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Bart_59_Dodge
Posted 2007-11-17 2:28 PM (#103611)
Subject: Putting the "Cush" back into your seat cushions?



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Has anyone on the list ever redone their own seats?

Is there a kit available for updating the padding? What materials are used?

Your success stories?

Thanks 

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Mope R. Geezer
Posted 2007-11-17 3:41 PM (#103621 - in reply to #103611)
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HA!  I just let my azz get fatter.  Pretty cushy.  Works for my wife too.  LL!
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spikemike
Posted 2007-11-17 5:42 PM (#103630 - in reply to #103611)
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I don't know about foams for the seat backs, but the seat bottom of my front seat was essentially gone when I reupholstered last spring. I bought the $40 seat restoration kit from Kanter, which included a layer of substrate (a glorifed term for office carpeting), steel rods to reenfornce the springs, a bag of hog rings, and hog ring pliers - which sucked, BTW; thankfully, my friend had a good set - and a section of urethane foam long enough to cover the seat length and about 3/4 inches thick. At first, once this stuff was on the seat frame it looked like Frankenstein's monster, but once the upholstery was over it, I was pretty happy. The seat is very comfy and firm. I reused the foam from the seat backs, and the foam from the back seat was good enough to reuase both parts.





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Bart_59_Dodge
Posted 2007-11-17 8:45 PM (#103656 - in reply to #103630)
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Very nice looking. Who did the seat covers and door pannels?
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spikemike
Posted 2007-11-18 12:12 PM (#103724 - in reply to #103656)
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The seat covers were made by EZBoy Interiors. It's obviously not the correct pattern for the car, but they were cheap - I think I paid around $600 for both front and back. I made the door panels and package tray myself out of masonite board from Home Depot and padded vinyl from a craft store. Between that and the chrome trim from JC Whitney I've got less than $100 in materials in those pieces.
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wizard
Posted 2007-11-28 11:58 AM (#104975 - in reply to #103611)
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Well Bart 59 Dodge, I am actually doing it now ( re-upholster my seats that is).
First photo shows the seat base after paintjob and rebending some of the bonells in shape
Second photo shows the coarse cloth that we call "jute" here in Sweden, its the same material as in sacks
This cloth is folded upwards (so one cannot se the edges from under) and hogringed to the seat
Third photo shows a layer of thick felt that is sprayglued to the corse cloth and the hogringed to the seat
Forth photo shows the first layer of foam (20mm thick) cut in the same shape and size as the seat and sprayglued to the felt
Fift photo shows the second layer of foam (20mm thich) which protrudes about 10 cm out in the fron and the sides, sprayglued to the first layer of foam.

Then there will be another layer of mixed fluffy cotton wool (about 20mm thick uncompressed) - this layer will take the burn in the ass away on a hot day.

Over this you mount the seat covers and the protruding foam will be bent down and cushions the side of the seat.

This procedure is good for the seats only - the backs have their own procedure

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wizard
Posted 2007-11-29 4:25 PM (#105156 - in reply to #103611)
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It could maybe be interesting for some to see the "before" of the front seat? As you can see, the state is typical for many years of sun and moist - fabric super dry and ripped - foam totally dried out and pulverized.

Normally I start with a good photo documentation of each step of the de mounting, so that I have the right feedback, should I get a case of Alzheimer's light.

Save all the pieces, at least until you have the new upholstery done - you'll never know when you need a reference.

Carefully separate all the seems that holds the fabric, piping and vinyl together.

Now you have the proper templates for to properly measure the fabric, piping and vinyl consumption, as well as the templates for to cut the new material.

One cannot absolutely trust the fabric supplier for total knowledge of the consumption for all the varieties of cars and models - better to measure it your self. Remember to ask in what direction the woven pattern lays - this affects the consumption very much. Better to order an extra yard or two, because it's better to look at the material than to look for it.



