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Posted July 25, 2015 - 06:33 PM

I got an industrial sewing machine that has a  walking foot earlier this summer and I have been learning how to use it so I decided I would try and sew up a seat cover for my 1050 that used the drawstring method to hold it on (I did one a couple of years ago with an old Raymond treadle machine that uses a steel frame bolted to the seat to hold the cover on with hog rings).  Thought I would share some pictures of the cover I made (I used black vinyl instead of red because I have lots of it and it is cheaper when I make mistakes).  This is the third cover I made (learn by doing they say) and it fits reasonably well in my opinion.  Since I cannot duplicate the heat style pleats that were in the original covers I did the pleats by sewing seams with 1/2" foam.  The 2x4 on the bottom of the seat is just there to keep the studs from scratching things while I work on it.  

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  • 3 Bottom View Right Side.jpg
  • 4 Bottom Rear View.jpg
  • 5 Top View Of Rear Piece.jpg
  • 6 Rear View.jpg
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  • 9 Left Side View.jpg
  • 10 Right Side View.jpg
  • 11 Upper Front Top View.jpg
  • 12 Right Top View.jpg
  • 13 Left Top View.jpg
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Posted July 25, 2015 - 06:45 PM

very nice . you might have the  start of  a  good  business .  job well done.                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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Posted July 25, 2015 - 06:46 PM

Excellent work!


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Posted July 25, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Outstanding work.  Looks professional to me.


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Posted July 25, 2015 - 07:43 PM

That does look very good. I do think that practise makes perfect so, you should make a few more and send me the "leftovers". Keep a library of your patterns.  Last winter, I found my collection of patterns from 1956 and 1973 Chevy truck body parts. I made them 30 years ago but they will come in handy this fall when I work on my 85 C10. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 25, 2015 - 07:47 PM

Looks great !! You should do one in red I think you got it right. :thumbs:


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Posted July 25, 2015 - 08:05 PM

I have been looking for a draw string cover for a couple of mine. Are you going into production or just having fun? Looks super good to me.
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Posted July 25, 2015 - 08:40 PM

I have been looking for a draw string cover for a couple of mine. Are you going into production or just having fun? Looks super good to me.

It is best if you have fun making money. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted July 25, 2015 - 09:53 PM

Wow,very nice,you sure do nice work
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Posted July 25, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Beautiful work, Sir !!  :thumbs:

 

I am impressed by, and envious of, your skill !!   :worshippy1:


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Posted July 26, 2015 - 03:06 AM

You have a skill that you should utilise to make some money I would have thought. A fabulous job and I think you should make one in red and a tan one as well once you have mastered it. How long did it take you to create the last one?
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Posted July 26, 2015 - 07:27 AM

GREAT JOB !! , I love to see someone work at something until they get good at it...


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Posted July 26, 2015 - 07:49 AM

Thanks for the kind words.  It took about a day to make this one but I was not rushing it and did some little modifications and thinking during the construction which took a bit of time.  I would like to make some of these to sell once I get the pattern perfected - black for the Estate Keepers and red for the tractors like the 1050.  What models were the tan coloured covers used on and were they the same seat pan as the 1050's?  I am still not 100% satisfied with the way the front pleat tries to roll a little bit at the front compared with the pictures I have seen of the original cover where the pleated piece lay flat but since I don't have an original cover to copy I have to experiment to get the best fit.  Since I do not have the original foam for the pan I used two pieces of 2" foam cut to the shape of the seat pan and the seat pan has some door edge moulding on the lip - a suggestion Wilbur J gave me when I made my first 1050 cover a couple of years ago. 

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 08:03 AM

Have a look at Bolens1000's article on Tube Frames for photos of various models which show different seat colours as well. It's pinned on the Bolens Forum here. As for seat pan variations I do not know I am afraid. I for one would be potentially interested in buying a seat cover off you one day in red or tan.

I find the link

http://gardentractor...icle-published/

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Posted July 26, 2015 - 08:38 AM

I've never tried it, but have heard that electric carving knives (like you would use on a turkey) cut foam like butter.  Paul


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