Put your best upholstery forward with the best underpinnings.
Upholstery craftsmanship instills a sense of quality and adds value to the piece.
If you do any upholstery in the marine industry you will use a pleated vinyl at some point.
Two ways to craft this classic look in automotive upholstery.
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Designing new graphics into an upholstery job can be the most rewarding part of the job.
Create a firm foundation.
The proper needles, thread and feet will start you off on the right road.
While planning a marine upholstery project, you must consider many factors.
Deep tufting has a rich, highly decorative look that is created by pulling fabric through inches of padding.
Replacing a piece of fabric to eliminate a burn hole is expensive, both in time and money.
Trimmer Bill Richards took a chance when he agreed to complete a fiberglass reproduction of a 1932 Ford Roadster.
Exotic hides, like ostrich, add unique and tasteful looks to custom interior jobs.
Learn tufting techniques with step-by-step instructions.
Working with aircraft interiors takes more than simply agreeing to do a job. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented numerous regulations and procedures for upholsterers providing aircraft services.
Some of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) that impact aircraft upholstery work the most include FAR 25.853 and FAR 43.3(d). FAR 25.853 lists the interior components of an aircraft that must meet flammability specifications. FAR 43.3(d) requires a certified mechanic to supervise any maintenance or alterations being performed on the aircraft. To help upholsterers new to the market, Interior Flight Services Inc. offers advice on meetings FAA requirements, as well as FAA-certified interior products, on its website www.nationalflight.com.
When Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico, submitted a letter of intent to the FAA and began the certification process, an FAA inspector was assigned to her shop. The inspector helped Madden's team write several manuals to be used for future jobs.
"All of the steps required for certification placed my business practices under a microscope," Madden says. "After nine grueling months, a new and improved fabrication shop was born."
To learn more about the FAA certification process and regulations, visit www.faa.gov.