Professional leather sewing skills - PRIVATE CLASS - WEEKDAYS



Learn professional leather sewing skills and construction techniques - PRIVATE CLASS - REQUEST AVAILABILITY: Slots are available for 2, 3 or 4 hours on the same day; therefore, accordingly to the slots booked, the course will be divided into 3,4 or 6 sessions. Slots available from 4 weeks after purchasing the tuition Please let us know your preference for the starting date and we will get back to you with our availability. Weekdays only. For weekend sessions, please get in touch before booking. WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT: This is a 12 hours one-to-one course during which you will learn the basic skills of working with leather. You will be shown different sewing machines and understand their differences, benefits and limitations. You will also learn to use specific tools for splitting, cutting, finishing and fastening fittings. The course will help you gain confidence in sewing leather, understand the differences between various types of leather and leatherworking tools, and learn essential techniques to deal with tricky features of leather goods construction. You will work with suede, thin and medium thickness leather and produce your work samples to take home with you. Below is a list of topics covered during the course; during the course, you will be able to focus on specific things you might be more interested in: – To choose the suitable sewing machine for a specific type of material – To thread different industrial sewing machines – To use various machine feet, tools and equipment in your sewing – To understand thread types and needle sizes – Leather preparation, marking and cutting – To learn how to sew leather – To produce a range of seams and seam finishes – To sew and finish zips on leather – Learning how to cut and sew different types of straps and handles – Using leather glues and paints – Skiving, burnishing and edge painting leather – Different closure techniques: sam browns, magnets, pop buttons etc. – The use of reinforcements to back leather. – Using leather punches and knives. – Lining handbags and accessories with and without top facing using fabric and suede – Creating, adapting and customising simple patterns for handbags: clutch, make-up bag, tote, shopper – Creating, adapting and customising simple patterns for small accessories: purse, wallet, cardholder – Realising your own customised simple leather item using the techniques learned in the previous lessons (depending on your previous experience in sewing (THIS MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE 12 HOURS, A SLOT OF EXTRA 4 HOURS CAN BE BOOKED TO COMPLETE OR START AND COMPLETE YOUR LEATHER PROJECT).

What's included in the price?

On the day you will be provided with useful handouts to take home with you which contain: – A list of tools and materials used during the lesson(s), including a description of what they are and how they are used – A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (in London and online) – A glossary containing essential keywords related to the topic of the lesson – A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics Materials are included, except for the ones needed to create your own leather item. If you are creating a leather item, you can either purchase the materials from us at a discounted price or buy them from other suppliers. If you prefer to bring you own, just let us know when booking and make sure the leather is not thicker than 1-1.4mm. By buying materials from us, you will receive a 10% discount on all materials.


12 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 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
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Parking provided
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