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Date: 4/19/13 3:18 PM

I had a sofa reupholstered. The seams on the cushions are puckered. The owner of the upholstery shop insists that it is my fabric. The fabric is a velvet with a coated back. It is very heavy. I contacted the manufacturer of the fabric and they claim they've never had any complaints about this fabric. I think it could be a problem with either the tension, needle, thread or stitch length or a combination of these items. The shop owner insists her seamstresses are experts. However they did not know that you must clip curves for the fabric to lay flat. So I wonder? Any thoughts? They refuse to try to fix the puckering.

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Date: 4/19/13 11:16 PM

Sounds to me like they didn't use a walking foot (velvet needs a walking foot), or it's the stitch length or thread.

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Date: 4/20/13 8:42 AM

Do the cushions have cording in them? That seems like it would be quite simple to correct. Most unprofessional of your upholsterer to not make an attempt to make you happy with her work.

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Date: 4/21/13 9:11 AM

Thank you! And yes the cushions have cording. Can a walking foot be used with cording?
-- Edited on 4/21/13 9:14 AM --

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Date: 4/21/13 9:17 AM

Thank you. Yes, the cushions have cording.

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Date: 4/21/13 10:15 AM

I've never done it, but I don't see why not. A walking foot makes all the fabric pieces move at the same time; without one, the bottom piece will move more quickly than the top. This is the reason why when you sew in a sleeve, you sew with the sleevehead on the bottom; it eases in the extra fabric. With a walking foot, you don't have the "easing" part.

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Date: 4/21/13 10:18 AM

I recently slipcovered my sofa with terrific results. However, one of the cushions has some puckering on the boxed and piped part, the other does not. Did not use a walking foot on either. I think you should ask the upholsterer to fix it as it is most likely a tension thing.

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Date: 4/21/13 10:19 AM

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Can a walking foot be used with cording?

I can't use my walking foot with cording - it is too wide/bulky to allow the needle to get right up next to the cording.
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Date: 4/21/13 1:30 PM

If it's your fabric, the shop should have told you up front, there might be a problem, or after they made the first cushion.
I had my couch reupholstered with a heavy chenille style fabric. It's called Crypton and has a heavy waterproof backing and a nap. The couch has 6 cushions and no puckers.
I'm not sure how much you paid, or what type of shop it was, but they should stand behind their work.
For my personal home decor projects, I always you my Pfaff, because you can engage the IDT with the zipper foot and that works great for making and inserting cording.

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Date: 3/27/14 11:40 PM

I am doing some slipcovering myself right now. I am using dyed dropcloth duck cotton, so there is not the shifting that comes with velvet. A few things, you have to clip the corners, as you already said, or the seam allowances will interfere even after you turn the item right side out.

If the cotton cord used for the piping is too tight inside its covering you will see puckers along the body of the cushion, the boxing doesnt show it the same way... it would adjust itself as you sew but when stretched taught over the cushion it would show... The cord is stable and will not give the way fabric does.

If there are no clips in the corners, the body of the cushion was likely eased onto the boxing, resulting in puckers.

Then there is the nap of the fabric you used, as others stated, velvet is very prone to shifting and differences in the direction of the nap would cause the amount of shifting to vary as the boxing is wrapped around the cushion top, each side would have a different ...um reaction?... to the nap of the boxing(which would be constant all the way around)

Most of all, the upholsterer should fix it. They did the work, surely they understand how important it is for you to be happy. If they will not, I would insist on speaking with the seamstress, perhaps she can offer a technical explanation. Maybe she did redo it several times, who knows, but I have doubts bout the corners not being clipped and still managing to get the fabric to turn the corner.

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