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How to repair upholstery fabric?

How to repair upholstery fabric?

Fabric that is of high quality and designed to please the eye is what makes upholstered furniture look stunning. To guarantee that it will retain its’ beauty and good condition for years to come, you must fix all problems immediately. One good way to do is to learn how to repair upholstery fabric.

How to repair upholstery fabric?

Sewing and patching are two of the known fabric upholstery repair methods. The process of both methods is straightforward and simple. This is the reason most homeowners prefer to do this task themselves.

The best time to apply each method of fabric upholstery repair is to determine the problem, its’ shape and the type of upholstery fabric. A good example of this is a tear. Tearing is the most common damage seen in upholstery furniture, particularly if you have pets who love scratching.


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The sewing repair method is commonly used for straight scratch-like, but if it is has a circular-shaped or large in size, patching is the recommended method to use. In terms of fabric type, the sewing method is applicable to linen and similar fabric type with straight scratch-like rip. While patching is applicable to leather and large-sized holes on linen (and similar type of fabric).

Sewing and patching method can also be used for a challenging type of damage, such as burn holes. Some people may think that burn-related damages are best to replace than repair. Though this is true, there are still few exemptions.

To remove it successfully, here’s a guide on how to repair upholstery fabric with burn holes.

Sewing Method

Step 1: Clean the fabric

Step 2: Cut the burn hole’s area that is too dark or shows discolouration. In cutting, you must always be careful to prevent having fray areas. If there are frayed areas already, you may use anti-fray glue on it and fold it at the back side of the upholstery fabric. Press it until it is fully dry.

Step 3: Choose the thread’s colour similar to the furniture’ fabric colour.

Step 4: Bring the two side of the burn hole together and start sewing. It’s ideal to sew it as small as possible for it to blend in. Continue sewing until you feel it is secured enough and looks seamless to the original stitch.

Tip: You can use other stitching techniques that you are comfortable to use.

Step 5: At the end of the needlework, lock it and make sure to hide thread’s end as much as possible.

This method of fabric upholstery repair is recommended to use in different types of fabric, except leather.

Patching Method

Step 1: Clean the fabric. This is a good way to clear off the blackening and let its’ original colour to show. This will easier for you to match the fabric design or colour you are about to patch on it.

Step 2: Measure the size of the hole. This is important as this will determine how much fabric you are going to use.

Step 3: Cut the new fabric according to the result of step 2

Step 4: Gently spread a thin amount of fabric glue on the edges of the furniture’ fabric

Step 5: Place the new fabric on top of the burn holes then press gently

Step 6: (Optional): Choose a paint colour similar to the furniture’ fabric and apply it on the edges of the patch. This is an effective way to make the new patch looks seamless.

Make sure to wait until the glue dries up before using it again, around 30 minutes to 2 hours. This method of fabric upholstery repair is recommended to use in the thicker type of fabric.

Bonus Tips

Fraying is common to occur on fabrics. Once this occurs, it’s a must to remove it immediately as this can damage the overall integrity of the furniture appearance. Leading it into a wider, serious and costly repair. You can prevent this from happening by following properly the instructions on how to repair upholstery fabric with frays.

Step 1: Fold the frayed areas on the underside of the upholstery fabric. If there’s a need to sew the edges, you need to give at least 1 to 2 inch of extra no-frayed fabric on your fold to ensure you will have a sturdy edge when you start sewing.

Step 2: Spread anti-fray super glue all over the frayed surface and wait until it dries.

Another option for frayed areas is trimming it all. If you choose this instead for linen (and similar fabric type), you still need to spread anti-fray super glue on the edges to prevent it from possible fraying.

Learning the proper way on how to repair upholstery fabric is helpful and cost-effective. But for serious and bigger upholstery fabric damages, it is recommended to hire a professional upholstery to help you.

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