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Hi All,

I decided to replace the handbrake black stitching with red 0.8mm polyester waxed thread
While busy removing the black thread, thought a cross stitch would look more elegant, using 2 needles
Some photos of the process are displayed below
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Next was to replace the black double line stitch of the handbrake pouch with red 0.5mm polyester waxed thread
Some photos are displayed below
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Result of both in the Alfa 4C is displayed below
Gear shift Vehicle Center console Car Auto part

Now busy replacing the black stiches of the door handles with red 0.5mm polyester waxed thread
Door handle is shown below
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Please... Please do a small writeup and pics of tools used! Maybe it's obvious to buy the polyester and restring with needle but some of us will be doing anything like this for the first time and would appreciate any tips and methods. I will be doing my brake boot and handles too!
Bellissimo, well done!
 

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Please... Please do a small writeup and pics of tools used! Maybe it's obvious to buy the polyester and restring with needle but some of us will be doing anything like this for the first time and would appreciate any tips and methods. I will be doing my brake boot and handles too!
Bellissimo, well done!
Thanks will do a small summary on what tool/needles/thread I used
 

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As requested : the tools I used for this work
When stitching leather only waxed polyester thread should be used, this slides much easier through leather and is more dirt resistant
After a piece of stitching is finished (like the door grip) a flame is used to melt the end of the thread (so it stays put)

0.8mm thread thickness I used for the handbrake only, two non-pointed needles of 1.05 x 55mm
Twine Material property Textile Fashion accessory Label

For the other work (is a bit more complicated) I used :
0.5mm waxed polyester thread spooled on a Sewing Awl (sharp needle, like a sewing machine needle was inclused)
To work more easy I used a needle of 0.9x48mm on the other side of the leather (is explained later)
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The Sewing Awl spooled already with 0.5mm thread:
Wood Copper Fashion accessory Jewellery Metal

Small explanation delivered with the Awl:
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Few steps below show how the Awl is used on the door grip:
Fashion accessory Wood Strap

Pushing the needle through the leather using the original hole
Now you see the use of a needle on the other end of the thread:
Wire Cable String instrument accessory

Next the thread is pushed through the little loop, easier to be done when a needle is used:
Wire Cable Technology Electronic device Electronics accessory

Next you draw back the Awl and hold the thread on the other end, then you pull both ends tight
and ready for the second stitch...
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For those looking for the sewing awl....try Ace Hardware if in the US. I have one but used it to repair what are known as sew-up tires on my road race bicycles a few years back.
 

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I tried to do the same with my door pulls (in yellow). With the same tools, I couldn't get the thread through all the layers; and if I did, it looked like crap. Nice job @Henkjan !!
 

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I tried to do the same with my door pulls (in yellow). With the same tools, I couldn't get the thread through all the layers; and if I did, it looked like crap. Nice job @Henkjan !!
Hi, with the sewing awl it should work to get the needle through using the same holes (after removal of the black stitched thread of course.., then when putting the wire through the small loop, make sure your pul both sides to make it tight
 

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If it's an LE I believe original, don't think others had it. I know my spider from 2018 doesn't have stitched handles, has majority of options so if available would think I would have it.
Definitely not an LE.
 
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