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Old 06-25-2008, 06:01 PM
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Hey folks, new guy here, just getting started in the upholstery side and was led here by a friend that does this proffesionally (sp).

Anyway, to introduce myself, I'm 50, I've been playing with cars and motorcycles since I was 14. I completed every aspect of cars from custom frames for early street rods to body work, paint, fuel injection, motor building and everything inbetween. The only thing I've never done is upholstery work and a recent acquasition of a boat has led me to doing the interior of the boat. But not just the boat, I have a 68 Firebird that I want to fiddle with interior wise and onto a 66 GTO clone that is at the body shop. (getting too old to do it myself).

So I bought a starter machine and about 20 yards of marine vinyl, 10 to play and ten to use. It's an older model 1968 Singer 626 walking foot machine that seems to have come with every extra option imaginable. The guy I bought it from is an retired sewing machine guy, had seven stores in the Houston Galveston area and says he goes through these things from head to toe to be better than the originals.

My shop is a 1200 sq ft brick setup, that I've divided into part wood working part car and part game room and as my friends say has every tool a man could want and then some. I say all this to let you know I don't dive off into these things half way, it's all or nothing.

I'm a starter with a place to work and desire to learn. And I'm looking at this machine with it's 1968 manual and I haven't got a clue as to what to do??

This little sewing machine has got me intimidated, if it was a big sawmill, I would just jump off into it, but I can't for the life of me figure out where to start.

Can you folks give me a push in the right direction?

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Old 06-25-2008, 07:38 PM
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Just take some small pieces and sew on them to get the feel of the machine..Once you have gotten that done then make some pillows or something kinda simple just for giggles..there is a sticky a the top of the forum that you can read thru on a how to do it on a truck seat..reading that will help..

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Welcome. Like Sam said, just jump in and sew some things together. You need to get the hang of the clutch motor on the machine. Do a search here on sewing machine basics. There are some good threads that will answer a lot of your questions. Check out this thread CLICK HERE

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