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Date: 12/10/12 11:33 AM

With the arrival of my first grandchild just 8 weeks away, I'm gearing up to finish some nursery projects. I have some chenille-type upholstery fabric to recover the seat and back cushions of a glider. It's been about 12 years since I sewed this kind of fabric and I'm using different machines this time, too. I have a Babylock Ellegante, Janome DC3018, Brother CE5000PRW, and a Brother XL5340 (mechanical). I also have a Brother 1034 serger.
Which machine will most likely handle up to four layers of this fabric (front & back plus piping)? What tension adjustments? What type of thread? Any other suggestions for this small project?

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Date: 12/10/12 7:23 PM

By using a mechanical. you will be taking stress of your other computerized machines.. just a general rule.
But... look first to the motor size.. the more powerful the motor.. the more likely it won't stress with thick layers..
Use the thread the machine likes best.. but I do try to use cotton thread on cotton materials and so on..
Be sure and clean out the bobbin area frequently.. with chenilles its a must.
Am bumping this up too so maybe some others can help you. its a bit late in my day to be offering any advise..

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Date: 12/10/12 11:14 PM

I reupholstered my couch a few years ago and I use my old Brother mchanical. She had no problems. I did not have to adjust the tensions at all. YMMV

I used upholstery thread and either a 16 or 18 needle, I don't remember which.

I agree with cleaning the machine often when using chenille.

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Date: 12/11/12 2:21 AM

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With the arrival of my first grandchild just 8 weeks away, I'm gearing up to finish some nursery projects. I have some chenille-type upholstery fabric to recover the seat and back cushions of a glider. It's been about 12 years since I sewed this kind of fabric and I'm using different machines this time, too. I have a Babylock Ellegante, Janome DC3018, Brother CE5000PRW, and a Brother XL5340 (mechanical). I also have a Brother 1034 serger.

Which machine will most likely handle up to four layers of this fabric (front & back plus piping)? What tension adjustments? What type of thread? Any other suggestions for this small project?

Congratulations on being a Grandma2Be
I am not familiar with the machines you have - different country.
I sew Upholstery fabric with any of my Janome machines though.
My DIL had a similar chair for my GD and used it a lot - plus the nursing pillow - I think in the US they are called a Boppy Pillow and Simplicity have a pattern for the cover. I made a few for my DIL and she (and both Nana's) found they really prevented the arm ache - her chair and pillow were two favourites.

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Date: 12/11/12 6:57 PM

Once again, PR buddies come to my rescue! Thank you so much! I'm going to sew some samples on both the Brother and Janome. Stay tuned...

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Date: 12/11/12 8:11 PM

I have a different (probably older) Brother mechanical, and that thing will sew through brick. LOL If yours is anything like mine, I wouldn't hesitate to do any kind of upholstery on it. (Its claim to fame was making 5 large dog crate pads from 2 layers of thick, Biederlack-type acrylic blankets and 2" thick eggcrate foam. Ran through 'em like buttah!)

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Date: 12/11/12 8:36 PM

Sounds like my old Brother. Mines a Festival from the mid 70's. Yours?

Sorry to hijack the thread.

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Date: 12/12/12 5:28 PM

Bargain basement Black Friday buy (Walmart) back in 1996. Don't know the model--think it's one of the LX-somethings? Fabulous little workhorse--straight and zig-zag only--and I sewed on it for 12 years before upgrading to my Viking. It loved anything heavy duty, but didn't care much for delicates. :b

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Date: 12/24/12 11:04 AM

Update: As I was setting up the Brother, I had this niggle of a thought...I seemed to remember I have yet another machine. Then I realized I have a BL 1550 that I bought from an elderly woman several years ago. I'd forgotten about it because I stored it inside the Janome box (the Janome lives inside a machine tote)!

I put the Brother away and did all the upholstery sewing on the BL and adored the way that little jewel handled the task! I had seriously been considering a Juki mechanical...so GLAD I remembered I had this one. Yay me!

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Date: 12/26/12 2:50 PM

If you can (and haven't done this already) I would highly recommend serging all the seams, especially on chenille. Even if the items aren't designed to be washed the serging will help to keep the fabric from ravelling and the seams coming apart.

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