Design: Once you
choose the right fabric for your project, match the
weight of your design to the weight of your fabric.
Drapey, stretchy suede will need a light and open
design so that the fabric can "flow" even where the
toile would be good choices.
As the fabric gets heavier, the design can get more
solid. You don't need to worry about stitches
getting "lost" in the peach-fuzz texture of the
fabric - even light designs like redwork will be
Needle: Use a
75/11 sharp needle. These fabrics can be on
the heavier side, so you want a needle that will
pierce the fabric well. You don't need to use a
special leather needle or worry about holes left
behind - it's a synthetic fabric, so it'll get along
with your machine much better than real leather.
these examples, I used a medium-weight (2 oz.)
cutaway stabilizer. If you're using one of the
especially light and drapey fabrics where you want
to preserve the "flow," and you're stitching a very
light design such as redwork, you might be able to
get away with tear-away stabilizer. As always, to play it safe
and prevent puckering,