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Old 03-15-2007, 07:21 AM
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Hey everyone, has anyone had any experience using "whisper" vinyl that you can find in the local fabric shops like Hancock, JoAnn, or G-street for seat covers? I used some of this stuff for simple door panels and it worked out pretty good. But door panels and seat covers are two different animals. I'm not sure if this vinyl is too thin. What qualities do you look for when shopping vinyl that will be used for seat covers? I did the door panels myself and initially figured I would farm out the seat covers. But after reading many many posts, articles, and other web reading, I figure why not try and tackle my basic seat covers. This after all is a "project" car right? What vinyl would you experts recommend for seat covers and from where? Thanks for all the help. And also just a general thanks for all the good I've info found on this forum.


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I agree, that stuff is way too thin to hold up on seats.

I ordered my interior supplies from Sunbelt Fabrics, Inc. located at 2506 Louise Ave. Dallas. Their Phones # are 214-421-9882 or 1800-322-8004, talk to Dean. They ship real fast also. He carries quite a lot of different vinyl (generic term) from different manufacturers and can advise you what works best for your application.

You won't have to pay sales tax either.

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When my wife saw how serious I was about learning to sew upholstery materials, she hit Joanne's to find me a bunch of thick materials to practice on. She rummaged through the remnants and came across some of that Whisper vinyl, and brought it home along with a lot of other material. (The back of this stuff looks rather "furry" for lack of a better word - not a tightly woven cloth backing like other automotive/ marine grade vinyls I've seen.)

I've done some upholstery in the past, although I've never sewn before, and I know this stuff is pretty thin. I'm going to use the piece she brought me home to make a sewing machine cover.

Vince is right - this stuff won't wear well at all. Especially for something that's going to get a lot of wear like seats. It might work pretty well for door panels and rear shelves (package trays,) but other than that, I'd steer clear of it for automotive use.

We have a place here locally called Mill End Fabrics. They have a lot of upholstery materials, to include vinyl, foam, and batting, but like any other retail outlet, you're going to pay a retail price. That might be okay if you're just doing a seat or two, but it can get pricy real quick. They want $11.99 a yard for the marine grade vinyl I need to do my boat. That's actually not bad when you add in the fact that I won't be paying for any shipping, but as you can see it's going to add up pretty fast.

Just my 2 cents, and remember that I'm not a professional.
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If you want good upholstery grade vinyl, go online to places like, or, or These places will have first grade open stock vinyl, not close-outs. That might not seem like a big deal, but run out of fabric or make a mistake, and you might not be able to replace it. When you look for vinyl, look for name brands like Naugahyde, Morbern, Spradling, and Bolta-Flex. Then you know what you're getting.
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