Leather is the best material to cover a car seat, easy chair, or a sofa. If you happen to tear yours, then you will be forced to buy a new one or call a leather expert to repair it. A leather repair should take less than an hour. To avoid the last-minute rush when your leather is torn, you can buy materials required for a leather repair or cover your leather with the vinyl kit. Leather materials have different colors depending on the use and the choice of the user. Most of the leather materials usually are black and also brown.
Steps to following for Leather Repair
After getting the leather repair kits, the following are the stops you should follow when doing leather repair.
1. Locate Tear From Outside
In case the material you are repairing has several tears, you should locate the area you intend to repair from the outside and possibly mark it with your eyes or apply some light paint. After the location, you should have a sewing needle, sharp scissors, thread, fabric scrap that has the same color as your leather material for uniformity, tape, and fabric glue (it is the most recommendable).
2. Locate the Tear From Inside
Turn the material inside out and locate the area noted in (1) above. This is to avoid repairing the wrong section in case the material has several tears. Especially materials purchased and used for a while may have more tears than newer ones. Low-quality leathers also tear faster compared to high-quality ones.
When purchasing, most of the buyers tend to mistake the two and tend to buy low quality because it is cheaper. It is good to touch and feel the texture then buy the thicker ones. After locating, apply the light paint from inside now. Make sure you can hold the torn section. If not so, you can use the scissors to extend the cut so that you can hold the tear firmly.
3. Clean the Section surrounding The Tear
It is essential to clean the area around the tear so that the next step can be easy. Failure to clean the torn part can lead to inconveniences because the dirt will separate the patch and the material you are repairing. Also, make sure you clean the patch as well. Leave the two to dry up properly because when wet, the glue will take time.
4. Apply Fabric Glue
Let the material remain inside out and apply glue on a patch the fix it around the tear. The fabric should be bigger than the tear on the material so that it can cover properly. Put one hand in the inside of the material and the other on the outside. Press the patch together firmly for a few minutes to give time to the glue to hold the two materials together. The material of the patch should be the same color as the torn material, and also it should accommodate the glue faster and easier to save time and the energy of the person repairing. A colorless glue is better because, after use, the remainder can be stored for other uses in the future to save cost.
5. Sew the Tear
After the glue has dried, carefully sew together the patch and the material a few centimeters from the torn part. Make sure you sew it uniformly to avoid disappoints by the client or the owner or personal disappoints. Take time to note where to seal and where the needle should be pierced and also use a thread matching the same color as the materials for uniformity purposes.
Also, the distance between the tears should be the same and not so large so that the patch can serve you longer. When protective sewing measures should be taken to avoid the repairer from being injured by the needle used.
6. Remove the Unsewed parts of the Patch
Carefully remove the parts outside the unsewed are that are not part of the seal using sharp scissors. Now you can put the material inside out and use it appropriately. Handle it with care to avoid another tear, which can mess us the whole process if the patch hasn’t sealed well and may need time.
It is advisable to consult a pro to seal a tear if you are unsure. If you cannot access a patch of the same color as your parent material, you can purchase one from the repairers at a low price. A patch of a different color may look odd.