Repair >> Simple Leather Repair
In terms of color, be aware that natural wear and fading is inevitable
with leather. Actualy, quality leather will look better with time
as long as it receives the proper maintenance. If you have an
aniline or pigmented leather item that has faded, use a leather
protector or conditioning product for leather repair.
If you have an item where the color has been damaged, you will
need to have it re-colored by someone who does leather repair
If you have a leather item that is not as soft as you would like
it to be, try a hand lotion that contains lanolin.
NOTE: Lanolin should not be full strength, not
put directly on the leather and never applied to unfinished leather.
If your leather still feels too stiff even after the standard
conditioning treatments, you might need a product that is used
with heavier leathers, say for motorcycle riding leathers or firefighter’s
gear. Ask a pro what they think might work best. If the item needs
serious leather repair then don't try to do it yourself.
Rips and Tears
Depending on how thick the leather is, you will want to consider
taking it to a professional verses doing it yourself. It is possible
to stitch and sew leather if you have the right tools, but if
your sewing machine is not designed for leather then you're asking
for trouble. Attempting to sew your item by hand is an accident
waiting to happen unless you are experienced at leather repair.
If the leather repair job looks extensive and the garment is
worth it, then I recommend paying a professional to do it for
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