– LEATHER CRAFT AND SEWING SKILLS –

MASTERCLASS: LEARN PROFESSIONAL LEATHER CRAFT, SEWING AND LEATHERGOODS CONSTRUCTION SKILLS

One teacher, five students

KEY FEATURES OF THIS COURSE:

– Understanding and working with leather
– Learning leather hand sewing
– Learning leather machine sewing
– Realising samples of bag features
– Realising two finished leather items
WHERE:
At our South East London studio
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COURSE LENGTH:
Two consecutive weeks / Mon-Fri 10 am-3 pm
WHEN:
Please select your preferred date(s) through the button below
COST:
Tester class – £1,440 pp (course materials included , worth £150)
Normal price – £1,600 pp (course materials included , worth £150)

 

LEVEL:
Beginners and beginners with some previous sewing experience

Experience a comprehensive two-week Leather Craft and Sewing Masterclass, merging theory with hands-on learning

Explore essential techniques for working with leather, vegan alternatives, and fabric. Proficiently handle hand tools, master hand-sewing, and operate industrial machines. Cover material selection, finishing and construction methods.
Gain insights into the technical aspects of leatherworking, including preparation, marking, cutting, gluing, reinforcing, skiving, debossing, and more.
Participants receive thorough instruction in professional sewing techniques on diverse industrial machines, along with specialised saddle stitching training. Create personalised samples to enhance practical skills.
Conclude the masterclass with the ability to craft entirely handmade simple leather items, showcasing acquired skills in both machine-stitched and saddle-stitched styles.
Facilitated by a prototype maker and manufacturer, the course offers a professional journey into common leatherworking practices.
Participants also receive valuable handouts and curated lists of leather and tool suppliers for ongoing reference.

 

Here is a concise summary of the topics covered during the classes:
LEATHER, VEGAN LEATHER, AND HAND TOOLS:
Understanding leather types, tanning, finishings and best use
Exploring different types of vegan leathers and their features
Comparing leather and vegan leather: pros and cons from a manufacturer’s perspective
Importance of choosing the right materials and tools for projects
Leather preparation, pattern placement and marking
Cutting complex shapes with various tools
Using leather punches, skiving, beveling and creasing
Finishing leather edges: painting vs. burnishing
Utilising leather glues, tapes and reinforcements
Exploration of prototyping and manufacturing leather goods, encompassing varied working methods, machines, and tools.

 

MACHINE AND HAND SEWING:
Understanding industrial sewing machines and their differences
Selecting the right sewing machine for specific materials and constructions
Operating a lock stitch walking foot machine
Threading industrial sewing machines
Achieving correct tension in sewing
Understanding thread types and needle sizes
Learning to sew leather, distinguishing it from other materials
Correctly sewing various leather types, ranging from thin to very thick
Sewing straight lines, curves and creating parallel seams
Producing various seams and seam finishes
Basics of saddle stitching leather and understanding related tools and materials

 

CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES:
Sewing and finishing a simple zip on leather
Cutting, assembling and sewing simple straps/handles
Incorporating basic lining types in projects
Constructing and sewing common gussets
Comprehending the use of reinforcements and stabilisers and their application in the craft of accessory making

 

LEATHER GOODS MAKING:
Creating two finalised leather items from chosen designs such as card holders, purses, clutches, glass covers and similar accessories.

 

By the end of the tuition, you will have:

– Developed confidence in utilising specific tools for leather preparation, marking, finishing, cutting and fastening fittings.
– Acquired an understanding of working with diverse leather types and thicknesses, with the ability to source and select appropriate tools and materials for your projects.
– Mastered essential leather sewing techniques, troubleshooting common sewing issues and handling challenges such as curves, multiple layers of leather and various surface textures.
– Learned to sew fundamental bag components like simple zips, straps, and gussets, along with reinforcing specific areas of a bag.
– Built confidence in sewing with both industrial machines and by hand, gaining the skills to independently create simple leather items.

Included in the course:

You will be provided with useful paper handouts which contain:
– A list of tools and materials used during the lesson(s), including a description of what they are and how they are used
– A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online)
– A glossary containing essential key words related to the topic of the lesson
– A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics
– A glossary containing information about needle and thread types

 

What are the entry requirements?

This course is suitable for total beginners, beginners with some experience and intermediate.
You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions.

 

Are there any other costs?

Materials are included.

 

Is there anything I need to bring?

Feel free to bring a notepad, if you would like to take some notes, we will provide the rest.

 

How long is this tuition?:

This tuition will require two consecutive weeks / 50 hours to be completed.
We aim to provide customised and high quality tuition services and by only allowing up to 5 students at a time, we are able to focus on each person needs and interests.

 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: We aim to cover as much of the syllabus as possible. Depending on your ability and prior experience, we may not complete the entire program or we might delve into additional techniques related to the listed topics, including:
Advanced finishing techniques (piping, binding, folding)
More complex styles of zips
Utilising different machine feet, tools, and equipment in your sewing
Exploring various fittings, closure types, fastening techniques, and tools (sam browns, magnets, pop buttons, eyelets, etc.)
Understanding the importance and application of construction sequences and reference notes during item construction

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CANCELLATION AND REARRANGEMENT POLICY 

If you wish to cancel your group class, please do so ASAP via email to: learning@thelondonleatherworkshop.com.
Full refunds are only offered if the cancellation is requested no less than eight weeks before the event date.
Cancellations requested between eight and four weeks before the course start date will result in a 50% refund of the course cost on the condition that we have filled your place.
For cancellations requested less than four weeks before the event, unfortunately, we cannot offer any kind of refund and the class cannot be rescheduled.
We reserve the right to cancel a group class when the required minimum enrollment is not met.
If a group class has to be cancelled by us, we will offer the choice of a full refund, credit or the opportunity to book an alternative date (if available). We will provide as much notice as possible.
All communication regarding cancellations and rearrangements of your lesson must be in writing via email.
Please provide all details in your email for us to be able to organise a refund. All refunds must be made to the original payment method used.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Cutting material is usually done standing at a high table and you might be working with special glues, knives and with heavy duty industrial sewing machines.
If you have a breathing problem, any health condition we should be aware of or if any of the above might be difficult for you, please inform us as soon as possible.
You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using the studio and its equipment and you will be asked to sign a risk and liability form at the end of the induction.

ACCESSIBILITY

Our studio is located on the ground floor with three steps down at the entrance. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we do not have wheelchair facilities.

FACILITIES

Wifi is available in the studio.
Teas and coffees will be provided by us.
For 3+ hours long sessions we will have a 15 minutes break, for 6+ hours long sessions we will have a half hour lunch break.
There are two coffee shops and free parking spaces on site.
We run a variety of courses which are related to this topic and that would allow you to expand your knowledge. Please find the complete list of courses HERE.
We also provide the opportunity for people to practise on our sewing machines, tools and studio space.
We reserve a special discount for people who have previously been a student of ours. If you book any of our courses or our drop-in service within 6 months from the completion of a class, you will receive 10% off your next booking.
I am Sara, the director of The London Leather Workshop.
My educational background includes studies in Rome and the UK in fashion and accessory design, pattern making, garment and accessory construction, product development, and marketing and economics in the fashion field.
Alongside my work experience, I have undergone professional training in bag making in Milan and traditional leathercraft skills in Florence.
With two decades of experience in the accessory industry, I offer my professional services to startups and established brands, locally and internationally.
Through a range of private and group classes at The London Leather Workshop, I share my expertise, knowledge, and skills with aspiring leather craftspeople, individuals pursuing a career in this field, and professionals aiming to enhance their skill sets.

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