|So Lexus has a single line of 4mm stitches - this stitching is more visual than functional I bet
In response, Cesar sent me photos of not just some more parts he had done - the glove box, airbag lid and the ignition key surround - but he also had some samples of 3mm and 4mm stitching.
As before, I'll let the photos do the talking:
|First, he creates a mold to fit where the latch is
|Using a weight, he uses the mold to stretch the leather to fit the glove box door
|That is, he makes sure that the leather wraps into the latch nicely
|You can see the outline clearly here
|Then it's just a matter of lining it all up, gluing, and using clips, while using the mold to ensure the square hold stays square
|Using clips to hold the leather in place as it dries
|That is gorgeous!
Here is the airbag flap - another part that had to be repaired:
|Can't really tell from this photo, but upon closer inspection...
|Cesar said he had to special order the metal mold to imprint this.
|Close-Up. Very nice. Looks OEM! But that is real leather!
|You can see how the leather was stretched over and glued.
|Look closely and you can see yes it's real leather...
|Again you can see the intricate work here. And how it was folded over and glued.
|Side by side comparison on the glovebox surround
|This is 3mm
|And this is 4mm on the right.
Cesar followed up in an email saying that I had "keen eyes" as I had spotted stitching on the "closing sewing" where he had used a 90-14 needle, then on the "oversewing" he had used a 120-19 needle. However, on the actual project, he said he would use a 110-18 needle, and would send me photos later to show the difference.
Here are those photos:
|3mm stitching, with 110-18 needle
|4mm stitching, with 110-18 needle
|Side by side comparison, 3mm on top
|As how it would look on the gauge cowl overhang. Here is the 4mm stitch.
|And here is how the 3mm stitching would look on the gauge cowl overhang.