To insert a zipper into a leather project, it is recommended to experiment
with some test seams on leather scraps before stitching the actual project.
Here are some basic tips to follow when inserting a zipper into a leather
• Use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut clean, straight edges on the
• Finger press the areas that needs a fold, as the steam and heat of an iron can
damage the leather. Use basting tape, washable glue stick or rubber cement to
hold down a folded seam. Test on some scraps to be sure the rubber cement or
glue stick will not show through on the right side of the leather. Make sure
glue is thoroughly dry before attempting to stitch through the leather. Be
certain that the basting tape you purchase is specifically for fabric, and that
it will allow you to stitch through it without gumming up the needle.
• Use a leather needle, which has a wedge point, designed for leather sewing.
• Use a longer stitch length (6-10 stitches per inch), as stitches too close
together can either weaken the seam or perforate it.
• Use topstitching or heavy duty thread in the needle for best results when
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