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Bring precision, power and productivity to your leatherwork! The Sailrite® Leatherwork® Sewing Machine is ideal for the avid and novice leatherworker. Based on our world-renowned, heavy-duty portable sewing machine, the Sailrite® Ultrafeed®, the Leatherwork Sewing Machine features knurled presser feet engineered to not mar or damage leather. The machine has been specially tuned by our sewing machine technicians to sew up to 16 oz. leather. This machine meets the unique needs of DIY leatherworkers looking for an economical, entry-level leather hobbyist sewing machine backed by top-notch features, accessories and customer support.
Does your leatherwork require uniform, perfectly even stitchwork? Are you looking for a faster alternative to hand stitching? Look no further. The Leatherwork Sewing Machine features a powerful, straight stitch walking foot sewing machine in a space-saving stationary setup.
What Can It Sew?
If you’re looking for an economical way to delve into the world of leather crafting, choose the Leatherwork Sewing Machine. The machine will sew bags, belts, wallets and more! It's ideal for crafters wanting to sew leather up to 16 oz. or 1/4-inch total thickness. You can use thread up to V-92 (Tex 90) and needles up to #22 with this machine, although we recommend V-92 Polyester and #20 DI Leather Needles for most applications.
Perfect for both introductory crafters and seasoned leather crafters, this machine can sew a number of materials. The Leatherwork beautifully handles the following types of leather up to 16 oz. and 1/4 inch thick:
- Upholstery leather
- Veg tan leather
- Garment leather
- Belt leather
- Hair on hides
- Harness leather
- Bridle leather
- Saddle leather
- Latigo leather
- And more
Though designed as a leather machine, with the right presser feet, feed dogs and easy tension adjustments the Leatherwork can also sew:
- Upholstery fabric
- Waxed canvas
- And more
We recommend this machine for anyone looking to predominantly sew leather while saving money and space with a more compact stationary footprint. The Leatherwork is a cut above the rest thanks to the following:
- Mistakes in leather can be costly and leave permanent holes, meaning you might have to start over or scrap your whole project. To make every stitch count, the Leatherwork utilizes a built-in speed reducer for slow, controlled sewing. This is especially useful for first-time crafters getting the hang of things.
- The machine’s knurled presser feet are designed for sewing leather without marring. Additional smooth-bottom feet and feed dogs can be purchased for the most delicate surfaces.
- The walking foot design allows you to easily transition through varying layers of material.
- Sewing materials such as upholstery, canvas, denim and waxed canvas is even better with the purchase of additional presser feet and feed dogs.
- Any accessory available on our site that is compatible with the Ultrafeed® LS-1 Sewing Machine will fit this machine, such as our magnetic sewing guides, binder attachments, specialty feet and more!
This machine features a compact stationary table setup for more stability and control while you work. The Leatherwork head fits snugly within its custom lacquered tabletop. The sturdy steel legs provide a lasting, secure setup, and the table’s integrated foot treadle powers the machine. With this space-saving assembly, you’ll have the perfect amount of work area for leather crafting along with the freedom to move the setup around your shop if you need to.
The strong, cast-iron Leatherwork head is exceptional in every way. The casting and internal component molds have been carefully designed by Sailrite to produce a more robust machine and ensure quality. These molds are used exclusively for our machine production, promising quality stitching and a long machine life. Both the internal and external components are made using only the highest quality materials for exceptional performance.
Full Power & Control
The Leatherwork Package includes the Sailrite® Power Plus® Balance Wheel for slow speed power and control. It enables you to sew leather and other thick assemblies at comfortably slow speeds without power loss. Our Workhorse® Servo Motor and a set of cogged belts power the machine in combination with a pulley drive system. This pulley drive system is the built-in speed reducer attached to the underside of the tabletop. Much like how a pulley system can help lift a heavy object, the pulley drive system on the Leatherwork enhances low speed torque. The Power Plus Balance Wheel, Workhorse Servo Motor, two-belt drive system and built-in speed reducer all work together to slow down the machine for precise, controlled stitching. At the same time, these mechanisms provide immense power, allowing the machine’s needle to pierce leather effortlessly.
A Sailrite exclusive, the Workhorse Servo Motor is a 550 watt, 3/4 horsepower servo motor designed for continuous use on industrial sewing machines. This quiet, energy-saving motor features a 12 coil design, which creates smooth motor rotation and a fluid motor to machine power transfer. A brushless motor, the Workhorse provides high torque even from a complete stop! This servo motor also offers fully adjustable speed settings, which let you set your top sewing speed while maintaining variable speed control. Variable speed settings range from 1/2 stitch per second up to 412 stitches per minute. This motor works in conjunction with our oversized Power Plus Balance Wheel for optimal performance. Factor in the built-in speed reducer for careful, precise stitching and you have a machine ready for your next big leather project!
Patented Posi-Pin® Safety Shear
This patented sacrificial pin (Patent #7438009) protects your machine from damage. If you sew over something you shouldn’t, the pin will break and your machine will stop operating in order to protect the machine. Pulling the pin out also makes the machine stop working, which is an excellent additional safety feature. As an added perk, it also makes winding bobbins quick and easy. No other dedicated leather sewing machine on the market has this patented safety feature.
Simple, Straightforward Sewing
The Leatherwork’s interchangeable feet and feed dog give you the ability to sew a wide range of materials. The machine comes equipped with specially designed leather/delicate feet and feed dog with knurled teeth that will not mar most leatherwork. The mechanical walking presser foot works with the feed dog to pull thick layers of leather and other materials through the machine at consistent speeds for symmetrical stitching. This walking foot is ideal for tackling different layers and varying thicknesses of leather as it can climb over them with ease. This makes it incredibly versatile!
