Introduction on how to sew leather with industrial sewing machines – Beginners



This is a practical introductory one-to-three tuition (max 4 students/class) during which you will be taught the essential skills of sewing leather and some of the basic construction techniques used in bag and accessory making. At the end of the tuition, you will have gained confidence in sewing leather with industrial sewing machines and have the skills to realise some simple items independently. You will learn how to troubleshoot common sewing problems and how to manage challenges such as straight lines, curves and multiple layers of leather. Through the lesson you will also receive some basic training on how to mark, cut and glue leather. You will produce your own samples of work to take home with you. The experience will be customised to your ability. WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT? Below is a list of topics covered during the classes: – Industrial machines: differences and main features – To choose the right sewing machine for a specific type of material or construction – To operate a lock stitch walking foot machine – To thread industrial sewing machines – To understand thread types and needle sizes – To understand how to obtain the correct tension in your sewing – To learn how to correctly sew leather with a sewing machine and how this differs from sewing other materials – To learn how to sew straight lines, curves and parallel lines – To produce a range of basic seams and seam finishes IMPORTANT TO KNOW: We will always try to cover as much on the syllabus as possible and depending on your ability and previous experience, we might not be able to complete the program or we might instead be able to teach you additional techniques relating to the above listed topics. WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for total beginners and beginners with some very basic experience in machine sewing (either with industrial or domestic machines). You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included and tools are provided. On the day you will be provided with useful handouts to take home with you which contain: – An illustrated guide providing crucial information of sewing machine types and components – A glossary containing essential key words related to the topics of the lesson – A glossary containing information about needle and thread types


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


The London Leather Workshopis a design, prototyping and manufacturing studio founded by Italian designers and makers Sara Battiston and Melissa Bruscoli. With 20 years of experience in the fashion and accessory industry Sara and Melissa work with both local and international customers ranging from start-ups to established brands. Their studio is able to offer a range of services from design consultancy to product development and from prototyping to manufacturing of handbags, accessories and soft furnishings. Their practical classes will teach you the fundamental techniques of working with leather or vegan leather, how to sew these materials to a professional standard and how to create customised goods. The theoretical classes will provide you with the foundation for designing bags and accessories as well as insights and essential information about the industry.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR