I have this chair in my living room that I love. It’s from the 50s, but it’s covered in red vinyl. Red vinyl + my rather aqua/teal decor sticks out like a sore ugly ugly (but stylish) thumb. I’ve always meant to get it recovered and I finally found fabric for it. Having done a modest amount of re-upholstery, I know that this chair is not beyond my abilities as a sewer–there’s only 4 seams plus piping.
But….and it’s kind of a big but, the fabric I’m looking at is roughly 30 oz/yd. I’m thinking there’s no chance my home machine is making it through such heavy fabric. So I figure I have 3 options:
1. Talk to my repair guy. Next month I will inherit an old Singer. I have no idea how heavy duty it is, but I’m guessing it’s stronger than my home sewing Janome which is admittedly a champion, but probably not a sports car. My repair guy could give me an honest opinion on either machine’s ability to handle such a fabric.
2. Find someplace where I can rent time on an industrial machine. I have no idea how to operate one, but I’m sure there’s a class that I could take and just show up with a simple 4 seam project right?
3. Pay an upholsterer to do the whole thing for me. I’m not crazy about this because it’s less fun, and super not cheap. My $35 chair becomes…not a $35 chair.
So my question is–without knowing anything else except that 30 oz/yd fabric is kind of a beast, am I right in thinking I’d need an industrial to sew it? Would it be worth learning how to use one for the sake of a project that’s going to take me max 2 hours (cutting and the actual upholstery will be more time consuming) to sew?