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Leather Sewing Skills

Leather Sewing Skills

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Elaine Loft


This is a great introduction into the leather accessories making process and will help you develop essential sewing skills. To start, you will learn how to identify different types of sewing machines both industrial and domestic and have an understanding of what each type of machine is used for. You will understand the threading sequence and bobbin winding methods for each machine . You will then progress to learning a range of stitch techniques. By the end of the five days you will have made a pack of stitch samples and be confident in using a range of sewing machines. You will also create a fabric bag to keep all your samples in.

The course is in two parts and includes the following: 

Part 1:

  • Threading of a cylinder arm machine, a post machine and a flatbed machine
  • Know the difference, benefits and limitations of all of the above 
  • Look at and use different feet and their uses
  • Understand thread types and needle sizes 
  • Be able to trouble shoot and correct common machine faults 
  • Understand machine maintenance and ways to avoid major faults occurring 

Part 2:

  • Learn a range of seam types and edge finishes for all styles of bag 
  • A range of decorative stitch techniques including Zig Zag and binding and piping 
  • How to stitch a ‘T’ Base bag 


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Elaine Loft is a designer maker with 35+ years experience in the field of footwear and accessories. After training at the world famous Cordwainers College (now part of London College of Fashion), Elaine worked in the industry and travelled to Italy to develop her skills and knowledge of bespoke and fashion leather goods. She returned to Cordwainers in 1984 to begin her teaching career, where she remained for 26 years before leaving to pursue her own business and develop her collection in 2011. 


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Pens
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Notebook
  • Small sharp scissors

Available dates

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