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gogojojo's picture

Car Seats (post #31000)

This is my first foray into auto upholstery... before and after pics of seats from my 1988 VW Cabriolet.  I realized soon after I installed them that vinyl gets really hot in the summer, so I had planned to replace the center portion with cloth, but then thought better of it and just bought a new car :-)

LJH's picture

(post #31000, reply #1 of 8)

Now, that's really impressive! 'After' looks just like showroom. You're obviously an upholstery pro, what kind of sewing machine do you use?

gogojojo's picture

(post #31000, reply #2 of 8)

Thanks for the kind words, but I am far from pro...I just used the old cover as a pattern for the new one.  But it was harder than I thought it would be - there were a few surprises when I took the old cover off, i.e. seat foam that needed to be repaired.  But would definitely do it again - results were very gratifying!


I used a portable commercial walking foot machine that I got on ebay for $200 brand new.  It really does go thru vinyl and the 1/4 foam backing like butter!

LJH's picture

(post #31000, reply #3 of 8)

Wow, that machine paid for itself and then some, didn't it? Not to mention adding the resale value to your car.


I keep thinking of a machine for heavier use, but I don't know where in my already-stuffed studio it would live, and if I started taking on upholstery jobs in addition to all the others I'd need to give up sleeping altogether, LOL!


Thanks for the reply. Again, that seatcover looks awesome.

MeM's picture

(post #31000, reply #4 of 8)

I am extremley impressed. I love your colour sceme.

Mimi's picture

(post #31000, reply #5 of 8)

VERY impressive!


mimi


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mac426's picture

(post #31000, reply #6 of 8)

Wow!  Great Job!  I had  purchased Legendary Seat Covers for one of my cars and they were quite expensive. 


As for your machine, did you buy one of those Sailrite machines? 


 

gogojojo's picture

(post #31000, reply #7 of 8)

Thanks for the compliment!  Actually, the machine is a sailrite knockoff...I think the brand is AlphaSew, if memory serves...the decal fell off almost immediately.  Other than that, it is a good no-frills machine (just straight stitch and reverse).  Anyway, they are easy to find on ebay; they are listed as portable industrial (or commercial) walking foot machines, under a few different brands, but they are all basically the same machine.  And I am in no way affiliated with the brand or vendor.

queenoid's picture

(post #31000, reply #8 of 8)

That is one fabulous-looking car seat! I would never have thought to tackle a project like that, and yours is great!