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Old 07-09-2013, 05:59 PM
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Want to learn custom upholstery. Could use some advice.

It sounds like this is a forum with a lot of knowledge on interiors. I want to learn auto upholstery and could use some advice. I am 43 years old with a full time career so I cannot learn by going to a school or working as an intern for someone but I would like to get good enough to make some money at it when I retire.

I have '56 Belair that I am restoring (more like a resto-mod) from the frame up. It was my Dad's car and has taken years to get where I am, due to lack of time and money, of course I cannot afford to pay a custom shop to build a complete interior so I want to learn to do it myself. I was a custom car audio installer for 20 years and worked on many demo cars for the SEMA show so I have lots of experience building complex fiberglass structures and wrapping them with vinyl or ultrasuede but if there was any stitching or seams we would send it to the upholstery shop (or paint it, LOL). I am assuming that this experience will help me a little but when it comes to sewing, shaping foam, and making a cover without one to use as a pattern I don't really know where to start.

Looking for advice on resources to learn from, suggestions for a good machine, how to make the carpet for my car (this is another area that seems like its going to be tough), other necessary tools.


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As far as carpet goes, why make your own when you can buy a carpet set for your car relatively cheaply? Carpet is the easiest part. Start at the transmission tunnel, and if you can't get the carpet to go up and over, you do the tunnel separately and then do the rest of the flat areas. There is a ton of how to's here if you look for them. Start here: Archive of Interior Tutorials . As far as a sewing machine goes, there is also a ton of info about industrial sewing machines: Beginner Sewing Machine Recommendation

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Thanks for the links to the tutorials, this is great info. I know there are some molded carpets out there but I the design of the center console I am making may require that I make my own.

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