While tweed is most commonly used in tailoring, you can use tweed-upholstered furniture to decorate both formal and casual decor. It is especially appropriate in country homes or cabins and can deliver a warm and rustic aesthetic. Purchase tweed upholstery material and tools at a well-stocked fabric or upholstery store.
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Tweed Upholstery Material
Tweed is most commonly used in men and women's sports clothing. Tweed is medium or heavyweight fabric that has a variety of colours and textures woven into one piece. Tweeds are often made of wool or blends of wool and cotton or wool and rayon. Upholstery material is generally thicker and heavier than tailoring material. Upholsterers use it to cover couches, chairs, headboards or ottomans.
Upholsterers commonly use staple guns to secure the upholstery fabric to the furniture. Upholstery staple guns are high quality guns that deliver heavy-duty staples to the furniture. Homemakers who are attempting upholstery on their own can use a regular staple gun, but they may not get as good a hold as if they used a top quality upholstery staple gun. You cannot use an office stapler to upholster tweed, as the fabric will be too thick for the staples to hold.
Regulators are very thin tools that push the stuffing and foam into the furniture. This is especially important when upholstering corners and curves, as the stuffing can pop out easily in these areas. Be careful not to prick the tweed fabric with the regulator, because it may loosen some of the weave and cause a loop or tear in the fabric.
Upholstery scissors are high quality heavy-duty scissors that are very sharp. These scissors are sharp enough and strong enough to handle even very thick fabrics like tweed. The scissors have one straight edge that allows upholsterers to cut against a workspace without cutting into the workspace.
Hammers and Tacks
Some upholsterers choose to use tacks, or nails, to decorate their furniture. The nails generally have a flat, round top that is brightly polished. Upholsterers use tailors chalk to draw a very straight line and then tap the nails along the line with an upholstery hammer. Upholstery hammers have one magnetic side to help you place the tacks, while the other is nonmagnetic and is used for driving the tack into the furniture. Some hammers have nylon ends so that they will not damage decorative nails.
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