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Neo1130
12-03-2006, 03:52 PM
So, wanted the wife to make me a new shift boot today since my leather is starting to crack and fall apart!! Well, she wasn't "feeling good" so I had to take matters into my own hands!! I ripped out my old boot and took it apart for a pattern... THEN I went to go get some Alcantara... Big mistake!! No one here sells it NOR do they sell leather or suede!! So, I had to buy some cheap vinyl which is good to practice with anyways... For my first time ever using a sewing machine, I would say, it isn't all that hard!! Definatly with enough practice I will get better!!! Also, I may be getting ALOT of Alcantara if I can find it, so if you guys that missed buying them from Tycoon, you can buy them from me!! Probably $50 a boot!! But I promise you I will have MUCH more practice making these so they will be alot better!! I did black with silver threading along the sides... When I find thicker thread, I will start getting more colors and custom make them... I will start out with black and continue to other colors if there is enough interest for a certain color!!

Part way done with it!!
http://members.cox.net/poopoopoochoo/boot%20001.jpg
How gay!! I am learning to sew!!
http://members.cox.net/poopoopoochoo/boot%20002.jpg
Li'l closeup!!
http://members.cox.net/poopoopoochoo/boot%20003.jpg
Couple of installed pics!! I'll try to get better pics in the light next time!!
http://members.cox.net/poopoopoochoo/boot%20004.jpg
http://members.cox.net/poopoopoochoo/boot%20005.jpg

maxspeed
12-03-2006, 03:53 PM
"How gay!! I am learning to sew!!"

priceless.

onemoremile
12-03-2006, 03:56 PM
Nice work. You'll make a good gay someday.

http://www.ultrasuede.com/where_to_buy/automotive.html

Below is our list of distributors and retailers who carry Alcantara® for automotive aftermarkt applications. Be sure to check this list from time to time since we update the contents frequently.

Cut Yardage in the U.S.:

Gulf Fabrics
813-875-2707 (tel)
813-348-9540 (fax)
AlcantaraGulfFab@aol.com
www.gulffabrics.com

Roadwire
2930 Vail Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
1-877-ROADWIRE (toll free)
info@roadwire.com
www.roadwire.com

Star Motoring Inc.
241 S. Van Brunt St
Englewood, NJ 07631-4009
201-567-4050 (tel)
201-567-1229 (fax)
www.starmotoring.com

Cut Yardage in Canada:

Pro Leather
8829 Heather Street
Vancouver. BC Canada V5P 3T1
604-325-7250 (tel)
800-646-0674 (toll free)
800-572-4506 (fax)
www.proleather.com

Replacement Interiors :

If your new car does not come with an Alcantara® interior or you want new seat covers for your current car, check out Roadwire, the industry leader for replacement leather and Alcantara® interiors.

Roadwire
2930 Vail Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
1-877-ROADWIRE (toll free)
info@roadwire.com
www.roadwire.com

slmmda4
12-03-2006, 04:54 PM
it might have been a good thing you didnt use suade...even though it would have looked hottttt. I got suade put in on my door handles and my armrest bc the original were goin to shit. I asked the place I got it done about putting suade on the shift boot but they said it would have a good chance of ripping and not lasting very long. heres a pic of my interior. is it just me or does anyone else think the cupholders they put in this arent worth a damn?

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c27/slmda4/dubaudi037.jpg?t=1165193427

Neo1130
12-03-2006, 05:06 PM
Yeah, that is the look I am going for!! I am going to do the doors like that, the arm rest and TRY to see if I can get an extra steering wheel... I think I will have the pro's do the wheel...

MikeWasHere05
12-03-2006, 05:16 PM
Originally posted by slmmda4
is it just me or does anyone else think the cupholders they put in this arent worth a damn?

Yeah they're worthless. I'm thinking of taking them out and hardwiring an iPod in that spot, don't know how I would do it but it'd be hot.

sean1.8t
12-03-2006, 05:20 PM
FABULOUS!!!!

