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?
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 ;-)
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 :)
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!
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?
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.