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#1 nedloh312

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:37 PM

I am thinking of re trimming my car myself, i am pretty handy on the sewing machine and my mum is a pro, has anyone here done it before? I have made new couch covers and seat covers but this would be in leather... So yer, has anyone tried this before? I would only be doing the seats and paying for the headlining and doors because i need to get new panels...

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:43 PM

i have wanted  give this a go my self. I guess if you unstitch the original seat covers and use them as a pattern for the new it would be doable.
I would find an old seat from a wreckers and get some cheep vinyl to practice with first though 

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:57 PM

Yer, it isn't too hard in theory, if i take the passenger seat off, replace the foam (Clarks Foam can make new high quality seats)and then use existing seats as pattern but the hardest part is finding a good quality leather... I am going to go to spotlight in the next few days and see what they have though :)

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:03 PM

haha, nothing wrong with a guy sewing ::) Hey, if it saves me 2k on a retrim i don't care what it makes me look like :D

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:04 PM

i dont have to be sowing to wear that  :o

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:07 PM

have you been using your hubble again ???

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:14 PM

On first glance I thought your topic heading was "Hebrew Retrim" hehehe

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:18 PM

On first glance I thought your topic heading was "Hebrew Retrim" hehehe


thats easy just insert beaded seat covers

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:22 PM

ge I herd that we do sewing down my way the real trick is to get a commercial sewing machine that can cope.
I will post some of the family hand work in the next few weeks. when the 49 get it new seats.

leather can get a bit exee of practice first  8) 8)      

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:25 PM

yep defanetly practice with some cheap stuf first

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:25 PM

Are we adding fury dice as welland pom poms across the top of the windows Sulio  

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:32 PM

on a more serious note it can cost as much as $600.+ per hide for leather. the in laws car has used 5 hide so far and he only half way there.    

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:50 PM

is that the harness you use in the bed room miss jane :o

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 03:47 AM

on a more serious note it can cost as much as $600.+ per hide for leather. the in laws car has used 5 hide so far and he only half way there.    


Sounds like you need to be an outlaw to afford that kind of retrim :)

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:53 AM

Mick  ::)

Its for the horse!

;D


Why is there a horse in your bedroom  :o

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:55 AM

Why is there a horse in your bedroom  :o


hahahaha, your horrible LOL!


Anyways... So, has anyone done this before? Got any handy hints or is it just like doing a couch?

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 11:40 AM

Yer, didn't think of that! I forgot that leather stretches :P I am going to spotlight in an hour or so to check the prices :)

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:00 PM

They can get it in though can't they? Anyways, I checked the link but didn't really look at it properly... I will shop around before i buy any :) Gotta practice first haha

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:54 PM

Best to practice on some cheap material first, get the hang of it, then do the real deal. I have never known spotlight to have had leather, but maybe they could order it? Remember when the material is sewn, it is sewn inside-out so when it is put on the seat, the seems are on the inside, there are a few other tips I can give you, just hold ya horses  ;D

This could help a little - http://www.automedia...res20050101ur/1

This is handy but not for zeds - http://www.mustangmo...tall/index.html

Jane  8)


You rock. No other way to describe!

Yer, i know about doing the seam on the inside haha... Made that mistake before ::)

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:50 PM

haha yer :)

Anyways, i went to Spotlight and she said they used to be able to get it but no more... :(

I will check out the link you posted :)




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