An Online Upholstery ClassDetailed Instruction on Furniture Upholstery, Auto and Marine Upholstery, How to Make Slipcovers, and Canvaswork
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CUTTING AND SEWING BASICS---Practice By Making A Throw Pillow. Measure existing pillow with a tape measure, between the welts. The first measurement is up and down. Second is side to side. We'll be using 1/2" seams on most articles in our series, so, add 1" to your measurements to get the cut size. Figure the length of the welt cord. It can be 1 1/2-2" wide, it doesn't have to be exact. Cut the welt material on the bias,...click link above for more.
INSTALL A ZIPPER IN A PILLOW Learn to cover a zipper so it doesn't show. It's a similiar technique to installing a zipper in a boxed cushion as we show later.
HOW TO HAND SEW Learn to handsew with a curved needle. Use can use this skill to close cushions and pillows, to make repairs anywhere a seam has pulled or rotted out. You can also handsew the sides of outside backs or the front of outside arms insteads of using nail strips. Done right even contrasting thread won't be visible.
UPHOLSTERING BASICS WITH VIDEO
Practice By Covering A Dining Chair Slip Seat: Remove seat. Most are screwed on, a cordless driver makes the job much faster. If you are working on a set of antique chairs it's a good idea to number the seats and the chairs so the holes line up when you reinstall them. Mark the front of the seat. click link for more.
See the hand tools pro upholsterers use. Or buy at our upholstery tool kits page.
HOW TO SEW A BOXED AND WELTED CUSHION
When you can make a boxed cushion with piping you've learned at least 25% what you need to know to become an upholsterer. Really! You'll be able to sew boxed inside backs and envelope arms and bar stool tops and boat seats and much more.
We even show you how to sew the cording and boxing to the plate (main piece of fabric) at the same time along with the zipper boxing. You can save 20 minutes on every cushion you ever sew.
Tips For Sewing Large Cushions (Such As Bay Windows And Boat Cushions)
Electric foam cutter demo video
This video can help you decide whether to buy air or electric, 3/8 or 1/2" crown.
Buy staple guns here: UPHOLSTERY STAPLER
WHY UPHOLSTER? by Jack Carr "If a sofa or chair is in good shape on the inside and all it needs is a fresh new fabric on the outside, that's recovering. When a piece needs work on the inside, either partially or totally (new webbing, re-tied springs, new fillings, re-cushioning) that's reupholstering. Both are the province of the upholsterer, marine fabricator or auto trimmer."
UPHOLSTERY PRIMER by Jack Carr. Webbing, coil springs, zig zag springs, filling, fabrics etc.
TIPS ON RUNNING YOUR UPHOLSTERY BUSINESS. What other trade can you learn at home besides upholstery work? Plumber? Electrician? No, you'll have to apprentice for those. No certification or degree required-just do good work! Managing your finances and cash flow. Get a website for your business-they're cheap advertising. Pricing upholstery jobs (more opinions on our Discussion Board).
Upholstery Leather and more. 1-800-322-1177.
Yardage chart. Furniture-Automotive-Marine
Toledo Industrial Sewing Machines is a Consew dealer. We sell and service new and used industrial brands of walking foot (including portables), zig-zag and straight stitch machines, including: Adler, Chandler, Consew, Cowboy, Juki and Pfaff. Long arm and double needle models in stock.
Call us toll free, at: 866-362-7397
We stock and sell replacement parts, accessories and attachments for all industrial sewing machines, including needles, bobbins, winders, nylon thread, oil, thread lube, belts, motors, speed reducers, edge binders and folders, edge guides, presser feet, thread snips and commercial scissors.
Our website: http://www.tolindsewmach.com/
ANALYZING YOUR FURNITURE from Sunset Book's SIMPLY UPHOLSTERY
"No matter what the fine points of their design are, most chairs and sofas have an inner frame built of similar structural elements."
HOW TO UPHOLSTER A CHAIR, Part 1
(REUPHOLSTER A SOFA THE SAME WAY)
Learn to strip off the old fabric, take measurements and cut the new fabric.
HOW TO RECOVER A CHAIR OR SOFA, Part 2
SLIPCOVER A RECLINER---You gotta be kidding and other recliner info
MAKING SLIPCOVERS FOR DINING ROOM CHAIRS from Simply Slipcovers by Sunset Books
Learn To Work With Vinyl And Sew Channels. Recover all kinds of bench seats.HOW TO COVER DOOR PANELS
from Don Taylor's book AUTOMOTIVE UPHOLSTERY HANDBOOK
HOW TO MAKE SUNVISORS from Don Taylor and Ron "The Stitcher" Mangus' book CUSTOM AUTO INTERIORS. These guys really know their stuff.
from W. Lloyd Gheen's book UPHOLSTERY TECHNIQUES ILLUSTRATED.
CONSTRUCT AND PAD AN OTTOMAN FRAME Here's a great add on when selling an upholstery job-make several frames at one time and adjust their height to fit your customer's chair with different thicknesses of foam.
HOW TO UPHOLSTER AN OTTOMAN
Apply This Information To Recovering Boat Seats, Benches, Bar Stools, Boxed Dining Chairs, Etc. Learning one technique will help you cover many things.
Part 2-More About Ottomans-- Make a Tailored Skirt Learn to make a self-lined skirt. Takes a little more fabric but saves a lot of time.
HOW TO MAKE AN OTTOMAN OR FOOTSTOOL from Quick Fabric Decorating.
HOW TO MAKE A ROUND BOLSTER CUSHION including info on sewing other round cushions.
MAKE CUSHIONS FOR A WICKER CHAIR From Simply Pillows by the editors of Sunset Books
MAKE BED SIZE CUSHIONS (makes a great guest bed instead of a sofa bed or futon)
MAKE BULL-NOSED (waterfall) CUSHIONS from Don Casey's book CANVASWORK & SAIL REPAIR. Waterfall cushions have boxing on the sides but not the front.
YIPES STRIPES!---And plaids, patterns and other more difficult fabrics to work with.
BOAT CANVAS PROJECTS
Jim Grant's book THE COMPLETE CANVASWORKER'S GUIDE
HOW TO MAKE A HATCH DODGER from Karen Lipe's book THE BIG BOOK OF BOAT CANVAS
MAKE BULL-NOSED (waterfall) CUSHIONS from Don Casey's book CANVASWORK & SAIL REPAIR
MORE GOOD STUFF
HOW TO UPHOLSTER A CORNICE BOARD (window valance) from Seams To Be.
HOW TO CANE A CHAIR WITH PRE-WOVEN CANEby Rick Teeters. Here's a skill most upholstery shops don't offer.
REPAIRING LOOSE FURNITURE JOINTS from FURNITURE FINISHING by Sunset Books. You'll need to fix some wobbly frames now and then.
HOW TO WEAVE A RUSH FIBER SEAT By Clay Richmond. Here' another skill to add to your furniture refurbishing knowledge.
BUILDING AND UPHOLSTERING RESTAURANT BOOTHS by Mike. There's a lot of potential work to be had from restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops, theaters-leave a business card for the future.
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