Leather Goods Maker


Leather goods makers make and repair leather articles such as handbags, wallets, gloves, belts, harnesses and saddlery (horse riding equipment).

Duties & Tasks

Leather goods makers may perform the following tasks:

  • select suitable types and grades of leather
  • draw patterns
  • cut leather to size and shape using special cutting machines called 'clicking' and 'skiving' machines
  • join pieces together with rivets, threads or adhesives
  • sew by hand using needles
  • fill saddles and collars with hair or flock (stuffing)
  • attach buckles, eyelets and metal decorations, and emboss decorative patterns
  • finish products with stain, dye, polish or coats of lacquer
  • repair damaged goods.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to perform detailed work.
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