Pleather is a strong fabric that will support almost any weight or complexity of design
I searched my local fabric stores for faux leather and found the pu leather supplier Jo Ann Fabrics to be my best resource. They only carried pleather, but what an excellent selection of colors and textures they had! I chose four diverse looks: soft black, shiny red, snakeskin black, and textured, metallic gold. The woman in line behind me at the cutting station, after curiously eyeing my selections, wanted to know what I was planning on making. The best place for ideas is the Stitchers Showcase, of course, but the next-best place for inspiration is definitely in the fabric cutting station line at Jo Ann's.
I found I could use the same techniques, stabilizer, and needle for all four types.
Pleather is a strong fabric that will support almost any weight or complexity of design. However, it is necessary to take into account draping. The higher the complexity of the design, the less graceful the draping of the fabric may become.
Once you have chosen your design, I would recommend using a 75/11 sharp sewing needle for embroidering. Steer clear of ballpoint needles that will puncture the material and leave visible holes.
For stabilizer, I used medium-weight (2 oz.) cutaway stabilizer, that I adhered to the pleather with a light mist of KK100 spray adhesive. Then, hoop the fabric and stabilizer together tightly.
Don't be hesitant to really secure your hoop. Pleather is resilient, and unlike leather, won't get hoop burn. While you may be tempted to give the pleather a little stretch or two after it's hooped, resist that urge. It will distort your design.
When you are finished embroidering, you may have a an outline where the hoop was, but no worries, the pleather will eventually regain its shape, or you can lightly iron it using the tips below.