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Title: My Sons VW BUS
Post by: BlueFlamingo on June 04, 2014, 01:59:55 PM
2 years ago I restored a 1961 Lonestar Boat.  Being a COB I decided to teach myself to do Upholstery and save the quoted $1,800 costs.  I did a decent job, far from perfect, learned a lot using an Old Morse Home Machine so my son asked me to attempt to upholster his VW Bus.  

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/Boat%20Project/SideView1.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/Photo0436.jpg)
Again,  Being a COB, we used Donor Couch Foam from Craigslist for the cushions but over all I think it all came out pretty good.  What do you all think.  I bought  a Tacsew 20U Zig Zag that I  restored for $200.

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/Upholsery%20Projects/FrontClose.jpg)

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/VWBus/photo3.jpg) (http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/VWBus/photo02.jpg)(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/VWBus/photo005.jpg)
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/VWBus/photo004.jpg)(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/VWBus/photo002.jpg)

 (http://s1018.photobucket.com/user/WoodOnGlass/media/Upholsery%20Projects/FrontClose.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My Sons VW BUS
Post by: BlueFlamingo on June 04, 2014, 03:02:15 PM
So then, my Daughter had to get in the Act.  She found this chair at a Thrift store

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/ChairStart.jpg)
for $30 bucks and wanted to know if I would help her re-upholster it.  I told her that was totally different than doing boats and cars but...You KNOW how Fathers are with their little girls soooo... we started...
(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/Chair2.jpg)

I didn't have a clue what I was getting into.  I found some videos on line on how to recover a wing back chair.  She did not want to keep the flop down cushions on the back so we modified it to a single cushion and again used foam from a donor Couch from craigslist.  The final product came out fairly well.
Title: Re: My Sons VW BUS
Post by: kodydog on June 05, 2014, 11:45:23 AM
Nice bus. I often thought it would be cool to fix up a vintage van like that to make pick-ups and deliveries. Something customers would not soon forget.
Title: Re: My Sons VW BUS
Post by: Mike on June 07, 2014, 06:05:44 PM
nice classic boat where are you  BF?
Title: Re: My Sons VW BUS
Post by: BlueFlamingo on June 08, 2014, 06:50:37 PM
Mike,

I'm in Broken Arrow, OK. I've been admiring your work and learning a LOT from your pics and posts.  I hope to learn a lot more as I continue to peruse the forum.  I hope to be able to pic your brain as needed when I get more projects to do.  I will be retiring in a couple of years and plan to try to do more upholstery work then.  I really enjoy it and would like to learn more about it.  I now have an old Rex 11-155R Walking Foot and it really is nice.  If you read this would you have any idea why the REX works fine with #56 Thread but with #138 When I adjust the bobbin and the upper tension to accomodate the  heavier thread it makes loops on the bottom and shreds the thred and when I try to reverse it breaks.  It sews a beautiful stitch with the #56 thread.  I took it to a pro repair shop for a tune up and they adjusted it and replaced the upper beehive tension spring to get it to work perfectly with the #56.  I've toyed with the Bobbin and the upper tension with no luck.  You got any Tips/Tricks of the trade that might help???

(http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af303/WoodOnGlass/Upholsery%20Projects/bobbinwinder.jpg) (http://s1018.photobucket.com/user/WoodOnGlass/media/Upholsery%20Projects/bobbinwinder.jpg.html)