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Old 04-29-2012, 10:40 PM
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Wrapping a steering wheel?

I have a guy that asked me about wrapping a steering wheel. Ive never done one before, but I have a general idea of how to do it. If someone can give me an idea of what needle and thread to use, and a general process. Thanks

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Here's the best tip you'll ever get to doing a perfect steering wheel wrap: CLICK HERE

A couple things to think about: If the steering wheel is already padded you only need to use leather, otherwise you need to ask the customer if they want the wheel padded. You can pad the wheel with sew foam with the back side out, that will allow the leather to slip instead of grabbing the foam. Make the initial piece of leather wider than it needs to be, sew it together at the ends and slip it over the steering wheel. It should be pretty tight. Center the splice on the bottom center of the wheel and then mark the areas where the spokes are. Those areas should be turned under and either glued down or sewn down. Then trim the rest of the leather down to it's finished size before sewing it on. That's when you use the tip in the video above to mark the holes. Find an old wheel to practice on before you do the actual wheel.

As far as thread is concerned, that's going to depend on the look you're going for as to how thick and what color. Use polyester thread so it won't fade. Curved needles are the easiest to hand sew with as far as I'm concerned, but use whatever you like best. Here is a great explanation of how to do the criss cross stitching: CLICK HERE You're patient enough and particular enough to do a great job, Good luck.
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Perfect, thanks for the information. Couple more questions. What thickness of sew foam? And where do you pick up small amounts of leather so I dont need to buy whole hides? Havent done much with leather yet, so Im not really sure how to go about ordering.
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Dan can you help me out with a thread size. I have no idea what to use, what size do you generally use? And wheres a good supplier to order small amounts of leather?
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Sorry, it looks like my original answer didn't post. The best place for small pieces of leather is Tandy Leather. The best thread to use is waxed thread from the Thread Exchange. You can use size 207 and up. Thread Exchange has lots of colors and sizes. Here's a link: CLICK HERE
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