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Old 06-08-2017, 03:59 PM
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Sew Foam?

Hi I'm new to this forum. I've researched every upholstery article and video on the web and I feel like I'm ready to take on the project. I'm going to reupholster my 1999 Ford F150 Supercab seats with a marine vinyl. The seats are currently cloth and are in good shape. The seat foam is in pretty good shape for its age. The patterns are very basic with basic stitching. I plan to cut out the patterns, iron, mark up, and replicate with the vinyl. I have a Bernina home sewing machine that has held up very nicely in my practice work with the marine vinyl, leather needle, and #69 polyester thread. I'm hesitant to attach any 1/4" or 1/2" sew foam to the vinyl as I don't want to bog down my home sewing machine. Is there an alternative way to achieve a no-wrinkle upholstery? I've read that some people just add the sew foam on top of the current seat foam and pull the new seats covers over that to get a thicker, tighter, wrinkle-free result. Will this work in my case? If so, what thickness of sew foam should I get? I would be happy to get an 80% good looking result. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect. I know I'm cutting corners by not using an industrial machine. If I had one I would upgrade to a #92 thread and sew the sew foam. But this is just one project I'm doing so I don't want to throw a lot of money into it. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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I've used polyester batting to get a full look. Comes in many thicknesses. Put it over your seat foam. Adds to the cushion.
Bonded Polyester Dacron Upholstery Batting 55"W 1,3,5,10,20 Yard Rolls - fabricwarehouse.com
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Dacron batting is great for a lot of things, but not as a substitute for foam. If you add foam, (1/2" foam over the top of the original seat foam with the foam side down),and then put the Dacron over the sew foam.
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Ok this is some good information. How thick would you say I need the Dacron if I get 1/2" sew foam?
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Ok this is some good information. How thick would you say I need the Dacron if I get 1/2" sew foam?
You don't want what you add to be too thick, either. Dacron comes in different thicknesses expressed in ounces. .5 ounce dacron is 1/2" thick. I generally use 1.0 ounce dacron (1" thick) for almost everything. Another benefit of using the dacron is that it helps your seat covers to slip and not snag on the foam, but if you use the sew foam with the foam side down, that is not an issue.
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I disassembled one seat from the split bench seat in the back of the truck and have my patterns drawn up on my marine vinyl. I noticed the cloth from the original seats have 1/4" foam sewn in them. The back seat wasn't used much so the existing cloth fabric and cushions feel pretty tight. My question now is...should I buy Dacron batting or sew foam to lay over the existing seat cushions? And what size would you suggest?
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I sewed the vinyl cover and I'm satisfied with the results for my first cover. However I do want to improve the results as I go. Everything was easy except for the corners. Those are a nightmare and I couldn't get a handle on how to get those right. I've got 1/2 inch Dacron on its way so hopefully I can make it a tight fit.
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Update: Added Dacron to the seat and re-installed. Took 6 hours total for this seat.
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