First time makeing new seat covers. - Page 4 - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Interior
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #46 (permalink)  
Old 03-19-2009, 07:06 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,952
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 154 Times in 141 Posts
No, you are right for the rest of the seat. All I was talking about was the headrest, and just to make it easier to sew and easier to top stitch.

    Advertisement
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #47 (permalink)  
Old 03-19-2009, 11:36 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks Dan, Here it is 1:30 am and i just got done. Looks killer. Pics soon
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #48 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2009, 08:02 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well i thought i was done. When i looked and started working on it. I was off with seams around headrest. I was thinking with a top stitch I'd back my seam down to 3/8's. That didn't work. I guess a top stitch doesn't effect your seams at all. So nothing was lining up. My new machine was out of adjustment. Kept snapping thread. Couldn't figure out why. Had to adjust everything that had anything to do with thread tension. Looks like all they did from factory was put all adjustments in the middle. Once i adjusted everything by the book it started to sew killer. I did screw up a couple pieces of leather. My fault, Ended up with three pieces trashed. Look at it like that's the cost to school myself. Now all i have to do is two side pieces. Then sew the back to front. Dan i can see why you say Craftsman. That's exactly what you are. Wow this has been a job. But looks good and I'm happy with how it looks. Thanks Dan, no way could i done this with out your help. Pics of the front just laying on top of the seat foam and frame. Should have it completed tomorrow.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	seats 55.JPG
Views:	87
Size:	166.9 KB
ID:	37004   Click image for larger version

Name:	seats 66.JPG
Views:	103
Size:	166.7 KB
ID:	37005  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #49 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2009, 12:40 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Finished one today. First seat I've ever done. Its by far not perfect. But I think it came out good. Have a lot of respect for guys in the upholstery business now. Its not easy, it takes a lot of patients, skill, and time. Anybody that can do this daily, fast and do good work is a real craftsman. Dan thanks for all your help. Has been one heck of an experience for me. 1/2 inch foam makes this seat look sick. Everyone that has seen it cant believe I did the work. Stock seats are junk compared to my new seat. Cant Thank you enough Dan. Most guys would never help you or give trade secret. I still have a long ways to go. But I've learned so much just doing this first one. Rest should be easier and go faster. Believe my patterns should work on my next one. Also have more confidence in sewing now. Feel like I could sew anything at this point. Not fast, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot more as I go. Far from a real craftsman. Still a amateur. I'll post a few more pics when its done. Here's a couple of my first. I did add top stitch to outside seam in front and French stitch on each side on back. Just for looks. Dan what do you think ???....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	done 11.JPG
Views:	103
Size:	147.7 KB
ID:	37033   Click image for larger version

Name:	done22.JPG
Views:	105
Size:	141.5 KB
ID:	37034   Click image for larger version

Name:	done33.JPG
Views:	91
Size:	142.7 KB
ID:	37035   Click image for larger version

Name:	done44.JPG
Views:	92
Size:	111.7 KB
ID:	37036   Click image for larger version

Name:	done66.JPG
Views:	87
Size:	133.6 KB
ID:	37037  

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #50 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2009, 06:54 AM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,952
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 154 Times in 141 Posts
Far from perfect? Are you kidding? There are very few people who could do work that good the first time they tried it. That is a beautiful job, congratulations! You will get a little better at sewing every time you sew, and it doesn't matter how long it took you and that you made some mistakes along the way. You learn something every time you make a mistake.
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #51 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2009, 09:59 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 127
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Looks beautiful Wantabe!!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #52 (permalink)  
Old 03-23-2009, 09:06 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey Thanks guys i really appreciate the nice comments. Been a lot of work, one injury, bunch of cursing. Not use to having sharp scissors. Cut my hand pretty deep. bled all over the sew room. Joking with the wife. Should i used black or blue thread to sew myself up. She said blue would go nice with your new seats. I just duck taped it up and kept on a sewing. Came close to saying F/it a few times. I'd just walk away for a bit and then go back. Learned if you sew plastic you should replace you needle afterwards. If not you can and probably will start breaking thread. Its gets real irritating after re threading your machine about five times in a row. Wore my seam ripper out on some 130 poly thread i used to sew plastic on with. Heavy Duty stuff. Much more to tell i wont get into it. But when you learn the hard way you don't forget. Next one should be easy errrrr. Thanks again, more to come.....Tim
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #53 (permalink)  
Old 03-24-2009, 06:44 AM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,952
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 154 Times in 141 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wantabe
.......I just duck taped it up and kept on a sewing. Came close to saying F/it a few times. I'd just walk away for a bit and then go back.
Welcome to my world!
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #54 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2009, 03:17 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This was more work then i thought it would be. Got it done tho. Added a few top stitches and made all of my straps out of Alcantara. Just to make-em stronger. Back seat had never been used and some of the straps were tore. Took a lot of extra time to make them. Other then that i did good. Only a couple of mistakes. One was big tho. Had to ripe one seam apart and resew it. I made the seat in three pieces. Right/ Left / center. Left seam was about 3/8 of an inch off. Couldn't believe it at first. It took about 20 mins just to figure out what was off. Then 1/2 hour to rip it and resew it. A few wrinkles. None real bad tho. Some will work there self out once they get hot. The top parts of the seat did after being in the car a couple of days. On to the Recaro'o. Starting to get good at sewing. Still make some mistakes, but not near as many as i did on my first seat. What do y,all think ??? Thanks Tim
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	seat bottom33.JPG
Views:	72
Size:	139.2 KB
ID:	37408   Click image for larger version

