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Material Stretch ?

i've read about it in a few posts but have not run into any specific threads about it. Obviously it is an important part of interior work. I'm thinking it is easy enough to figure out with vinyl. But what about the case with leather hides?

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Leather stretches in every direction. There is no way to tell how a specific piece of leather will stretch, it depends on what part of the hide the piece comes from. The only way to control it is to sew all the pieces to sew foam.
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Leather stretches in every direction. There is no way to tell how a specific piece of leather will stretch, it depends on what part of the hide the piece comes from. The only way to control it is to sew all the pieces to sew foam.
So then you should be more concerned with the direction of the grain pattern?
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The grain has nothing to do with how the leather stretches. This is the cow's skin, think about how your own skin stretches. You try to stick to the middle of the hide for pieces that show prominently, and the edges for parts that are not seen as readily. You will find that the center of the hide will not be quite as stretchy as the perimeter of the hide. Whatever you do, don't use water or steam on leather.
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