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Old 10-24-2009, 08:58 AM
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Are you sure you cut the inserts square, or did they get warped out of shape before you sewed all the parts together? When you do inserts, you need to make a larger blank of fabric and sew foam, draw your sewing lines on and sew them first. After the sewing lines are on the insert blank, then you use a square to measure and cut the blank to its final size. If you don't do that, the inserts can end up different sizes, and they could shrink. Are you making a pattern for all your pieces, or are you just copying the old pieces? Just because that's the way they were originally doesn't make them right. It doesn't take much to make a seat cover look bad. A couple small mistakes can really make a difference.
This is an insert I replaced on this truck seat yesterday. I made one reversible pattern for the pieces on either side of the insert, but the insert was just done from measurements. I used a framing square to make sure the insert was square after sewing in the lines and before sewing the side pieces on.
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they were square, I also measure corner to corner, I may have pulled a little to much tension on the center of the cover. I am going to reattach it this morning and see what happens. If not I will just move on to the drivers seat. It is just a daily driver. I made the pattern from the covers that were attached. There was no insert, just the standard vw vinyl seat covers. The insert was my addition because the vynil gets you to sweating on a hot day.
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Started on my second seats. toyota celica of my brother. A few wrinkles but I feel good about it
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I am back to working on my brothers seats. On the back side of this material there is what appears to ba very thin sewfoam, what would that be? I am replacing this with vinyl.It will go over the foam backrest pictured What is the proper buffer to put between vynil and foam? One of the backrests has some foam worn through, Is there a good fix for that.
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The vinyl on the original seat has 1/8" sew foam bonded to it at the fabric mill. It is just there to eliminate a step. You will have to either not put anything under the vinyl, or glue it to 1/4" sew foam. Check out this thread, beginning at post #21 to see how to do the headrest and foam repair: CLICK HERE
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will putting the vynil directly on the foam damage the foam? IS 1/8sewfoam availible?
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also, how do you do pinch welding?
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will putting the vynil directly on the foam damage the foam? IS 1/8sewfoam availible?
It won't damage the foam, but you'll have to compensate for the 1/8" of foam that is missing. Pinch welding in this case is just gluing the edges and pushing the two pieces together so that no foam shows, and the reverse side of the sew foam is the only thing visible. I have never seen 1/8" sew foam. I have seen 1/8" foam laminated to fabric that could be used as sew foam. Using 1/4" sew foam instead will help fill out the headrest.
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Can you use just a little bit of batting to compensate for the 1/8 foam that is gone? Is contact cement brushed on with an acid brush Acceptable for the pinch weld? Thanx in advance ....Steve
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Yes, dacron polyester batting ( I call it wrap) would work fine to replace the 1/8" foam. While foam to foam glue would be your best choice, you can use contact adhesive to glue it on. I think you'll find that not spraying it will be more messy, and a hassle. It will still work, though.
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If you want to make a seat 1 inch taller how much foam would you add the seat bottom? In other words how much compresion do you expect out of a piece of foam? If for instance I want a seat that is 3 inches tall would i use a piece of 4 inch foam?
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The answer to your question depends on what you are putting the foam over, and the density of the foam you use. Over the original seat springs, a really firm piece of foam that is 1" thicker will do the trick. If the foam is softer, it may take more thickness.
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Finished my brothers driver seat. It was very complicated to me, I feel pretty good about it. The hard part was making the patterns. Since the right seat is a duplicate of the left I feel it will go quicker. I told him that he is not going to go to the good guys rod and custom and get an award but it is a bunch better than he sent me. Sitting beside it is the other seat which actually was the better of the two.
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That is a very complicated seat, and you did very well with it. You should be proud of yourself.
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