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AUTOMOTIVE UPHOLSTERY BASICS-This time I am going to show you two more tips: First, how to determine the width of the 'narrow band' or 'strip' of material to do piping. It consists in wrapping a piece of material (leather, fabric or vinyl) around the pipe(plastic or fiber of different diameter) you are going to use to do piping.
By using this method you determine the right width of the material you are going to use, if it is skived or not; or if it is thin or heavy. What is important for you is to always get the correct seam allowance you are going to use...in this case I am using the metric system...that is why I use 1 cm of seam allowance...If you use an English system, then 3/8 of an inch or ½ of an inch is all right for seam allowance...I mean, 'seam allowance' is the distance from the edge to the stitches close to the pipe. It is up to you which kind of measurement or system you are accustomed to.


The second tip shows different kind of feet you could adjust to your 'standard sewing machine'. By using only the first or better the two feet I show in the video demonstration you could do upholstery without any doubt...You could carry out many projects as a beginner...For ' heavier projects ' it is advisable 'a triple transportation sewing machine'.


The first 'single flat-foot' is very useful...you could sew zippers, piping and foamed pleats also. The second foot with the two channels and a little centered h*** is specially to do a perfect standard piping.
Good Luck and Start sewing!!!!!

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