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 : Today at 07:49:49 AM 
65Buick - kodydog
I've tried the wife on lap method but Rose always knows what I'm up to.

When doing dining seats I fasten the front and then the back. Then I work on the sides.  I start in the center and as I'm going along pull the fabric ever so slightly toward the center and away from the corners. Don't pull it so much that it causes puckers. Hopefully by the time you get to the corner you will have less fabric to contend with. I do the corners last. Pull that loose fabric tight right into the center of the corner. Now you will only have  two small pieces of loose fabric to tuck and staple down. With most seats you will end up with tiny pleats in the corners at the bottom. After you screw the seat on those pleats will be barely noticeable.

Another thing to consider is if you are reusing the old foam the foam in the corners will be smashed down to nothing. This makes it a little harder to hide the pleats.

The only caveat is what Paul said. Some fabrics just do not work out. Especially on a square corner. For those all I've been able to figure out is a small tight pleat on the front and back of the seat.

Just a thought. Vacuum packing is good for a little while but after some time the foam and dacron will take and hold the vacuum shape. Its all scraps so maybe it doesn't matter.

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 : July 18, 2018, 10:18:44 PM 
65Buick - 65Buick
Cool. I've got to turn this homework in Friday so I think I'll leave it where it's at then. All together I think they look nice and they all got new webbing & foam. I think they're comfortable. I'm kind of a lightweight though. Maybe I should have my wife sit on my lap so I can tell what it would be like for a bigger person.
I was just curious because the original had no pleat at all. But it was much thinner and had no texture or stripe to keep even.

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 : July 18, 2018, 10:13:39 PM 
baileyuph - 65Buick
😛 i think i know what you're talking about. You sew in elastic so you can gather. I did that once when I first learned to sew.

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 : July 18, 2018, 05:59:02 PM 
baileyuph - MinUph
65 I had to.
  What we are discussing is when there are two pieces of fabric say a back on a recliner and there is a seam in the mid point where the bottom section of the seam is smooth and the top is gathered to give the headrest some bulge. Sewing these together is done like this discussion. Might not be the best example but you should be able to picture it.

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 : July 18, 2018, 05:50:28 PM 
baileyuph - MinUph
I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Does someone have a picture?

I have many many pictures what would you like to see?

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 : July 18, 2018, 05:49:13 PM 
65Buick - MinUph
When I have a tight corner the pleat will be one folded like a corner cut out. When I have a rounded corner like your seat the corner will get a kiss pleat. Two folds pointing towards each other and meeting in the center at the frame. Unless of course you can get away with none at all but that is kind of rare with most fabrics.

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 : July 18, 2018, 01:50:15 PM 
65Buick - SteveA
That pattern is a pain keeping everything in line.  As long as every chair looks the same whose to say how the pattern should fall.
In order to keep from making a pleat there maybe try cutting v notches in the fabric just where it pulls around from the top.  You may be able to avoid a pleat -
Start tacking from the front and work your way back
SA

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 : July 18, 2018, 01:45:19 PM 
baileyuph - SteveA

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 : July 17, 2018, 09:59:31 PM 
sofadoc - 65Buick
Heck I'm just about to turn 38 and it wasn't long ago I did the same exact thing

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 : July 17, 2018, 09:58:21 PM 
baileyuph - 65Buick
I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Does someone have a picture?

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