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1 Aug 2008
Here's a fun and inexpensive way to transform your decor -- furniture slipcovers that can be applied and removed to fit the occasion or the season. A talented seamstress shares her tips and techniques for creating slipcovers for a sofa, the headboard of a bed, and a variety of chair forms including wingback, bergere, club, and contemporary styles. Be inspired by the detailed color photos and instructions. See beautiful fabrics by Waverly and Woeller used to enhance furniture design.

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Sophia Sevo was born in Windsor, Ontario Canada. She honed her tailoring skills as a fashion grad in Montreal. After returning to Windsor she applied her knowledge and developmental skills to marine, furniture and automotive products. She is currently developing a custom furniture product, Ottoman Luxury, and an online publication,

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Piping Assembly.

In upholstered furniture, the piping cord is usually made of paper. If you plan to wash your slipcover, you must purchase cotton piping cord. Paper cord will be stiffer, but the main reason it is used in manufacturing is cost, as the cotton cord is a little more expensive. Purchase a good quality cord, the diameter should be solid and consistent, as the quality of the cord will greatly affect the finished product. The standard cord size used in furniture manufacturing is 5/32", or 0.4 cm. This cord will be commonly referred to as piping cord in the garment trade, but in the furniture trade, welting or welting cord is the common name. Both terms refer to the same product.
As shown in the photos, there are two ways to assemble piping fabric, as you will rarely be able to cut one continuous length of piping.
Once the lengths of piping have been assembled, fold the fabric over the piping cord and sew with a piping foot or zipper foot.
If you are sewing a very thin fabric, you may find that a standard piping foot will not sew a tight piping cord. When the purchase of a smaller piping foot does not suffice, you may have to use Teflon tape to fill the piping channel. In commercial production, feet are machined to precise measurements.
Continuous zipper is sold on rolls and the zipper pulls are often purchased separately. The tape of continuous zipper is printed with arrows. Start the zipper pull at the end of the tape which shows the top of the arrow.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do-it-yourself Tailored Slipcovers 3 Oct 2009
By Tim R. Luker - Published on
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Very in depth, easy to follow instructions. With pictures for each step of the way. I have already saved a bundle redoing a couch and an antique stool, all by my self. 46 yr old man that has never touched fabric before for this purpose and I have received compliments from all who see my work. This book and the writer have great insight into the issues a novice might encounter. Wow. Thanks
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars limited on designs 12 Dec 2008
By jak - Published on
This book only has designs for a few styles of furniture and not designs that could be modified to fit various styles of furniture. The instructions are more for someone who has tackled slip-covering before.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest tips! 2 Jan 2009
By Laurance Chediac - Published on
A friend of mine has this book and I just bought one too. I'm a professional seamstress and this book will help me expand my business into furniture. All of the slipcovers are tailored, they look great and the tips are all here.

Laurance, from NY
3.0 out of 5 stars k 15 July 2013
By beads614 - Published on
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Gave some information about slipcovers but didn't give enough I thought. Look for another book if you really want to learn.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good information here 18 Dec 2008
By Edward G. Sears - Published on
Good solid information making it easier to do and more confident to take on this type project. Great job.
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