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Default What do I need to Sew Patches on leather?

I have several patches I have been carrying around for ever, That need sewn onto my leather vest. I can never seem to get them done. And today I have not much to do so........

Can I just do this by hand ? It Cant be that hard right !!

What type of needle/thread do i need ??
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My friend had his OL sew patches on his leather vest. She needed a leather needle. I'm assuming that its a thicker, stronger needle; and some heavier thread.
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Thanks Dude sounds like a trip to the craft store or WalMart ??
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You'll need strong hands and fingers, a stout leather needle and some waxed thread.

A lot depends on the thickness of your leather vest and whether or not it has a lining. If your vest is lined and you don't mind seeing the sewing inside the vest just punch the needle through and start sewing. If you don't want to see the sewing thread inside the vest, you'll need to break the threads holding the lining near where you're going to sew the patch and then re-sew the lining using the holes already in place.

Or, you can just go the easy route and pay someone with the tools and experience to do a professional job. I've done my fair share of leather work and paying the $$ sure saves time. But, nothing beats the feeling of doing it yourself.

In most cases, having a professional seamster/seamstress do the job is worth it. Especially for some nice old patches on a favorite vest.
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Tandy leather or a craft store specializing in leather will be able to help you select the proper needles and thread plus give you some tips on how to start and finish.
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If you go to the crafts store, I'd recommend you also pick up some "Spray Adhesive" it helps to keep the patch where you want it while you are sewing. Just spray the backside of the patch, let it tack up and stick the patch where you want it. Let it set for a few minutes, then start sewing. Doing it this way, you won't have the sew as much, either.
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An old sewing machine and some 3M spray adhesive to keep them centered and your good to go.

Just hope there not 3 piece rockers sets that may get some 1%er's pantys in a wad!!
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Just sew them on. Leather isn't any harder to sew than heavy denim. Yea they make different needles and weights of thread but you don't need them. I've never had a problem.

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This is what I use and it will sew thru most anything.

http://www.buckshotscamp.com/Sewing-...cher-Sales.htm
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This is what I use and it will sew thru most anything.

http://www.buckshotscamp.com/Sewing-...cher-Sales.htm
Although I let the dry cleaners sew on my patches...I own this very tool...and yes, not only will it sew thru most anything, its the very best gift I think I ever got....

My best friend in Arizona bought me one years ago....

I make/fix all kinds of stuff with it...most notably- custom length straps for any purpose (Bike lift, tie downs, etc.) Also fixes backpacks, tents, canvas, leather goods.... ANY survivalist knows this is a must-have item...
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