Leather Terminology / Other Leather Terms


Definition of Trimming

Trimming of leather simply refers to removing the parts of the hide that aren’t suitable for making leather, like the outer edges.

This process involves cutting leather with a knife or a punch before shaping it to the required shape, depending on the intended use.

A key process in leather trimming is edge finishing. A decorative finish is added to the leather’s edges by burnishing or painting, primarily to prevent the strings used on the leather edges from coming apart.

While leather trimming mostly involves shaping and cutting leather, it can also entail punching holes, adding hardware, or stitching the leather to other materials.

Leather is mostly trimmed to create durable, attractive, and highly functional products, while still considering its natural protectives and features.

Example of Trimming in a Sentence

"Trimming is one of the key steps in the leather production process."

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