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Help with blind stitched pleat inserts

Hi guys I hope someone can help me. I'm working on some old Rover seats & I have made blind stitched pleat insert panels. The problem I have is that the 1" pleats are fine but the outside pleats which are 1 & a half inches wrinkle when I topstitch them down. The top material is vinyl, pleated onto sew-foam.
I have tried tried several different ways to relieve this but am at the end of my tether. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening & how I may be able to resolve it. Unfortunately I dont have any pictures, but will get some tomorrow.

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You sewed the pleats in a traditional tuck and roll style? You are probably trying to sew through too much thickness at the outside edges. I assume you sewed the outside edges down to the sew foam on your pleated section. Sew another stitch line in from the outside edge about 1/4" to 3/8" (6 or 7 MM). This will reduce the amount of thickness you are top stitching through, which should help. Look at the outside edges of the panel in this picture, this is what I mean.
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Thanks for your reply Dan. I'll take some pictures tomorrow & post them so that I can explain a little easier.
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Hi there. I think I've sussed out the problems. The panels are a bit too large to stretch tightly enough over the insert cushion & the cushions are quite old & don't offer much resistance for the panel to stretch against. I have attatched a couple of pictures anyway in case someone has another idea about the problem. Thanks for any help.
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You're not very far off. Is this vinyl? If so, you might get it to tighten up with a heat gun. Just keep the gun moving, and don't concentrate the heat in one spot for very long.

If you think the foam on the seat frame is the problem, add some more foam on top of the old, or replace the old with new.
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I will try all of the above. I think re-padding the cushions will help. I cant get replacements for the pre-formed originals & being from a 1970's british car they're a bit of an odd shape anyway.
I'll let you know how I get on & post up some pics of the end result.
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