hand sewn leather

Why is Hand Sewn Better?

Leather products that are sewn by machine are a dime a dozen. While most of the business world seeks to produce things faster, I seek to produce things better. Hand sewing is superior to machine sewing.

Leather sewing machines commonly use the "lock stitch" (also called bobbin stitch). If just one loop of a lock stitch is broken, the other side will automatically be loosened, often this process of unraveling will continue until the entire product is ruined.

Hand sewing in the time honored manner will not unravel if one loop is broken. In his book "The Art of Hand Sewing Leather" Al Stohlman said

"Though slower, hand sewing is superior to machine sewing. It is the best method of stitching two or more pieces of leather together for lasting years of wear and service."

There are thousands of different sewing machines, designed for multiple or specific uses. The most common of the machine stitches is called the "lock" stitch. This is made with a top thread and a bottom thread ... which is in a small spool called the "bobbin". The lock stitch is formed by the top threadgoing around the bobbin spool, picking up the bottom htread, toform a loop. Whn properly adjusted, the loop is pulled between the two thicknesses of materials being sewn. The cut-a-way illustratoins below show the differences in the LOCK STITCH ... and the HAND STITCH.


Used by permition. Tandy Leather Factory Fort Worth, Texas

With hand sewn leather you get a one-of-a-kind, quality product that will stand the test of time. Time honored methods produce time honored products, experience the difference!