One of the benefits of choosing leathercraft as a hobby is that it can grow with you. By this I mean that though the world of leatherwork can be quite complex, with intricate projects, specialized skills, and an abundance of choices, it can also be simple as you begin. First projects can be straightforward, requiring only a few basic skills. Likewise, there is no need for a large investment in leatherworking tools. While there are certainly a wide variety of tools available in all price ranges and to match all skill levels, getting started only really requires a basic few.
Needle and Thread
Perhaps the most basic tool needed is a needle and thread that can be used to stitch leather. Obviously, the needle and thread used for an embroidery project or a standard sewing craft will not do the job on leather. You’ll have to get a heavyweight needle that is durable enough to stitch through leather. For best results, you should select lacing or waxed thread specifically designed for leather.
Sharp Knife and Cutting Board
Another basic that you can’t do without is a sharp knife or cutting utensil. Again, regular crafting scissors will probably not work on leather. They are just not heavy-duty enough to make a clean cut through leather. It is important that you always keep any knife or cutting utensil sharpened. A dull knife will not be effective, and it can also be dangerous. It might slip, resulting in a cut to your skin rather than the leather. When using a knife, you’ll also want to make sure you have the proper surface on which to cut.
Stitching Pony or Clam
While these may sound like they belong on a farm or at the beach, a stitching pony or a stitching clam are actually basic leatherworking tools. Similar to a vice or a clip, these tools are used to keep your leather project in place. A stitching pony or a stitching clam is not essential, but these tools can make your leather work easier. By holding your project still, they can make the difference between an unmanageable project and an enjoyable project.
Groover, Spacer, and Beveler
While not absolutely necessary, leather groovers, spacers, and bevelers can do a lot to give your leatherwork a more professional appearance. Groovers are used to make a groove in the leather along a straight line. This line shows where stitches should be placed. Spacers can then be used to measure an even distance between the individual stitches. Once the places for the stitches are marked, you can make neat and attractive stitches without much trouble. Another tool that is helpful though not required is a beveler. With a beveler, you can round off the uneven edges of any piece of leather. This extra step gives your leather project a more finished look.
There are many, many more tools that you can utilize as you become a skilled leathercrafter. However, you can get started with these few. Whether you are looking for the very basics or for highly specialized tools, you can find them all on the StecksStore website. Get what you need for your first project (or your next project) and save the more advanced gadgets for another day!