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Leather Corset Making

Leather Corset MakingLeather is considered to be one of the most difficult materials to work with, but it doesn't have to be. Marta shows us a few simple ways to make it easy. 

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anitat  
  Great article, clearly explained and such stunning effects! I love the idea of re'cycling' the biker's jacket.  
 
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sparklewren  
  Great little article, I hope you write for us again :-D  
 
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ivyrose  
  I was just about to go to my sewing room this morning but stopped to check my email first! Coincidentally, I was planning on a leather and swing hook project! Thank you very much!  
 
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galadriel  
  I'm half way through a leather corset - luckily I already new about the masking tape or I would have kicked myself for pinning, but I will have his beside me for the rest of the project!  
 
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martuszekk  
  Thank you so much! I hope you will give leather a try:-)
good luck
 
 
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lelanie  
  Love the pattern!  
 
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niksta  
  I love this! It has inspired me to actually have a go at making one!

Question about the interfacing you are using. What weight would you recommend? It there a particular type that is better suited to working with leather, as I have read that you shouldn't put a hot iron onto this material?

If the leather were thin enough, would it be OK to just flat-line the leather with the Coutil instead?

Once again, thankyou!
 
 
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martuszekk  
  Dear Nikki
This is true-hot iron put directly onto leather will damage it (it might shrink or get burned) That is why I always use a piece of fabric to put on the leather and only then do I iron. I don't use the hottest iron as well - I always check that on a scrap - differen types of leather may behave differently. Once I worked on rather old piece of leather and it did not accept any ironing)
When it comes to the interfacing - I always use the thinnest one (as it is easier to 'glue' to the leather) and .
To be honest I haven't really tried flatlining the leather (as my sewing machine refuses to sew o many thick layers). I hope to check that soon enough to be able to answer your question.

hope I helped just a little. Thank you for your question-it will give me a new direction in my research ;-)
 
 
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niksta  
  Thanks Marta that was just what i needed!

I think I will try out both methods (on different corsets), with the interfacing and also the flatlining as I'm a bit dubious about having the lining fabric only attached to the leather at the front, back, top and bottom. I usually make my corsets using the double layer, self boning channel method so using external boning channels is a first for me :)

Thanks so much for all your excellent advice! Keep up the good work :)
 
 
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anthemcorset  
  I made a leather corset without teflon foot and struggled! I also damaged the leather as i tried to saw it face down. I will source out a teflon foot! Thanks!  
 
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caroline9  
  I've had luck, in the absence of a teflon foot, of using strips of kitchen wax paper between the material (leather, or in my case, vinyl) and the foot. You have to tear it out, and it's pesky, but it beats fighting the material through the machine!  
 
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anthemcorset  
  plastic material like vinyl can be sown easily with a machine if they are oiled first. I used a thin coat of machine oil, it didn't stick anymore. I wonder if it could be done with leather and what oil to use?  
 
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martuszekk  
  I used the strips of fabric once-but tearing them off the leather later on was a nightmare!
I've never tried oiling leather, but I am afraid it might get stained. Even a drop of water shows on lether
 
 
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blackheart  
  I recently sewed a couple of leather corsets. I used paper clips as opposed to pins as I know leather does not have the tendency to shift and pins are going to leave a hole. As far as the thickness goes, there are certain leathers that are not very thick and easy to sew on a home sewing machine. I'm thinking of certain types of suede. Suede splits generally are thinner and cheaper than plonge or lambskin.  
 
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suzanne_castro_reid  
  I LOVE that you are repurposing a leather jacket! Great article too - has helped me a lot!  
 
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