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Old 07-12-2002, 09:00 PM
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Post Regular Sewing Machine for Auto Upholstery??

Can you use a regular Singer sewing machine to do auto upholstery work????
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Old 07-13-2002, 11:37 AM
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Of course, and exspecially if its older then you are, those old ones got power! Seriously, yes you can, just some of the newer machines don't do to well with leathers and really thick fabrics, but thats what I have. A 1948 Singer, turquoise and white unleashed beast in a box...weighs more than I do...

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I have to agree with halloweenking. I've always done my own upholstery with a good ol' pedal singer sewing machine. They're big and not very fancy but they can withstand almost any material you can throw at it!
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to sew an interior in a car properly...or should i say,to get professional results...u need a "walking foot" sewing machine,and a welt foot to sew the welting or piping as some people callit.
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I too have a 1948 Singer. Sinse its not a walking foot, I have a hard time sewing contract cloth and vinyl. At the end of the run, the pieces are unequal (one piece bunches up) unless I pin EVERYTHING. Anyone have a way around this?
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stitchin'...that's why u need awalking foot machine.old singer's are fine 4 light duty,but to do it right.......i'm tellin' ya!
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Vintage is correct. The problem with home machines is the gauge of thread is limited to small, and the previously stated problem with fabric moving. The walking foot always has one foot down so it takes care of that. I have had helpful upholsterers allow me to use their machines when I'm out of town working on jobs. They may be rare. Not much can go wrong with sewing machines so its pretty safe to let someone else loose on. So long as you don't want to take over the trim shop for a week you might have luck.
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Forgive me for bringing up this old thread(ima a newbie) ...but what im wanting to know is what gauge thread and needle to use on my home sewing machine?
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on a home sewing machine you will need what is called a "leather" needle as large as you can get.
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[quote]Originally posted by BOBCRMAN@aol.com:
<strong>on a home sewing machine you will need what is called a "leather" needle as large as you can get.</strong><hr></blockquote>

where can i buy one..you think they got them at walmart ?
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Probably, i bought some at a fabric shop. I have a commercial Consew but i use a large White with a walking foot for some of the thinner trim work
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Industrial ones are best if you have access to one... fortunatly I know someone who has one so I may be able to use one when I do mine
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<img src="graemlins/boxing.gif" border="0" alt="[boxing]" /> .........im fixin to have a round with this interior ....
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what im getting here...

so from what im reading here, its pretty much a better idea to get a commercial machine right? walking foot?

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my wife is plant manager here:
http://torringtondistributors.com/
ill see if she can dig up some leather needles .
btw she did my camaro seats in leather it looks exactly like the vinyl covers but in leather.
also did the door panels in leather.
really nice!
I gave the owners an idea to do classic car leather covers and after seeing mine as an example they seem to like the idea.
So soon you might get your seat covers from them.
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