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Getting Started FAQs

Which leather thickness do I need for my project?

Our Leather Conversion Chart contains leather thicknesses and common applications. Find it here: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/leather-101/leather-thickness.

What is the difference between Fiebing's Pro Dye and Fiebing's Leather Dye?

Pro Dye’s dyeing agent is oil based, so it completely is absorbed into the leather. This premium dye provides thorough, uniform coverage and is less likely to fade over time. Leather Dye is an economical choice and contains an alcohol-based dyeing agent. Once your dye has dried, it is important to wipe the surface of your project to remove leftover pigment and avoid rub-off.

Where can I find instructional videos?

Explore our bank of free leathercraft video tutorials at: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/how-to-videos

I am just starting out. Which leathercraft tools do I need?

Watch this video from our in-house leathercraft expert Chuck Dorsett for tool recommendations and tips for getting started: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/leather-101/getting-started-in-leathercrafting

What is the difference between chrome and veg tanned leather?

Chrome tanned leather is tanned with soluble chromium salts, primarily chromium sulfate. The chrome tanning process takes significantly less time than the veg tanning process, making chrome tanned leather an economical choice for leathercrafters. Chrome tanned leather comes in a wide range of brilliant colors and is characteristically supple, making it ideal for upholstery, bags and garments. It is important to note that chrome tanned leather can cause metals to tarnish over time.

The vegetable tanning process utilizes tannins obtained from bark, wood or other parts of plants and trees, and it is a much longer process than chrome tanning. Veg tanned leather is a blank canvas that can be stamped, tooled, dyed, molded and more. It is prized by leather artisans for its exceptional beauty and workability.

Learn more about the difference between chrome tanning and veg tanning by watching this video from leathercraft expert Chuck Dorsett: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/how-to-videos/tools/chrome-tanned-vs-vegetable-tanned-leather

What does grade “tannery run” mean?

We buy and sell our leather as tannery run (TR), meaning it consists of 20% A grade, 50% B grade, 20% C grade and 10% utility grade. Learn more about leather grades at https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/leather-101/leather-grades.

What is the difference between the leather grades?

Find a complete explanation of leather grades at: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/leather-101/leather-grades.

What is the difference between full grain, top grain and corrected grain?

Full grain leather is the highest quality; it comes from the top layer of the hide and includes all of the natural grain. Top grain leather is sanded or buffed to remove imperfections and provide a uniform appearance. Corrected grain leather is sanded and deeply buffed to remove most or all of the blemishes and then stamped or embossed with artificial grain.

What are the differences among harness, latigo and bridle leathers?

Check out our leather glossary to understand the differences among these leathers: https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/learn/leather-101/leather-terminology

What is the strength and diameter of your sewing machine thread?

Size 69 is 11 lbs. in strength and .2931 mm in diameter.

Size 92 is 15 lbs. in strength and .33782 mm in diameter.

Size 138 is 22 lbs. in strength and .41402 mm in diameter.

Size 207 is 32 lbs. in strength and .508 mm in diameter.

Size 277 is 45 lbs. in strength and .58674 mm in diameter.

Size 346 is 50 lbs. in strength and .633 mm in diameter.