Tri-Stitch M3 Style Shift Boot

Source: E46Moonlight @ e46fanatics

Time:2-5 hrs (Take your time and it will look great)
Difficulty 2 of 10. (if you can sew a button you can Tri-stitch)
Tools Needed:
Thread
Needle
Thimble
Tri-Stitch color thread
X-acto knife
Super Glue
Good lighting source to see what your doing.
Total cost: $5

Well you want to start of by taking out your shift boot and e-brake boot. Don’t hurt yourself taking out your shift knob. You can use the search button to find out how, it’s simple!!

Here is a good reference point on what the pattern should look like.

I went to Michaels arts and crafts store to buy some thread. These are the colors I used, that I thought matched the best. Color codes: 909, 3842, 519. *feel free to use any other color that you think is a better match*
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You’ll need some Krazy Glue and a x-acto knife
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If you don’t have any sewing equipment, pick some up at Michaels or any arts and craft store, get needles, and a thimble!
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Once you have your shift boot off. Examine the stitch patterns so you know what your getting self into
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Use the x-acto knife to separate the leather from the housing. Go slow to not cut/slice the boot
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Turn the boot inside out
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Find the stitch points near the bottom
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Use the x-acto knife to take apart the stitching
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Pull the thread out 1(one) at a time. Repeat steps to remove the other stitching.
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This is what it should look like after you are done removing the stitching. f27c285f8bb9c744c6506cad134d709d  Tri-Stitch M3 Style Shift Boot

DO NOT REMOVE THE STITCHING IN THE MIDDLE IT WILL SPLIT THE BOOT. JUST TAKE OUT THE OUTER MOST STITCH’S.
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Thread the needle
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Start at the top. Remember to start with the right color. Go in and out to make a loop on the inside of the boot.
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Loop!
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Extend the thread down to the bottom first stitch. .
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Go into the first stitch. Note: try your best to use the existing holes to re-stitch
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Now. This is the Tricky part. What you want to do is pull the thread through the boot, over the extend thread on the outside and back down the same hole you went up through. This will pull the outside extended thread down. Repeat all the way to the top. Tighten every 2-3 stitches by giving the thread a good pull. Take your time 78025e31652f96dd18ac849cd2c36169  Tri-Stitch M3 Style Shift Boot

Once you got all the way to the top, use the loop you made a few steps back to tie the thread together nice and tight.
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This is what it should look like.
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Do the same process for the other side. Start at the top and make a loop on the inside of the boot.
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Extend the thread to the first hole near the bottom
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Repeat steps to stitch: pull the thread through the boot, over the extend thread on the outside and back down the same hole you went up through. This will pull the outside extended thread down. Repeat all the way to the top. Tighten every 2-3 stitches by giving the thread a good pull. Take your time. Don’t forget to tie a knot at the end using the loop you made a few steps back
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Almost there!
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Now the easy part. Start at the bottom, go through the bottom left or right stitch (doesn’t matter which one you start with). Tie one end down. Now Go back out the same hole.
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You want to make a Zig-Zag pattern, alternating one stitch on each side as you go across. Pull the thread under the stitch and give a nice pull every 2 to ensure tightness. Look at the first picture for reference.
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Work your way to the top. Take your time.
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At the top, thread the needle to the inside of the boot and tie it down.
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Now that you are done. Take the boot and wrap it back around the housing.
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Secure it with Krazy Glue. Let glue dry for about 5 mins.
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Done! Enjoy your new Tri-Stitch shift boot.
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