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58 Delpala 08-07-2010 10:29 AM

help sewing a corner
So After I got my inserts done I decided to cut up the original seat cover to get the patterns for the rest of the seat cover. Here is what the original looked like after I took it appart.

And here is the new pieces ready to sew together. The only problem is the opposing turns in the pieces and here is where I am at right now.

So when I try to bend everything to get the seams right it gets these nasty wrinkles and I cannt get it in the machine. Any suggestions other then hand sewing it LOL. Keep in mind this is the bottom of a bench seat for a 58 Chevy. That part is the end part at the rear of the bench where the cover folds down to cover the sides.

DanTwoLakes 08-07-2010 11:39 AM

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Here is the sequence of how to sew it together. Sew the long piece and the piece next to the long piece on the right together. Flip that assembly over so it's face up, and then sew the small piece on starting from the end and sewing toward where the long piece curves to the right. If the piece is slightly longer when you get to the end, just trim it off flush.

I didn't cut any relief cuts in the vinyl when I sewed it, but it's perfectly O.K. if you want to do that, just don't cut them too deep. Remember that the vinyl will be stretched onto the seat frame, so any wrinkles should just disappear.

I topstitched both seams so it's easier to see how they should look. The last picture is how the whole thing turned out. Sorry, this is the best I could do without having the pieces to make it exact.

58 Delpala 08-07-2010 12:52 PM

Dan that helps alot but I was wondering if you have a between shot of what it looks like between pic #3 and #4.

Rocketmanmh1 08-07-2010 05:07 PM

Hard to sew??
Hey, I see that you are only about twenty or so miles from me, I would be glad to show you how to sew the seam. If you would like my help just pm me and I will give you my email.

DanTwoLakes 08-07-2010 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by 58 Delpala
Dan that helps alot but I was wondering if you have a between shot of what it looks like between pic #3 and #4.

Between picture 3 and picture 4 is just sewing to the end of the small piece. After that, I topstitched it so you could see it as flat as possible.

Coodeville 08-08-2010 06:15 PM

I ran into some trouble using the welt foot on the corner. The material got stuck. I found out that you have to be careful around corners. Turning the machine by hand was the best thing for me to do.

DanTwoLakes 08-09-2010 07:53 AM

Nobody, not even experienced production line sewers, sews full, or even half speed around a corner, especially a sharp 90 degree corner. The way to do a corner is to sew up within a couple stitches of where you are going to turn, turn the wheel by hand until you reach the point you want to turn, lift the foot with the needle still in the work, turn the corner, let the foot back down, and then continue to sew.

58 Delpala 08-09-2010 11:57 AM

Thats what I ended up doing and thanks Dan the pictures did help after all. It just turned out to be such a deep pocket that it became alittle tricky but I got it. Pics will follow later tonite when I update everything I have done.

Coodeville 08-09-2010 12:37 PM

Let me reclarify what I meant - the material was getting stuck in the welting foot itself - even though I was turning the wheel by hand. Part of the material was getting caught in the foot and I had to use a jewlers screw driver to smooth it out.

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