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Old 08-01-2013, 06:32 PM
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Can some one tell me how to recover a seat that has no cover. I have recover seat that had the old covering on by cuting them apart and useing it for a pattern to cut the new stuff from. But i am trying to recover my jeep rear seat and it has been alot of fun. Also is their a book that i can buy that would help me out. Thanks Doug

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Dantwolakes is a professional upholster, He has posted a lot of info here and on other forums. Go to the top of the page here and click on forums then down to interiors, lots of good info. You can go to google books then search automotive upholstery and you should find several books listed for sale . some of them will have a preview you can read to see if you like it to buy.
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bucket seats or bench, & car also year , maybe the model will help.
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I've never covered anything on this site regarding starting from scratch on a seat cover. It's not that difficult, but takes a lot of trial and error. A picture of the seat would be helpful. The jump seat for a Jeep is very basic, so you shouldn't have much trouble.
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Its a rear seat from a 1953 M38a1. I think it is like a 1955 cj5. The back seat is the back and bottom are separate and are made of 3 parts . One part is the face and the sides are 2 separate pieces. I pined them together inside out then sawed them but it was lose on the corners. I thought maybe their was a easyer way.I have the front seats done and the top of the back done just need to finish bottom.I was just wondering how some one would do it that know what they were doing .
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When you do something from scratch, you start with the top of the seat bottom, and the front of the seat back. Get those two parts sewed together the way you want to do them and make them fit. Then you can make the perimeter parts of the two fit. It's pretty impossible to tell you how to do this with just words.
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Dan is the pro here, but I will throw in my 2 cents. If I am understanding your dilemma, it's your pattern making that is off. I think pinning a pattern and then turning it inside out to sew it up is leaving a lot of moving parts and would cause a poor fitting finished product. I would draw seam lines on the foam with witness marks, pattern the panels with clear plastic or scrap vinyl, ensuring the witness marks are transferred, line them up and sew away. I tried pinning, stapling, and any other method I could think of when I first started sewing. I discovered that I was trying to run before I knew how to walk. I started over, slowed down, ditched everything except witness marks, my final product improved. A pair of hog ear cutters make great v cuts for witness marks. Hope it helps, Jeremy
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You guys have given me so good advice. One thing I think that has made this tuffer is I am useing a heavy canves to cover them with like they were originally. I did a tractor seat with some vinyl and it turned out good. Trying to do some of this work has given me a new found respect for people that can upholster. Thanks Doug
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