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Old 04-24-2011, 10:02 PM
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I am going to reupholster my Chevy seats out of my blazer. I have decided to eliminate the piping, It is an off road vehicle and piping tends to wear and hold dirt. I also would like to put french seams on the seat tops (purely for looks). On the back side of the seam is where the listing wire attaches. I am not sure how to attach the wire holder to the seam or for that matter if it is possible.........Steve
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The top stitching,or lap fell seam as you call it, is done all the time when removing welting. I never sew in welts unless a customer specifically asks for them for the reasons you mentioned.

You would not normally put a french seam where you want to put them, but it can be done if you don't sew the French seam to the twill tape that is usually sewn to the back of the seam.

That can be done by simply folding the listing away from the side you are top stitching. You will have to fold the listing away from each sides as you do the top stitch. (FWIW, I have never seen a seat sewed that way.)

This will turn the French seam into being completely decorative, and will not strengthen the seam which is part of the reason you sew in a French seam in the first place.
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I will probably pass on the french seam, sounds like a bad idea. Would a top stitch or flat fell seam be appropriate there. It seems like attaching a listing would be much easier. Is that a common seam in that area? Thanx in advance......Steve
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No, the seams that hold listings aren't French seams or flat fell seams, they are plain.
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Thanx, Ill post pics as I go....Steve
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Started on the seat backs tonight. I was able to get my straightest seams to date, sometimes it is the little things. I started the stitch in the middle and went outward in two directions. What is the proper way to get the selvadge end to lay flat before I glue to the sewfoam? I took Dans advice and decided to use a single stitch for this seam. Thanx....Steve
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I'm not sure I understand what these three pieces are for. If this is supposed to be the lower part of the seat back, you have the cart before the horse. Each piece should be glued to sew foam first. Then you trace your pattern onto the individual pieces and sew around their perimeters. After that you cut out the three pieces close to the perimeter stitching and sew them together. If there are going to be listings they should be in place before the parts are sewn together.

In any event, on shorter straight pieces like these, you shouldn't have to start in the middle and work in two directions, it should be relatively easy to sew the pieces together starting at one end and going all the way to the other end. You would only start in the middle to center something.
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exactly, they are for the lower seat back. Guess I will cut out the seamsand glue to the foam then resew it. There are no listings on this part. There are listings on the base however. I will post ics before I sew those to avoid redos like this. ,,,,,Steve
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Is muslin ok for listings?
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Muslin is not very strong. Typar (like Tyvek house wrap) or Versare is a lot better.
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I believe that I am going to get a spray gun for adhesive. What is a reasonable gun for occasional use? Is there one made that you can cap and not have to empty and clean daily? What adhesive is good for general purpose? I like the idea of colored glue so I can see where I have been......Steve
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went with the critter 118 siphon gun. Looks like the easiest to keep clean. Now I will locate some good adhesive.......Steve
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I am giving consideration to creating the top cushion pieces by pinning and pulling the vynil tight and marking from the old welting, as described in the auto upholstery handbook. I was gonna try this instead of cutting apart the old seat cover and making individual pieces. It seems to me that it is much easier to do this before gluing the polyfoam but the pics in the book show the foam already in place. I am doing this soley for experience. does anybody have any experience with this technique? I read that on older seats like I have the material may have shrunk and this can produce a more accurate cover.
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