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The Upholsterer's Pocket Reference Book: Materials, Measurements, Calculations [Paperback]

David James
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3 Jan 1998 0946819718 978-0946819713
All the facts, figures, tables, formulae, calculations and safety regulations that the working or student upholsterer needs to know - or make use of - contained in a pocketbook. Topics covered include: the workshop; equipment; safety; tools; machines; fixings; fittings; chair frame materials; construction and design; webbings; fillings; foams; suspension; machine sewing; stiches and seams; needles and threads; twines and cords; knots; lashing; whipping; fabrics; leather; cushions; trimming; tassels; tufts; pleating; piping; buttoning; fluting; cover cutting; measuring; and estimating.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd (3 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946819718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946819713
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Dont be fooled by the title for this is no pocket book. This is a very detailed and concise book on all aspects of upholstery that are not normaly covered by other upholstery books. Which are usually aimed at the bored house wife who wants to reupholster her dinning room chairs. If you are one do not buy this book. This book is aimed at the profesional upholsterer, and for serious student doing an NVQ or such like it is a must, and for about a tenner it is fantastic value so what are you waiting for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Upholsters's Dictionary 3 Jan 2001
By E - Published on
As an Upholsterer's Dictionary it is a good book and rather thorough.There are endless detailed sketches of the equipment Upholsterers use,a glossary of common terms ,information about exhibitions and Fairs etc. However,it isn't a "how-to" book. There are no step-by-step projects or photographs. This is a very technical book,a guide to wanna-be upholsterers rather than a guide to anyone who simply wants to experience the joys of a home-made redo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Upholstery Guide! 17 Sep 2000
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UPHOLSTERY: A Complete Guide by David James is a logical book with clear concise step-by-step directions. With the directions from this book I have recovered six wing-back chairs and saved a small fortune...
4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Reference 16 Jan 2014
By Thomas A. Mcnicol - Published on
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An older book on upholstery, the graphics are a bit dated however, the information is good and useful and affordable if you buy used.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the most comprehensive source of info on upholstery 23 Aug 2011
By J. Grimaldi - Published on
I was enjoying this book and then, suddenly, it appeared I had lost it. The loss was dismaying, because this is hands down the most comprehensive source that I have found for info about upholstery furniture. It is packed with illustrations and technical terms and explanations of materials, techniques, styles, etc.

I had assumed the book was called something like the Upholsterer's "Encyclopedia," and thus I could not find it on Amazon after loosing the book. I'm delighted to have found it again this evening, after two years, in the middle of the bottom row of my book shelf.

I'm not saying this book alone is sufficient to teach you upholstery, but it is the most valuable for me because it offers principles that are broadly applicable, as opposed to a few illustrated projects. This book offers readers the potential to design and create fine upholstered furniture.
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