What is saddle stitching?

There is so much skill, love and energy that goes into the creation of each chocolate brownie piece. I would love for you to understand the techniques behind chocolate brownie leather goods, and I feel the best place to start is to explain the technique of saddle stitching.

Saddle stitching dates back hundreds of years. It is a very strong stitch, that you use when hand stitching leather. It is tremendously stronger than a machine made stitch, and much more flexible. This style of stitch cannot be replicated by a machine because a machine’s needles cannot change direction. The diagram below depicts the two stitches and their differences.

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Saddle stitching requires two needles to pass through the same hole, with an awl first piercing that hole and guiding the first needle through. The second needle then goes through the same hole and both ends are pulled tight. I start the process again by using the awl to create the next hole in the seam… the needle in your right hand goes through the hole to left, and then the needle in your left hand then goes through the hole to the right. The ends are once again pulled tight. This process is continued for the full length of your seam, and you lock off your stitches at the end by going backwards two or four stitches. It’s a complicated but repetitive process, so I thought I would provide you with a video to show you the process. This video is of a highly skilled Hermes Leather Craftsman.

The reason why I use saddle stitching is because it creates a piece of greater quality. The style of stitching provides longevity for each piece. If a stitch breaks, the seam will not come undone and you can continue to use it until it’s repaired… and it is very easy to repair. This traditional technique has a certain aesthetic about it that boasts solidarity and refinement