So far, we have showed you the main processes that Spanish Leather Goods Manufacturers follow in order to make a leather item. Today, we want to start a new series of articles in which we will try to show you the little details that makes of a Leather Item be “Great”.

There are different ways of finishing the edges of a leather item. We want to show you the five most commonly used. All of them need a lot of dedication in order to get a proper finished edge.

Read more about Edge finish in an older post here.

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Logo embossing is the most frequent way of branding a leather item. The majority of pieces that are made by leather goods manufacturers in this area are personalised by using “Bind Embossing”. The video below shows an example of this type of embossing. There are some other ways of embossing your logo on leather such as gold or silver foil embossing. Enjoy the video.

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Today, we want to show you some types of stitching that are commonly used in the manufacturing of leather goods. As you will see from the pictures below, we have made a leather bag on which we have tried to apply different ways of assembling the different parts and also we have tried to use different types of visible and hidden stitching.

Which one is your favourite?

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Our series of videos “How to make a leather item” try to show how leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) use their skills and savoir-faire in order to make worldwide recognised leather goods.

Today, it is the turn of “leather skiving”. Leather is skived in order to make the edges thinner so that the parts that need to be folded in do not get a double thick every time any edge is folded in. The video shows how a leather worker skives the parts that eventually will form a wallet using a traditional leather skiving machine.

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Today we want to share a video in which you can see two different steps of the process of finishing a leather item (a wallet in this case). This is one of the most important processes because it is where the leather worker makes the last quality control and prepares the items before they are sent to the client. In the video you will also have the opportunity to see a technique by which a leather item can be embellished in order to add value and quality. This technique is called “Andaluz” (“Andalusian” in English). We hope you enjoy the video.

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Posted on July 14th, 2011
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In a previous post , we wrote about the process of making patterns. Today, we want to share a video with our readers in which you will be able to see the different steps that leather goods manufacturers in Andalusia (Spain) give in order to make all necessary patterns for making a leather product. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

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Posted on June 23rd, 2011
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The second part of the “leather moulding” manufacturing technique (video)  contains the final tasks of the whole process . You will be able to see how the moulded leather piece is shaped and finished. Although the videos show a continuous process , all the tasks cannot be developed in a row, I mean the leather worker has to wait for some time before starting the nest step. We hope you also enjoy this second part.

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We already posted an article on leather moulding in which we wrote about the types of leather items that were first manufactured using this technique and how it has been adapted to the different times. After having received many emails and comments about this manufacturing technique, we have filmed how a workshop in Ubrique (Andalusia-Spain) makes a moulded leather item. Today, you can enjoy the first steps of the whole process.

 

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Posted on June 9th, 2011
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In previous posts we presented three different ways of cutting the leather. Today, we want to introduce pros and cons of each technique and let you know which cutting technique is more appropriate in each situation. We also asked leather goods factories that are collaborating with Betangible. Below you can find the results of the poll. In order to show you this, we have made some charts:

As seen in the charts, the advantages of each cutting technique are the following:

Automatic Leather Cutting: Samples & Prototypes, Flexibility, small quantities

Hand Cutting: Craftsmanship, Tradition, low Investment

Die Cutting: Production Efficiency, Mass Production, Rapidness

 

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Posted on June 7th, 2011
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In this forth chapter we will show you the third way of cutting the leather in leather goods workshops in Andalusia (Spain). Some of the leather goods factories that are collaborating with Betangible have automatic cutting systems in order to have better response time and be more flexible in minimum quantities. Another advantage of having automatic cutting systems is that it turns to be more cost-effective for productions with many different styles and products.

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