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For some time now, I had been dreaming about buying an industrial leather sewing machine. I love the process of hand stitching, but the drain on my time created by hand stitching each item was limiting the variety of products I wanted to put out. After considering all of my options, I decided to buy from The Leather Sewing Machine Company in Ontario, California. I bought a Cobra Class 4 Leather Stitcher, and man can that thing sew. It came to me wrapped up on a pallet, and it weighs a ton.
I have had my fair share of snafus with the thing. Tension, thread size, leather thickness, threading the machine, the presser feet. Its all new and fun, but also comes with a steep learning curve! Sometimes I feel like the machine is tinkering with me and not the other way around.
With that said, I love the freedom I have now to tackle larger and more complicated projects. The machine is very simple; It sews forward and in reverse in a straight line, but that is really all I need!
Once I had somewhat mastered the basics, I really started to love the smooth, even, beautiful stitching that I could produce either by using the foot pedal or for more detailed parts, the hand wheel. I have already been able to do so much more with the leather stitcher, like the detailed stitching on this custom ordered beauty.
I will still be hand stitching certain items as well as adding hand stitched details to some larger products. I just love the way the hand stitching looks.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I can create with my new sewing machine.