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polara61
Posted 2007-11-30 3:28 PM (#105319 - in reply to #103611)
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I see a loom in the background of that picture of the backrest.Are you actually weaving your own fabric?
Just kidding,keep on posting pics of the progress.Looks great so far.
Nisse
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wizard
Posted 2007-12-02 2:09 PM (#105595 - in reply to #103611)
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The loom belongs to my wife - I shoot a glance on it and thought "well maybe I could" then I woke up and ordered the upholstery material from SMS instead!
Really nice fabric and vinyl btw! I worked on the floor and carpet up to now - I'll guess that I should start sewing with that old Singer of mine.....
I'll post you some photos of the progress
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wizard
Posted 2007-12-28 3:13 AM (#108640 - in reply to #103611)
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I have now started with the actual upholstery work. The original seat fabric was "string-glued" in a "Tuck-N'-Roll" pattern, this is in my opinion a little bit risky to try to recreate, so I have sewn a pattern instead. The next step will be to nedle up the piping,fabric and vinyl together and doing this really staedy and accurate - you don't wan't any slipping of one of the layers. I have been thinking of sewing by hand as a "hold together" every couple of inches before machine sewing the complete seam.

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wizard
Posted 2007-12-31 1:01 PM (#109116 - in reply to #103611)
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The front bench is almost ready now, see enclosed photos.
First photo shows the final layer of what we call "mixed wool" - this will take away the burn from your ass that foam rubber usually creates.
The second photo shows another "wizard" trick, stapling instead of using needles, this prevents the different layers to slip from each other during the sewing. Afterwards they shall naturally be removed.
The last photo shows the complete cover in place with all the hog rings, but the hog rings are still open so that I can adjust the cover to the seat after an overnight rest for to take away eventual stress from the material. Thereafter all the hog rings will be locked in place.

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d500neil
Posted 2007-12-31 8:57 PM (#109190 - in reply to #103611)
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Bart, Sven is a SWEDE, and we know what kind of magical work those guys can do!

But, for MY money, and end-results, doing my-own upholstery is kind of like trusting me to do my own TATTOOS!

Yeah, it can be done, but if you're not already an artist, or good mechanically, you may get stuck with an amateur result!

With clear-coat technology, painting a car is fairly simple (after a ton of prep work is first done and, boo-boo's can be fixed); one little-old mis-measuring
of something, or mis-alignment of a stitch, or mis-cutting/fitting of ANYTHING, and your whole interior is toast!

The learning curve is STEEP, and un-forgiving!

Have a pro, or at least: someone with a lot of experience, do your interior.






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wizard
Posted 2008-01-01 8:53 AM (#109221 - in reply to #103611)
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You are perfectly correct there d500neil! One must be familiar with the craftsmanship at hand before that you start upholstering. But, being autodidact myself, you must start somewhere - I started to repair seat covers, restoring furnitures and such. My posts is mostly informative and could maybe be used by some of my fellow FL'ers.
If one does not have the basic knowledge, it's better to go to a professional car upholstery company.
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Bart_59_Dodge
Posted 2008-01-01 11:26 AM (#109228 - in reply to #103611)
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Wizzard,
Your work is phenominal, and your documentation clear and straightforward. Please keep it comming. What brand and model of sewing machine are you using for your upholstery? Many Thanks
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wizard
Posted 2008-01-01 12:08 PM (#109237 - in reply to #103611)
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Thank you Bart 59 Dodge! I use an old cast iron Singer - a machine dedicated to this type of work - that old iron sews right trough 13 layers of denim fabric like it was butter.
This model does unfortunately not have the "over feeder" system (a system that advances also the top layer of fabric with the same kinetics as the lower layer feeder. Those systems are better, because you do not have material slippage (this I have tricked by stapling the fabric together)

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wizard
Posted 2008-01-01 5:03 PM (#109266 - in reply to #103611)
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The work continues with the backrest of the front bench seat. This is a more tricky one, since the Chryslers have the "high tower" backrest, but with a little patience and concentration, I think that also this will come out fine.
After removing of the existing cushion (which was really good) I have cleaned up the frame and the bonells and covered the frame with a layer of sack cloth, hog ringed to the frame. The original cushion is then remounted and hog ringed to the frame and the sack cloth.
Then you can also see the first mock-up of the fabric and the vinyl. Note the little wedge for the high tower.
A quilters rule is helpful for to draw the lines with a chalk pen.

