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Old 07-24-2008, 08:14 AM
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Resewing Upholstery seams?

Anybody here have any experience with resewing upholstery seams that have come apart? I have just a few seams in my backseat that have come apart and I'm wondering if that's something I can fix or if I should just take them to an upholstery shop.

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Old 07-26-2008, 10:06 AM
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I've seen those heavy duty sewing needles for leather and canvass. I was wondering if one of those might suffice. I only have a couple of smae spots that need resewing.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:08 PM
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If it's on the seat bottom a curved needle ,hemostats (or needle nosed plyers)
and clear or dyed polyester thread (think light test fishing monofilament) working from the top would be eaisiest but removing the cover and getting it from behind ( ) would be the best.

I have done the middle seams on the top of a w126 that were sun shrunk. I first had to remove the seat back and coat the leather from the inside(sude side) with leather rejuvinator (sold in equestrian tack shops) first so it would streech with out tareing when sewn from the back side.

Having small stuff like this done professionally is way to expensive, unless you a buddy working at a shop
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Most likely the cloth under the pleats has rotted. The cover should be removed cloth replaced and all seams restitched. I do this repair in New Jersey.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:41 PM
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So, Peter, what would it cost to do a couple of rear seat backs? The seams at the top that were exposed to the sun are the spots needing to be resewn.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:52 PM
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Hey Dee8go,

I stitched my back seats to fix the ripped out ribs.

I used heavy-duty, waxed upholstery thread with a tapestry needle and a thimble to save my finger tip when pushing the needle through the MB-Tex. The thread was similar in color to the seat cover and I used the existing stitching holes in the cover to sew the new thread into and hold the new muslin under the ribs.

If you end up sewing your seat covers to repair the ribs, Use some spray adhesive to hold the felt ribs and the muslin in place while you sew. It makes it much easier to get the right spacing for the ribs too.

Here's a thread with pics:
Fixing the Rear Seat in a 300TD
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:58 PM
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Thanks, Chad. That's very helpful. Thanks everybody!

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