I thought it was a glaring omission to not have a general tips thread on working with leather and suede when so many Star Wars costumes require it! Here it is, throw in your questions, suggestions, or experiences. I've used leather and pleather for corsets and gloves. I've found that sewing on my machine with a leather needle works fine. If you're using real leather, be sure and use 100% polyester thread, because something in tanned leather rots away cotton, and your piece will weaken and fall apart over time. This kind of thread isn't hard to find, Coats and Clark sells some, just check the labels. For hand-sewing, my local Jo Ann's sells leather glovers needles that I've found work well. If it's decorative topstitching, I've found that a leather push on a sturdy sharp does a fair job. For 'pressing' open seams, I use a rubber headed hammer and a board covered with a towel. It's a noisy process, but the only thing I've found that's permanent. Just don't hammer it to death or the lines will start showing through on the right side. If you're looking for a cheap creamy leather, try chamois at a car shop. It's wonderful to work with and incredibly soft, for very cheap. Okay, now for my questions. I've been trying to buy a side of leather online, but I have no clue what weight I need. Anyone knowledgeable care to share about what weights are glove weight, garment weight, belt weight, etc? Also, anyone have tips for grommets and rivets? Where do you buy leather and pleather?