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Using curved upholstery needles.

Using curved upholstery needles.

If you’ve ever covered a piece of foam over a plywood seat hospital-corner-style, you’ve probably ended up with corners looking something like this. Oh, sure, it looks better than the original fabric, but the gaping fold suggests a DIY job.

Using curved upholstery needles to do a quick slip stitch* to bring the two sides of the fold together creates a much more finished look. Certain fabrics seem to work better at hiding slip stitches than others. I’ve had good luck with chenille–as in this example–and textured micro-fiber suede.

*Slip stitch is done by sliding the threaded needle through the folded edge of the fabric while at the same time picking up a few threads of the fabric opposite the fold. Continue stitching in this manner, making a stitch every 1/8" to 1/4", evenly.

You can find the appropriate thread, generally #18 nylon, and curved upholstery needles at upholstery supply shops as well as good fabric stores, and, of course, on line.

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melodienelson on Aug 16, 2007:

Thanks! I was wondering how to correct this on my next project...


DIY Maven on Jul 18, 2007:

The trick with reupholstery is starting small. This one was really easy: a piece of high density foam on top of a piece of plywood. It was seat of a very old Mission style rocking chair.


baconthecat on Jul 18, 2007:

Ooo nice!!! I keep wanting to reupholster something but it seems so daunting! What were you reupholstering, in this case?


Caya123 on Jul 05, 2007:

That's a good tip, thank you. :-)


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