I was given a bit of scrap leather to play with from the shoe repairman, Mr Lee. My machine is an awesome creature I got in 1996, upon graduation from college. My grandmother had gifted me money that was originally to go towards furniture, and I initially was looking at a chair...but then I met Bernie 1000. Grandma Fink approved. I believe she told my mom "oh they are so soft..." Mom didn't quite understand what she meant, but I did.
She sews leather like a dream. Nice and soft.