What Is A Leather Repair?
Damaged Leather Seat For Leather Repair
A leather repair covers a wide aspect of services. This is where the leather is repaired to make it usable again or colour restored or even re upholstered.
Leather repairs often involve sewing works, some can do this, where others are not prepared to get involved and this is passed to a car seat re trimmer or an upholstery company to handle and undertake.
Having items repaired makes sense, it will considerably extend the life of a leather item, sometimes having repairs done can make items last hundred of years as long as the item is maintained and repairs are always carried out by professional leather repair companies.
Repairing car leather interiors and leather furniture is a relatively new concept compared to shoes, saddles and other equine items.
Tradition cobblers and shoemakers carry out different services when it comes to shoes and boot repairs. Soles can be replaced with new leather or even rubber, corner steels can be added to help reduce wear on shoe soles, shoes can be highly polished on specialist buffing machines with specific creams and waxes with carnauba built in to give them a deep shine and fantastic waterproof protection.
Long Reach Shoes Sewing Machine
The biggest problem people face with just replacing a panel of a leather item is colour matching, so traditionally leather would have been replaced on the full item. But today buying leather and carrying out full upholstery replacements are far more costly and sometimes makes it as much if not more than buying a new item.
There are companies around today who have built up many years’ experience and are regarded as the industry leaders that offer leather repair and preservation courses for all types of leather goods, from repairing furniture, car seats, leather jackets, handbags, classic cars and antique leather items.
Leather Repair Training Courses
Classic car restoration companies always offer a full retrim service to vehicles they were restoring. This, in our opinion, ruins a car and gets rid of perfectly good originality. How can a car be called all original and restored when the interior isn’t? Over the last 30 years people have begun to understand retaining the original leather interior in classic cars is far more valuable to the investment than replacing it, but restoration of classic car leather has to be carried out correctly to ensure patina is retained and this enhances the value of the vehicle
Saddle repairs have been carried for some considerable time, possibly the longest of all the trades is the repairs to saddles and shoes. Traditional saddlers can alter, repair and make goods bridles, buckles and straps that have been damaged with new leather and blend in the repairs with natural saddle waxes and soaps so it’s hardly visible and actually looks like it’s part of the original rather than a repair. Saddle care products can be purchased to help with the preservation and renovation of saddles, bridles and tack.
Saddle Repair & Colouring
Handbags and cases are also items that have become very collectable and rare, along with designer brands selling handbags for up to £100,000 per bag these can be restored and repaired. Zips can become broken and require replacements along with colouring works carried out.
Case & Bag Repair
Leather clothing is another sector where items can be repaired, motorcycle riders often suffer scuffs and damages to leathers. Fashion jackets have become very popular over the last 50 years. With designer companies offering expensive items the colour can still fade, tears can happen, linings can become damaged and zips do break, all these items can be repaired and colour can be sympathetically restored to match original leather jackets.
Leather Jacket Repair Before
Leather Jacket Repair