By Jade Myrick. Slipcovers. Published at Friday, June 15th, 2018 - 10:44:31 AM.
From a practical standpoint, you may want to use slipcovers to match a room to the season. Or perhaps you’d like to simulate an upholstered look, either temporarily (while you decide on larger issues of your decor) or as a final design. (For some ideas, see Dress up your chair.) In any case, I’d like to show you just how easy it is to breathe fresh air into your home or apartment with the simplest of slipcovering projects: a seat cover for a beloved or interesting side chair. And for those of you who are new to sewing, don’t worry. Making a chair cover is an ultraeasy way to practice basic sewing skills. Combine sumptuous fabrics, exotic closures, outrageous trims, different pleat treatments, or even your favorite embellishments.
Construction is easy - The process of sewing a slipcover uses the familiar techniques of garment sewing. Sewing darts, facings, pleats, and piping are basic skills that are certainly easier to do on a simple slipcover than, say, a jacket. Sewing hems, topstitching seams, and creating closures are terrific practice for more complex projects. Clip and notch curves in their seam allowances, as you would in garment sewing. Pressing rules apply to slipcover construction, too. Press open seam allowances as you finish them, and press pleats carefully to create crisp edges.
But in the 1960s a new type of slipcover the "ready-made" started to dominate the market. A ready-made slipcover is one that is machine manufactured instead of exclusively hand-made. And since 1997 Sure Fit has been one of the industry leaders. Sure Fit has many different sizes, styles and offers several semi-custom fitted slipcover designs.
In the past slipcovers were only used for sofas. Today, companies supply slipcovers for almost every form of seating furniture. Everything from ottomans to recliners or loveseats to dining room chairs can be helped with the addition of a fashionable slipcover. Slipcovers are an excellent alternative to the expensive cost of refurnishing your house with new seating furniture or reupholstering your old furniture. However, custom slipcovers can still be a bit pricey. So if you want a cheap yet fashionable option you can consider getting a ready made slipcover as a quick and fashionable option to upgrade your old furniture.
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