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  1. DanTwoLakes
    10-11-2016 10:19 AM - permalink
    Hi Shine: Just saw this. Most pros can do a pretty good estimate just using a tape measure in a few places. For newcomers to this process, make your patterns first, if you need patterns, and then measure how much fabric you need by laying out the pieces on a flat surface. Roll goods like fabric and vinyl are measured in running yards, 36" by 54", and not square yards 36" by 36". The 54" should be up and down in most cases. With vinyl you can take some liberties with how you lay the patterns out, but with cloth fabric, you need to keep all the parts oriented so you keep the nap running the same way on all the parts. Then simply measure how long a piece of fabric you'll need to cut out the pieces you need.
  2. shine
    10-03-2016 12:09 PM - permalink
    morning dan . i'm ready to buy my materials. how do you estimate yards . doing the floor / up to back window with carpet rest in vinyl . on my 54 ford truck .
  3. DanTwoLakes
    07-11-2016 08:39 AM - permalink
    Hi: Everybody's password was re-set, even mine.
  4. Coodeville
    07-03-2016 03:31 PM - permalink
    How r you ? Why was my password reset ?
  5. brickyardboy
    12-18-2014 11:48 AM - permalink
    Dan, check out "The Darnell" in the Lounge. He's posting some illegal crap. None of the mods are on line...
  6. Billblyth
    12-08-2014 09:55 AM - permalink
    Billblyth many stitch's per inch will your 206r make?
    I have a 206rb5 and get about 3 per inch but it seems to bog down in heavy stuff.....maybe I need a bigger motor?
    Thanks for all you do
  7. rustyjvan
    04-14-2014 07:43 AM - permalink
    Here is a picture of what I am wanting the design of my bucket seats to look like:

    No foam I am going to use will be pleated. The only foam I will buying/using is foam for the seat bottom, and sew foam for the pleats I will make.

    Thanks for the advice, the problem I foresaw (and its hard to visualize) was over time the vinyl will stretch out over the channel foam and make indentations in the pleats that will not be symmetrical. Almost like you can see the channel foam "bleeding through the seat."

    PS: I got my sewing machine, getting ready to oil it up and start practicing on some scrap fabric.
  8. rustyjvan
    04-12-2014 08:52 PM - permalink
    I am going to reform the seat bottom foam from scratch, (I wanted to talk you to about who is your supplier, maybe they can drop ship me some high density foam?)

    The seat back is is good shape and I didn't plan on redoing the backrest, just the seat bottoms and armrests. And since I didn't plan on refoaming the backrest, my main concern is for the 2" pleats that will go over the channel foam. Just so you know, I am going to use 1/2" sewfoam behind the pleats.

    Since I am laying these pleats and sew foam over existing channel foam on the backrest, do you see any foreseeable problem with this?
  9. rustyjvan
    04-10-2014 12:37 PM - permalink
    Awesome!!! I am going to go pick it up tomorrow. The guy told me had it serviced a few weeks ago, and has all of the servicing records. Something neat he told me about this machine, and you will notice it if you look back at the pictures is the NASA sticker. He bought it directly from NASA when they cancelled the space program. Supposedly this is the sewing machine that they made the space suits with! Pretty neat history.

    I know I will have some more questions on the passengers seat about pleating over the existing channel foam. I dont know if I need to fill it with some sort of batting, or foam strips. Here's a picture:

    Also do you prefer we talk over IM or would you like for me to open up a thread?

  10. rustyjvan
    04-03-2014 07:24 AM - permalink
    Dan, sorry for being cautious about this machine I inquired about. Before I drop $750, I want to be sure this machine would be able to sew leather and pretty thick vinyl with 1/2" sew foam for interior correct?

    I looked up the specs and here they are:
    Needle bar Stroke: 1.386"
    Take-Up Stroke: 2-27/32"
    Clearance under presser feet: .315"
    Sewing Capacity: 5/16"
    Maximum Stitch Length: 3SPI


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  • About DanTwoLakes
    Live in "God's Country", northern Wisconsin
    Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
    Golf, fishing, boating, snowmobiling
    Professional upholsterer
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