Leather goods and clothes are never going out of fashion. Handmade rawhide products are especially valuable. There are two ways of making leather clothes: by hand and using special sewing machines. The first method is more challenging but is also far more rewarding.
Many hobbyists who are into leathercraft know that hand-sewing can be a tough thing to do. Besides knowing the techniques and using the right stitches, special equipment is required for this painstaking but interesting hobby.
The most required instruments for hand-sewing and stitching animal skin:
- Special stitching needles for leather;
- Waxed nylon/linen threads;
- Stitching groover;
- Overstitch wheel;
- Silver marking pen.
Other equipment is optional but may also come in handy.
When it comes to buying sewing appliances, it’s preferable to purchase entire sets with all the necessary appliances. Especially if the buyer is a novice in leathercraft and needs to start the first projects from scratch. These sets are versatile and vary in cost, offered appliances, and durability.
10. Leather Craft Tool SIMPZIA 25 PCS — the best leather-sewing set under $50!
|Made of quite durable and rare Tungsten steel;||There is no printed instructions included;|
|All the instruments are very sharp;||No spare blades for replacement if a person breaks an instrument;|
|Some appliances are offered in a few versions of different sizes;||No sharpener included;|
|Blades on the rotary cutter may be replaced;||There is no storage box;|
|Protective covering bag;||Works only with vegetable tanned rawhide|
|Nine different needles for sewing||–|
It’s a great starter kit for any sewing job.
9. BIGTEDDY Leather Craft Basic Stitching Sewing Hand Tool Set — the universal basic set for stitching animal skin and fabric!
|Will do the perfect job for punching and sewing thick fabrics and animal skin;||No instructions are included;|
|Each instrument is made of durable, single-piece (not welded) metal;||Some tools are very small;|
|Wooden handles of appliances are very solid;||A few appliances may be missing, according to user reviews;|
|Does more than just stitching. It can do everything — from hole poking to stamping;||The stamps’ handles are made of soft metal and may bend during the process.|
|Comes with a little sack for keeping all appliances in one place||–|
|Sharp and well-made needles of all popular sizes||–|
It’s a very affordable and impressively durable universal kit, with most of the basic instruments that a crafter requires.
8. Leather Craft Tools Kit 18pcs DIY Tool — the best beginner leather-stitching kit under $100!
|Lightweight;||Only 18 basic pieces;|
|Really durable, practically timeless — made of stainless steel;||Rather expensive compared to other beginner kits|
|Comes with a nice and practical case;||–|
|Awesome design of tongs;||–|
|Instruments are sharp enough for slicing hard animal skin||–|
This starter package with stainless sewing appliances has everything for a small project.
7. SIMPZIA Leather Working Tools 30 Pieces — great for stitching canvas, animal skin, cloth, and paper!
Another SIMPZIA kit in this review, this time with over 30 pieces on board.
|Over 30 pieces of different tools that are sharp, including curved needles and prong punches;||Sometimes bolsters fall off the handles or pieces are missing;|
|A real flat wax rope is included;||Good only as a beginner kit and most instruments are not very durable|
|Works with cardboard, paper, rawhide, and fabrics;||–|
|Includes a rawhide sample to make the first seams with included appliances||–|
A very sturdy starter kit with multiple sharp sewing tools for making handmade items.
6. Leather Sewing Tools SIMPZIA 24 Pieces — a simple kit for repair and handmade DIY projects!
These hand appliances are capable of coping with sewing, not just rawhide but also paper, cardboard, animal fur, and cloth. This kit is suitable for beginners who seek affordable basic equipment.
|24 basic instruments that cover simple DIY projects when one needs to sew and stamp;||Only 3 colors of flat wax rope — it’s more like a sample that will only do for the first few small projects;|
|A handy needle set;||Very small finger cots that don’t fit all finger sizes;|
|An awl which comes with a solid handle;||All stamps are only 6 mm — will only do for very tiny imprints;|
|A groover set for pro-stitching is included;||All appliances are not very solid|
|Great for repair and handmade sewing work||–|
Another pretty solid and basic set of leathercraft appliances for inexperienced hobbyists. It can be used for repair of leather goods.
