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Old 10-10-2009, 11:37 AM
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Are you talking about the vertical pieces that are sewed to the top of the seat and eventually are attached to the bottom of the seat frame? If so, sew them to the seat top, pull them down under the seat frame to the point where you want them, attach them temporarily, mark where it needs to be cut down, take the assembly off, cut it down, sew on listings or whatever you intend to attach the seat cover with, and then re-attach the whole assembly permanently.

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that was exactly what I meant.........thanx very much
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got the seat bottom done on the first front seat. Not totally anchored down, wanted to wait till I get the seatback done and make sure it lines up. A few flaws but daily driveable. One small problem was the welting ended up a little low on the sides
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:06 AM
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Yes, but the welts can't get worn there either. As long as both seats are the same, nobody will know it's not supposed to be that way. You're doing fine, and getting a lot of valuable experience.
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I am going to cut and sew the seat back covers in a day or two. They are the highback vw style. they have piping up over the sides and over the outside of the headrest. With the welting I obviously have to sew on one side of the machine. Is it best to sew the sides to the cushion top and back by starting from the bacside bottom and going all the way up over the top and down the frontside all on stitch then going to the other side and going from the front over the tp and down the back? Would it be better to sew the head rest potion firs then sew down the 4 sides individually? I want to make sure the sides are in the same position relative to each other, not stretching the fabric one way and then the other resulying in a twisted cover........Steve
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Sew the headrest portion to the seat back cover first. The welt can then be sewn to the front of the seat cover. Then sew the border pieces to the welt. Start the center of the border pieces in the center of the seat cover back and go all the way to the end. Then flip it over and sew it all the way to the other end. This means for half of the seat cover you will be sewing the perimeter pieces to the welt, and for the other half, you will be sewing the welt to the perimeter pieces. Then, you'll need to sew the back of the seat cover to the perimeter pieces. Do this in the same way, start in the middle and work your way to the end, flip it over and sew the other half all the way to the end. Now everything is perfectly centered and your seat cover should look great. If any part of the seat cover is off center, it can really look like crap. This method guarantees that the border pieces are centered on the seat cover, and the back of the seat cover is centered on the border pieces.
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thanx. I kinda figured that going all the way in one shot was a bad idea. It will be a day or two but I may post a pic or two along the way....thanx again
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I got seatback front cover, headrest and back cover sewed together. Tomorrow morning I will apply the welt and the perimtter pieces as per Dans above recomendations
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put the welting on today. Planned to have the things closer to done but other things came up. I sewed one side by presewing the welt and the other by sewing the welt, welt cover and seat cover at one time. More challenging but i guess I need to learn that. For 5\32 welt cord how wide a strip would you cut for the cover? I have been doing 1.5 inches and it seems a little narrow. A long way to go but I am still feelin good about the project
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I cut welt fabric 1 3/4" wide for 5/32" welt, and 1 1/2" wide for 4/32" welt. That should leave you with 1/2" seam allowance.
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Finally was able to get back on it. I sewed the headrest to the border first. started in the center and went down about a foot in each direction. Next I sewed the perimeter to the seat front by starting in the middle and going up then flipped it over and wnt from the center down. I completed one then went to the next. I was not sure if I should have done the center up on all 4 seams then the center down on all 4 seams. Chose 1 at a time. I ended up with a pretty well centered cover. The headrest is a little looose, not sure what to do with that. if anything. Tomorrow I will refoam the seat back and do final install. I need to be a little better with a conatant edge distance
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also, how do I attach buttons? It has 4 buttons. Two in front and two in back, tied to each other. How do you tie them to get proper tension?
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When they apply buttons in the factory, they use loop strings of a pre-determined length, or straps with metal ends of a pre-determined length and special buttons to make sure all the buttons are the same from one seat to another. The needle and buttons next to the button twine is a loop needle and loop backed buttons connected to a loop. The needle has a slot to grip the loop as it is pulled through, and then the special button is attached to the loop after it is pulled through the seat. You will need a long button needle, some heavy Nylon button twine, buttons with "eye" backs, and the ability to tie a slip knot called a mattress knot or figure "8" knot. The bottom two button backs with loops are connected with a mattress knot that hasn't been tightened down. Once you pull the buttons as tight as you want, tie a half hitch over the top of the mattress knot to hold it in place permanently.
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Finished it up for the most part. I ended up with the insert on the seat back about 3/4 in narrower than the bottom cushion, The seat back has a a bow to it and it apparently narrowed the insert a bit. The headrest was still a little loose. how can You account for the bow other than doing the seat back first and the measuring across? I cut both inserts at 16 inches and they remained that throughout the assembly. All in all I feel pretty good about this project. I am sure that it could have gone way worse. Will put the buttons on tomorrow and start with the drivers seat. New errors will be coming just so I dont repeat the same ones LOL
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