Copying the seat cowl. Half 2.


Half 1 of my upholstery-business-major-breakdown resulted in anger a couple of days in the past. The issue with my stitching machine was solved in a quite simple and handy manner. I purchased one other one! I discovered a really good, low mileage, classic Husqvarna automated stitching machine (identical to the one I’ve…) on “Blocket”, our huge advert web site right here in Sweden. It was bought by an older man working as a stitching machine servicing man manner south in Sweden. I ordered it, paid for it, Thursday, and had it right here in Stockholm, Friday! How´s that for service!

Right here it’s, in its pretty classic carrying field, with the tremendous good sixties handbook and all equipment intact. It seems to be and feels as new. Slightly stitching pattern from the servicing man´s closing exams nonetheless in there. Good.
















Within the field was additionally the primary “Invoice of sale” for the machine. Since We´re all “classic guys” right here,  I´ll share it with you. Think about you needed to pay 985 SEK (120 $US…) for a stitching machine in 1963! That will need to have been some huge cash at the moment. However, the machine continues to be round and it really works! Not a lot we produce right this moment will nonetheless operate because it was meant in 54 years…



I had a number of expectations after I loaded the “new” machine with the identical heavy obligation thread and needle and began testing it. Clean and good motion however nonetheless the identical issues! As quickly as I began stitching in barely thicker materials I had issues with the  thread breaking and getting the thread tangled-up on the rear aspect of the work piece. I attempted a lighter thread and needle. Identical drawback! Now what? I can´t carry on shopping for machines… There should be one thing else I´m doing improper. 






OK. Let´s begin from the start, I’ve been ready to do that earlier than! There are some tips about troubleshooting within the handbook and in addition directions on methods to load the machine correctly. If the thread brakes simply, test the needle to be accurately inserted…. Aha! I had constantly put it within the improper manner! The flat floor on the needle´s higher half goes in AWAY from you, not TOWARDS you. Okay, slight mistake that value me 300 bucks for a brand new machine! All the time learn the handbook…






Time to check once more. Stitching in skinny materials went simply high quality. Good. One drawback solved, the needle. However after I began stitching within the thicker materials the issues began once more. Breaking higher thread and difficulties adjusting the strain of the threads. Thicker materials wants the strain of each threads to be adjusted. This didn’t work correctly on the brand new machine. I attempted all the things I may think about to repair it however ended up going again to my outdated machine. This course of and drawback fixing took the bigger a part of Friday and my mood has seen higher days, I promise!

 After a couple of hours of testing, adjusting, swearing, testing and adjusting once more I lastly bought it working. With the Alcantara on high, the froth rubber lining beneath and a thick paper on the backside to even the strain on the liner I may lastly sew the 5 seams on the seat floor late Friday afternoon.

I may need chosen a barely too thick liner however it was the one sort the upholstery man had. Anyway, let´s see this primary seat cowl as a check!  Within the image on the left you may see 3 out of 5 seams accomplished. I had it working OK now, however completely not completely. It nonetheless tangled generally so I needed to begin once more proper in the course of a seam and that´s no good. Apparently it turned simpler to stitch the second time in the identical seam, as a result of there was no tangling or thread-breaks in any respect.






And right here´s the results of a full day on the stitching machine. Fortunately I´m not a seamstress or tailor! That was additionally the thickest materials I should sew in on this venture. The edges of the quilt might be Alcantara solely and even doubled up it is going to be a lot simpler to work with.












That is only a small peak in to our front room at current… My spouse works a daytime job so I’m able to roam the premises at free will throughout many hours. Now, it’s time to clear issues up a bit. Friday night is approaching! All of us like a chilly beer at our native Chinese language restaurant at 5 PM Fridays….




Saturday began out in a significantly better manner. The highest aspect of the seat being performed (after two days of massive issues…) and “solely” the edges remaining to make. Identical process right here. Measure the template rigorously, add a few centimeters seam allowance, lower the items and attempt to match it collectively. There´s a seam on the edges simply beneath the “again relaxation” a part of the seat. These needed to be sewn first. Earlier than stitching the second I needed to rigorously measure each the seat and again relaxation circumferences to get the aspect half completely appropriate in dimension. Being thorough right here save´s numerous time later.

When these two seams had been performed it was time to see if the components would match collectively in any respect… They did, Surprisingly effectively at that! Beginning to seem like  a seat cowl, proper?









Plenty of stuff can nonetheless go improper, have little doubt about it! Right here I’ve began pinning the components collectively. Frontside to frontside and the smaller half in the direction of the backrest aspect and the bigger in the direction of the seat. Higher look rigorously if you don’t want to do all of it twice. The padding can be very seen on this image. In the event you look intently you may see a few of my tangles as effectively. As I mentioned, that is an experiment. can I or can I not make it myself??




Right here we are able to see the components pinned collectively and able to be sewn completely. The certified seamstress and tailor can see fairly a couple of errors I’ve made. Me? I seen them later!












My spouse and her finest buddy had been sitting subsequent to me watching TV, cheering and commenting my work from time to time.
“Why don´t you are taking a selfie?”
Why not? I took two of them. This, the primary one, is the true me….








