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welt foot or zipper foot (personal preference),
and sewing with the curved piece
on top of the straight piece. Lastly, using a
larger needle helps prevent skipped stitches
and allows you to sew closer to the welt.
In Stitches Customs won an Award of Distinction and an Award of Excellence for this
project in the 2022 MFA Fabrication Excellence Award competition.
What about wrinkling?
Wrinkling is usually due to poor patterning
technique. Sure, you can sometimes
get them out with steam and a
little tweaking here and there, but
good patterning will ensure a good
result every time. For inside curves,
the most common problem is caused
by having too much material in the
curve. The best way to solve this is to
remove approximately 1/16 inch per
inch and stretch as you sew to the top
and bottom band/cap. Be sure to use
lots of alignment marks for a consistent
stretch. Also, (very important) if using
sew foam, lightly glue the foam to the
vinyl in the shape of the curve.
I
n Stitches Customs is a custom upholstery and canvas shop with
storefronts in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Hurricane, Utah. Vorei
Frost Reeves has been creating award-winning custom upholstery
for more than 20 years.
What are some common
upholstery failures?
Poor welt installation, wrinkling (especially
on inside curves), crooked topstitching
and welt.
VOREI FROST REEVES
In Stitches Customs
Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Hurricane, Utah
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Welts can be challenging. Any tips?
The biggest mistakes I see in welt are
loose or wavy installation, unnecessary
joins and the welt not being centered over
the seam. Good patterning, sewing and
handling techniques are critical. Ensuring
alignment marks line up and not stretching
the welt as you sew are very important.
Also, make sure there is enough length in
the welt that it doesn't cut the corner. This
helps to center the welt over the seam.
Other factors that help are using correct
relief cutting techniques, using the correct
And topstitching?
The key to good topstitching is to slow
down and pay attention to detail. Use
proper seam management by using an
even, consistent pull and correct relief
cut techniques for smooth, clean results.
And always use seam backing on
French seams.
You mention the importance of
good patterning. What are some
of your tricks?
Start with a good pattern. Don't fudge.
Just do it right. If the piece is a simple
rectangle or square, I use basic geometry.
If a piece has compound curves and
an organic shape, I use a combination
of copying old pieces and custom patterning.
Always take detailed pictures
of the original and mark for notches/
alignment marks before dismantling.
Also, look for things you want to fix, like
crooked seam lines or poor shaping, and
make notations. Finally, pattern from
the seam line, not the cut line.

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