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12-19-2009 08:23 AM
Originally Posted by jdss
I'm getting ready to try some carpet binding myself.What size thread and needle did you use on these? They look great
i use whatever needles are available at walmart and coats & clark upholstery thread, T26, size 69...
12-16-2009 09:13 AM
DanTwoLakes You can use a size 18 to 24 needle and size 69 to size 138 thread. I prefer size 22 needle and size 92 polyester thread, but those are just personal preferences.
12-14-2009 03:08 PM
Originally Posted by esty
This is my 1st post in this forum but I read the interior section daily….about 4 months ago I bought a cheap Brother LX-3125 sewing machine at walmart for under $70.00 & started making carpet kits for BMW 2002’s…so far I’ve made, sold & ship’d 136 sets….

I don’t have any problems sewing with my cheap machine…I don’t have a walking foot or any other attachments…I buy marine vinyl at the local fabric store and generally find everything I need in the remnants section for $3.00 a yard…I cut it into strips, use a small bead of hot glue to fasten it upside down to the face of the carpet so it doesn’t move when I’m sewing it then sew it to the carpet…

Then I fold the vinyl over the edge of the carpet and hot glue it to the back of the carpet…I was concerned about the glue releasing but I made a set for myself this way over a year ago and have not had any problems…one would have to tear the carpet and vinyl in order to separate the two materials

Just thought I’d share
I'm getting ready to try some carpet binding myself.What size thread and needle did you use on these? They look great
09-05-2009 09:12 AM
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09-05-2009 07:15 AM
benchracer1 I am slightly in the curled region. A little more practice and I do believe I will have it. On another subject, how do you post pics?
09-05-2009 06:49 AM
DanTwoLakes If the binding is vinyl, that's not too much. It's too much when you curl the corners or mis-shape the carpet.
09-04-2009 10:39 PM
benchracer1 Apparently Im sytretching the binding a bit. I start with a 2 foot peice of carpet and a 2 foot peice of binding and end up with an extra 1/2 or 3/4 inch of binding after they are sewed together. Now that I am aware of this I will attempt to not have that happen. I guess this is the practice you speak of...........Steve
09-04-2009 02:15 PM
DanTwoLakes There isn't any magic trick to doing it, it's more practice than anything, but you need to be making relief cuts on the part of the binding that goes underneath when you go around a corner or an inside curve. Also, you just want the vinyl to lay down, you don't want it to stretch very much at all.
09-04-2009 12:32 PM
benchracer1 I actually figured out that I can get the topstitch look buy using the ditch method and sewing about 1/8 to 1/4 in inside the ditch. My big challenge is getting the corners to lay flat. For whatever reason i am either stretching the vinyl or not leaving slack. Any tips?
09-02-2009 05:09 PM
benchracer1 That was kinda what I thought. I have done a couple of ok stitches but I will probably stick to the ditch method. I have been attempting to use loop style carpet and therein probably lies the problem.
09-02-2009 01:23 PM
DanTwoLakes You really can't do the topstitch method very well if you're trying to do it on carpet with any kind of a nap to it. The carpet needs to be pretty flat to do it that way. The only way to get it to look decent would be to trim the carpet down low around the edge of the carpet.
09-02-2009 01:17 PM
benchracer1 The ditch method I can do ok. When topstitching I am continually walking right off the edge or bunching up the binding under the foot resulting in a crease or pucker. I have tried sewing both sides at once as well as stitching it to the back then topstitching, Any ideas for me to try?
04-30-2009 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
My suggestion is to seam the ends of the binding of those two pieces instead of overlapping the binding, that's all.
i misunderstood the 1st post...i understand now...i could but i've never had any complaints and the area on the 2 rear pieces that is overlap'd also is under the seat so any fancy stitching would be lost anyway..

if i ever make mats that show completely, that's how i would do it or try to do it

thanks for the feedback
04-30-2009 06:44 AM
DanTwoLakes I wasn't talking about going all the way around on all the pieces. I realize that all those bare edges are hidden after they are installed. I was only talking about the two pieces that you already are going completely around. My suggestion is to seam the ends of the binding of those two pieces instead of overlapping the binding, that's all.
04-29-2009 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
They look very nice, but I have a suggestion for you. On the floor mats, you have to sew completely around the entire perimeter. It would look more professional to seam it than to overlap it. Just leave 4 or 5 inches of binding loose when you start, and when you near the end, overlap the pieces of binding 1 inch, sew a 1/2" seam, and then finish binding the carpet. Check out this thread, and you'll see what I mean: CLICK HERE
i patterned these from 3 other retailers sets and none are bound on all edges...the front floor pieces that are not bound on the end get covered by the front of the rear piece and that's under the seat...

other 'naked' edges are covered with the car's existing pinch welt trim and rocker trim when installed...even the original sets installed at the factory in the 60's & 70's wasn't trim'd on all edges
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