This second one is for fb and Instagram use solely. I used to be not this pleased in any respect. However right here it seems to be like I do know what Iam doing and that’s all that counts. Reside your excellent life and present nothing of actual curiosity to individuals.










Time to take a deep breath and deal with the duty at hand. It is a essential seam. It holds the quilt collectively and decides the form of it to a big extent. A miss right here might be very seen.










Right here it’s. Achieved! Not excellent, however not too friggin´unhealthy both. I like the way in which it seems to be with the padding below the seams on high of the quilt. It seems to be just a little “softer” than the unique one. Good or unhealthy? That’s as much as the beholder.








The final a part of the quilt was stitching the sting of the edges. I had deliberate to include a reinforcement for the push buttons on the edges. I put a strip of vinyl inside and pinned the sides in accordance the measurements from the inventory one.




The vinyl could be lower with out loosing any power and is simple to deal with and glue along with different supplies. Right here I attempted to make one of many “cutouts” for the rear dampers. That proved to not be too sensible. It was extraordinarily troublesome to complete that rounded gap in a pleasant manner. Large mistake! The inventory cowl has these “cutouts” however they’re lower after stitching and has no finesse within the end in any respect. I´ll simply preserve this. first attempt, as it’s and keep in mind what to not attempt subsequent time.


The Saturday afternoon went quick with me strapped to the stitching machine and the women cheering and applauding my work. They even mentioned they had been “impressed” to do some handiwork themselves. I can sum up this venture within the venture now… IF I ever really feel like doing it once more I’ve realized a factor or two these final couple of days. 


1) In the event you´re going to attempt to make upholstery work, get stitching machine. Industrial grade, heavy obligation or no matter you favor to name it. Don´t even attempt on a 50 yr outdated fundamental machine. It simply is not going to work.
2) To save lots of a complete lot of money and time… Belief your native upholstery venue with this sort of work! They know their stuff and can most likely prevent a coronary heart assault and a bit of cash ( because you don´t have to purchase one other stitching machine…)








Effectively, right here it’s. The completed product from Mr Olofsson´s upholstery providers. Not too unhealthy for an newbie, however to be frank, it received´t be ok for anybody to make use of on a motorcycle. I’ll simply preserve it as a reminder not to do this once more. A minimum of not within the close to future.
















































One of many perks with scripting this weblog and in addition posting on Fb from time to time is I are available in contact with numerous individuals world wide who really is aware of one thing concerning the issues I’m attempting to perform. Tomorrow I´m off on a journey up north in Sweden to satisfy up with a man in Delsbo that may assist me make some actual good copies of the seat cowl! He additionally has a brilliant good Kawasaki H1 1970 venture on the market and I don´t thoughts taking a look at that whereas we’re at it. In the intervening time I´m type of fed up attempting to stitch in any respect, which is definitely very good, since I’ve numerous work ready within the storage to be completed. Wheels, brakes and so forth are a continuing unhealthy conscience down there. I really want to get it performed. First off: a small journey north to repair some good copies of the seat cowl!


UPDATE 21NOV17:


Yesterday I went north to see Jens Kruper and Per Svedin at NCCR, Northern Traditional Customized and Race AB. Jens is the proprietor of the venue collectively along with his spouse and daughter. I bought the total tour and visited their workshop and retailer. The hours handed shortly taking a look at bikes like this:

It is a construct NCCR made a couple of years again for the Large twin journal. Iron head sportster engine with essentially the most stunning aluminium tank I’ve ever seen. A real masterpiece! A basic look with  numerous trendy accents. Try the entrance brake and the pinnacle lights….



Look additionally on the leather-based work on these two bikes. Made by Per S, the opposite man… I consider my seat cowl copying is in good fingers right here, don´t you? The black seat on the rear sportster seems to be near excellent for my software on the H1R. Leather-based is all the time leather-based and I type of prefer it….

Right here´s a close-up of the triple tree on the racer. Good leather-based strap to carry the tank on the body. Good consideration to particulars!





















After having espresso and an extended chat within the workshop wanting on the H1 1970 on the market (wonderful discover, by the way in which…!!), Per and I left for is home the place he works as a tailor and sews the standard folklore costumes utilized in Delsbo. Tremendous thrilling go to! Per is a grasp of his commerce, that’s 100% for certain. He is without doubt one of the few individuals round that also could make the chamois trousers and coats for these costumes. I bought to see his work up shut and was severely impressed. I hope I´ll be capable to share some photos of his different work after I return and get my seat covers. For now, I´ll present you ONE of his stitching machines. Barely totally different from the one I used to make my very own cowl. I even bought to attempt it. 
Wow! Now we´re speaking… I want a kind of! 
I trusted Per with my seat and covers and now he’ll reproduce one copy in suede leather-based after which we´ll see what materials we are going to use on the opposite ones. I´m going to make a minimum of 3 covers, one for me, one for Janne and one for my Canadian buddy, Aaron. As Per will make his personal templates for the covers I assume he could make extra if somebody wants it.



Thanks for studying!


/Per