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Old 01-28-2011, 06:27 PM
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Good Sewing machine for leather ulpholstery

I am going to try my hand at reulpholstering my wifes 84 corvette and my 97
Honda. I would like to know what type of sewing machine I will need ? I intend to do the seats, door panels, sun visors and head liner. Thanks

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You will need a compound feed walking foot machine. An example would be a Singer 111W155 or one of its clones. Do not believe the eBay'ers when they tell you a Singer 15-91, Model 66 or a 202-2 will sew auto upholstery. These machines will sew leather. But they don't have what it takes to do auto upholstery at all. A piece of sewfoam will never make it through. Those machines are for clothing and curtains. Trust me, I know.
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Good sewing machine for leather ulpholstery

Thanks guys
I don't know anything about the type of sewing machine I need and when I lucked into this bulletin Board I got a little excited and and set up a new thread without checking the old threads. I will have to check this board out thoroughly as it is loaded with excellent information and knowledgeable users.
I found the older thread " Beginner sewing machine recommendation " that appears to cover the subject quite well. Thanks for moving the thread to the proper section and the answer I have already received.
I will look thoroughly before starting a new thread again. One of my pet peeves are people who are to lazy to look for proper information .
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Any luck finding a machine?
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Any luck finding a machine?
I have gone through eBay a couple of times and nothing hit home . I saw a new tacsew T111-155 I thought might work well; but, it is a bit out of my price range . I will probably spend the next couple of months looking. Thanks
for your input earlier .It helped .

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Good luck in your search, and do keep looking. Check local ads on CL as well as your local newspapers. Also, let your friends know you're looking for one. That's how I found my Juki - a friend told a friend they had a machine for sale, and I really fell into a deal on it.

Check your local phone book for sewing machine sales and repair places that handle industrial machines - they sometimes get machines in on trade that resell for very reasonable prices. Some of them also have bulletin boards that people will hang fliers on, advertising machines for sale - or even sewing lessons.

Another avenue you might look into is your local community college. I took 3 semesters of automotive upholstery classes here locally, and I can't tell you how much that experience was worth. It ran me $170 per semester, but it was well worth it. Don't worry about having a machine yet - out of 18 students, I was one of 3 that had my own machine. I know of 7 people in that class who did complete car interiors on the school's machines, and installed them right there in the shop - one guy redid the interior of his Dodge van.

Not all community colleges have automotive upholstery classes, but it's certainly worth looking into.

The best advice I ever got on my machine was from DanTwoLakes right here on this forum: No matter where you get the machine, take it to a reputable repair center and have them go over it. They'll check it out, clean it up, tune it up, set the timing, lube it up, and if necessary, replace bearings and bushings. It cost me $90 to have mine gone over, it was done in 5 days, and it was money very well spent. Four years later, it's still running like a top. When you pick it up, it's the perfect time to ask questions on care and maintenance. You have the tech right there, so ask away.

Dan also told me to throw away any thread and pre-filled bobbins that came with the machine. At first I ignored that advice, but with all the problems I was having, I finally heeded that advice and bought a new cone of thread. After filling a few bobbins I tried it out, and it really did make a huge difference.

Again, good luck in your search, and keep looking. You'll find the right machine for you.
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