Pleather is a "plastic leather". It is available in a variety of weights and forms.
Synthetic leather is much more economical than leather and easier to sew than leather. It is also available for larger projects where, matching hides could present a problem.
Basting & Pinning Holes.
- Use paper clips,tape or weights instead of pins. Use glue stick where ever it won't be seen. If pinning is absolutely necessary, pin in seam allowances and remove the pins as you sew.
- Sew from the fabric (wrong side) when ever possible.
- A Teflon foot on your sewing machine will also help allow the fabric to move properly.
- A leather needle may solve the problem.
- If you must sew on the right side, place tissue paper on top of the fabric to help the machine feed the fabric properly.
Pressing & Wrinkles
- Do not use a high temp iron. Use a dry iron set on the synthetic setting.
- Use a press cloth, on the right and the wrong side of Pleather to prevent the iron from sticking to the fabric or scorching the fabric.
- Do not use a heavy hand. Work slowly and allow the heat to do the work, not the weight of the iron.
- Use alternative pressing tools such as a clapper to set creases and seams.
- Not all pleather is washable. Read the bold end information or test a scrap.
- If you are going to wash the item, preshrink the fabric.
First Time Sewing Pleather
- Choose a simple project that does not have a lot of top stitching.
- Practice and test your sewing machine settings on scraps.