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I'm not close to this point yet but, I was wondering if there is a way to assemble your own custom carpet at home without a sewing machine to link sections together. With all the high tech glues and tape today one would think there is an alternative to sewing. My car is a custom with a large trans tunnel so it will need custom carpet and I don't know any local shops I would trust enough to leave my car with. Also, what type of carpet would be best?

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Sure you can do it yourself. The only piece of carpet that needs to be glued down is the first piece you install, the piece that goes over the tunnel. You can glue the other pieces down if you want, but don't go crazy with the glue. The padding is more important to be solidly attached to the floor. The pieces are not actually sewed together, they just overlap. They do need to be bound around the edges that show, and at the edges where they overlap. If you have never done this, it can be tricky without the right equipment. If you buy the carpet from a full service carpet store, they would be able to bind the edges for you after you have the sections cut to size. You can use just about any carpet you want, depending on how much you want to spend. If the car is a daily driver, I would stick to a loop type carpet with as much synthetic fiber content as possible. This will not show the dirt and wear as much and is easier to clean than cut pile carpet.
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