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Old 10-25-2009, 05:58 AM
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First attempt at upholstrey

After having a lot of problems with the machine I bought, after some advice from Dan,it got traded for a better machine. What a difference having the proper gear makes!
This is my first real attempt at my seats using leather, they are turning out pretty decent, even better then I expected really. I am sure by the time I am done I will be doing some pieces over again.





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Looks pretty good, I've been thinking of trying upholstery out myself. Where would be a good place to shop for a heavy duty sewing machine to get started? And did you tackle the seat foam yourself too?
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Buying a machine, I would look for someone local that services them, they should have rebuilt machines, trade ins etc., I am glad I went that route instead of ebay or buying online. I had some problems with the new machine I bought, I ended up trading it in for a proper machine, thru the place I purchased it from.

The seat foam I bought new, another mistake, it is not the same shape as the original foam, I have a couple sets of these seats, I found some original foams that were in great shape, so I switched back to original foams, now the covers fit much better.
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that does look good. especially for a first run. dang, you made that look easy. lets see some more as you go. cool job. that machine looks good too.how much was the machine?
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that does look good. especially for a first run. dang, you made that look easy. lets see some more as you go. cool job. that machine looks good too.how much was the machine?
The machine came to $1300.00 cdn. that included a new table ($200.00) and a new servo motor ($250.00)

Have lots of pics will post some up as I progress.
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Nice looking Nobug. Can't wait to see even more pictures.
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I finally have one bottom section finished, as good as it gets. I am pleased with them for my first attempt at upholstery.

After making many covers, I found the problem with the cover not fitting properly
is the NEW foam is not the same shape as the original foam. I had to glue more foam to the new foam for the bolsters.
Buying **** online sucks! The new foam is supposed to be for the Recaro Trophy, it looks more like the GLI Recaro!
I will have the other bottom section done tonight, then on to the back sections.

I wasted too much leather on the bottom sections, I have to pick up some more black leather today.

I might get something embroidered on the back section, either CADDY or the original RECARO logo.

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Old 10-29-2009, 06:59 AM
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That is an excellent job! It looks like you've been doing it your whole life. You should be very proud of yourself.
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Thanks Dan.
I am very pleased with how it is going so far. Still a few small puckers around the sharp curve on the front section, I can correct it by building up the foam a little more, from what I have tried, the least little bit of a seam or edge on the foam shows up thru the leather. But all in all very pleased
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What makes me happy is that you kept after it to get it right, and didn't go for a quick fix. You learned some valuable lessons and that will only make you better. Part of the original problem was the wrong kind of sewing machine which caused some poor finished product, but you kept after it and found the source of the problem. Now you have something you can be proud of, and the confidence to tackle any job. Congratulations!
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You're a real inspiration nobug. Very clean and sharp job.

I do have one question. To my eye it appears that the seam shown below (arrow) is welted. Is that correct? Maybe just explain a bit about how this joint, between the tan and black material, was done. It looks super.

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There is no welt, the bolsters are separate from the middle and either bolt on or are attached in some other way after the center section is done.
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There is no welt, the bolsters are separate from the middle and either bolt on or are attached in some other way after the center section is done.
Ah, so is there a full side panel made of the tan material and is the arrow pointing to a top stitched seam between the top and the tan side panel? Maybe it is something of an optical illusion that it looks like a welt rather than a top stitch. Either way, it's a nice look.
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There is no top stitching on this one, it is just a single seam on both sides. He could have topstitched them if he wanted to, that would be just a personal preference, but the original was probably done the way he did this one.
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Look's very nice...
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