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??framimg pleating on a seat

I'm newbe to sewing.
Am I trying something I shouldn't?,but I'd still like to know;
I'm going to try a link for a photo of what i'm trying do,so far not well at all.
Have Built a T-bucket with my son and wish to try sewing for it,been playing around some with some white vinyl and some sealed pleating that he likes. He didn't wish for piping,only a top stitch<if that what it's called.
There must be a better way/methead/steps then how I'm doing it,mine is not good or controlible really.
Dose anyone have a setp by step on how too.
I see there are few that look like this design,nearly all seats I SEE ARE WITH SQUARE CORNERS that my son don't like.
Round could look better and dif. then others.
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The piece around the top of the pleated insert needs to overlap the outside edge of the insert by 1".

Start in the middle of the insert and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance all the way to the end. Flip the seat assembly over and sew the other half all the way to the other end.
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Thank you very much for reply,but sorry I'm not understanding,it's the going around the turn I'm messing up,that is only a test swotch,and has a about 1in. on the back of extra if that what your saying.
I was planing on cuting off most off that later on real stuff if I can ever get corners in control and smooth.
Has there been any photos of this step by step?
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I wasn't understanding what you were trying to do. You sew the insert and the pieces around the perimeter of the pleated insert all together, and then you do your topstitching. Look at this thread, it may help you: CLICK HERE This has welts where you're trying to topstitch, but it's very similar.

One thing you're doing wrong is trying to make the stitchline too wide. The topstitching shouldn't be more than 1/4" away from the original stitch line.
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Thanks,looked it over nice work . and handy info.
Still didn't get ideas from that ,as no photo there of mid sew vinyl to cloth insert and how to get around the corner I don't have any prob with boxing round corners,only insert were both pleats and outer is all flat.
I did note that there is a seam in center on front of bottom seat? dose it need to be there to get the two corners to line up right and then some how sew center seam?
My son dosen't like piping look or feel[his rod he gets to say],that's why top stitched to make smoother and some for looks. I'm trying to learn.
I did a drawing also with square corners of pleating,he didn't like them.
It would of been EZer to do Sq.
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Forget about the welting in the other thread. It's the same thing as you want to do, an insert with round corners. Just leave the welt out.

You have to make the insert in the shape you want it first. Then you make the pieces that go around it to match the shape of the insert plus 1". Then you sew all the pieces together. Then you fold the seam away from the insert and topstitch the seam.

It is actually easier to make a round corner because it should come out smoother.
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Don't expect this to look like much, 'cuz I just slapped it together in about 20 minutes. This is the process.
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Here's the rest of the pictures. The first pic is of the insert sewn in before topstitching. The last picture is the back side after topstitching. The middle pic is the finished product.

One thing you should note: I planned the pleats out so that they are all the same size after sewing. Nothing looks worse than the end pleats being narrower than the rest of the pleats.
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WOW,that is super,loved and understand that with photo's right a way.
I was making things hard on my self doing it with out hardly any of the right steps,I had never done it and beat myself up perty bad trying to make scents of the prob I got into.
That was like a light coming on,very cool step by step .
Thanks much DanTwoLakes for that,again WOW!
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new panel tryed out

Well thanks to your help,I did a test panel for my son's T-bucket and learn more,so I'm about ready to go try making two good ones for it.
He been test driving it around the block too feel the foam in the seats,before we cover them or make some other foam.
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