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Fireflite60
Posted 2008-01-02 10:37 AM (#109326 - in reply to #109266)
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Wow wow wow..

Amazing job Sven.  It`s long winter in Scandinavia, so maybe I should send my seats to you also

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wizard
Posted 2008-01-03 12:19 PM (#109533 - in reply to #103611)
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But, but you don't even have a seat yet Juppee, or did it arrive?

The work with the backrest of the front bench seat goes slowly, I had to sew the fabric, piping and vinyl by hand. In fact, I had to redo this seem 3 times before I was satisfied with the result.
The trick is not to force the material, trust in your templates and let the material "fall into place" without bending, stretching or forcing it.
I used a technic that I call "double needle stitching" - 2 needles on the same thread, sewing stitches first with one needle (stitch - space - stitch) , and following up from the other side with the second needle. this will be just as strong as a machine sewed seam.




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1960fury
Posted 2008-01-03 12:19 PM (#109534 - in reply to #103724)
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spikemike - 2007-11-18 12:12 PM

The seat covers were made by EZBoy Interiors. It's obviously not the correct pattern for the car, but they were cheap - I think I paid around $600 for both front and back.



600 bucks? your seat covers look EXACTLY like the seat covers i put into my girls 61 desoto (blue/white) bought directly from the manufacturer. we paid around $240 for a full set.



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spikemike
Posted 2008-01-03 2:36 PM (#109550 - in reply to #109534)
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1960fury - 2008-01-03 12:19 PM

600 bucks? your seat covers look EXACTLY like the seat covers i put into my girls 61 desoto (blue/white) bought directly from the manufacturer. we paid around $240 for a full set.


Who was the manufacturer? I'm curious.
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wizard
Posted 2008-01-04 10:04 AM (#109651 - in reply to #109550)
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I'm now sewing on the backrest sides to the fabric and vinyl - also here, I found out that it's best to do it by hand. That way I have full control over slippage between piping and vinyl.
You see also how the templates is used for to mark the stitchlines.
I must underline again the importance of the templates - YOU MUST HAVE THEM! even the worst beaten up rat-seat could carefully be separated and the torn fabric temporarily reparied only for to use them as templates. I have seen benchseats and sviwel seats which where offered with all the cushion and fabric stripped off - they are worthless to you if you dont have templates. In best case, a good upholstery artist could do the work starting from scratch, but even for a true artist its difficult without any measures.





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1960fury
Posted 2008-01-04 10:15 AM (#109652 - in reply to #109550)
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1960fury - 2008-01-03 12:19 PM

600 bucks? your seat covers look EXACTLY like the seat covers i put into my girls 61 desoto (blue/white) bought directly from the manufacturer. we paid around $240 for a full set.


Who was the manufacturer? I'm curious.


if i remember correctly autocraft seatcovers.
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Fireflite60
Posted 2008-01-04 11:39 AM (#109655 - in reply to #109533)
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wizard - 2008-01-03  But, but you don't even have a seat yet Juppee, or did it arrive?

You`re right Sven. I don`t have the seats yet. By tracking number the conteiner arrived to Antwerpen 31.12. ETA Finland is the first week of February. She still have to travel a long way (couple of times over the English channel).

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wizard
Posted 2008-01-06 3:17 PM (#109817 - in reply to #103611)
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Finally ready with the front backrest! The cover can be very tough to pull over the frame - see my trick with first triple hogrings, then double hogrings for to finally strech the cover in place with the normal one hogring. I have made a test mounting and will let the cover rest for a while for to see where to add and where to remove cushion wool.



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wizard
Posted 2008-01-11 7:59 AM (#110376 - in reply to #103611)
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Finally, I'm finished the work with the backrest. The final streching of the cover will naturally be done when the backrest is mounted on the benchseat.



