Saddle stitch


Saddle stitch is a hand-sewing stitch commonly used in bookbinding, saddle and bridle making, leathercraft, and shoemaking.

Structure edit

Saddle stitch uses two threads in alternating running stitches through a single line of holes. The holes may be created by the sewing needles themselves in lighter materials, or by an awl,[1] pricking iron,[2] or stitching iron[3] in thicker materials, such as leather.

Compared to the more common lockstitch often sewn by machine, breaking one side of a saddle stitch loosens only one side of the stitch, rather than several surrounding stitches on both sides.[4]

Notes edit

  1. ^ Stohlman 1976, p. 4.
  2. ^ Michael 1993, p. 47.
  3. ^ Armitage 2020, p. 39.
  4. ^ Stohlman 1976, p. 3.

References edit

  • Armitage, Nigel (2020). Leathercraft: Traditional Handcrafted Leatherwork Skills and Projects. Schiffer Craft. ISBN 9780764360398.
  • Michael, Valerie (1993). The Leatherworking Handbook: A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects. Cassell Illustrated. ISBN 9781844034741.
  • Stohlman, Al (1976). The Art of Hand Sewing Leather. Tandy Leather Co. ISBN 9781892214911.