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« : July 01, 2010, 01:00:03 PM »

I just purchased 12 yds. of a furniture fabric from Sunbrella Linen Basil; very pretty!).  It's not the usual weight of the solids/awning stripes; a lighter, softer hand overall.  I have the synthetic cording insert for use with outdoor fabrics, but it seems almost too stiff for this application.  What do you guys use when you want "outdoor/marine environment" quality but a softer, more flexible insert for your cording?  I'm thinking about getting some thin polyester line as a substitute.  Your thoughts/recommendations?

(I will be recovering the cushions on our outdoor wicker couch and 4 dining chairs; all are under the deck canopy but it's definitely an outdoor environment.  I am really excited about this project; been a long time since I've done something nice for us!)
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« #1 : July 02, 2010, 08:04:03 AM »

I've done some cushions in the linens and you're right, the foam core welting is a bit too stiff/heavy for it.  That's what I used and it came out fine, but I'd also like a lighter/softer core for this fabric. 


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« #2 : July 02, 2010, 08:28:31 AM »

For my furniture, I would use the lighter weight cord filler for a fabric that is that delicate.  We are seeing problems with the stiffer foam core fillers.  This furniture doesn't sound to actually require any specific filler, it is not subject to moisture, so do what looks and feels the best.

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« #3 : July 02, 2010, 08:56:09 AM »

June, I've used leech line as a substitute when I've been in a pickle in the shop (toss pillows in a decorator fabric that the machines nearly ate, lol) but it's an expensive substitute for the foam insert.  But it's what got me thinking about using an inexpensive polyester line.  (suppose I could get real cheap and use nylon since it won't be in the sunlight!). 

I was just wondering if there was some product that was flexible, with a soft hand, for an "outdoor" application.  I live in seacoast Maine and it's humid here, so I try very hard to make sure the "ingredients" I use in home dec. work are compatible with the conditions.  Thanks for the thoughts. 

« #4 : July 03, 2010, 12:01:10 AM »

I wonder if a small diameter polypropylene twine would work?
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« #5 : July 03, 2010, 06:21:00 AM »


 I just did some boat cushions that used a soft string for the weld cord.


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