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    This a long shot . The new safari has some seat wear but overall is tidy what are the chances of getting some material to match from a wreck or similar . I looked at the options at CX basis but nothing
    trim is diagonal cross very light beige see attached Anyone got a back seat hanging around that could be cannibalised

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    I ended up reupholstering all the seats and headrests in a CX using a synthetic suede - Almara. Did it on my wife's sewing machine. I wouldn't even recommend that solution to a masochist.

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    Wow John,
    I think that would be a nightmare. That's dedication for you. I wonder what a psychologist would make of that one, a bloke sewing up car seats on his wife's sewing machine?
    Wouldn't you need an industrial machine for that?
    I'd go for a more basic option...a nice set of sheepskin seat covers from autobarn or supacheap.
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    I used my sisters ornate old treddle singer about 15years ago to retrim my ID19 You just buy the vinyl from spotlight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    I used my sisters ornate old treddle singer about 15years ago to retrim my ID19 You just buy the vinyl from spotlight!
    Hi Shane, my wife just informed me that it would work ok on a domestic machine, but she recommends using a special needle for sewing leather.
    Makes sense really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1/8th View Post
    Hi Shane, my wife just informed me that it would work ok on a domestic machine, but she recommends using a special needle for sewing leather.
    Makes sense really.
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    Yes an No18 Chisel point is what is required.
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    Not a fairly recent domestic machine with plastic gears unless you want to break something - and maybe more than just the machine! You'd be better off buying a heavy old domestic Singer machine pre-1970's for the job than overloading a more recent machine. They are not expensive and the difference between junk and a decent machine isn't large.

    The problem with salvaged material is that Citroen often used a foam backed cloth and the foam turns to dust. Even NOS trim will probably have rotten foam now, so it's not a great option if it turns up. You can get just enough material from a set of rear seat covers, including the armrest, in a sedan to replace the worn facings of the front seats. If the sides are also badly worn or torn, then you need more, but might salvage something from the sections of the front seats. I can't recall exactly, but you will not get enough long sections from just the rear cushion or rear backrest alone to do the job. I made cardboard templates from the old seat facings when I did that job on a CX back in the mid-1990's. They may still exist if the CCCNSW member I gave them to kept them. Like most clothing patterns, you will see small v-cutouts at the edges of the seams where the panels align and it makes a difference to how the end result looks.
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    Yeah you need chisel tipped needles. I now have an industrial singer light industrial (high speed machine) and a zig zag singer industrial designed for leather (that I need to fixup the timing of the lower bobin before I can use). The old singers light -> heavy industrials are worth very little, but a bloody enormous to store.

    I think I paid $25 for the leather zigzag machine, the machine itself has no wear I can find, but the table is stuffed.

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    Thanks David it seems that it is only the gathered section in the center of the squab that has worn so a swap with a passengers seat or rear center piece may suffice ,
    maybe a squirming driver in a previous life No offence intended to the other custodians of the car
    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Not a fairly recent domestic machine with plastic gears unless you want to break something - and maybe more than just the machine! You'd be better off buying a heavy old domestic Singer machine pre-1970's for the job than overloading a more recent machine. They are not expensive and the difference between junk and a decent machine isn't large.

    The problem with salvaged material is that Citroen often used a foam backed cloth and the foam turns to dust. Even NOS trim will probably have rotten foam now, so it's not a great option if it turns up. You can get just enough material from a set of rear seat covers, including the armrest, in a sedan to replace the worn facings of the front seats. If the sides are also badly worn or torn, then you need more, but might salvage something from the sections of the front seats. I can't recall exactly, but you will not get enough long sections from just the rear cushion or rear backrest alone to do the job. I made cardboard templates from the old seat facings when I did that job on a CX back in the mid-1990's. They may still exist if the CCCNSW member I gave them to kept them. Like most clothing patterns, you will see small v-cutouts at the edges of the seams where the panels align and it makes a difference to how the end result looks.
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    Arch, This is my familiale after the trim had been done. It was matched by the upholsterer, an ex-Toyota production upholsterer, with material from an early Crown. There is no pattern as you have and he did the whole vehicle, which made it easier, but the match was very close. When the driver's seat material on the safari fell apart it was a bigger problem as the rest of the car was perfect. Again I was able to get a close match from a trim supplier in Melbourne. We did both front seats but the new material is identical in colour and so close in pattern that no-one notices unless I point it out.
    So I'm suggesting you take your material to a trim supplier (where uphosterers buy their stuff). You may be pleasantly surprised. I couldn't find any sources of CX trim material overseas either; nor am I brave enough to fire up a sewing machine. Good luck!
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