Upholstery tack strip in New Zealand. Flexible ply-grip, metal tack strip or cardboard back tack.  For back tacking buy online now with fast NZ ship!

How to use Cardboard tack strip

There are many reasons upholsterers use cardboard tack strip, however back tacking is the most common use. 

Cardboard tack strip is used on the top of outside panels, such as the outside back or outside arms, to it give it a straight clean edge without visible staples. 

How to use Metal Tack Strip

Metal tack strips are often used on the right &/or left of outside panels, such as the outside back or outside arms. It will give a clean, straight edge without visible staples. 

Cut tack strips to length with a hacksaw blade or tin snips if necessary.

How to fix magnetic hammer

Every so often, your magnetic tack hammer may lose some or all of its magnetism. Here is how to easily fix this by using a magnet. 

Tools required: Strong bar magnet

How to use Flexible metal tack strip

Also called ply-grip, shark trim or fabloc. 

Flexible metal tack strips is used for blind tacking around both straight and curves such as wings. 

Staple the strip onto the frame with the teeth facing outwards. Press the teeth down until almost closed, tuck the fabric in and close with a mallet

How to prepare your armchair for class

Have you booked into an armchair class with Mollies? Here is a quick video on how to prepare your chair. 

Tools required: Flathead screwdriver (or staple remover), scissors, pliers, hammer or mallet and tape measure before you start. Other tools you might require is a tack remover, phillips screw driver, spanner, craft knife, allen keys etc, however it depends on the style of your chair.

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How to remove arms from a chair

Antonia demonstrates how to remove wooden plugs that cover the screws on an armchair. 

Tools required: Flathead screwdriver, mallet or hammer

How to fix a wobbly leg with silent domes

There is nothing more annoying than one chair or table leg being slightly shorter than the others -- causing a wobble! 

In this quick video tutorial from Mollies Make & Create, watch Antonia even up chair legs using "silent domes". 

Silent domes are three-pronged buttons that are hammered into wood. 

Tools:  Hammer   

Supplies: 4 x silent domes 

How to insert zip head slide onto continuous zipper

Have you ever wanted to make your own cushions, squabs, beanbags or bags? Imagine starting your project, but you don't have the right length of zip! You can easily make a zip to ANY length by using continuous zipper. In this video, I will show you how to put the zip head on EASILY. 

Tools: Scissors 

Supplies: Continuous zip, zipper slide

How to remove upholstery tacks

Antonia demonstrates how to remove upholstery tacks when stripping furniture down for reupholstery. 

Tools required: Diagonal Pliers, tack remover or mini crowbar. 

How to apply gimp braid trim

Gimp braid is a decorative trim used for hiding exposed staples. Watch Christine, one of Antonia's students, show the tools and technique for attaching gimp braid to upholstery.

 Tools: Hot glue gun with fabric rated glue sticks, Staple gunscissors.

How to remove upholstery staples

Antonia will show you the tools and techniques for removing staples from fabric when preparing furniture for upholstery. 

Tools: Diagonal Pliers, flat-head screwdriver or staple remover.


Couch transformation

Watch a 2-seater couch makeover that Antonia completed. Her hubby Lyall helped with stripping off the fabric. After that, Antonia tackled the springs and re-foam of the seat. The button detailing on the arms created interest to an otherwise neutral fabric choice. 

Tools: Diagonal Pliers, tack remover, staple removermallet, tack hammer, staple gunscissors, curved needle, long needle, upholstery pins, long ruler, square ruler, tailors chalk, measuring tape, sewing machine. 

How to fold a double pleat

Watch Antonia show the tools and technique for folding a double pleat (also known as decorative pleat or butterfly corner). This is a quick and simple fold, often found on older furniture and dining chairs. 

Tools:  staple gunscissors

How to apply jute webbing using a web stretcher

Watch Antonia show the tools and technique for applying 50mm jute webbing to a frame using a "paddle & peg" web stretcher. This can be done with staples or tacks. 

 Tools: Staple gun or tack hammer, web stretcher, scissors.

How to add buttons to a headboard

Watch a student demonstrate the tools and technique for putting buttons onto a headboard. This button application method is used for wooden based furniture, such as this headboard. 

Tools & supplies: Staple gun, mattress needle or double-ended upholsterers needle, shanked buttons, strong tufting twine.

Chair transformation

Watch an old chair makeover that Antonia completed. This chair was gifted to her from a couple who was downsizing their home. 

 Tools: Diagonal Pliers, tack remover,  mallet, tack hammer, scissors, curved needle, double ended needleweb stretcher, regulator, upholstery pins, square ruler, tailors chalk, measuring tape

Attach wadding to seat base

Watch Antonia show the tools and technique for attaching wadding (dacron, batting) to a chair seat. This method is effective for reducing the bulky lumps that can sometimes happen when attaching wadding around corners. 

Tools: Staple gunscissors.

Folding the corners for drop-in seats

Watch Antonia demonstrate the tools and technique for folding the corners of drop-in seats. This technique is often called a single pleat or tailored pleat corner. 

 Tools: Staple gunscissors

How to cover a button in fabric

Watch Antonia demonstrate the tools and technique for covering a button in fabric. In this video, she is covering a proper self-covering button, however this technique can be used for any shanked button.   

Tools: Small sewing needle, strong threadscissors.

Wingback chair transformation

Watch the transformation from start to finish of a Parker Knowles wingback chair, upholstered by Antonia. 

Sew your own piping cord

Watch Antonia demonstrate how to sew your own custom piping or welt-cord. You can make piping in every colour of the rainbow, simply cut long lengths of fabric, and wrap it around piping/welt cord. 

 Tools: Sewing machine with either a zipper or piping / welt foot.

Attach your own piping cord

Watch Antonia demonstrate how to staple piping cord onto the bottom of a seat base. 

 Tools: Staple gunscissors

Tying on a button

Watch Antonia show the tools and technique for tying on a button on a soft surface. This knot is called "the upholsterer's slipknot", because the knot tightens as you slip it. It is not only handy for tying on buttons, but also securing twine for spring-tying, or for trussing chickens! 

Tools: Long button needle or double-ended upholsterer's needle, scissors

 Supplies: Shanked button, tufting twine

Dining chair seat

Watch Antonia makeover some dining room chairs. These have a webbed, tight seat, with tailored corners and gimp braid. 

 Tools: Staple gun, scissors, diagonal pliers, staple remover, tack remover, screwdriver, tape measure, long ruler, square, T-pins, tack hammer, tailors chalk

 Supplies: Fabric, 3-stripe elastic webbing, polyurethane foam, polyester wadding, gimp braid, fabric glue sticks, cambric dustcloth.

Diamond tufting a trunk lid

Watch Antonia diamond tuft a trunk lid. Diamond tufting is also know as deep buttoning. 

Tools: Staple gun, scissors, diagonal pliers, staple remover, tack remover, power drill, foam hole cutter, regulator, long needle, screwdriver, tape measure, long ruler, square, T-pins, tack hammer, tailors chalk, sharp knife. 

 Supplies: Fabric, polyurethane foam, polyester wadding, foam glue, tufting twine, buttons

Invisible slip stitch

Watch Antonia (from Voodoo Molly Vintage) show the tools and technique for sewing the upholsterer's slip stitch. This is used for sewing together seams, corners, pleats, outside panels and decorative trim etc. 

Tools: Curved needle, pins, scissors 

 Supplies: Strong thread