Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Upholstery

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-17-2015, 06:26 PM
cmarty123 cmarty123 is offline
TT Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Boat: 1995 Maristar 225 vrs
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 54
Minor Upholstery Work - Need Advice

I bought my boat 4 years ago and it had a relatively new interior. Now, although the vinyl is in good shape, the seams are starting to separate in a few places. Of course I'm worried that a poor quality thread was used.

I don't have any problem removing and reinstalling the skins off of their backing. I don't have any good referrals for shops that do this type of work.

I have an idea I wanted to run past you. When I dropped some of my wife's clothes off at an alteration shop, I noticed a big sewing machine in the back. So my questions are:

-do you think somebody that normally alters clothes could run a relatively simple seam along this vinyl?

-Would it be a good idea to re-sew the additional seams on the skin that have not split yet? Could they re-sew it in back of the existing seam without removing the existing seem?

-What kind of thread would you use? I was thinking I might buy the thread for them so I make sure they are using the correct stuff.

I was thinking I could save some $$$ this way and don't know of an upholstery shop I'm comfortable with. Thanks
Attached Images
 
__________________
1995 Maristar 225 VRS
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-17-2015, 06:45 PM
Sodar's Avatar
Sodar Sodar is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Boat: '07 ProStar 197 w/ MCX
Location: Seal Beach, CA
Posts: 11,169
Anyone with an industrial sewing machine and ability can do it. What you need to do is buy heavy duty, exterior rated thread, as I am sure an alterations shop will not have something on hand. Obviously, buying bulk like the link below is cost prohibitive, but maybe you can find smaller quantities elsewhere.

http://www.sailrite.com/easearch#!Se...enara-Gore-Tex
__________________
-Cameron
2007 ProStar 197
1996 ProStar 190
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-17-2015, 08:18 PM
mikeg205's Avatar
mikeg205 mikeg205 is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Boat: 1995 Pro Star 205 5.7 Liter
Location: Plainfield - Joliet, IL
Posts: 12,469
Send a message via Skype™ to mikeg205
you could hand sew that too.. with a curved needle and heavy duty vinyl thread alot cheaper than tenara but it will get save some coin... Sodar's solution for thread is best. And to do it right you'll want to take the skin off. Moving something like vinyl usually requires a walking foot machine.. different seam but you'll get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5yZi9fzv_g
__________________
...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-17-2015, 08:32 PM
waterlogged882 waterlogged882 is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Boat: wooden, boat, 1908, putt
Location: lake
Posts: 323
A forum member here does this work at his place. Commercial upholstery sewing machine, experience, etc. Remove the cover, ship it out to Knoxville, TN and re-staple it when you get it back.

PM member; Seacup
__________________
Barack Hussein Obama
Worst President Ever.
Elected by White Guilt.
66 Million Suckers.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-18-2015, 09:24 AM
cmarty123 cmarty123 is offline
TT Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Boat: 1995 Maristar 225 vrs
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 54
Great advice all. Appreciate it.
__________________
1995 Maristar 225 VRS
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-21-2015, 04:37 PM
SeaCup's Avatar
SeaCup SeaCup is offline
TT Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Boat: 1992 MC Prostar 190
Location: East Tennessee (Knoxville)
Posts: 83
I appreciate the plug Waterlogged. He contacted me and I got him all fixed up and ready for summer. Thanks!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
seam, sewing, upholstery

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:44 PM.