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s the owner of this Charleston, S.C.-based shop, Bill Marriott has
learned through 30 years of good-better-best how to pattern
and sew for success.
What are the best ways to ensure
greater durability and comfort?
By using proper density foam and cutting
it to the proper size. Many people will cut
the foam to the finished size of the cushion,
then pattern to that. By patterning
this way, the cushion skins come out too
big and sloppy. Instead, cut the foam a
little larger than the finished size so the
foam pushes out. This makes the skins fit
tight and have a better finished fit.
What are two of the most common
mistakes fabricators make when
it comes to upholstery?
Not patterning properly. Especially when
doing an inside backrest with a pull-down.
Using straight-cut pull-downs causes
wrinkles in that area, so sewers should
pattern the pull-down to the exact shape
of the curve. This allows the material to
fit the corners properly.
What are the newest upholstery
trends and the skills required to do
them well?
I'm starting to see more diamond pleating.
Marking materials for this finish is
crucial. Inside backrests are easier to
mark when the diamond is running uphill
on the inside corners and the design
is kept symmetrical. One side of the seat
will not line up with the opposite side of
the seat. If your skins are not symmetrical,
the cushion will look distorted. They
need to be symmetrical and square with
the position they are sewn into. Suppose
they are tilted, where one side is higher
than the other. It will show up drastically.
What are your most important
upholstery tools?
A steamer, a sharp knife and sharp scissors.
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Do you have any tricks for
working with zippers?
Yes, the location of zippers in the mesh
bottoms. Instead of sewing the zipper in
the middle of the bottom, sew it offset so
that it's about 3-4 inches from the long
edge of the cushion. This makes stuffing
the foam much more manageable, especially
on thick, firm foam.
How do you deal with mold and
mildew issues?
Make the cushions have a way to wick/
drain water out. Use marine-grade foam
and vinyl. Use new foam as much as possible;
if the old foam is contaminated, use
a steamer to kill the bacteria if you can't
replace the foam.
What are some common
frustrations with patterning and
how do you deal with them?
Materials that are stiff or hard to stretch.
A streamer usually softens the skins before
covering them, except for silicone
vinyl. This is when patterning correctly is
critical to producing a nice finish.
Can you pass along any finishing
tips or techniques?
After I get a cushion made, I will always use
a steamer on it, even if there are no wrinkles.
Doing this allows the vinyl to soften
and lets the foam push out. When the vinyl
cools down, it will shrink, pushing back on
the foam, making for a nicer fit and finish.
WILLIAM MARRIOTT
Extreme Upholstery Design LLC
Charleston, S.C.
Diamond pleating is a popular
trend, and carefully marking
materials for this finish is crucial.
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