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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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
Antonia demonstrates how to remove wooden plugs that cover the screws on an armchair.
Tools required: Flathead screwdriver, mallet or hammer
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.
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.
Watch Stevie completes her very first simple mid century lounge chair from start to finish during a chair upholstery workshop.
During our workshops, each student will have their own workstation, pneumatic stapler and other tools, and will have expert help from tutor Antonia Marin who will work closely with you. She will show you all the skills, techniques and tricks of the trade needed to finish your chair to a professional standard.
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 remover , mallet, tack hammer , staple gun , scissors , curved needle , long needle , upholstery pins , long ruler , square ruler , tailors chalk , measuring tape , sewing machine.
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.
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 needle , web stretcher , regulator , upholstery pins , square ruler , tailors chalk , measuring tape
Do you need an extra enormous piece of wadding for an extra enormous headboard? Here is a quickie video showing you how EASY it is to seamlessly join two pieces of wadding together. This method eliminates bulky seams.
Tools & supplies: Wadding (aka dacron or batting), scissors, spray contact adhesive.
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.
Watch the transformation from start to finish of a Parker Knowles wingback chair, upholstered by Antonia.
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.
If you have to make lots of piping welt cord, you will need to join multiple strips of fabric together. Instead of joining the fabric with a straight seam, which will leave a bulky join in the piping, watch how easy it is to sew a diagonal seam. Having a diagonal seam will help distribute the bulk more evenly.
Tools & supplies: Sewing machine with plain foot and a zipper foot (or piping/welt foot).
Watch the result of Antonia's armchair makeover using a yellow shell fabric and black leather.
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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!
Watch Antonia makeover some dining room chairs. These have a webbed, tight seat, with tailored corners and gimp braid.
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.
Watch Antonia demonstrate 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.
TIPS: Don't try to push your needle through both pieces of the fabric at the same time, insert your needle into one layer only. When placing your opposite stitch, try to insert it slightly behind the last one. If you don't like the look of a stitch, undo it immediately and restitch it -- you will thank yourself later.