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Edge Clamp Pliers

Pliers are a hand tool used to hold objects firmly, possibly developed from tongs used to handle hot metal in Bronze Age Europe. They are also useful for bending and compressing, gripping a wide range of materials and craft. Generally, pliers consist of a pair of metal first-class levers joined at a fulcrum positioned closer to one end of the levers, creating short jaws on one side of the fulcrum, and longer handles on the other side.

Leather modeling tools

Features of modeling tools

Miscellaneous Craft tool

Miscellaneous Craft tool Leathercraft Stamps

When working with an old pattern design that suggests a craft tool that you don't have or can't find, here some list of miscellaneous leather hand tools -

Cobbler Pincer

Shoemaker's Pincer is a must for every cobbler. A rugged forged steel pincer for heavy ripping.  Great for removing rivets, snaps or nails.

Circle Edge Slicker

Measuring Leather

Measurement tools are often an afterthought when compiling tools for a workshop, but they shouldn't be. A minute error in measurement is all it takes to ruin an entire project. Invest in quality measurement and layout tools, which will last longer and remain accurate for years to come.

Mechanical Carpenter's Pencil

Small and easy to carry, can be used to measure jewelry, leather, metal sheets, paper, thin film, wire and similar materials. Accurate measurement, easy to operate.

Dial Thickness Gauge

Common mistake in machine sewing

Have you always loved the look of custom leather? Leather products are some of the most durable fashions that are available, but they are also some of the most difficult to create. It is a thick, resistant product that doesn’t like having a needle stuck into it, much less a complicated stitching pattern!  However, if you’ve got the best sewing machine for leatherworking with you, you’ll find that custom leather products are fun and easy to create!

how to hand stitch frieze leather

Step 1: Gluing leather pieces

Gluing the slice in place helps with your sewing because you won’t have to concern about the leather not lining up. Use any leather glue you can find.

Step 2: Stitching Groove (Volitional)

If you have a stitching groover, use it to create the groove along which you’ll sew. If you don’t have one, you could mark a line with a ruler and any tool you can find that can leave a slight mark on the leather. You will need a guide to sew along if you want it to look even!

Adjustable V-gouge

When you're working with leather, you sometimes need to create a fold or crease as part of a pattern. You might need to fold over a strap to create a loop, fold pattern pieces to fit together along seam lines, create folds to add volume to a bag or pocket, etc. Folding leather is not as simple as folding paper or cloth because leather is thicker and harder to crease, but with the right tools and techniques, it's not that hard.

Leather Edging - Crafts

Edgers are used to skive, thin or bevel edges, cut a leather corner, cut a channel or trim in some areas of leather.  The edgers are nice and have a good feel and work as dual purpose edgers both tight corners and straight away edging. It is good to have a selection of leather edgers because some will work better than others on different types of leathers due to the softness or firmness of the leather.

Snap Setter for leather

Snap fasteners are an excellent choice for finishing leather or suede designs. They are easy to open and close and give your jewelry a professional touch. It's easy to set snaps in leather or in suede. Follow these instructions to learn how! You will need snap fasteners, a snap setter, an anvil and a rotary hole punch.

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