leather sewing

When I visited Belgium in 2013, I purchased a beautiful black leather jacket with a quilted red lining. A few days later, I traveled to Clisson, France for Hellfest – a three-day long metal festival – and picked up several black, white, and red embroidered patches to adorn my leather. (Yes, I love color coordination and specifically these three colors together.)

It’s not easy sewing patches onto leather, but having the right tools to begin with will make the process much smoother. First off, I recommend buying bonded nylon thread. It’s thick, durable, and it comes in many different colors.

Black and red bonded nylon thread.

You will definitely need to buy a thimble. Don’t waste your time or money getting one from a dollar store – they are cheap and will fall off your thumb, which is very annoying when trying to complete a project. Invest in a high-quality thimble.

You will also need a Glovers needle. This heavy needle has a sharp triangular point that makes it easy to pierce leather.

All of these products can be purchased in downtown Winnipeg at a store called Warkov-Safeer located at 462 Hargrave Street.

When I sewed these patches onto my jacket, I did not use any sort of adhesive to keep them in place. I just held them down with one hand and sewed with the other, partially because I didn’t have the right pins, and also ’cause I didn’t want to make any additional, unnecessary holes.

Venom. One of the first black metal bands, hailing from the UK.
Sepultura. Brazilian thrash metal.
Voivod. Underrated progressive thrash from Quebec.

The jacket turned out beautifully and I look forward to adding more patches as I see fit.

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