Upholstery 101: A Beginner's Look at the Trade

Whether you're looking to have an old chair or sofa reupholstered or simply considering new pillows to dress up your space, learn the ins and outs of upholstery with insider terms and tricks.

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Pinning

Much of the upholstery process, particularly slipcover and bedding fabrication, involves pinning. This time-consuming task involves holding seems together temporarily to create perfect lines until stitching begins. Based on the size of the thread and the thickness of the fabric, various types of pins and hooks may be needed. Some are perfectly straight, allowing fabric to be tacked straight-on into a piece of furniture. Others have slight or drastic curves which allow the hooks or pins to loop completely through foam and/or batting.

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