipping when sewing.
A leather sewing machine should be made of all metal. Why? Well, quite frankly, the forces that are normally generated by the motors trying to drive the needle through the leather are immense. The machine needs to be able to withstand these strong and irregular forces if it is to be effective in sewing leather. Metallic sewing machines also aid in saving money on the upkeep of the machine.
While many of the sewing machines feature the common feed dog system, leather sewing machines come installed with additional specialty mechanisms. These additions help to reduce the friction between the sticky leather and the presser foot as well as facilitate the smooth movement of the material along the bedplate. Some of these add on include; rolling presser foot attachment and walking foot attachment.
There is a particular type of needle that is best for use on leather. Needles that feature a thicker shank are tougher and can puncture the leather without snapping or bending. Their thickness also allows them to pull the tread through the leather cleanly without snagging the leather on the edges.
The fact that you cannot afford to make a problem with leather sewing makes the above factors very important. One stitch in the wrong spot and you have yourself a worthless piece of leather with you. As a matter of fact, because of this reason, you cannot use pins to plot out your project.
SINGER 4411 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed
This machine from Singer features three kinds of models with 32, 23 and 11 stitch patterns. It is amazingly fast at a speed of 1100 stitches per minute. It is able to achieve these speeds courtesy of its 110v powerful motor. The power of the motor also enables you to work on leather with great ease. Its load drop in bobbin system also works to ensure that the fabrics do not get caught up in the machine working at such a fast pace. You therefore will not make any mistakes on your fabric.
- It is fast
- It is durable
- Has 11 built in stitches
- The flow may be stiff
- It can be difficult to locate the sewing line
This is a commercial grade machine that is designed and engineered purposely for work on leather fabrics. It features a whopping 18 patterns that are built in and has the ability to make 1100 stitches in a single minute. To ensure efficiency in sewing some of the small areas, it features a free arm. The simple and easy to use drop feed system makes it all the more fun to use. All these features not only ensure that the finishing is even but also accurate regardless of the complexity of the stitching.
- It is relatively fast
- With its carry handle, it is highly portable
- Made of plastic which may lower its efficiency
If you are looking for a machine to help you with your leather sewing needs, then this is the best machine for you. The best thing about this machine is the fact that it comes at a very affordable price. It comes with 25 sew patterns and has an inbuilt thread cutter, a drop in bobbin system, an auto buttonhole and built in light which allows you to work even in dark rooms with great ease and efficiency.
- It comes with a 25 year warranty
- It is easy to use
- Made of plastic and may not last for long working on leather
You probably have been searching for the best leather machine to cater to your leather sewing needs for a while now. Well, the search is finally over. With this machine, you will be able to put to use your leather creativity with great ease. It comes with 14 inbuilt stitches, a 4 step button hole and an aluminum finish. It is perfect for home and commercial use. Other accessories that you will get upon making this purchase include a free arm which will enable you to work on pants, collars cuffs and other tough areas.
- Has a reverse stitch lever
- Comes with a dust cover
- Comes with a very helpful manual
- It is sturdy
- It may have a bobbin issue
- Made of plastic
This is a heavy duty machine with the ability to work 1100 stitches a minute. It has 23 built in stitch patterns as well as a leather stitch option. That and the fact that it comes with an auto needle threader makes it one of the best and easiest to use machines in the market. To change up the patterns or stitching styles, the twist knob has made everything a walk in the park. Its metal frame makes it perfect for use anywhere.
- It is fast and durable
- Easy to use
- Has an automatic button hole
- It is noisy
SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
This machine features about 600 in built stitches including 5 different font options, 13 auto one button hole function and high end stitching capabilities. In addition to this, it comes with an auto needle threader making it one of the most versatile and easiest machines to use to sew your leather. If you are looking for the best, then you just found it.
· Has an extension table to help you handle large projects
· It is highly durable
· Cannot adjust the tension of the thread
SINGER 5532 Heavy
Like many other machines, the Singer 5532 is pretty fast with a speed of 1100 stitches every minute. It comes with a heavy metal frame which makes it very durable and easy to clean and use. In addition to this, it features 32 inbuilt modes an auto needle threader and has consumes 110v. It gets its stylish finish from its stainless steel bedplate, which also ensures that the material you are working on slides smoothly on the machine for efficiency.
- Affordable price
- The metal ensure that it remains sturdy
- It is made of part metal which may make it slightly fragile working on tough leather
Juki DDL-8700 Industrial Straight Stitch
You thought you have seen it all? Well, not quite. This machine will blow your mind. Unlike many of the other machines in the market, it has the ability to stitch 5500 stitches in a minute and is far more powerful than most leather sewing machines available in the market. Its maximum stitch length is 5mm and features an 110v clutch industrial motor which helps it to pierce through any type of fabric inclusive of hard leather.
It is fast and its straight stitch has made things far easier
Might be too fast for a beginner
TOYOTA Heavy-Duty Metal Interior FSR21
The interior of this machine is made durable and sturdy than of most sewing machines. It is because of this that it is able to sew through thick materials inclusive of leathers with great ease. It features 3 zig zag stitches, 4 straight stitches, honeycomb, shell tuck and feather stitch among many other options. Aside from the above features, it comes with other accessories that enable you to work on other types of fabrics as well.
- It is relatively fast
- Comes with a warranty
- It is sturdy
- It is costly for many
Janome Sewist 500
This is yet another great sewing machine from Janome. It comes with 25 in built stitches, a 1 step auto button hole feed an arm for sewing the pants, collars and the cuffs as well as a built in needle threader to make your work even easier. With a leather function built into its design and engineering, and an adjustable foot pedal for its speed, sewing has never been easier.
- It is fast
- It is sturdy
- Comes with a hard cover included
- Features stitch selection dials
- It is made of plastic
- Its color is a little too girly
Though the above machines may prove to be a little bit costly for many, they are all worth it as they will help to quench your thirst for creating creative leather fashion pieces.