I've been busy with the new family. Some of you might know from the other site that i'm married and have taken on four step kids. Not to mention a new job on top of that working the graveyard shift as a manager for the old McDonald's I use to work for a few years ago.
I used Embroidery floss from a arts and crafts store. Only cost 36 cents. The needle I used was for upholstery hook needle. I just analyzed the stitch pattern before cutting the old stuff off and just followed it back with the new thread. Took two tries total and took a few hours.
Like I said the plan is the steering wheel next. Maybe a leather center console lid and try to add some red to the back seat area.
Lookin good man.. Did you strip the leather off and re-stitch /re-wrap it..or you just take the stitching out?
I re-stitched my shifter boot and plan on doubling up on the stitching to see how it looks.. no where around here has thread thick/strong enough for the application.. I got a donor shift knob and tore the crappy leather off..I plan on re-doing it with nice new leather.. they make them things next to impossible to disassemble though. the interior mechanics of the knob are in there good
I'll be curious how the embroidery thread holds up. Shifters generally pick up a lot of dirt and grime from your hands, and embroidery thread is not at all designed for heavy traffic like that. It may work out great though, I'm not criticizing.
The steering wheels are the same style of baseball stitching, with a couple differences. The threads go the opposite direction when you're stitching, give one a run and you'll see.
The shift boots, console lids, and seats are a totally different style of stitching.
One part is that the baseball style stitching on the shifter and wheel is done by a machine that twists three threads together as it stitches the leather. That is why you can't buy thread to match the factory thickness, it isn't one thread.
On the other stuff, each seam is done with 5
threads (maybe six, been a while since I hacked into that inner seam, I forget which style it is). The threads you see on each side of the seam are just laying on top, they don't actually loop through the fabric ever. From the underside there is another piece of thread that loops around the top thread to pull it into each hole. I have some ideas for making that go much faster (different needles for the job than the baseball stitching).
With the baseball style shifting I've refined my methods to be pretty fast. I don't examine the factory thread at all, I follow the markings in the leather to tell which way to cross each time. Also, I use two needles so that I never have to take the thread off the needles while I stitch each half of the shifter. I can do a shifter start to finish in under an hour and a half now.