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Making seat Patterns

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ive got hold of a pair of leather porsche 996 front seats that will be my first upholstery project. im still learning the basics at the moment trying to improve my sewing and getting to grips with my consew 226. Ive started marking up one of the seats using alignment marks and numbering each piece that i will transfare onto my templates. i have read a few threads including an excellent one by dan:

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i plan to use a heavy card to make my templates that i will keep to use again if all goes ok. Should i split the seat at the seams and trim off the original seam allowance then add on my 1/2" seam allowance all round? I think thats the best way to tackle it?

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Find the best seat and only take it apart half way, leaving half the seat cover intact. If you have questions later about how to sew the parts back together you can refer to the half that's still sewn together. This is especially helpful to those of you who can only do a little bit of the job at a time.
I find it less confusing to just flatten the original parts and trace around them, rather than cutting off the seam allowance. If the seam allowance was not 1/2" in the original, just add a little extra as you go around the piece. That way, if you have a question later you still have the original part exactly as you found it in the first place.
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Thanks again for your time. Just to confirm you would split the seat at the seams and then unpick the top stitching?
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Cut the top stitching first and then take the seat cover apart.

Here's another tip when doing a leather seat cover: Leather stretches dramatically in all directions, so glue all the parts to sew foam. The perimeter pieces can be glued to 1/8" sew foam, and the top and front can be glued to 1/4" or 1/2" sew foam. This will keep the leather from stretching so much which causes wrinkles.
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I find it less confusing to just flatten the original parts and trace around them, rather than cutting off the seam allowance. If the seam allowance was not 1/2" in the original, just add a little extra as you go around the piece. That way, if you have a question later you still have the original part exactly as you found it in the first place.
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yes i plan to use foam on all of the pieces, i'll need all the help i can get! dan, in your french seam thread (where use use sew foam & french stitch) what distance apart are your pair of stitch lines? im going to get a spring guide foot for my machine to try and help sew inline with the seam. cheers
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The seams can be anywhere from 3/8" apart to 1/2" apart, it's a matter of personal taste. I like to sew mine about 1/2" usually.
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Here's another tip when doing a leather seat cover: Leather stretches dramatically in all directions, so glue all the parts to sew foam. The perimeter pieces can be glued to 1/8" sew foam, and the top and front can be glued to 1/4" or 1/2" sew foam. This will keep the leather from stretching so much which causes wrinkles.
DanTwoLakes- Is it a good rule of thumb to glue sew foam to vinyl also? Or is it a personal preference with vinyl?
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I generally sew all my perimeter pieces, no matter what they are, to 1/8" sew foam because it also pads the fabric from rubbing against the metal seat frame. It is vital to do it with leather. It's just a good idea with anything else.
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