5. Leather Work Designs 45 Piece Leather Craft Hand Tools Kit — a good entry kit for basic crafting under $40!
Made in the USA, this kit offers very solid equipment made of stainless steel. Besides rawhide sewing, the kit is also suitable for small repairs like stitching ripped jeans or adding some decoration to a belt.
|In addition to basic sewing equipment, the set has premade stamping for making imprints;||A mallet or hammer is not included;|
|Both decoration and stitching equipment is included;||There is no storage box|
|Most advanced instruments are adjustable;||–|
|Stainless steel is used for nearly all included instruments;||–|
|Really sturdy wax threads are suitable for any creative or repair work;||–|
|A separate stamping set with 20 prints and special appliances||–|
This versatile and quality set will be a great gift under $40 to everyone who likes craft. It has basic and advanced instruments for sewing and stamping rawhide.
4. Convenient Leather Craft Sewing Kit by MIUSIE — the most affordable beginner kit under $10!
|The most affordable set in this review;||Only basic instruments;|
|Pretty decent quality;||Not durable;|
|A sample of animal skin is included;||More suitable for repairs, not for full-time DIY projects|
|Simple but effective;||–|
The most affordable and multifunctional set of basic equipment that will be a good addition to any household.
3. Electop 27 Pcs Leather Sewing Tools — the most easy-to-use kit for sewing and repairs!
One kit for leathercraft is never enough. This particular 27-pieces set can serve as an additional array of tackle for any hobbyist.
|Inexpensive;||Included threads which are made of synthetic material, while it’s better to use natural nylon or cotton for stitching natural animal skin;|
|Nicely packaged;||Good only for handwork with rawhide;|
|All appliances are sharp||Hood needles may easily break|
This kit is reliable and cheap, great for learning how to make the first stitches on rawhide.
2. Bluemoona 7Pcs Leather Craft Hand Stitching Sewing Tool Kit — the best additional beginner kit under $15!
|Adjustable groover;||Only one color (green) of waxed thread;|
|Very affordable;||Only for thin animal skin or paper;|
|Great for repairs||Only a single type of needles|
A great addition to any collection of crafting tools but lacks the pieces to be used a primary set.
1. DIY Leather Craft Tools Kit — the best quality and most durable set under $15!
They will help to create unique designs and patterns even if a person has never dealt with crafts.
|Made of durable metal and wood that is hard to break;||Good only for beginners;|
|Good for stitching rawhide, denim, really thick fabrics (even carpets and mattresses), upholstery, tents, tarpaulin, and other DIY;||No storage box or bag|
|May also serve as a basic stamping kit to make any handmade item more personalized;||–|
|Really long and solid flat wax rope (50 m);||–|
The best leather-sewing set in this review boasts a very affordable price for a really durable and quality basic set of equipment.
Video Tutorial: Sewing Leather by Hand
Buying guide to sewing/stitching sets for leather
The majority of the above-mentioned sets consist of instruments with stainless blades and wooden handles. It’s preferable to use the appliances of the blades, which can be sharpened. The best material for any crafting appliance that deals with thick rawhide or fabric is forged steel. Such equipment can easily serve a lifetime.
2. Basic tools
A beginner leathercraft set should contain basic tools for stitching jobs — awl, beveler, needles, groover, wax thread, scissors. Other appliances are optional but it’s awesome if a manufacturer puts spare details (like changeable blades) or the same tools of different sizes. Another great bonus for novices is if a sample of natural animal skin is included, for practicing.
Since some equipment in such sets is rather small and sharp, it’s very important to keep it organized and intact out of children’s or pets’ reach. Consider choosing a set that has some sort of a box, container or bag for storing all appliances in one place. A beginner will also need detailed instruction about how to make perfect seams on leather goods.
All 10 sets covered in this review are under $100. Professional crafters who constantly deal with tannery may say that it’s more reasonable to buy more expensive instruments for everyday use. Pro-sewing appliances may cost up to $20 per a single item — the average price of a simple beginner kit up to 20 pieces. Surely, the quality of more expensive tools will be better but if a person just does a few beginner projects, a cheaper set will be more preferable.
Most leather-sewing kits included in this review are for beginners. If you are making the first steps into the world of such an interesting hobby as leathercraft, any of the above-mentioned kits will help to make the beginner’s projects. All these sets are affordable, simple to use and relatively durable.