|The old, cracking salon cushions.|
|Making new foam inserts for the cushions.|
The Sailrite machine works very well for sewing heavy materials and zippers together. Although not a fancy, computer controlled machine, I have no doubt that these machines will last a lifetime even under pretty heavy usage. I think we will be holding onto it even after the boat is gone.
I applied polyester batting to the foam using 3M 77 spray adhesive. Then began the process of wrestling the foam into the covers. Since the covers are actually a bit smaller than the foam itself, this can be a bit of a process, but having the foam fit tight makes the cushion look a lot better.
After the bottom cushions were done and test-fit on the boat, I checked the patterns for the seat back cushions. The original back cushions didn't line up all that well, and I hoped to at least improve upon the alignment. I adjusted the patterns a bit and went to work on the seat backs. Sewing the large curved cushions was the most difficult as there are no corners to align. The front plates are longer vertically and shorter horizontally than the back plates. I had to make center marks and pre-pin the pieces together before sewing them up.
|The new cushions. I think they are a vast improvement.|
So, it was a bit more time consuming than I thought, but I think the result was well worth the effort. The new cushions look far better than the old cracked vinyl ones and I think are quite a bit more comfortable too. Hopefully the new owners of the boat will appreciate them.