Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
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To those who don't know, machine-stitched leathers are far more likely to come undone than those properly hand-stitched. This is because if one machined stitch breaks, the remainder can run, something that doesn't happen with traditional double-hand-stitching.
It's awkward explaining how to stitch leathers without diagrams, though in terms of the actual mechanics it's quite straightforward. You need two blunt needles (plaiting needles are fine) linen thread (plaiting thread is fine, too, so long as it's 3-cord or thicker) wax (a candle will do but beeswax for preference) and something to hold the leather while you stitch. A proper clam works best but I have used a small vice. The most time-consuming part is always picking out the old thread so you can re-use the existing stitchholes. You may need to open these up a bit - again, a proper awl is best but a small screwdriver blade will do at a push.
I'd trawl the net, or even pick up a book on leatherwork from your local library to see how the stitching method works. One thing to check though, before you consider trying it, is the wear point where the sirrup iron sits. If the leather seems to be getting thin there, buy a new pair.
Best of luck :)