Name:	seat bottom44.JPG
Views:	76
Size:	131.7 KB
ID:	37409   Click image for larger version

Name:	seat bottom55.JPG
Views:	66
Size:	135.7 KB
ID:	37410   Click image for larger version

Name:	seat bottom77.JPG
Views:	88
Size:	119.1 KB
ID:	37411   Click image for larger version

Name:	seat bottom88.JPG
Views:	101
Size:	97.2 KB
ID:	37412  

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #55 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2009, 05:14 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,952
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 154 Times in 141 Posts
You're doing great.
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #56 (permalink)  
Old 04-05-2009, 07:50 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks Dan, here's a couple of back seat area completed. Just have dash, console lid, front seats, and rear deck cover. Some embroidery work to get back. Then it'll be done. Most of this i learned from what you documented here on this site Dan. So Thanks a lot. Its been fun, i never thought I'd ever be able to do this on my own. Anyone else that thinks they cant should give it a shot. Might be surprised at what you can do if you really try and give it your best.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	inside11.JPG
Views:	84
Size:	119.6 KB
ID:	37443   Click image for larger version

Name:	inside22.JPG
Views:	98
Size:	124.1 KB
ID:	37444  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #57 (permalink)  
Old 04-05-2009, 08:28 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 127
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Looks amazing Wantabe....that black leather you bought is beautiful!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #58 (permalink)  
Old 04-06-2009, 09:34 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by esahlin
Looks amazing Wantabe....that black leather you bought is beautiful!
The black leather is amazing. Very happy with it. Blue is just average. If you set down in these seats. Its very comfortable. You could fall a sleep easy. It did raise ride height. I'm 6'2 and my head is almost touching the roof. That 1/2 inch foam just molds to your body. Totally different from stock. Thanks Tim
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #59 (permalink)  
Old 04-09-2009, 11:32 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A little update, Been working on a few things. One is stereo. I had to make some adapters for speakers in front doors out of plywood and carbon fiber. Stock one are 8's. My new ones are 6.5' MB Quarts mid bass system. So front door will have 6.5 mids, 6.5 midbass and tweeters in A pillars. Stock trim rings are getting painted black and then will have a billet start shape piece on top of trim rings. More pics later to show you how they look. I also odered some billet parts in pic. Making Alcantara shift boot with billet trim ring. Console top is being painted black and lower part of console will be black Alcantara. Had to order install kit for new deck or Head Unit. As you can see i installed Alcantara on front door panels. Still need to do inside of map pockets. Have new billet door handles, window switch plates, trim ring for cup holder in console. Still more on order. Console lid is made, Recaro head rest, and is at embroidery place. Most of the stuff i ordered should be here next Monday. Have a lot more to show next week. Then i'll have some pics of most of it done. Except for front Recaro's. They will be the last thing i do. Thanks to all Tim
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	new door panel11.JPG
Views:	66
Size:	144.0 KB
ID:	37529   Click image for larger version

Name:	new door panel22.JPG
Views:	62
Size:	177.8 KB
ID:	37530  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #60 (permalink)  
Old 04-13-2009, 07:50 AM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Fla
Posts: 89
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Update, Finished a few things. I'll get some pics here in a while. Dan is there an easier way to do shift boots ? Had a very hard time with this one. Standing it on end and then sew it with machine by hand. Still have one more to do for e-brake handle. Sewing blind is no fun.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	shift boot11.JPG
Views:	73
Size:	149.3 KB
ID:	37600  
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Interior posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
recovering seats 79 Cruising Interior 26 09-28-2010 07:02 AM
Re-padding an old car seat. DanTwoLakes Interior 9 09-23-2008 06:52 AM
Power Seat Wiring Info Needed- Mid 70's Chevrolet/Chevelle LongTom Electrical 1 02-06-2007 01:36 PM
Dash Pad Covers Trucknut Body - Exterior 1 06-04-2006 02:51 PM
Making my own seat covers countrygirl Interior 9 08-05-2005 10:01 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.