What sewing machine do I need for upholstery?

A sewing machine is probably the most important piece of equipment you'll purchase as an upholsterer. It's a major investment and one that should be carefully considered - while larger shops may have a variety of machines, many upholsterers do with just one, perhaps for the length of a career. You want to choose the … Continue reading What sewing machine do I need for upholstery?

What makes a “good” upholstery fabric?

This week on YouTube, ¬†we'll get our first look at fabric for Aunt Bea, so it seems like a good time to discuss the tricky business of fabric selection. There are a lot of important considerations, whether you're having something done, or doing something yourself. Obviously, there are design considerations: color, pattern, scale. What does … Continue reading What makes a “good” upholstery fabric?

Say hello to my little friend: we call him Mr. Staple Lifter.

I grew up in an upholstery shop. My mom worked from home, and while I didn't take a particular interest until my 20's, I DID take a certain amount of knowledge for granted. I knew what a button press was and how to use it by the second grade. I could identify cardboard tack strip, … Continue reading Say hello to my little friend: we call him Mr. Staple Lifter.

Introducing Aunt Bea

We tackled a big, new challenge this summer! I get lots of inquiries about video content, from folks who can't physically get to our classes, and even from folks who do. It's a deliciously convenient and visual medium - I get that. Unfortunately, I knew almost nothing about creating or posting video content, and nobody … Continue reading Introducing Aunt Bea