I sew when it’s needed, not so much for the love of creating, but to carry out a need or a vision I have. Some of those needs involve fabric piping and zippers, to which I clumsily got by with the standard sewing foot I had.
The results we okay, but not perfect.
Then my husband I began discussing the possibility of me reupholstering our two couches. The couches are 10 years old, structurally sound, super comfortable but stained beyond redemption.
As a Reduction Rebel, i could not waste these couches, just because of the fabric. I’ve got to make my best effort to reupholster and salvage them for another 10 years.
To embark on a project like reupholstering a couch I took these first initial steps:
1. I bought the book,The Complete Guide to Repairing & Restoring Furniture
2. I bought Scotch Guard and tested it on the fabric I’m going to use. BTW, Scotch Guard is in the aisle with floor cleaner – not the laundry aisle where a normal, logical person would think to look.
3. I bought a zipper foot for my sewing machine. My sewing machine is from 1955, so I thought it would be difficult to get this foot. I looked around on Ebay and Etsy and the only one I could find sold in 2011 for $12. So I called my local sewing store and they had one for $5. Score!
I love you Zipper Foot
Yesterday, I recovered the first of 12 pillows on my couches. Holy success! The piping is perfect, the zipper is perfect. I’m in love. The old fabric went in the trash and I was able to reuse the zipper and stuffing from the original pillow.
Stay tuned for my progress!