Nukkah03
12-03-2006, 05:45 PM
Good job, looks great!! I was thinking about getting some suede and doing my roof liner...I learned how to sew when I was 11 years old because I was getting sick of asking my mom to patch up my stuff. She got 3 big ass sewing machines so I could do any type of material. I did my friends boat all in pleather lol but $150 in material, huge difference. It's not gay to learn how to sew [;)]

1MoreSilverA4
12-03-2006, 05:52 PM
Good start found this thread might help
http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=100150&highlight=diy+suede

Poopie
12-03-2006, 05:59 PM
i'm curious to see how you did the final seem.

gotdubd
12-03-2006, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by slmmda4
is it just me or does anyone else think the cupholders they put in this arent worth a damn?



worst idea ever

beers dont stay in place for shit.[:D] [:D]

jokes.

no but f'real. they are horrible. you cant take turns with out holding onto whatever your sipping on.

Neo1130
12-03-2006, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by Poopie
i'm curious to see how you did the final seem.

Hahah, that is where I need a little more practice... I just did the two threads down the sides BEFORE I sewed the last corner shut... Turned out OKAY but like I said, there is more research I must do!!

Poopie
12-03-2006, 06:12 PM
HAH! I used to make these suede boots too. I could never figure out the last seem. A seemstriss or whoever said i needed a lower profile machine and you need to fold it well. I somehow think that seem is impossible.

slmmda4
12-03-2006, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by gotdubd
worst idea ever

beers dont stay in place for shit.[:D] [:D]

jokes.

no but f'real. they are horrible. you cant take turns with out holding onto whatever your sipping on.

haha i cant tell you how many times ive gotton a drink from a fast food place and ill be on the phone or doing somthing while taking a turn and it goes all over my seat. [headbang] crazy germans

e.van
12-03-2006, 08:12 PM
Hey there's nothing gay about sewing! I think every guy should know how to do it.

(I have the cupholders that are under the armrest, which are VERY good at holding cups, but in the DUMBEST place)

AHB900
12-03-2006, 10:23 PM
Hmm acutally im glad i saw this because i was lookin for somewhere to buy a new boot from.... and if u make em in alcantra i will consider buying one from you what colors will you be planing on makin em. i can see u have the same colored center console as me.....

SeanF
12-03-2006, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Poopie
i'm curious to see how you did the final seem.

i asked that same question of tycoon..

i didnt really think about it before hand, so i felt dumb when he answered...

but you turn the boot inside out, and it gives access to all the places that need seems from the inside...

dukez
12-04-2006, 12:24 AM
YeaH on the machine its pretty lame, but theres nothing gay about sewing up your own flesh wounds. [up][;)]

burner799
12-04-2006, 12:31 AM
wait, from seeing what my mom does, aren't you supposed to sew it all inside out, then turn it back out so that all the seams are clean and stuff. my moms a designer and seamstress, i can ask her....

nizmosx
12-04-2006, 12:45 AM
there is tons of alcantara at by my house. i too was planning on making shift boots in mass. i was also going to make shift knob slip covers for those who have aluminum and chrome knobs. the will never be hot again.

kudos on the sewing. the stiching looks good.

Neo1130
12-04-2006, 03:17 AM
Originally posted by AHB900
Hmm acutally im glad i saw this because i was lookin for somewhere to buy a new boot from.... and if u make em in alcantra i will consider buying one from you what colors will you be planing on makin em. i can see u have the same colored center console as me.....

I was thinking about making them in black at first... Then more colors later on... But I want to make sure I have a demand for a certain color first because this crap is $$$$ $100/yard plus shipping!!

BarryT82
12-04-2006, 05:55 AM
You'll have a good house wife someday. [:D] I have to teach myself to sew today. I have to put my new ranks on my uniform. I got promoted to TSgt yesterday[:D]

AudiSeefu
12-04-2006, 06:30 AM
looks great man.

nizmosx
12-04-2006, 09:46 AM
Originally posted by Neo1130
I was thinking about making them in black at first... Then more colors later on... But I want to make sure I have a demand for a certain color first because this crap is $$$$ $100/yard plus shipping!!

joannes fabric by my house sells alcantara for much less than that per yard. =)

so cheap that i may do my headliner.

Neo1130
12-04-2006, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by BarryT82
You'll have a good house wife someday. [:D] I have to teach myself to sew today. I have to put my new ranks on my uniform. I got promoted to TSgt yesterday[:D]

Holy shit!! Congrats man!! For some reason I though you were SrA not too long ago? Givin' your commander BJ's huh?!

nizmosx
12-04-2006, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by Neo1130
Holy shit!! Congrats man!! For some reason I though you were SrA not too long ago? Givin' your commander BJ's huh?!

gross

Neo1130
12-04-2006, 06:27 PM
Nizmo, YGPM!!