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PostSubject: Car Seat Upholstery    Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:14 pm

I've never did car seats before, just snowmobile and motorcycle seats. So please don't take any of this as gospel because I am sure there are better ways of doing it. That being said I started by buying three books and this one was the most helpful. It tells you how to rebuild the seats from the frame up. ....My first frame up restoration. Smile



Before I striped the frames I took plenty of pictures to help me later.











In order to make patterns I had to save every scrap of the old covers. I took every thing apart at the seams to do this.



Next I removed every thing and gave the springs a good bath.



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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:28 pm

Hee Hee Crisy, giving them a bath in your bath tub , I need to rebuild the seat in my old truck, It is in pretty bad shape but the only time I use the old truck is to haul stuff off to the dump or pull my car traailer. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:31 am

Chrissy You did such a great job on your seat covers it motivated me to at least try when the time comes. I got some pattern paper. it is like a cardboard that can be rolled up. Commercial cut and sew operations use it to make patterns and save their patterns for use at a later date. I plan on making a pattern of my covers and keeping them for future use. I will have to get a picture of the sewing machine I plan to use.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:38 am

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Hee Hee Crisy, giving them a bath in your bath tub , I need to rebuild the seat in my old truck, It is in pretty bad shape but the only time I use the old truck is to haul stuff off to the dump or pull my car traailer. Smile

Laughing Yes I did. It was to cold to play in the water outside. Maybe you could get a seat cover for your truck?
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:47 am

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Chrissy You did such a great job on your seat covers it motivated me to at least try when the time comes. I got some pattern paper. it is like a cardboard that can be rolled up. Commercial cut and sew operations use it to make patterns and save their patterns for use at a later date. I plan on making a pattern of my covers and keeping them for future use. I will have to get a picture of the sewing machine I plan to use.

Bill that commercial paper sounds great. I used masking and news paper. It was cheap and I had to do it over and over before I was happy with what I had. I have a feeling you will become a big help to the members wanting to try this them self's. Yes please add a picture of your sewing machine. I had a hard time with the one's I used.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:55 am

If you want me to send you some enough pattern paper to preserve your patterns PM me with who and where to send it and I will be happy to.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:36 am

After the springs were good and dry I did some light sanding and sprayed on a good coat or rust proofing paint.



With hog nose rings and tool a layer of buckram is added to the springs.





Followed by a layer of sound deaden er JUTE.



The front seat need a little extra TLC. If your springs are week you can stuff each one tightly with cotton..... Polyester don't pack and shouldn't be used.



I added a dust cover under the seat to prevent the cotton from getting all over the carpet later.





I added carpet padding to smooth out the cotton lumps. Finished seat is very comfortable.


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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:48 am

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If you want me to send you some enough pattern paper to preserve your patterns PM me with who and where to send it and I will be happy to.

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Thanks Jim but I don't really need any. Think I am finished with patterns for now. Very Happy I'm so happy I actual inspired someone else to try this.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:24 am

Pushing cotton down into the old springs is something I would not have thought of. Just a great job.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:55 am

Crisy used to be a cotton picker, now she is a cotton stuffer, she knows her cotton, she should gert a cottpn picking medal. Hee! Hee! Just kidding Crisy you are the best. :sleep: Yea it is early and I should still be sleeping but can't wait to see what is going on in our club. ☀

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:05 am

Shocked MacGyver's sister at it again, you are an inventive genius.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:31 pm

Laughing I can't take credit for the cotton trick. It is described in the book.
Next I added several thick layers of cotton.



I ordered my fabric from SMS Auto Fabric and was pleased by the nice product and fast service. I also collected as many pics of Christine's and some other interiors as I could.





Other items needed are rope and scrim foam. After I made the patterns for the seat pads I cut my fabric and started sewing the pleats across the back. "tucks" Then sewed each one down to the foam. Add the tweed piece and stitched all the way around the outside edge.













Cut, pin, an sew a cover over some of the rope.







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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:59 am

Using the scrim foam "Pink stuff" makes it harder to work with but the smooth finished product makes it worth the extra work.

Center piece added.



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Once the top and end pieces were on I started working on the top stitches. This looks nice and helps enforce the seams.



Adding a narrow piece of fabric to the back add's to the strength of the seam.









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I hope one picture is worth a thousand words like they say because I have more of them. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:59 am

When you have posted all your pic's I am going to print it off this time. Just a super job.
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:30 am

That is a good Ideal Jim Genious at work, Crisy yoiu shold have had an upholstery shop you would be a millionaire by now. Or you could work a secolund job as a cotton picker. Razz
Being serious Crisy, IO think we are going to have to buy you a Hoss hat, because your head is probly getting a lot biggerwith all these well deserved compliments. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:38 am

Great work, Chrissy!!

I never learned to do upholstery work, but luckily I had friends that did, and I could swap their talents for mine.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:36 am

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When you have posted all your pic's I am going to print it off this time. Just a super job.

Jim I have found most of them. I will not trust my PC to save any thing again. I will make some back up cd's. Thanks for liking my work. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:44 am

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I never learned to do upholstery work, but luckily I had friends that did, and I could swap their talents for mine.

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I know any one that got to swap talent's with you came out very well John because you have plenty of it. Hope to see more of your work soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:52 am

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That is a good Ideal Jim Genious at work, Crisy yoiu shold have had an upholstery shop you would be a millionaire by now. Or you could work a secolund job as a cotton picker. Razz
Being serious Crisy, IO think we are going to have to buy you a Hoss hat, because your head is probly getting a lot biggerwith all these well deserved compliments. Smile


Laughing Yes I need a bigger hat Bob. Every one is very nice to me. A millionaire. WOW I guess I blew it. I was a doll maker and I am still poor. Neutral

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:28 am

Back to work. Here are some more pics to study.








I bought this 1957 sewing machine and did most of the work and all the top stitches with it. It has a running foot connected to it to help pull the fabric through evenly. I newer heavy duty one would have made it all go so much better. Neutral






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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:41 am

You look so cute their Crisy sitting at the sewing machine. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:25 am

Those old sewing machines had some nice designs to them, they are all plastic now.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:39 pm

Chrissy. What weight thread did you use? I have different colores of 160 den poly thread. Do you think it is heavy enough?
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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:37 pm

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Chrissy. What weight thread did you use? I have different colores of 160 den poly thread. Do you think it is heavy enough?


I bought thread from Jo Anns Fabrics. It is 100% Polyester, indoor. out door, uv protected. Gutermann M782. If I take it in both hands and try to break it....I can't. Don't see a weight number on it. A heaver thread would have looked better for the top stitches but my machine couldn't handle it. You could get better advice from a regular pro or at a upholstery shop..... Did you order a book yet? I don't want to steer you wrong.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:43 pm

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Those old sewing machines had some nice designs to them, they are all plastic now.

Your right and the old ones lasted forever but the plastic ones are easier to move around. This baby is dead weight.

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:44 pm

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You look so cute their Crisy sitting at the sewing machine. Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:18 pm

Next I placed the spring down on top of the cover. I had to kneel on top of it in order to squish it down and pull the fabric tight enough to get the clamps in place. Then I added lots of hog noes rings to keep it nice and tight.









The back rest gets pulled down and attached with more rings.



Front seat frame.



I covered the lower area of the frame with vinyl on the ends that show.







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Still need to add a ashtray to the back of the front seat. Just remembered when I looked at the picture. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:10 pm

Dang Crisy , you have a CCC Jacket, man that is nice. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:50 pm

What nice work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Car Seat Upholstery    Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:26 pm

Crisy I can look at those seats 1000 times and I don't see a wrinkle in them. Smile

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