Learn how to professionally sew leather with industrial sewing machines – Beginners & Intermediates



This course will be divided into two sessions; you will only need to select the first day when booking. 3rd & 4th January 2023 (10am-4pm) 29th & 30th Apr 2024 (10am-4pm) Max of 3 students per class. This is a mostly practical one-to-three tuition during which you will be taught the essential skills of sewing leather with and industrial sewing machine and the basic, most popular construction techniques used in bag and accessory making. Through the lesson you will also receive some basic training on how to mark, cut and glue leather as well as how to construct common bag features. At the end of the tuition, you will have gained confidence in sewing leather with industrial sewing machines. You will learn how to troubleshoot sewing problems and how to manage challenges such as curves, multiple layers of leather, stretchy/rough/slippery surfaces and more. You will learn how to sew the basic components of a bag, such as some types of simple zips, straps and gussets. You will produce your own samples of work to take home with you. The experience will be customised to your ability and previous experience. 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 how to obtain the correct tension in your sewing – To use various tools and equipment in your sewing – To understand thread types and needle sizes – To learn how to correctly sew leather and how this differs from sewing other materials – Sewing thin vs thick leather – To learn how to sew straight lines, curves and parallel lines – To produce a range of basic seams, seam finishes, construction, continuous and reinforced seams – To handle sewing multiple layers of leather – Learn how to sew and finish a simple zip on leather – Learn how to cut, assemble and sew simple straps and handles – How to incorporate two types of lining in your project – How to mark, cut and glue leather 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, such as: – Finishing techniques (piping, binding, folding) – Learn how to assemble and sew simple gussets – Learn how to sew and finish more complex zips styles – Learn how to sew and finish more complex straps and handles styles – Learn how to construct button holes & pockets WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? This course is suitable for total beginners, beginners with some previous basic machine sewing experience and intermediate sewers (either using 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 machines types and components – A glossary containing information about needles, thread types and essential key words related to the topics of the lesson


2 days

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
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR