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How to Thread your HDSew PortaWalker Industrial Walking Foot Sewing Machine

Congratulations on your recent purchase of an HDSew PortaWalker sewing machine. Whether you purchased the 7″ or 9″ model, the steps to threading your sewing machine remain the same. First thing you should notice when you received your machine was that is was completely stitched in and ready to sew. However, the time has probably come for you to take the plunge and thread your machine by yourself.

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Here are the steps:
Step 1: Take the thread off the bobbin spindle.

Step 2: Wrap the thread around the front thread guide. This guide sits on the top of the machine, left hand side, on the corner near the two screw holes.

Step 3: Now take the thread into the right hole in the 3 Hole Thread Guide. This is directly underneath the front thread guide. Bring the thread back up above this 3 Hole Thread Guide and then insert it down the left hole. Both insertions should be down into these two holes.

Step 4: Make sure the presser foot is “up”. This is the black assembly on the upper left hand side of the machine.

Step 5: Take the thread from the 3 Hole Thread Guide straight down again…and into the tension disc area. Take the thread in between the two metal tension discs. There is one tension disc with a tounge on it and you want to place the thread right in front of this disc. You want to be going from right to left on this step. The thread should pull up the the spring and it should click.

Step 6: Next bring the thread upwards into the take up bar. Make sure this bar is in a good place and insert the thread from right to left. Then bring your thread down towards the needle assembly and snip the end of your thread with a pair of scissors.

Step 7: Next thread the needle mechanism guide from right to left. This thread guide is right above your needle.

Step 8: Drop your presser foot down for convenience and thread your needle from left to right only. Now you can bring your presser foot back up, turn the handwheel one full turn counter clockwise. This will pick up your thread and you are ready to sew!

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How to Sew Leather by HDSew

Sewing leather is a fine art. It can be very different to cover up any mistakes or blemishes. Many folks ask us “how do we sew leather?”


Here are some ideas:

1. Do not pin leather. You’ll need to purchase some pattern weights. These special weights locks your material down, just like a pin would.

2. Make sure and cut your leather with a sharp rotary cutter or a new pair of scissors. Rotary cutter is the best.

3. Examine your leather before you purchase and create your pattern. What happens if you get home and there is a small hole or imperfection in the quality of the leather. You won’t be able to sell your new leather purse if there is a rip in the side. Remember imperfections are normal…the hide was once living on an animal. Just make sure there isn’t severe imperfections.

4. Are you using the correct heavy duty sewing machine? For thick layers of leather (4.5 to 8mm) you should not be using a standard domestic sewing machine. You will not be able to properly sew on your leather at that width. You should use an industrial walking foot sewing machine such as the HDSew PortaWalker 9″ Walking Foot Sewing Machine. You’ll need to use a machine like this because the built in walking foot and the geared belt pulley system. These two features give you ultimate feeding power and penetration.

5. If you decide on the PortaWalker Sewing Machine, make sure and use a need size at 20 or larger. A domestic sewing machine can only take up to size 19 needle. Without a built in walking foot and geared belt pulley, a domestic sewing machine will only handle roughly 4mm of soft leather.

6. make sure and use the correct thread. If you spend the money on a high quality machine, leather, and needle…you might as well use the correct thread. Purchase nylon weighted thread, not cotton. It’s much stronger.

7. Make sure you use a sharp needle to properly penetrate your leather. This is very important for coarse leather. This will help you not skip stitches as well.

If you have any more questions on sewing thick leather, feel free and email HDSew and we will get back to your with specific help for your need. Our website can be found here HDSew

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