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General Upholstery Questions and Comments => General Discussion => Topic started by: 65Buick on July 11, 2017, 07:53:11 PM

Title: Seat Back Vinyl
Post by: 65Buick on July 11, 2017, 07:53:11 PM
This is really my first experience working with vinyl. It is hard b/c you don't get a second chance in the sewing process. My first one came out beautifully except I used my knee to lift the presser foot going around the corner and somehow forgot to let it back down, ruining that corner. I had the boxing in one strip, making life easy. Did not have enough to do that again, so had to sew the boxing together, making life hard.

Any feedback is welcome. And Paul don't worry that dacron is going away. ;)
Title: Re: Seat Back Vinyl
Post by: MinUph on July 11, 2017, 08:18:10 PM
  Hey we use Dacron in place of cotton for most jobs now. Working with Vinyl is different but not so bad once you get the feel of it. Heat makes it work much easier. I remember when I was in Syracuse NY and it was winter, even with the heat on the vinyl would be very stiff to work with. We never experience that down here. But a heat gun is in use with 80% of vinyl jobs nowadays. It just makes it that much better and easier to work with.
  Resewing vinyl can be done if you just take a small amount of seam inside the original.
  One thing to notice on normal vinyls is that the stretch is usually across the roll. You can use this to your advantage. Think about that when your planning the cutting.
Title: Re: Seat Back Vinyl
Post by: kodydog on July 11, 2017, 09:24:54 PM
Lol, I recently bought my very first heat gun at a estate sale. The first time I used it was on some soft and thin vinyl. Yeah, I got it a little too hot and ruined it. Live and learn.
Title: Re: Seat Back Vinyl
Post by: 65Buick on July 11, 2017, 10:20:25 PM
It was a warm day here so it was actually pretty easy to work with. Right now it's just temp tacked into place. I might let it warm in the sun before I tack it permanently.

Thanks for the tip on stretch. I wouldn't have guessed. I don't know what I did because before I cut it down to shape i cut out a 24" square. For the seat I have it marked out so that the stretch will be front to back. Not the best but not able to change it now.