The EZ Set™ Stitch Length Plate helps to keep your stitch length consistent when switching from forward to reverse. Switching directions is made quick and easy by the spring-loaded stitch length lever. Easily maintain your stitch placement with 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch, 3/4-inch and 1-inch markings right on the needle plate.
Find out more about the EZ Set Stitch Length Plate by reading this informative blog: ”What Is the EZ Set Stitch Length Plate?”
Sew With Confidence
Every Leatherwork machine is assembled, tested and tuned at our Indiana manufacturing facility by trained Sailrite technicians. To help you set up and maintain your sewing machine, each machine includes an in-depth guidebook outlining setup and use of your machine, maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as detailed parts schematics. You can also access Sailrite’s collection of free tutorial videos and instructional content on our website at any time for guidance or project inspiration.
For even more information regarding this machine, visit our in-depth blog ”Why Choose the Leatherwork Sewing Machine?”. To learn about the invention of the machine that heavily influenced the Leatherwork, the Ultrafeed Sewing Machine, and how it evolved over time, head to our Ultrafeed History page.
Our Support Guarantee
We are committed to helping you get the most out of your Leatherwork machine. That’s why we are proud to offer you personalized support for the lifetime of your machine. We’ll be here to help you service your machine with in-depth videos, one-on-one support, and a five-year limited machine warranty and a one-year limited motor warranty (see Warranty PDF below). Should you need them, we have replacement parts in stock and ready to ship out to you and, if all else fails, you can always send your machine back to us for repairs.
We’re easy to get in touch with via phone, email or the chat function on our website if you ever have questions.
Your Leatherwork Sewing Machine Package Includes:
- Sailrite® Leatherwork® Sewing Machine
- Posi-Pin® Safety Shear — 4 sacrificial pins
- Steel legs and frame with foot treadle
- Lacquered tabletop with thread stand
- Power Plus® Balance Wheel
- Sailrite® Workhorse® Servo Motor and speed reducer
- EZ Set™ Stitch Length Plate
- Magnetic LED Light
- V-92 White Polyester Thread
- Sewing machine oil
- 4 bobbins
- Tool Kit
- 10 - #18 DI leather needles
- 10 - #20 DI leather needles
- 3 - #20 sharp needles
- 1 - #20 DI leather needle (installed)
- Comprehensive guidebook
- Five-year limited warranty (machine); one-year limited warranty (motor)
|Sewing Speed:||1/2 stitch per second up to 412 stitches per minute|
|Straight Stitch Length:||Max. 6mm|
|Presser Foot Lift:||3/8"|
|Feed Type:||Walking Foot|
|Shuttle:||Oscillating (Cam/Rocker Arm Driven)|
|Power:||110V A.C., 3/4th hp, 4.5 amps|
|Needle Bar Stroke:||34mm|
|Underarm Space:||7" x 4.5"|
|Bed Size:||14.5" x 7"|
|Tabletop Dimensions:||23.5"W x 18.75"D x 29.5"H|
|Bobbin Size:||Class 15 / Style A|
|Compatible Needles:||System 135 x 16, System 135 x 17|
|Needle Size Range:||#10–#22|
|Thread Size Range:||Home–V-92|
|Thread Take-Up Lever:||Link Type|
|Warranty:||5 Years (Machine); 1 Year (Motor)|
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Demo of Leatherwork® Sewing Machine
Assembly of Leatherwork® Sewing Machine
Using Your Leatherwork® Sewing Machine
Testing Sewing Speeds on the Sailrite® Leatherwork® Sewing Machine
This machine took an hour or two to set up, which isn’t a bad thing because it gets you familiar with every part and it’s function. After the initial set up I went ahead and wound all the extra bobbins included to get the hang of that, then it was time to sew. The Sailrite Leatherwork made sewing my leather totes, and liners onto my belts a breeze! I’ve only made it to speed 15 on the speed reducer and it is plenty fast. I am more than happy with my purchase of this machine it has really leveled up my leather business. Thank you guys for such a well built device!
Awesome Design and Functions.
Nice machine. Took a little while to put it all together but it helped understand how it all works. So far I have used it on three projects and couldn't be happier with how it sews!
Great for beginners
The instructions and packaging were a bit of a nuisance, it took me far too long to find certain bits because they were just in separate boxes. That won’t take away from the entire purchase. It is absolutely amazing. I’ve had the machine for 3 days and it’s already saved my hands. This machine has gotten rid of my bottle neck allowing me to take on different projects that I wasn’t realistically able to do for customers because of the time spent hand sewing. All the controls are super simple and this machine can be customized for the customer. It was a well thought out machine and well worth the price.
Sews leather great!
Great control and power.
It took a little bit to setup, but once I was done there is nothing stopping this little machine. I've been sewing leather and heavy canvas with ease. The servo motor is keystone to this thing. The slow speed control makes all the difference in the world for me when sewing my projects epically the heavy leather.
Finally the machine I was looking for
After buying several "heavy duty" type sewing machines to learn and sew light to medium leathers, I have found a winner. The others struggled but this has been fantastic! Sews with ease through leather the other machines struggled with. VERY HAPPY!
Great commercial machine
This machine is elegant yet industrial. Its like a ballerina with a chainsaw. I love it. It will also probably outlast me.
One of the best purchases I’ve ever made! The table makes it super easy to use and move around. The machine it very user friendly especially for those new to sewing machines. The only thing I’ve changed on it since I got it was the tension which is a really easy to use know on the front and with its ultra slow speed it’s been a great addition to the arsenal of tools,
This is a awesome machine and easy to use. Just a little on the pricey side.