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    The stitching on the top panel on one of my saddlebags has failed. I don't think it is going to be practical and cost effective to have it resewn, so I'm looking for recommendations on a superior adhesive for leather to leather bonding. I could Google it, but I prefer a personal recommendation for something known to work well. Thanks.


  • #2
    Rubber cement (EC1300L by 3M) and Shoe Goo both are very good adhesives for leather fiber. We use both on leather wrapped panels regularly on our jet interiors.


    Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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    • #3
      Loctite super glue works super.

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      • #4
        Didn’t know there was any difference between all the brands of cyanoacrylate.

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        • #5
          Performix VLP is the best one out there. Find it on Amazon.

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          • #6
            like JD says 1300L we used that when i worked at Cessna

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            • #7
              Shoe Goo or Contact Cement, but I would just get a heavy needle and industrial thread and hand stitch it. The holes are still there.

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              • Ironman
                Ironman commented
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                Hmmm...might give that a shot. Not sure how to tie it off, but I'm sure I can youtube it. Thanks.

            • #8
              Originally posted by Ironman View Post
              Hmmm...might give that a shot. Not sure how to tie it off, but I'm sure I can youtube it. Thanks.
              Just start with a knot on the end of the thread that is on the inside of the bag with a few new stitches overlapping the original stitches. Then stitch through existing holes going a few stitches beyond the other end of the original stitches and tie a knot on the inside. Sometimes I put a dab of super glue on each knot to ensure it doesn’t unravel.

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              • Ironman
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                Snitches get stitches...and so will my saddlebag thanks to you, Shores. You've given me the confidence to go ahead and stitch it up myself. Thanks.

            • #9
              I've taken all sorts of leather goods to shoe repair shops and been pleasantly surprised at both the quality of work and the cost.

              Shoe repair shops are kind of a dying industry, they are usually VERY happy to accomodate any jobs for which their skills may be useful.

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              • #10
                I had my shoe repair guy put a new zipper in my leather jacket and re sew the seam that got pulled apart in a wreck. He’s done the soles on my 2000 vintage Lucese boots 3 times.


                Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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                • Horsehammerr
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                  The biggest problem is finding a shoe repair shop. There are none in any distance here in the Ozarks .

              • #11
                I do the very same... When it comes to leather anything, I go to Ron, my shoe repair guy downtown. He's always been there for me, does great work, and charges so little I have to tip him!

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                • #12
                  One potential problem with having it resewn with a machine is not getting the new thread through the original holes, thus making new holes that can result in weakening the seam and causing a tear of the leather. DK if a repair man has the ability to hit every hole. That’s why I hand stitch.

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