Hand Stitch is a time-tested and beautiful sewing method that can be a great success on many items. Many great craftsmen use hand-stitching techniques to make very beautiful items on leather, using very tough stitches through thick leather. Before the industrial revolution, machines were very expensive or non-existent. The sewing machine did not exist until 1846. The sewing machine did not begin mass production until 1850. There were several attempts before this, but they did not succeed. The first machine is a pedal machine driven by a foot pedal, followed by an electric sewing machine. Today's sewing machine at home is becoming a lost art. Hand sewing clothes are still rare.
Traditional hand stitching, also known as saddle stitching, uses two blunt needles, a sharp awl, usually a waxed linen thread, and great patience. This process is simple but difficult to master: mark your holes, pierce the holes with an awl, and then stitch the sides of the leather together with each needle. The main benefit comes from the last step. You can create a locking stitch by using two needles to enter the leather from both sides. When a portion of the stitch breaks, it does not affect the other stitched portions and the portion will remain together.
Handmade products are more relevant, you can really feel that there is a person behind this product. The imperfections of these projects are that they are different. However, hand stitching is very time consuming and therefore more expensive to manufacture.
At Aorta Lab, we chose to use nylon thread in the sewing machine for a number of reasons, but mainly because it is stronger than polyester. We are working hard to make a wallet that lasts for a lifetime, and the vegetable tanned leather will exist independently. Any fault point will be at the seam due to defective threads or stitching. Hand sewing is a dying art. The sewing machine took on a task, such as making wallets from a full-day event, which took only a few hours. Time is the main difference. We have come from a society where sewing is an important part of family responsibilities, to a society that relies on machinery to produce our clothing.
Although the machine is faster and more convenient to sew, hand-stitching is equally durable and reliable. Surprisingly, many stitches made on the sewing machine are very similar to hand stitching. Both hand sewing and machine sewing use back seams, running or sew stitching and top stitching. When you put time and resources into something, you want it to last and be better than what you can buy.
The huge difference between machine stitching and hand stitching comes down to aesthetics, time, project type and cost. Hand-stitched leather has a more rough and artisan feel and feel, and the machine-stitched leather has a more refined and clean look. According to the project, hand sewing requires about ten times the process time compared to machine stitching. Not surprisingly, a lot of labor costs have been added.