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Old 09-06-2008, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tuck and Roll upholstery diy tech article

This was a cool tech thread I found when trying to loosen a brain cell or two and remember how much is added of vinyl per thickness of foam. The old guy i got the machine motor told me to remember that for 1/2" foam add this amount to the vinyl and for 1/4" add this amount. Well i should of wrote it down. lol
I have the seat cover so not that big of deal as i can get it flat to use as the pattern and probably add at least 1/4 inch or so for shrinkage from time.

Anyway, back to this thread. The guy is making his own tuck and roll seat covers using the wife's machine like Bumble Bee did and created an extra long needle out of a welding rod to sew a really coll V8 logo on the rear seat back. Wish there was more on that logo and how he did it, that was pretty cool. Fairly good pics and description of what he was doing was ok for someone that doesn't know the language real well.

INTERIOR, Tuck&Roll Tech - THE H.A.M.B.

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Old 09-08-2008, 07:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good stuff! Interesting how the foam is pushed through the openings. I thought it was all sewn together at once. Or is this technique specifically a tuck and roll technique?

I looked closely at the sewing but did not see why the cotton backing was folded over. For strength?
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From what I read this is the old way of doing it. There is another thread doing it the "new" way but some prefer the old way. The new way the vinyl is marked approx 3/4" wider than you want the pleats then you sew the vinyl to the foam then fold on each seam and sew the lenght of the vinyl again.

One person said they perferred the old way because you don't have to deal with all the foam mashing and such to sew across each seam. The newer way is probably quicker though. Just the old way the man feels that you get more deep channels. Also if you only sew through the foam like on the galaxie seats then you don't get the high bolsters of foam and the seams are visible and should be hidden hence "tuck".

there are a few helpful tech articles on seatcovers there. Including one where if the only thing you have to start with is bare springs including how to repair broken sections.

Not to mention the old way is easier to do with the household machine as it doesn't have to sew through 2 layers of foam and vinyl. I can't find the site that had step by step for the new way. They making seats using plywood.

They actually have pre-ribbed? pre-tuck and roll? stuff you can buy and all you have to do is cut it how you need it. Not anything as deep as the traditional tuck and roll though. More like the galaxie and mustang center seat panels.
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UPHOLSTERY, Upholstery 101 - Seat Covers - THE H.A.M.B.

I like the tip on how to sew straight lines in this one by drawing the lines a little off from where you need to sew so that the side of the foot lines up with the edge of the foot. I can't follow a line with a saw or anything else. This might be a way to do a little better at it. Maybe!!

Finally found the "new" way of doing tuck and roll. Stitching An Interior Photo - Street Rodder Magazine Article at Automotive.com

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Thanks deb. Im learning a lot. I'd like to make an insert in the door to match the insert in the seats. Any ideas on how I woudl be able to make the transition from pleats to plain?

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I didn't even see your post til this morning.
You would have to take the covers off, and remove the stitching that holds that panel in there. Rather than removing the stitching that creates the pleats leave as is so that you have an accurate size of the panel. Removing them would make the panel longer.
That's all I can think of as a way of doing it. I liked the V8 that was raised in one of the diy threads but they didn't give enough detail for me to grasp how it was done. I did find a vid on how to do it for a door panel but that was on board. I thought Ford or Galaxie or something would be cool. I don't want to do that on mine but thought it would be cool. You'd almost have to stitch around it though to get it to stick out. Then again maybe glued to a board temporarily and a heat gun to get the vinyl to stretch where the foam is under it maybe? Something to play around with or search for a vid on I suppose. Youtube has a lot of upholstery videos.

I'm now wondering how much larger I should cut the new pieces to allow for the shrinkage of the old ones. 1/4" maybe? So hard to determine how much they shrank when in my car the foam disappears also. lol

Going to try ironing the pieces out today to get the folded edges flat.
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