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Durability of sewing veg tan to other leathers

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Not sure if I've seen this question asked before but, what are the ins and outs of sewing vegtan leather to softer leather whether upholstery or whatnot? Being that vegtan is stiffer are there right or wrong ways to sew the two together without issue?

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I have sewn upholstery leather to veg tan with no problems.  I glue them together and sew away.  Since I normally use the lighter upholstery leather as trim, I normally sew with the upholstery leather on top.

Gary

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The main consideration I would have is that veg tan is both stiffer and typically thicker/stronger than upholstery or garment.  So, if the two pieces were stressed, then either the seam or the loghter leather will give (tear or break) before the veg tan would.

 

To beef that up, I might double over the garment leather and considering putting a reinforcement, like a strip of canvas or nylon, hidden in the seam.

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I make a pocket holster that uses a heavy piece of skirting for the back and then stitch a 3 oz milled veg tanned to the front, which is wet formed. Milled veg tanned is similar in pliancy to garment. Never had any issues and these holsters spend their life in sweaty pockets with a chunk of steel and plastic bouncing around. Never had a failure, but make sure you have the tension set properly so the loop is in the center.

Bob

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2 hours ago, BDAZ said:

I make a pocket holster that uses a heavy piece of skirting for the back and then stitch a 3 oz milled veg tanned to the front, which is wet formed. Milled veg tanned is similar in pliancy to garment. Never had any issues and these holsters spend their life in sweaty pockets with a chunk of steel and plastic bouncing around. Never had a failure, but make sure you have the tension set properly so the loop is in the center.

Bob

I had thought of using milled since it is still veg tan and plus I have to dye them both the same color. Thanks for the response.

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4 hours ago, johnv474 said:

The main consideration I would have is that veg tan is both stiffer and typically thicker/stronger than upholstery or garment.  So, if the two pieces were stressed, then either the seam or the loghter leather will give (tear or break) before the veg tan would.

 

To beef that up, I might double over the garment leather and considering putting a reinforcement, like a strip of canvas or nylon, hidden in the seam.

 2 different types of leather made me question using them together. Thanks for the response.

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On 5/9/2018 at 6:45 PM, garypl said:

I have sewn upholstery leather to veg tan with no problems.  I glue them together and sew away.  Since I normally use the lighter upholstery leather as trim, I normally sew with the upholstery leather on top.

Gary

Interesting...good ideas. My main concern was the thread holding out. Thanks

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