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upholstery in leather

Hi guys, I'm new here, found the site as a redirect when searching Singer211 machines, I'm looking at one for re-upholstering my TR6, in cream leather. I am assuming this machine would be a good choice, walking foot and heavy industrial use, anything else I should know or ask the guy who is selling(reconditioning), what size thread would you recommend, I am guessing 40 or 60? but any recommendations as to type of thread?

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You'll want to use either number 69 or 92 thread. I myself would use 92 polyester. BTW u found the right place to learn about upholstery. This board is great. Check out the tutorial threads
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The new Interior section of the Hotrodders Knowledge Base may be helpful to you. It has 700+ links to various automotive interior websites, and a specialty search engine just for automotive interior links. In particular, the sewing machines section has some guides on thread selection.
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thanks guys, I knew I was in the right place for help with this

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The 211 will work fine for auto upholstery, and size 69 or 92 thread is what to use. After you buy the machine, (or before you buy the machine) take it to a professional sewing machine mechanic and have him go over it for bad parts, time it, and set the tensions. It will be the best money you ever spend on the machine.
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Hi Dan, yeah thanks for that, the guy from whom I am buying the machine is in fact a sewing machine mechanic and wont let me have it until he has checked it over and serviced it for me, so I think this is a good deal at 450/600$

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Yes, that would be a good deal. If I were you, I wouldn't be able to get my money out of my pocket fast enough to pay him for the machine. One other bit of advice.....buy new thread, do not use any thread that is unlabeled or comes with the machine.
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Yeah, I wanted the machine like "yesterday" all ready to part with the cash, but he insists on servicing it, so I respect his opinion.

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Yeah, I wanted the machine like "yesterday" all ready to part with the cash, but he insists on servicing it, so I respect his opinion.

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Nylon #69 ONLY
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Why do you say nylon 69 only? That's like saying you should only drive a Chevy with a V-8 engine. I use polyester 92 almost exclusively. It's just as strong as nylon and handles UV rays and holds its color better than nylon. The only thing wrong with polyester thread is that it's more expensive than nylon.
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Polyester is not NEAR as strong as nylon. It's cheaper though. Use what you want I was just giving my opinion. I've been doing this since 1983. They use #69 nylon on seat belts and tow straps. And you should only drive a chevy with a v8.
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I have been doing this since 1973, so I know a little bit about it too. Nylon and polyester thread are equal in strength. If you don't believe me, read this: CLICK HERE Polyester thread is more expensive, not less expensive, especially the Sunguard thread I use. There are places to use each one. Nylon 69 is typically used by furniture manufacturers and people who make original equipment auto seats because it is strong and cheap. I'm not saying it is wrong to use 69 nylon, it will work fine. I'm only saying that it is not the ONLY option like you said in your first post.

And BTW, since seat belts became standard in the late '60s, seat belts have been sewn with a special bonded nylon thread that is size 138, not size 69. Most tow straps are sewn with even larger thread than 138.
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