Reviewed By Allen D (Sacramento, CA) Reviewed for a 1994 Ford Econoline —7/2/2010 10:46 PM
They tell you can do it in an hour and give you everything you need to do it. Apparently, some people can, but I'm not one of them. If there's a way to foul up stitching, I accomplished it in this effort. Every conceivable needle and thread mistake, done and undone. I admit I'm all thumbs, always scored in the lowest 10 percent on the aptitude tests on manual dexterity, and haven't done any leather sticthing in 50 years. It took me 4 hours if it took a minute, not counting the time I spent looking for an upholsterer in the yellow pages and the break I took for a beer to regroup. I had to put a button on the end of the nylon thread to get started, and cut it off when I finished, otherwise I'd have never figured out how to tighten the first few stitches. Its also easy to fudge if you get the hole counts wrong so it doesn't line up at the end. Just keep sewing through what's already been sewn until you get to a place where the threads ends are where they need to be to tie off correctly. By this time you will have cut off the button you started with if you're like me. In spite of all the screw-ups, the finished product looks good enough for a 15 year old Fleetwood Tioga. My middle school crafts teacher would have given me another B-. It fits so well I probably could have left it unstitched, but nobody does it that way. It was worth it to have a leather steering wheel like I have had on my cars for the last 25 years. I rate this product as excellent overall. If I can make it come out OK, anybody can.