How To Thread a Needle for Sewing Leather

needles thread and scissors for sewing leather

In this short and practical tutorial I will show you how to properly thread a needle for sewing leather goods. Do it a few times and you’ll get the hang of it quickly. When sewing leather, 99% of the time you will be using a stitch called the saddle stitch. This requires one piece of thread with a needle on each end of it. The thread I am using for this example is Ritza Tiger Thread, 1.2mm in a natural tan color. I also have two John James Needles size 002 and a handy pair of Gingher serrated edge scissors that make cutting thread and leather a breeze. Below is a quick video demonstration as well as photos of each step:

cutting thread for sewing leather

First things first – to help get that thread through the tiny eye of the needle, I cut the tip at a sharp angle.feeding thread through eye of the needle before sewing through leather

Pinching the tip of the thread with my thumb and pointer finger, I ease it through the eye of the needle and give it a little push through while still pinching down on the thread. Once through I can pull it about 2 to 3 needle lengths through the other side.piercing thread on a leather sewing needle

To lock the thread onto the needle I then pierce the thread about 1.5 needle lengths down.locking the thread onto the needle for leather sewing

I slide the pierced side upward…how to thread a needle for sewing leather

and over the eye of the needle.

Next I straighten out the thread, but I do not pull it tight. You do not want the loop to close up back toward the eye. Leaving this large loop in place actually makes it easier to pull the thread through leather, especially when using thicker thread or sewing layers of thick leather. A common rookie mistake is to pull that loop tight up to the eye of the needle, trust me – don’t do it!threaded needles for leather sewing using the saddle stitch method

Repeat the process on the other end of the thread so that you have two needles ready to sew your leather. I the next tutorial I will show you How to Sew Leather Using the Basic Saddle Stitch. If you have any questions – please ask in the comment section below, I can usually respond within a day. Have a good one!

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