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Author Topic: Sewing vinyl.  (Read 1161 times)
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« on: 21 September, 2023, 06:09:10 PM »

Multi skilled lot that you are, has anyone any experience of sewing repair patches to original vinyl seats?

I'm going to refurb the seat bases by removing the covers, painting the metal then installing new base foams.

The seat covers are generally good however the rear section that slides under the frame tube has holes at each end that I'd like to sort. I'm not going to unpick the original seams but thought I'd sew a patch across the back, over that whole panel.

Anyone know if it can be done with a standard sewing machine?

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« Reply #1 on: 23 September, 2023, 03:19:05 PM »

Got the sewing machine out and managed to sew some vinyl panels over as well as gluing in some patches to extend the life of the seat covers

Seat bases are sanded and painted now. Looking forward to fitting the new foams and putting the covers back on.

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« Reply #2 on: 23 September, 2023, 05:03:22 PM »

Nice work Howard!

Norm Thomas
Ormskirk, Lancashire

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« Reply #3 on: 25 September, 2023, 07:49:03 PM »

To finish my own thread (!), I reassembled the seat bases today. After a false start when the Hammerite type paint I used on the metal base didn't dry and I had to remove it all and respray with real Hammerite, the reassembly with new foams from Giuseppe Rampello went smoothly.

Very pleased with the result.

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« Reply #4 on: 27 September, 2023, 01:54:51 PM »

Well done!

Quite a standard sewing machine or a sturdy old prewar Singer or something?

David Laver, Lewisham.
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« Reply #5 on: 27 September, 2023, 06:53:54 PM »

Just a standard domestic machine. I've bought some car carpet to make over mats and want to sew on edge binding but I suspect that will be too much for it.
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« Reply #6 on: 03 October, 2023, 09:12:34 PM »

Looks very satisfying to have achieved an undetectable repair.

We have a carpet fitter in our home town who does "carpet whipping" as he calls it, whereby, if you have carpet installed in your home he'll make doormats, runners etc. from the offcuts edge bound in a suitable colour to match. It'll be a sad day when he retires (unless he passes the skills on of course).


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