If you need to dye it, now is the time. I then read about spray adhesive!!!! Before I start work I just thought I'd run this one past the gang to learn what can go wrong, what I need to make sure I do and how to guarantee a successful job. Bree - this is definitely one for you, but anyone else's opinion would be gratefully received. My Special Tip is: use rubber cement to hold a paper pattern to the leather while cutting. Make the hole big enough for your hand to fit through. I have been sewing patches on biker coats,vests,etc. Both of which are great quality where one of them is a heavy grade leather with deep pockets and the other is a lightweight soft leather.
Sew the patch onto the leather vest, starting at 1 of the corners. You may not even want to actually paint a logo on this, and instead patch or stud it, but it can add an extra wow element to a standard vest. Then put little tabs of masking tape as register marks, so I can place them exactly. Use studs liberally to hold multiple pieces together when it gets too thick for your sewing machine. Of course I was watching the Olympics and hemmed a pair of cut off uniform pants to make shorts, too.
Thread I do not recommend trying to use the wimpy standard thread. Single-hook blades, made in Sheffield, sold cheaply on ebay. I think that covers it. You can repair sleeve zippers, go through small holes in the lining to get somewhere, etc. Then, when I had each one where I wanted it, I traced it with a Fisher Space Pen, then removed the patch and the tape. Knot and snip the thread when you are done.
I also sell a variety of motorcycle apparel, patches and accessories. He would slap on some cement on the patch and then some where it was to go. I wiped down the spot on the Jacket with acetone. I used to use a technique I learned from an old biker leather guy named Ray Pruitt. It is better to use a table top so you can get them as flat as possible.
A whipstitch may be visible on the border, but a running stitch may be visible inside the border. It gives it that extra crusty look. You will remove it before you finish sewing the patch. Pins work ok, but are hard to insert and can cause puckering, and some folks don't like for us to add more holes to their leather without putting thread in it. Try to get the needle just inside the embroidered border of the patch.
Where do I start and finish - to stick or not to stick; and what do I stick 'em with? Took frigging forever the whole Jacket took months. Use super 77 to baste the patch in place. Then I removed the outline from the Fisher Space Pen by licking my finger, and rubbing the ink mark until it vanished. The leather especially with the patches was too thick to really push a needle through, even with a thimble, so I used needle nose pliers to pull the needle through on each side of each stitch. The fact that you are not interested in their occasional self-promotion does not make it spam. This also has the added benefit of covering over the points of the prongs that can snag on your shirt under your vest. Currently I have two different types of men's vests.
Once the going gets tough - lots of converging seams, uneven bulk beneath the presser foot and layers of springy leather under the needle - you may find that your machine skips stitches. Push the needle up through the back of the leather and out through the front of the patch. Click on the image above to see my gallery of large patches on back of vests. In my opinion, cheaper is better. You cover details on finishing touches that some bloggers skim over. The vest has multiple pockets, both outside and inside, and I needed them all to be functional by the end of this endeavor.
Where do I start and finish - to stick or not to stick; and what do I stick 'em with? Sergers: Babylock Enlighten and Babylock Ovation. It actually costs me to get the patches sewn on vests as I currently use Bulldog Leather on Main Street to get the patches on. Once you have sewn a third of the patch onto the leather, stop. That's when a little Goo Gone or citrus type solvent works wonders. Push the needle back through the leather, then pull on it to tighten the stitch. Pretty soon however, I will buy my own sewing machine, and have my wife learn how to sew before we begin to customize vests anyway you like with all sorts of small and large patches.
I was curious to know if interfacing could be used in the collar and front bands, so now I know. Makes doing sleeve patches a breeze, and you can go as slow as you like. He also used 29-4's for his work. The owner of the patch and jacket was very careful as you can imagine when using super glue to place the patch in a key position. If they are pinned and ready to go, it shouldn't take very long.
I prefer to sew exactly on the inside seam of the embroidered edge of the patch. My next joy is motorcycle riding; behind my husband or on my own motor trike. Although, try not to overdo the tape on areas that will later be stitched - it can gunk up your needle. Thanks for the leather sewing tips. The 29k just does not stitch clean enough for my standards working this way presents it challenges but with a couple simple tricks these are easily overcome. Place the patch on the vest where you want it to go.