Marine Fabricator September/October 2023 - 32

B
ryan Lute and his wife,
Stephannie, run a shop in
Jefferson City, Mo., doing custom
automotive and marine
upholstery. Lute got into the
business 10 years ago when he
realized he had a knack for sewing.
He won MFA Fabrication
Excellence awards for exterior
upholstery in 2020 and 2021.
BRYAN LUTE
B's Kustom Kanvas
Jefferson City, Mo.
What are common
upholstery failures?
How can they be prevented?
Not using the correct thread. A too-light
thread can jeopardize seam strength.
We use Fil-Tec™
138 as our standard.
Bryan Lute says simplicity is
better. He suggests letting the
stitches do the design work
instead of a lot of curves.
What are the best ways to ensure
greater durability and comfort?
We try to determine what's most important
to the client-softness, durability,
look, etc. The most durable type of vinyl
might be too shiny or hard for some clients,
but with a softer finish, it can't handle
the same amount of abrasion. So, you
need to be clear about the end goal and
ensure the client knows the pros and cons.
Cool Touch vinyl by Spradling®
is another
good product, although you need to be
clear about how to maintain it.
What are two of the most common
mistakes fabricators make when it
comes to upholstery?
Building a base that's too complex.
Simplicity is better. We don't want to
have to take half the boat apart to fix one
part of the cushion. Let the stitches do
the design work instead of a lot of curves.
What are the newest upholstery
trends and the skills required to
do them well?
We see people renewing what they already
own instead of replacing it due to
cost and the ease of staying with something
you know.
What are your must-have
upholstery tools?
Fasco stapler and a Consew®
ing machine.
206 sewWhat
are some common
frustrations with patterning and
how do you deal with them?
To avoid all frustrations, just start from
scratch and create a new pattern. I cut
a big enough pattern piece with a template
plastic, begin in the middle and
move out. Keep trying until it works-it
usually takes the same amount of time
once you learn how to do it and then you
know it will be correct.
Can you pass along any finishing
tips or techniques?
It's all in the details. Don't shortcut it. Sunlight
is every upholsterer's best friend. It will
smooth wrinkles out. Boat cushions have to
look tight but not be tight. If you overpull,
you can create bumps or low spots. Pull it
to where it looks good, and once it starts to
look good, back off and staple it.
Laurie F. Junker is a freelance writer based
in Minneapolis, Minn.
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