I have an old Singer portable Model #99 (99-31 on manual). Can I retrofit this machine or utilize it as is for the sewing of leather?
By Gary from Austin, TX
If your machine is one of the really old cast iron machines (all metal parts) that you can barely lift, you may be able to sew leather that's not too thick. Nearly all machines can sew on thin leather if you sew slowly & use a leather needle, but for med or thick leather, you'll need an industrial machine. I see these on Craig's List all the time. The old ones sell for less than $300. Machine's these days are made super-light with mostly plastic parts that don't hold up well. I found my heavy duty 1937-1941 Singer at a second hand thrift store & it works like it's brand new, but I can barely lift it! Be sure to regularly oil your machine!
Be sure to use a special leather sewing machine needle. The leather needle has a sharp edge that actually cuts the leather. Use a new, sharp one with each project. These are available at sewing machine repair businesses. They're not sold at all fabric stores.To get leather to move ovewr the feed-dog you'll need a foot with rollers on the bottom (so it won't stick to the leather) or you can try a Teflon foot.These can be bought online or they may come with the machine.
* PS. It's not about "retrofitting", you can't replace plastic inside parts with metal ones. If you have the manual it will say if you can sew leather. If it's one of the new "computer" machines & is light weight (very easy to lift) then only sew on thin leather & ultra suede using a leather needle. You can always try writing to the Singer company.
* A Note: Before buying most feet, you'll need to know if your Singer has a short shank vertical, high shank vertical, slant, or vertical type "B" pressure foot system. If the foot just snaps on, you usually don't need to know this. If it screws on the shank, you'll need to know which foot you have. You can simply take your machine into a repair place & ask them if you can't figure it out. Many times the feet sold for the Husqvarna/Viking machine will snap on to other machines. These cost more, (about $25 each) but are easily purchase ion the larger Joann Fabric stores where the Husqvarna/Viking machine are sold.
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How do I sew fur and leather, using my old Singer sewing machine, which is all metal? Where can I get old furs and leather jacket to make this quilt. Also, can fur or leather be cut into yarn and how to do that.
By Emily from Long Island, NY
That one is easy you will have to learn how to hand stitch which might be a problem. Just buy a thick needle and thick thread. And hand stitch it! :D if it doesn't work hey I'm only 10 I don't know every thing but I know it will work because I have tried it a few days ago!
By Les C. from Winnipeg, MB
This looks like the machine shown in this article.
Maybe there will be a link there to help you.
I recently got a Necchi 575FA. I'm currently trying to sew a patch on leather. My machine will sew thru cottons, but with leather it will not make a stitch. I changed out my needle to a heavy duty one. I have the right foot, dusted, and oiled my machine. I'm very frustrated and need help before I pull my hair out!
You can try putting a piece of tissue paper on top of the leather to make the needle go in easier.