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wizard
Posted 2008-01-15 6:50 AM (#110923 - in reply to #103611)
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Now I have also the back bench seat ready, I won't bore you with the same photo sequence as for the front bench seat, since the procedure is very much the same.



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wizard
Posted 2008-01-18 2:36 AM (#111252 - in reply to #103611)
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With dedicated stubbornness, I'm finally ready with the upholstery work. The rear backrest is done and now remains only to mount the front backrest to the front bench seat and to finish the front backrest cover. That cover is made out of masonite and will be easily done. Comes springtime, I will mount the seats and be ready for to cruise.
I'm also waiting for a new dashboard padding that eventually will be ready in February. a Swedish company, RD Autoline is at present working with the molding templates.



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wizard
Posted 2008-01-18 3:27 AM (#111257 - in reply to #103611)
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wizard
Posted 2008-01-18 3:51 PM (#111332 - in reply to #103611)
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I hope that my posts in this issue has been helpful and triggered a wish to do it yourself. It's not easy, that's for sure, but it can be done. Please don't hesitate to pm me if you need some further information's.
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Bart_59_Dodge
Posted 2008-01-24 6:11 PM (#112160 - in reply to #103611)
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where is the back of that benchseat? how does it attach?
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wizard
Posted 2008-01-25 2:31 AM (#112213 - in reply to #103611)
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Hi Bart - the last photos does show the back seat and backrest. As for the front benchseat and backrest, they are bolted together with two bolts in each front backrest bracket.



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Posted 2008-01-25 8:57 AM (#112228 - in reply to #103611)
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That looks just great ,you are a wizard with that Singer .
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Posted 2008-01-25 10:44 AM (#112235 - in reply to #103611)
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Well thank you Nisse! You've got the humor and wittiness

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Posted 2008-01-25 4:03 PM (#112273 - in reply to #112235)
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Wow VERY NICE upholstery work, I like to see pics at your reale fine jobbs. Not so many can do this at our renovaitings.
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agirlandher58
Posted 2008-04-09 3:14 AM (#124396 - in reply to #103611)
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Your work on these looks great!!!what type of mach. do you have...i have one it's a old union special i bought it used about 2 years ago.i paid 300.00 for mine and i have made covers for my 82 corvette ,the 59 buick...with it so far i love it and would like to learn more ,i plan on making a headliner for my 58 with this too..
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wizard
Posted 2008-04-09 3:36 PM (#124452 - in reply to #103611)
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Dear Teffany, I had an old Singer there is some photos on it here. You should buy a machine with a "walking foot" that means that you'll have the normal fabric feeder from under and yet an other UPPER feeder - that way the fabric does not slip from the fabric or vinyl when you sew the pieces together. You should ask for a special foot for piping (passpoal). I sewed by hand a lot since the forms where so curved.
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Posted 2008-04-10 5:56 AM (#124552 - in reply to #103611)
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Wow!! what a great job!! You are a great sewer! If I need my interior to be reupholstered, I'll take it to Sweden!!
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Posted 2008-04-10 9:27 AM (#124563 - in reply to #103611)
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Hey Wiz... help me out here. ,

Ive got some swivel seats I hope to drop in sometime this summer,but they need to be completely reapholstered. I'm lucky in that I puchased a set of seat covers for a swivel set, complete, but I need all new foam and stuffings. What are the materials, layer-by-layer, to pad my seats and get them ready for the covers? You Da ( SEAT ) Man
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wizard
Posted 2008-04-10 9:30 AM (#124565 - in reply to #103611)
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Bart, I think the easiest way will be that I send you some samples of the material - it's a little difficult to explain well. PM you address to me again, since I cleaned up my mailbox a while ago.
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Posted 2008-04-10 10:40 AM (#124569 - in reply to #124565)
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great job, great looking seatcovers,wizard!
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Posted 2008-04-10 10:49 AM (#124570 - in reply to #103611)
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Thanks Christiano and Sid, much appriciated!
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Posted 2008-04-11 12:12 AM (#124710 - in reply to #103611)
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those are sweet seats you do great work...i started doing my seats myself too and everyone laughed at me when they saw me using the old seats as templates, i triedto do everything by hand but it came up like crap so i gave up.i did my own door panels and i used the old ones as templates and they came out nice even my girlfriend helped me out... about a year ago my old boss sold me 8 leather cow hives from yarwood co in england for 100 bucks and i just traded 6 of them to a guy in an upholstery shop so he can re do my seats and i wont even have to put the material...SWEET! a 600 dollar job for a 100 buks... unfortunately i threw the old seat covers away so this guy is gonna have a hard time doing my seats....the last thing is my first pinstripping work on my coffin i hope i get better at it



