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Sewing machine
I wonder if one of you has some recommandations for a sewing machine.

I did practically all of the interior for my 73 by hand (using leather needles) like the carpet and using a basic sewing machine
for stuffs like the headliner (coton), the dash pad (suede leather), restore a few issues on the back seats etc...

Busy thinking my 71 interior, I want this time do a full leather interior, my sewing machine can't go thru 2 soft leather layers
(Connolly quality like) so I want move to a simple but powerful one. Prices range for these are from 150 to ten times that.
So I wonder if one of u uses one and could guide me a bit?


73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
Please post some pics of your 73 interior in this thread. Sounds like you do nice work. I'm more of a purist but for interior mods . your sound really nice.



1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
I would go with an industrial quality, with the longest arm you can find. Search for an upholstery shop that is upgrading or selling/closing and selling their equipment.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
@don C, yes (missed a second hand one by 24 hours, with extra log arm) tho good news is, I've got all done once with a basic Singer, and the short arm was long enough. The one that requires most volume while sewing is the headliner, but because it needs be sewed in the inverse presentation to the machine, the material is outside.

here you go... sorry for lighting, but car is in garage, and its bad weather outside.

Never liked the cheap plastic (in any car). Always got sick in cars after 15 minutes when I was young.
My father working at Renault we always got a new car every 6 months that it was new plastic hell all the time.
So when i got my first car (this one), I wasn't planning keep this crap around in my own car really Smile

added picts (of old picts) of the build of my steering wheel that I made years ago (the 71 will get its own as well)

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here's the interior. mix of wood (maple) for the lights knobs, console latch, steeringwheel.
suede leather, black leather and alu.

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here the dash pad

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coton and suede that matches the pad

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here closed

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exit the cheap plastic, cardboard...

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few details...

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car is about to go to paint, so got some rails and other details that need be prep/sorted...
but so you see the dashpad (bad lighting)

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Seats were totally dismanteld, cleaned up (amazing the dirst stored in these)
refurbished. but kept the original center patern, as I did not have any knowledge of leather sewing
So this may go away one day...

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not on picts, but one challenging thingy was to create the "tulp", so that you get the offset and yet still have the wheel turning
and keeping its own rotation plane. Had to make some kind of press for this and ensure the metal would distort only at the connections and on all branches.

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
[+] 1 user Likes Fabrice's post
Great workmanship and attention to detail.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
Well, in the following I want to mention some best Leather Sewing Machines. Such as:

1. Singer 4423 Heavy
2. Singer 4452 Heavy
3. Singer 4432 Heavy
4. Brother ST371HD
5. Janome HD3000

I bought a used Singer 1191D machine several years ago. It will sew anything you put into it, lol. We stacked up material 1/2" thick and it will sew and most any commercial machine will also. When I went to the tech College here to take a course the instructor use to sew Leather for the dental chairs. He cautioned everyone to maybe practice with cloth because if you sew leather or vinyl wrong and take apart the holes do not heal like in cloth. He was amazing how fast and straight he could sew a seam.
I was at an auction few weeks ago and brand new commercial machine went for $400. In the south there were thousands of them that became available when all the sewing went off shore.
I was going to play with mine some I have three bench seats for Mustang I was going to cover the seats to just put in garage.
I did seat and door panels for a 50 Ford street rod I started. This is not a deep throat model and not needed for most situations either.
The old machine last forever with the oil pan and oil pump supplying oil to all the machine.
Be sure to get the foot with the machine to sew around cord.

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??
My ex wife used to run a business making heavy weight curtains. She found the Brother the best for the job. Make sure you go for one that comes with its own table. Theres one similar on Ebay

1971 Grandé
You need a heavy duty sewing machine that easily sews the heavy material like the Leather. Some of the heavy-duty sewing machines are Brother ST391HD, Janome HD3000, TOYOTA J34. I've tried Brother ST391HD for making the seat cover for my Car and it did a good job.

Source: https://bestsewingmachineforbeginnerstod...s-reviews/
I have been working with leather for 6 years. The point is not how powerful the machine is, but how accurately it works with the skin based on its power. Sites like http://bestsewingmachinesguide.com/ able to help with choice, but you have to discuss this topic with experienced professionals
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