Previously, in the articles we wrote “Leather Craft 101 – Get to Know the Leather!” and “Leather Hand Tools 101″, we talked about choosing the right leather for the model you want to work with and which hand tools you can use to make your model.
With the last of our series of articles, “Sewing in Leather Craft 101: Sarac Sewing Method”, we will finally touch upon the traditional sewing method and salute all masters who have inherited this tradition.
As is known, “Leatherworking” is a very old art branch. For centuries, it has managed to maintain its importance from Ancient Greece to the Ottoman Empire from there to the present. There are rumors that the most beautiful leather works were made by Turks, Arabs, Spaniards, and Venetians in the past. Our ancestors also made chests of leather, saddles for animals, and used them as ornaments by embroidering on leather.
In the image below, we see that leather is used in some products such as floor coverings, tablecloths, and barrels in an old oba exhibited in a museum. Taking good care of leather will bring the products to the present day, but today there is an element that includes the importance of our writing, which is a process that gives durability to the products and carries the labor of each master; Saraç Sewing, also known as saddle stitch.
In the continuation of the same exhibition, the fact that we have also seen the sewing vise belonging to a saddler from 1908, proves the centuries-old history of saddlery sewing.
We stated in our article “Leather Hand Tools 101″ that the materials required in the sewing method are waxed thread, saddler sewing needle, and sewing clamp (sewing horse). So what is saddlery sewing, how is it done, let’s examine some more technical details?
The sewing method we obtain by sewing the sewing needles on both ends of the wax thread simultaneously from the previously pierced or determined points is called the saddler sewing method. The product gains strength as the use of a double-needle enables each hole to be clamped together and locked. Thus, even if the rope breaks from anywhere, it will not be completely dismantled.
The most important issue in twin needle sewing is to continue sewing as it was started. For example, if you started on the right side, you should always continue the sewing with the right hand, briefly, you should do the same movement with your right and left hands in a coordinated manner until the sewing is finished. Likewise, if you started by crossing the bottom to pull the needle after passing it through the hole, the cross should always be continued from the bottom and the thread should always be jumped from the same direction.
Although time seems to be the biggest challenge of this sewing method, after a while it will become your signature on your products. We recommend that you practice a lot for this method. Thus, it will be possible for you to develop a unique technique in your unique saddlery sewing method.
In our articles “Leather Craft 101 – Get to Know the Leather” “Leather Hand Tools 101” and “Sewing in Leather Craft 101: Sarac Sewing Method“, we aim to increase the passion for sharing, producing, and learning what we know, but to those who do not know where to start but who are curious about this hobby. We aimed to show. As the Agulla Family, we hope we have been able to benefit you.
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