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A Question About Top Stitching And Sewfoam?

Lets say you are going to topstitch instead of using a welt. Do you leave enough allowance in order to topstitch fabric to fabric?

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You can, but there's an awful lot of things to take into consideration, so I don't. This picture is of a seat that is top stitched. The seat top is 1/2" sew foam, and the perimeter pieces are 1/4" sew foam.
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You can, but there's an awful lot of things to take into consideration, so I don't. This picture is of a seat that is top stitched. The seat top is 1/2" sew foam, and the perimeter pieces are 1/4" sew foam.
Does it make it easier since the perimeter is 1/4 inch.
BTW - that seat is beautiful.
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Thank you for the compliment. That's ultraleather. Yes, it's a lot easier. Recently, I was lucky enough to find some really high quality 1/8" headliner that has a knit backing on it for a very good price. That will make really good perimeter pieces and will be 1/2 as thick. I bought 20 yards of it, and am considering getting 20 more.

BTW, the guy that owned the car totaled it, so those seats are long gone now. I could have cried...........
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Do you have to make relief cuts to topstitch around curved areas? I would think "yes".
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I have tried it both ways, and it generally comes out better for me by not making relief cuts. I would suggest you try it for yourself both ways and see what works for you.
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One thing I like about top stitching is the bead is not there to go bad first but sometimes a bead looks better in a period correct interior,if I do a seat in a work truck or other commericial vehicles I eliminate the bead and top stitch if I am doing the whole seat.
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I do the same thing. Any time I can eliminate a welt, I do it. They are the first things to wear out, and besides, I like the look of the top stitching.
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