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Old 06-05-2007, 10:30 AM
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French seams

I got a question via PM about French seams. Here are some pictures of the whole process. The two mitered pieces are seamed together. I then turn over that assembly, spray some K-Grip foam glue on either side, and glue down the fabric folding it away from the center seam on each side. I then glue a piece of 1" twill tape over the whole seam on the back side. (BTW, let the glue dry thoroughly before you topstitch, or you can pull some glue through to the outside. It's not a big deal, but why have to clean off anything if you don't have to.) Then I turn the piece over and topstitch on both sides of the original center seam. You don't have to glue anything down if you can keep the seam open and hold the tape in place as you go, but that requires skills most beginners don't have. The factories use a special double needle sewing machine which opens up the seam and feeds the twill tape under the seam on the back side of the fabric. They then sew both sides at once while applying the twill tape automatically as they sew. That makes it a one step process for them. It's obviously a lot more involved with a single needle machine.
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:14 PM
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DanTwoLakes...your the man. When it gets time for me to do my interior I will be looking for you for help! I have followed your help with numerous people here on this site and you never stop amazing me with your talent and willingness to help.

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Old 06-05-2007, 02:59 PM
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Gator: Thanks for the compliments. You should check out Alan Horvath's truck at www.alanhorvath.com. I think his is a 54, and he's got some really great ideas. Check under "A's ride" on the drop down menu.

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Old 06-06-2007, 09:55 AM
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Thats funny Dan...I found Alan's site before I found hotrodders. I refer to his site often...sometimes just to wish I was that far along!
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:39 AM
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His truck is out being painted right now, which is also posted on his site. The truck's being painted Burgundy with cream-colored accents, it's going to be beautiful.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:28 PM
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Great post Dan. And pretty nifty looking work.

Eat your heart out all you non-Wisconsin folks. Dan's shop is just 25 minutes down the road from me...and it's where my new sedan/delivery project will be going when it comes time for the interior.

BTW Dan, there's a show down in Rhinelander on Saturday (I think they are closing down Brown street and parking all the cars downtown.) Stop in if you can pry yourself out of the shop for a couple hours. I think it runs from 9-3.
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Hi (c-boy) Dewey: Glad you "crossed over" to interiors for a while! I saw the flyer on that show. It lasts from 9 til 3, and then they're doing a tour after that. I might go down and take a look. Thanks for the heads up. BTW, that bench seat from your donor truck you gave me is going to make a great tutorial on seat building. Any requests from you guys on what to do with this seat? (I know, I know, why screw around with perfection!)
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BTW, that bench seat from your donor truck you gave me is going to make a great tutorial on seat building.
Your tutorial is a great idea...and saved that old seat from the crusher. When it's done we should build something to put it in...like a small block powered ice fishing shack.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:27 AM
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Those four pics and your explanation are great! Such a short simple post and so much information! Thank you.

As for the truck seat tutorial - another great idea!
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I've got the French Seam deal down now.

Thanks, Dan.

Only, I haven't done the K-Grip foam glue routine yet and there have been times that I realized how helpful that would be! Where do I buy the K-Grip foam glue -- that's what I use in my siphon gun, right?

PS -- You say "The two mitered pieces are seamed together. I then turn over that assembly, spray some K-Grip foam glue on either side, and glue down the fabric folding it away from the center seam on each side." ... but, in the pic of that, I see stitching on each side - what's happening there?
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Hi Alan: I'll send you some K-grip for your Critter sprayer. The stitching you see in the pic is the stitching around the perimeter of the pattern drawn onto the leather and sewn to the sew foam. That's one of the first steps and the stitching does not go through to the top layer.
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Thanks, Dan.

I see; the *first* step is sewing the leather to the sew-foam - gotcha.
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Dan, I hope you make it to Rhinelander. Some of us need to pick your brain for a while.

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