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      11-20-2015, 01:30 PM   #45
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question?

sorry to bring up an old(ish) thread but how did you guys deal with the ends of the boot i mean the spot where the stitching ends? did you just tuck the leftover thread inside the boot? or even glue it or like tie it or just let it dangle? sorry if its a dumb question
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      12-28-2015, 02:24 PM   #46
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sorry to bring up an old(ish) thread but how did you guys deal with the ends of the boot i mean the spot where the stitching ends? did you just tuck the leftover thread inside the boot? or even glue it or like tie it or just let it dangle? sorry if its a dumb question
+1 - I'm having a hard time fitting the ring back on the console base. Anyone have a solution?
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      01-05-2016, 09:55 PM   #47
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+1 - I'm having a hard time fitting the ring back on the console base. Anyone have a solution?
Did you end up working it on there? Was it difficult?
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      01-28-2016, 10:03 AM   #48
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I went to Joann's... found the Gutermann Top Stitch Heavy Duty thread to be the perfect thickness. Bit thicker than what you used. They don't have all the colors, but you can get them online...

#211 True Blue
#266 Brite Navy
#405 Flame Red



Those 3 seem to be the closet color matches in the Heavy Duty thread. Gutermann doesn't make it in every color the SewAll comes in. I used this color chart to determine what was the next closet to the colors you bought. All of the colors with the tiny black dot come in the thinker thread. http://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-rv5ea8...0.1280.jpg?c=2

Amazon (higher price but can add on to prime order):
http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Heavy-D.../dp/B004BP6HZ2

Quilting Warehouse (cheap but 7-10 shipping for $1.99):
http://www.quilting-warehouse.com/th...ty-thread.html

Are you able to post pictures of how the final project turned out with the thicker thread and slightly different shades of colors??? I am about to pull the trigger on this project and I also want the "right look." On a side note, has one attempted to do this same project on the M performance steering wheel?? Love the wheel just hate the white stitching. arty 0030:
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      09-01-2018, 06:00 PM   #49
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somebody do a dct!
I did my DCT and handbrake boots. Iíll post a photo when I get the chance.
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      09-03-2018, 03:35 PM   #51
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Here's a photo of the DCT boot I made:

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I used a leather awl to stitch the thread (lock stitch) and tiny wood dowels as spacers for the stitches that get pulled towards the center. Without the spacers, it was impossible to keep a consistent length from stitch to stitch. Also, if you instead pull the thread tight, there would not be enough slack for it to be pulled towards the center once you added the center thread.

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Here's a photo of the DCT boot I made:

Attachment 1893084

I used a leather awl to stitch the thread (lock stitch) and tiny wood dowels as spacers for the stitches that get pulled towards the center. Without the spacers, it was impossible to keep a consistent length from stitch to stitch. Also, if you instead pull the thread tight, there would not be enough slack for it to be pulled towards the center once you added the center thread.
Got pics of them with your ebrake handle?
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Got pics of them with your ebrake handle?
Here you go:

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Here's a photo of the DCT boot I made:

Attachment 1893084

I used a leather awl to stitch the thread (lock stitch) and tiny wood dowels as spacers for the stitches that get pulled towards the center. Without the spacers, it was impossible to keep a consistent length from stitch to stitch. Also, if you instead pull the thread tight, there would not be enough slack for it to be pulled towards the center once you added the center thread.
What size were your wood dowels?
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      01-17-2020, 09:08 AM   #55
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Here you go:

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Do you have the color codes and manufacturer of the threads you used? Looks to be as close a match as any.
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Wanted to provide an update on my experience with this project:

After ordering about 10 different colors altogether the three colors I ended up going with were the 610, 266, and 405. These are nearly identical to the thread colors of the tri-stitching on the steering wheel. I wanted to get as close an OEM match as possible and this seems to be the ticket.




The zip tie holding the e-brake boot to the handle is clipped very tightly. I could not access with wire cutters and went the way of the exacto-knife instead. I was very careful in cutting free the zip tie but still managed to slice a small slit in the leather boot...very unfortunate. If I were to do it again I would recommend cutting down toward the base of the e-brake boot/handle - it will not matter if you mistakenly cut this side of the boot as it will be covered and out of sight. I glued the leather back together but the slit is still slightly noticeable. I may try and see if I can tuck it beneath the zip tie, losing a little material but hiding my unsightly mistake. Will report back. Note: I did use my girlfriend's blow drier to heat the adhesive holding the leather boot to the plastic frame - it helped a lot in separating the two.



I ordered the Gutermann Sew-All Thread. While the colors are a great match the thread is thinner than that of the steering wheel stitching. I ordered the heavy duty variant as well as I heard it was more or less the same thickness as the steering wheel stitching but it has yet to arrive and I have lost patience. Therefore, my remedy was to double up the Sew-All thread which I am actually rather pleased with:




I will say this is more time consuming than anticipated but is actually an enjoyable DIY. I have not sewn anything since I was a kid but now that I have the technique down it should go a little quicker as I finish the e-brake and start on the shift boot. Will report back with the finished product.

Update: The thicker thread came in. It is identical in thickness to that of the steering wheel. Whoops. The dark blue and red match perfectly but the light blue seems to be a little too bright. At this point I've sunk quite a few hours in and think I will forge ahead with doubling up the string on the Sew-All. To find a happy medium I'm going to try and use the thicker dark blue thread instead of doubling as that is really the only area you can notice the doubled thread. Will post pictures once finished.

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Finally got around to doing this with my shift boot and e-brake boot. As mentioned, very time consuming, but enjoyable project.

May consider doing this as a service if there's enough interest, for a fee of course
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