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Old 07-01-2008, 10:53 AM
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'89 ProStar new seat cushions

I haven't posted in a long time, been busy working and skiing! Anyways, just wanted to share some photos of my attempt to re-upholster my observer and driver seat bottoms. Got a quote to have both done, but decided instead to do it myself. Bought an old Singer sewing machine, which also worked great to repair my cover. I found a pretty good match on the gray vinyl. Had to make a new base for the driver's seat, but observer's seat bottom was in good shape. I need to tighten up the vinyl on the observor's seat, as I can still see the cut lines in the foam. Awesome tip from whoever it was about the electric carving knife, that cuts the foam quite well. I'm not super pleased with my sewing, there were a few tight corners where I got some creases. Oh well, it was my first time, and I'll get better as I do more. Anyways, on to the pictures. First the observer seat:
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:00 AM
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Here are some of the driver seat. Also a shot of the old Singer in action. This one turned out a bit better. They're not showroom quality pieces by any stretch, but are plenty good for our family, with 2 little girls who will no doubt spill food & drinks on them!
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:03 AM
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The last few of the finished pieces.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:07 AM
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Are you doing the whole boat, or just those two cushions? Good job, better than I could have done myself. I sent mine to the canvas shop when it was time for me.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:21 PM
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Are you doing the whole boat, or just those two cushions? Good job, better than I could have done myself. I sent mine to the canvas shop when it was time for me.
Thanks. It was easier than I was fearing, but time consuming. I enjoyed it, though. I plan on doing the whole thing eventually, but the seat bottoms were in dire need. That old brittle vinyl is sharp when it cracks! I need to plan my new color scheme, as I redo the interior and eventually the exterior. Thinking I might get some burgandy or maroon in there, or maybe Bucky Badger red, as my wife's a Badger alum!
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:39 PM
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Nice job. Hope the skiing is going well.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:05 PM
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Nice job. Hope the skiing is going well.
Thanks. The skiing is getting better for a change, just posted a PB for me in the waterskiing section. 15 off at 34 mph, ain't much, but it's my best so far!
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:41 PM
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Awesome that you'd get a sewing machine and do the work youself!

My hat's off to you.

Whatever wrinkles you notice may go away with time as the vinyl expands and contracts with the temperature.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:18 AM
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What sort of thread did you use? Size, UV resistant etc...Looks amazing by the way !

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Old 07-07-2008, 10:38 AM
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What sort of thread did you use? Size, UV resistant etc...Looks amazing by the way !
Thanks. I can't remember how think the thread was, but it was a nylon thread. IIRC, the guy helping me said that it was a "pretty good" thread for exterior use, fairly thick. There was a thread he could get that would be better, but it was quite a bit more expensive. I figured this round of cushions would be a short term fix, and in 5 years or so when I get around to re-doing the whole interior, I'd get the better thread.
I think I spent around $50-$70 for the thread, vinyl and foam for the 2 seats I did.
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