two needles and one thread
Hand-stitching method for making western horse saddles to join thick layers of leather using a single thick thread.
Stitching, embossing, burnishing and edge finishing are done by hand with traditional leather finishing techniques.
designed and made
DaVarg articles are designed and handmade in United States of America with western saddlery methods and craftsmanship.
Saddle stitches are made one stitch at a time with two needles and a single thread—and cannot be made by machines. Each stitch is pulled and set by hand, with the stitch ends locked inside the leather so that it will not unwind over time. Our unique stitching process ensures that every stitch and perfectly crafted to last a lifetime.
Saddle stitches are inherently strong, since the threads cross to both sides of leather pulling and bonding the leather layers with greater tension. Since these are hand made, the stitching can be done with thicker threads to create perfectly uniform stitch lines.
DaVarg articles have the signature Red-Line stitching made with contrasting burnt-orange color thread. We chose this color to compliment all 5 shades of Davarg Leather. Crafted by hand, one stitch at a time, the Red-Line stitching creates an elegant statement on every DaVarg article.
From the highest grade full-grain vegetable tanned leather to saddle stitches, and from deep embossed logo to graphite finish edges, a lot of attention goes to every detail to create the DaVarg experience.
In DaVarg articles, no detail is too small to be overlooked. Every feature is designed and crafted to function together seamlessly.The natural full grain leather has corners and curves precise cut. The hand made red-line stitches are set at an exact distance from leather edges. The Spartan helmet logo faces left and the solid brass hardware matures gracefully alongside leather.
DaVarg exclusively uses vegetable tanned full grain leather. Veg-tan leather has the elegant mature grain layer and the well developed corium layer that makes it durable. While such leather is neither plenty nor inexpensive, DaVarg has commissioned few tanneries who still specialize in vegetable tanning to provide the leather to our exacting standards.
Every stitch on DaVarg leather is hand made, using two needles and a single thread. The thread ends are pulled and set with equal tension by hand. These criss-crossing threads create a durable bond that rival the strength and durability of stitches made by a sewing machine. Looking at our perfect red-line stitches, it would be tough to believe they are hand stitched.
The back side of Davarg leather is coated with a specially formulated layer that bonds the corium fibers together. In most leathers, the corium of leather is often left unfinished, causing it to attract moisture, get stained, or have its fibers quickly come loose. At DaVarg we find this undesirable, and developed proprietary coating to give the corium a neat finish.
The graphite finish edges not only looks good, but also makes the edges more durable. However, our leather edging is more than just edge coating. A well prepared edge seals the cut leather and binds the corium fibers from come loose with everyday use. Our multistep edging process ensures that the leather edge will continue to look well finished even after years of everyday use.
We don't always use hardware, but when we do we ensure it matches with the character of full grain leather. The corrosion resistant naval grade brass for rivets, loops and buckles develops an aged patina, especially as it ages along with leather. The DaVarg logo on select hardware is a testament to the attention to detail and our commitment to create articles that lasts a lifetime.
We didn't invent saddle-stitching. We just perfected it. Even today, sewing machines still cannot replicate the perfection and durability of our handmade stitching. That is what these stitches last a lifetime on DaVarg articles.
Handcrafting leather takes time; in fact, it could take several days. Every stitch is hand made with two needles and single thread. Every edge is coated and finished by hand. The logo, makers mark and the register number are all applied manually, one article at a time.
Handcrafting leather in United States is commitment we take seriously and the skills and traditions of western saddlery that is evident in this commitment. From saddle stitching to edge finishing, every article carries these traditions and craftsmanship.