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How to apply upholstery gimp braid

How to apply upholstery gimp braid

When reupholstering chairs that has exposed wood, there is often places where the staples will be seen.

One way to hide those staples is using gimp braid. Gimp braid is attached with gimp pins &/or glue. A hot glue gun is very handy for applying gimp braid and works well, especially if you use fabric glue sticks. 

How to apply gimp braid - Hot Glue Gun

  1. Heat up a hot-glue gun with a fabric rated glue stick.
  2. Dab a small amount of hot-glue onto end of gimp braid, fold and press edge over. This is to tidy up the frayed edge. 
  3. Apply small lines of glue onto the chair, and stick the gimp braid on. 
  4. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid, and fold under with glue. 

How to apply gimp braid - Contact adhesive 

  1. Open a small tube of contact adhesive.
  2. Dab a small amount of adhesive onto end of gimp braid, fold and press edge over. This is to tidy up the frayed edge. 
  3. Apply small lines of glue onto chair and onto back of gimp braid. Wait for 15-30 seconds for it to go tacky before pressing into place.
  4. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid, and fold under with glue. 

How to apply gimp braid - Gimp Pins 

  1. Fold end of gimp braid over.
  2. With your finger, press a small gimp pin into position to hold end of gimp in place. 
  3. Use a tack hammer to drive the gimp pin home. 
  4. Continue placing gimp pins in intervals along the braid.
  5. At the end, fold over the frayed edge of braid and hold in place with another gimp pin.  

Here is a video below showing how easy it is to apply with a hot-glue gun:

 

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