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missticky2
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Date: 1/27/13 7:47 PM

Hi...I've been asked to recover some cushions from a caravan - box type of cusion, and I've just realised I don't have any thread other than what I use for normal sewing.

Will I need to get some strong or upholstery thread or will I be able to get the strength from sewing the seams at least twice with normal thread?

Also, I'm wondering how a strong/upholstery thread would go in the bobbin of my Janome

Any help appreciated..thanks

Janice

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Date: 1/28/13 4:54 AM

Never mind...I decided to go out in this horrible weather and get some upholstery thread :)

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Date: 1/28/13 10:19 AM

Even though you've decided to use upholstery thread, here's my experience. When we renovated our old pop-up trailer several years ago, we had to buy new foam cushions for the dinette seats and back + the bed. I made zippered covers out of canvas, using Metrosene for the seams. (I serged all the edges first, as I knew the fabric would fray.) I never had a problem with the seams during the 2 years we used that camper before we bought a new one, and did not double sew them, wrestling the largest cover through the machine once was enough.
Before I made the cushions, we cut a test piece of the canvas, which was "boat-shrunk"; good thing, it shrank over 4" in a running yard. We (DH calculated what size to cut the pieces) cut over-sized pieces and washed/dried them, so the cushion covers would still fit when we needed to wash them. The canvas was easier to work with once washed, too.

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Date: 1/28/13 11:54 AM

Quote: missticky2
Hi...I've been asked to recover some cushions from a caravan - box type of cusion, and I've just realised I don't have any thread other than what I use for normal sewing.



Will I need to get some strong or upholstery thread or will I be able to get the strength from sewing the seams at least twice with normal thread?



Also, I'm wondering how a strong/upholstery thread would go in the bobbin of my Janome



Any help appreciated..thanks



Janice

I've used upholstery thread in my Janome and it was fine. You need to use a slightly longer stitch length with it. That was the only adjustment I had to make.

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Date: 1/28/13 2:34 PM

Quote: kitphantom
Even though you've decided to use upholstery thread, here's my experience. When we renovated our old pop-up trailer several years ago, we had to buy new foam cushions for the dinette seats and back + the bed. I made zippered covers out of canvas, using Metrosene for the seams. (I serged all the edges first, as I knew the fabric would fray.) I never had a problem with the seams during the 2 years we used that camper before we bought a new one, and did not double sew them, wrestling the largest cover through the machine once was enough.

Before I made the cushions, we cut a test piece of the canvas, which was "boat-shrunk"; good thing, it shrank over 4" in a running yard. We (DH calculated what size to cut the pieces) cut over-sized pieces and washed/dried them, so the cushion covers would still fit when we needed to wash them. The canvas was easier to work with once washed, too.

Thanks...that's good to know for next time. If it had been mine I would have just used what I had but when it was for someone else I didn't want to take the chance :)

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Date: 1/28/13 2:38 PM

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I've used upholstery thread in my Janome and it was fine. You need to use a slightly longer stitch length with it. That was the only adjustment I had to make.

Thanks Judie...yes, I'm pleased to say that I'm using it in my machine without any problems at all. I did put the blue dot bobbin case in so I had less tension on the bobbin, but I probably didn't need to. Just did because I had it there...lol. And yes, I did make it a longer stitch. :)

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