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#16 fonz3482 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2015 - 07:51 PM

Wow, awesome! Nice work!
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Posted October 05, 2015 - 07:52 PM

Not bad  wonder if we could find someone with a fancy cnc engraving machine to make up a  metal stamp so you can heat them and press them into the vinyl like the originals


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 07:53 PM

May see if I can get or make a "Bolens" plate if the sewing doesn't turn out the way I hope -would have to attach it to a heater and be able to accurately control the temperature so the vinyl did not burn as that would weaken it - does not seem to be a whole lot of information on the internet about putting pleats or designs in vinyl using heat.  Did a bit more experimenting using black thread - I think this turned out a little more even and looks better - should have put the paper on the back side and sewn from that side as I found out getting the paper out from under the stitching is a challenge - live and learn. 

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Posted October 06, 2015 - 08:12 PM

Love it!! You do fine work.


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 08:33 PM

I think it looks great!! Awesome work. Now Can you enbroider us sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear?? LOL! Just kidding on the underwear. :D  :rolling:


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Posted October 06, 2015 - 09:46 PM

Your amazing,what else can be said
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Posted October 07, 2015 - 07:54 PM

You are doing a very good job on that seat, but I one question would be interested in making the same cover in blue because this looks very close to the seat I have.

 

Seat 6.jpg     Seat 7.jpg

 

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Posted October 08, 2015 - 07:20 PM

"You are doing a very good job on that seat, but I one question would be interested in making the same cover in blue because this looks very close to the seat I have."

 

Thanks for the kind words - interesting the seat on your Ford does look very similar except for the bolt pattern - do you know if it is original or if someone added it?

 

Let's see how this seat turns out and then you can decide if you think it looks good enough for you - if it does then we can discuss a blue cover then.  As I am located in Canada shipping can make the cost expensive versus getting someone local to sew up a cover for you.



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Posted October 08, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Here are some sizes of the back piece and the seat cushion bottom - if someone is interested to see if the large frame seats (such as what is on Austen's 1886-01) are the same size.

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Posted October 08, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Here are sizes of the actual seat pan.

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Posted October 08, 2015 - 08:51 PM

Jacobsen used these seat on tractors from 1972 - 1976. Jacobsen made the Ford tractors. There seats maybe on other years also. I am looking forward to when you have this finished, but from what I see so far it looks good. I will check the dimensions you show for your seat to see how they compare as far as size. 

 

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 06:30 PM

Started to make the patterns for the lower cover today. Since the old cover is so stiff and brittle I used a clear garbage bag taped to the pieces to mark out how the pieces are formed instead of cutting the old cover apart.  You have to be careful removing the plastic where it is taped on to the old cover so that you do not stretch the plastic which may result in a deformed pattern.  Then I cut out the pieces of plastic and taped them to masking paper and drew the pattern on the paper and added a 3/8" seam allowance where the pieces joint.  Once this was done I cut the paper out which gave me patterns to mark out the seat cover bottom and two sides.  The centre piece was then folded in half and the edges trimmed to match each other - this makes both edges a mirror image of each other so the centre piece looks balanced when the two side pieces get sewn to it. 

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 06:43 PM

Then I used a plastic garbage bag to mark out the pleats to give me a rough idea of the shape and placement on the bottom piece.  The plastic was then taped to two cardboard garlic strip boxes stapled together ( the garlic boxes are a cheap source of light cardboard 4 for $1.00) and the pattern marked out on the cardboard.  Once this was done I did some measuring and with the help of a square got the pleats balanced on the cardboard and cut out the area of the pleats (leaving small sections intact to hold everything together) which created a template to mark out where the pleats will be sewn on the vinyl.  The pleats were marked out using a grease pencil - after the template was removed the unmarked areas were drawn in.  Then I glued a piece of 1/2" foam and a backing onto the backside of the vinyl where the pleats go - left it about an inch larger than the pleats.  

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  • 8 Half Inch Foam And Backing Glued On To Back SIde.jpg

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Posted October 10, 2015 - 07:09 PM

Went with the black vinyl for this "Test" cover - if it looks ok  when I am finished I will order some material that is a closer match to the original colour and sew up a cover out of it.  Sewed the centre pleat first and then alternately worked my way to the front and back.  I originally had planned on doing two seams 3/16" apart for each pleat but after seeing the way the first pleat looked with the outer seam sewn I decided to not do the second one inside - it turned out not bad (in my humble opinion).  Cleaned off the grease crayon marks and did a test fit on the seat foam with the ends clamped to the seat bottom and it looked promising so I put a new piece of door edge moulding around the edge of the seat bottom and then cut out the two side pieces and called it a day.   

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 02:38 PM

Started getting the back cushion plate ready by putting some door edge moulding around it as well. 

 

Wonder if someone could advise how thick the padding is for the back cushion - the bottom was 1-1/2" but I am not sure about the back?

 

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