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Posted 2008-04-11 12:21 AM (#124711 - in reply to #103611)
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oh yeah thoseare my old door panels
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Posted 2008-04-11 3:50 PM (#124808 - in reply to #124711)
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this are my seats and the one wit the blnket was sewed by hand tat was how i wanted it



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Posted 2008-04-15 10:49 PM (#125672 - in reply to #103611)
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Geez wiz!!Your THE MAN! Your work here looks fab. ,thanks for sharing the staple trick .I'll have to try that next time i'm using my machine( those old cast iron machines are very heavy but boy they use are hard to beat at sewing )I have a nice folding table-storage cab. that i use in laying out designs on and for cutting.It's a double drop leaf design so when i'm not using it it doesn't take up a lot of space.I also use a cutting board like what quilters use too it helps in making correct seam allowances.
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Posted 2008-04-16 1:42 AM (#125705 - in reply to #103611)
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Thank you Sam! As in all skills, trial and error and practice, makes the master. Since I'm autodidact on this, I must work by templates and the old battered up, torn, sunburned, rotten seat cover is my template. I carefully take them off and if needed I repair them to decent useful templates. At difficult passes such as sharp curves, sometimes I actually even mark out the old stitches and sew by this guideline as seen on (Resize of 14_marking.jpg).
Another tip is that you shall never have to force the material into shape - when you'll have to pull and drag too much, you'll have to stop and figure out what's wrong. Sometimes I had to redo a seem for to be satisfied with the result.

Now to start these types of works using expensive and rare materials is not a very bright idea. One could go to your local scrap yard and buy a couple of seats for lets say a popular car in decent shape and with acceptable seat covers - then buy some artificial leather and upholster them - if you're lucky, you could even sell the seats!!!

I think that you Sam, if anybody could imagine the pride and joy of to have made it by yourself. If you or Bart or anyone else needs a tip or some advices, I'll be there for you.

As for the change of the old battered up carpets - see this thread; http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=17783&...

The plastic tube with the red cable? Pre disposal for electric cigar lighter in the front backrest!

Here is the interior mounted in the car - missing only some trim.



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Posted 2008-04-16 10:41 PM (#125880 - in reply to #103611)
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Thanks for the tips, your covers look even better now that they are mounted into the car , a great job!!!
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Posted 2009-04-29 10:57 PM (#172287 - in reply to #103611)
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I wanted to dig this old thread up and breathe a little life back into it. I started pulling the old seat covers and mouse nest infested stuffing off the frames of the swivel seats I bought 2 summers ago. I thought that it was time to get it started. As I was dissasembling the layers of fabric and foam,I remembered this thread and the outstanding work of Sven on his own upholstery.

So I bumped it in order to keep refering to it.



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Posted 2009-04-30 12:19 PM (#172335 - in reply to #103611)
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Good initiative Bart, Sven have the skills and is a very good teacher.
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Posted 2009-05-07 9:36 PM (#173409 - in reply to #103611)
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Both backs are removed and old seat covers and stuffing pealed off. Id say carfully, but it didnt much matter as the mice were pretty hard on it.

It looks like 2 3/4 inches needs to be from the seat back frame on the drivers side backrest to match the passengers side backrest. It also looks like I either have to cut down (by 2 3/4") and stitchweld the reenforcing springs or rebend them. Both sound like a big pain. Maaakes me wonder if I should ditch the springs and just use different densities of apropriate foam.
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