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I am now attempting my 2nd set of seat covers. they are on my brothers celica. The end caps on these seats are made from 4 pieces and are bucket style. I was attemting to make a pattern by tracing the seams with my space pen directly to the vinyl. This at best seemed inaccurate and clumsy. Would clear vynil or tracing paper be a better bet. I ended up cutting one of the seats up and ironing the individual pieces. It seems to be working well but ive read that his is not the best way to do it. Also the perimeter wire at the base is about 20 or so inches long and u shaped. Is there a trick to getting that back in the base or should I just sew that in?
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There is a tool called a seam ripper that I have used to take apart an item to make patterns. making patterns from a clear vinyl and labeling them seems to be a good idea as then you have them if you ever do any more of those particular seats. as far as the wire is concerned it may be best to just sew it in as threading that into a pocket can be a bit difficult..just my thoughts..

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If the old parts are fabric or vinyl, you can soak them in hot water and use a steam iron to flatten them. (Don't do this with very old seat covers. The fabric could have cotton content in them and they can shrink. If the fabric seat covers are old, use a dry iron.) If they are leather, you can iron them flat with the dry setting on the iron. Make your cutting patterns by tracing the flattened old part on to chipboard, cut them out, and then trace the chipboard patterns onto the vinyl. That way if the pattern needs to be changed, you can adjust the chipboard pattern, and some of the patterns are reversible just by flipping them over. Also, chipboard is cheap and isn't as flexible as clear vinyl, so it is much easier to trace.

As far as the wire goes, sew the listing for the wire onto the seat cover first and thread the wire in after it is sewed on. Clean the wire, which is probably rusty, with some fine steel wool and WD-40. Put a piece of black electrical tape on one end of the wire and feed it into the listing. You could also replace the wire with a new one.
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