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Old 03-17-2015, 07:26 PM
cmarty123 cmarty123 is offline
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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
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:45 PM
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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.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:18 PM
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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.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:32 PM
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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.

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Old 03-18-2015, 10:24 AM
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Great advice all. Appreciate it.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:37 PM
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I appreciate the plug Waterlogged. He contacted me and I got him all fixed up and ready for summer. Thanks!
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