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1. Hoop a piece of cut-away on top and then carefully cut a 'window' for embroidery - this is to eliminate hoop marks.
2. Some people favor a sharp needle while other prefer sharp or wedge needles (WEDGE NEEDLE: needle manufacturers tell advise that this needle point type is recommended only for sewing leather - not for embroidery) ; and some like Teflon. Teflon helps prevent the needle from heating up and breaking the thread.
3. When embroidering on leather, use a piece of medium-weight, cutaway stabilizer. We use temporary spray adhesive between the leather and the stabilizer to make sure that the two stay together nice and tight.
4. Cut-away stabilizer acts to hold the leather together both during and after the embroidery.
Smooth the leather onto the sticky side of the stabilizer.
5. Hooping is always recommended to make sure that the sections of the design will line up in the right place (hooping prevents the fabric or leather from shifting as the hoop moves while embroidering).
6. Because leather is thicker than fabric, there will be more friction between the needle and the leather. You may see the leather pulling up slightly with each rise of the needle.
7. To compensate for the increased friction, we generally embroider at a slower speed, about 450 spm.
IF YOU HAVE ANY TYPE OF HOLD DOWN FIXTURE TO SANDWICH THE LEATHER, THIS WORKS BEST.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A HOLD DOWN FIXTURE, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER INVESTING IN ONE, THEY ARE GREATFOR ALL TYPES OF DIFFICULT TO HOOP FABRICS.
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