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Question: backing for pleats in vinyl for my Ford

Started by Bob, January 30, 2020, 05:59:08 pm

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I want to do some hidden stitch pleats for my 46 Ford seats. I tried using muslin backing but it is too soft and moves too much. I'm pleating the back as much as the vinyl.
Could I use fabric stabilizer for the backing under the foam strips? I won't glue it. Or is there something better out there? I have the vinyl and 1/2 foam but need a better backing. Something that wants to stay flat with out excessive bulk.
Appreciate your comments.


You want to use sewfoam. It is 1/4" or 1/2" thick with fabric glued on the back already. Use the oink kind as it is firmer.
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Do it like OEM has done after that period of time - buy the preformed foam .  Of course, the 48 didn't use
foam at all.  Cotton was the medium back then.  But later years  mfg's used the preformed.
But even then, expensive latex was the medium.

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