In this instructable I'll cover the different ways you can prep your stitching line and punch holes in leather to sew it. I was completely befuddled by this process when I first starting leatherworking, but after a few months of trial and error I feel much more confident in picking and choosing which process will work best. :)
I had a very hard time using an awl at first and I know I'm not alone there! So I spent a good amount of time researching and experimenting how to make sewing leather easier, which led me to finding new tools and techniques.
I've included several steps to teach you how to groove stitching lines into leather, use a stitching spacer, sharpen and wield an awl, use a punch for clean holes and even how to use diamond chisels.
Check out my other leather ibles for more leatherworking basics:
Prepping your leather for sewing can take several different routes depending on the finish you want.
Here I'll be assuming that you've cut your pieces and glued them together so you're ready to sew. :D (Not sure about how to glue leather? Check out my instructable.)
Below is the full list of items (+ links to Tandy, where I bought them) I used in the making of this instructable so you can pick and choose which tools will work best for you: