Repair or mend a seam on the leather sofa


On many leather sofas, the seams are hidden in folds, so even imperfect stitching prevents further damage without being visible. The seam on a leather sofa often reveals the quality of workmanship used by the manufacturer. It is important to prevent leather edges and ends from fraying and tearing.

Tubular construction

For each maintenance cleaning in the context of regular care, the seams often hidden in leather creases should be checked for integrity. Good yarns become elastic again thanks to special care products. Even at the first signs of damage such as the emergence of individual thread and yarn ends should be repaired immediately.

Leather seams are usually tubular. When sewing this tubular course is maintained, if there are no detached leather edges. Should the leather have come loose in places, the extent of the damage will determine the further course of action. If the leather of the couch has a reserve of elasticity and can be re-tensioned, a more elaborate repair can be avoided. If the leather at the seam is damaged or torn off or torn, this spot must be repaired like a hole in the leather sofa.

Select matching leather needle

When choosing the right leather needle for sewing, the optimum balance between diameter and yarn thickness must be found. The puncture holes should be as small as possible but as large as necessary. Grooves should not be placed closer than two centimeters to a leather edge.

Leather needles are semi-circular or crescent-shaped. The choice is determined by the degree of accessibility of the seam and the personal handling feeling. Should old puncture holes be present after old yarn has been removed, it is advantageous to reuse them. Each saved new puncture hole reduces the number of potential later detachments.

How to fix the seam on your leather sofa

  • Ledergarn
  • Maybe textile yarn adhesive
  • Crescent-shaped or semicircular leather needle
  • nail scissors

1. Prepare old seam

Remove any loose twine ends at the damaged seam. Cut off the ends. For natural yarn, you can optionally seal the ends with a droplet of textile adhesive. For plastic yarns, a brief careful flaming can perform the same function.

2. Test the clamping behavior

Relax the leather as much as possible at the point where you put one stitch at a time. Most leather can be made more elastic by walking.

3. After sewing

Put the stitches U-shaped and start at the less loaded sofa pull side.

Tips & Tricks

If you choose stronger yarn, you will save stitches. But use a yarn that is no more than twice the thickness of the old yarn.


Video Board: How to Hand Sew a Broken Seam on a Leather Recliner