In this day and age it’s easy to think that hand stitching is about as backwards as it gets (and you wouldn’t be far wrong), but the simple truth is that no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t achieve the quality that we wanted using a machine stitch. We know it seems like madness, but allow us a few minutes to explain and we hope you’ll understand!
Our goal has always been to produce items with subtle but definite quality cues, and one of those cues is quite how meticulous our stitching is! For instance, you’ll notice on our iPad cases our stitches are less that 3mm from the outside edge, yet they’re far far stronger than most machine stitched cases (see 'Saddle stitching' below)
|All our leather is stitched less than 2mm from the edge. We doubt you will ever achieve those kind of details using a machine!
It was equally important to us that our stitching was straight, and the only way we felt we could guarantee straight lines was to sew them by hand! Sewing machines can stitch very fast, but as soon as you increase speed you run the risk of the stitching going offline. Our leather is expensive, so we’d really rather not throw too many rejects in the bin!
The technique we use produces a groove in the leather surface which allows the thread to sit ‘in’ the leather rather than ‘on’ the leather. This reduces the risk of things rubbing against the threads which in turn significantly reduces the chances of the thread wearing thin, fraying and subsequently breaking.
Most machines stich with two threads, but neither thread actually goes through and around the opposite side of the fabric, the threads merely loop around each other rather than around the material being stitched. This is a fundamental limitation of machine stitching.
When you stitch by hand though, you have complete control, and we religiously use a two needle saddle stitch where each needle passes completely through both pieces, weaving in and out with every single stitch. To the best of our knowledge, there is no stronger stitch than the hand saddle stitch. It's a little difficult to explain in words, but I hope my crude illustration helps to explain it!
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