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03 Feb 2008 - 13:341540
Leatherette woes
Hey guys, I'm actually making progress on my costumes for Minami now, but I've come across a small problem!

I've had some leatherette stored for a long time and where it was folded there are huge creases. As well as making the fabric hang at an odd angle, in some cases it seems to have marked the fabric somehow.

I'm pretty sure ironing it will just cause it to melt, but I dont really have enough material to test it out anyway. I've piled some heavy books on top of some pieces to stop it curling, but I wondered if there was a way to tone down the lines folding has left. I wouldn't mind if it was random marks as leather often has, but straight vertical lines dont really give the impression of being 'worn'! XD

Has anyone come accross this and found a way to get rid of the marks?


03 Feb 2008 - 15:281541
I think your doing all you can for the time being all of my leatherett creases dropped out with time...

Had a similar problem with Clive except it was rolled up for months and it kept curling as i was cutting it and sewing it :S

Once it was sewn together it was still bending out of shape so i just kept adding pressure on the seams and now it holds its shape

Ambers just peered over my shoulder and said a wet cloth / tea towel and a cool iron just enough to make the leatherett warm should make it go back to normal...

I would say try it out on an off cut first if you have any


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03 Feb 2008 - 17:451542
You could also try hanging it somewhere hot and steamy (ooo eerr) That works on most fabric that would be damaged by excessive heat. Otherwise I'd try ironing with something imbetween like Amber suggested.


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04 Feb 2008 - 11:261554
I had to iron creases into a Tifa costume I made using leatherette, I found a cool iron on a tea-towel over the fabric (leathery side down) does work, just remember to do it in small bursts, as holding the iron down too long will cause it to melt.

Hold the iron down for 5 seconds (on the coolest setting) pull it off, give it 15-20 seconds to cool down again, then peel the tea-towel off to see how it looks then repeat if necessary, I found this did work, but it can be quite time consuming, but better than forking out for lots of new material!


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04 Feb 2008 - 11:281555
Oh additional tip, when you come to sew it, put some talcum/baby powder on it, it will go through your machine much easier (and easy really simple to brush off again) Leatherette has a nasty habit of getting stuck in sewing machines


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04 Feb 2008 - 11:361558
Cheers for your input guys, I braved the iron + teatowel idea, it worked fairly well! (But I did also melt a bit when getting overconfident, so yeah...leatherette is an easy material to muck up XD)

I think because its plastic folding it has actually damaged it, or stretched the surface, as you can still see lines where the leather effect has been 'bunched up'. A lot less noticeable now though! I guess the moral of the story is dont leave leatherette folded at the bottom of a box for a few years Or roll it up instead!


04 Feb 2008 - 11:411559
Quote GunstarVixen:
Oh additional tip, when you come to sew it, put some talcum/baby powder on it, it will go through your machine much easier (and easy really simple to brush off again) Leatherette has a nasty habit of getting stuck in sewing machines


Cool idea, might have to try that out! Though knowing me, I'll make a hell of a mess XD Apparently you can also buy a teflon coating foot for your sewing machine, allowing you to sew things like pvc and such with very little trouble!

I was lucky that I've found a type of leatherette that actually sews fine, I have no idea what the difference is, but it doesn't stick! It looks a bit more fake than some types of leatherette, but it sews wonderfully I find if there are a few rolls of leatherette available, rub the material against itself - the easier/slippier is, the easier it is to sew. Of course most places dont stock more than one roll of leatherette in any colour


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