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Old 12-01-2005, 01:05 AM
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Well I was wondering how some of you guys that do custom work got started doing custom interiors? I would LOVE to do it but noone around here does it that I know of and of course no schools or classes at my college that offer it. My only choice is just to DO it and practice but I need to at least find out WHERE and HOW to start. I get that you can use the wood for the backing (the 1/4 stuff) and then it takes layers of foam to shape a foam the way you want. Are there any good videos, books, etc to help me out here? I have a bench seat in a couple of my trucks that I would like to reshape and have it where like the front of the part that you sit on it is a little high to angle you back and then make both sides a little shaped like a bucket seat you know... Hard to explain but I am sure you guys get what I mean. A kick panel and headliner seams like it would mostly be just being able to get the foam and shape it and glue it onto the board and then fasten it onto the door, etc. But yeah any help here to get started would be greatly appreciated. I also understand I need a big sewing machine, any info on a good but not expensive one to get? Something used of course....
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First, check with your local community colleges to see if any of them offer an upholstery course even if its a furniture course youll learn how to set up the machine and how to use it properly. The most important thing is that you learn how to sew. Practice, practice, practice. Dont use anything but a modern, industrial, walking foot, sewing machine with a welt foot, if you use anything else you wont learn how to sew correctly and youll probably get so pissed that youll give up. You have to learn upholstery basics first.
Get the correct tools:
Industrial sewing machine
Contact Cement: not from home depot use only the good stuff from an upholstery supply house(a cheap primer gun will spray it OK, if your serious get yourself a pressure pot and the Binks 2001
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Pnumatic staple gun (dont use a hand stapler, itll piss you off)
A steam machine with a wand to get inside seat covers will make your life pleasant. Not necessary in the beginning.

Buy: Automotive Upholstery Handbook by Don Taylor
Buy: Custom Auto Interiors by Don Taylor and Ron Mangus
Custom Auto Interiors on the web has a good carpet video by Ron Mangus
Sid Chavers Company on the web offers two videos; one on seats and one on door panels...very good

IFIA on the web Industrial Fabrics Association International
has all kinds of good resources:books, videos, etc. check them out for the basic stuff first. they also sell on ebay.

ATRN, automotive trim and restyling news is a neat magazine ATRN.com

practice, practice, practice, take lots of pictures, be patient, its not easy.
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Thanks a lot for the help! Yeah my college doesn't have upholstery classes. I looked all over and no luck. So I will have to start on my own.
Any idea of a industrial sewing machine that would be good for me? Like a name brand or something?
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Any "name" brand is going to be good. Buy a Juki, Phaff, Singer, Consew, Brother, those are proven machines. I bought a Mitsubishi, I wont buy another one. I havent replaced it yet because im waiting to buy a long arm machine.($$$). i dont think Id buy one of those machines from the back of Street Rodder. Check with the sewing machine store in your area, the technician could tell you exactly what you need to know. I just think its important that you get the "real thing".
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Alright I understand. Any idea on around how much it will run me? Is it something like 800 bucks? 1000 dollar range? 2000 dollar range? Any estimated guess would be appreciated that way I know what to expect.
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i bought a bullet proof, rebuilt Consew 226R, new table and new motor, for $1500. Knock on wood, it has been great and served me well for the past 7 or 8 years.
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