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12-10-2012 11:16 AM
dsullyec1
Re: Salon cushion redo

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I forgot... yes it is very easy to round the corners of the cushions... mine were square and now have the soft round edges... it has to do with how the fabric is cut and sewn, but I'll show you with photos of the seams, then the polyester fill will help soften the square edge of the foam when inserted into the cushion cover. Avoid zippers, they are expensive, troublesome, and prone to rust.
Thanks for the info. I'm really looking forward to your pictures. We are waiting for the fixes to be done by the owner (the survey showed a little delamination in the bow, so that has to be taken care of first. That means I don't have access to the boat for at least another 3-4 weeks. UGH. But at least I can learn things while I'm waiting.

I agree, velcro sounds like a good way to go...easy to take off, too, if the cushions need re-stuffing.

Thats a good idea with cleaning the existing foam. Thanks for that excellent tip.
12-10-2012 11:08 AM
dsullyec1
Re: Salon cushion redo

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Originally Posted by lostsheep View Post
I had an upholstery shop for a few years, doing lots of furniture, cars and an occasional boat. I moved to Oregon, and have been a truck owner-operator for the past 11 years. I still dabble in upholstery and canvas, though. I would like to get out of trucking, buy a nice blue water boat (I've been drooling over a Hans Christian 36 and a Union 36), and live aboard while learning to sail.
I'm kicking round the idea of a 'mobile' canvas/upholstery shop. Something like an enclosed trailer with fold down work tables and a generator for power.
I'm thinking that a shop that comes to the boat is better than a shop that requires moving the work to the shop.
Wow! We sure do wish you were close to us! We would want to hire you! Sounds like a great idea. Go for it.
12-10-2012 01:42 AM
guitarguy56
Re: Salon cushion redo

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Originally Posted by dsullyec1 View Post
Hi Guitarguy,

Do you have pics of your settees? I would love to see them. How do you put the foam in sterilization? That stumped me. Yes, Faster's salon looks very nice. Love the color of their settees and was thinking of going that color as well, but we're going for white. We need to lighten up our salon as it seems kinda' dark in there. Our cushions are square, too. Is there a way to make them curved? I don't know how to do that. Would like to see how you did that trick with the velcro. Are you close by Kemah, TX? Probably not, but thought I'd ask.

Thanks for the feedback.
Dsulley... very easy to sterilize the cushions and steaming or moisturizing them is not going to kill mold and or it's spores... what I did was get the largest plastic bin you can get a hold of and put the cushions in and use one pool chlorine tablet or pool shock and one whole bottle of pine-sol cleaner and let them sit for several days, I let mine sit a week... then rinse them at least 3 times to remove all traces of chlorine/pine-sol, then wring them as best you can and put them one at a time in the 'spin cycle' only of your washer and try to keep them balanced so the machine doesn't go out of balance... once done in the spin cycle I put them one at a time in the low to medium heat setting of the dryer (best is large commercial dryers) or put them in the sun (best) for a day and that's it... no steaming ever is going to make them fresh and new as washing them in the chlorine/pine-sol mix... I don't have photo posting privileges yet so when I do will post photos of the cushions and the Velcro closeout... like I said they are very soft to the touch for the first couple of inches and dreamlike when sleeping on.

I forgot... yes it is very easy to round the corners of the cushions... mine were square and now have the soft round edges... it has to do with how the fabric is cut and sewn, but I'll show you with photos of the seams, then the polyester fill will help soften the square edge of the foam when inserted into the cushion cover. Avoid zippers, they are expensive, troublesome, and prone to rust.
12-10-2012 12:53 AM
lostsheep
Re: Salon cushion redo

I had an upholstery shop for a few years, doing lots of furniture, cars and an occasional boat. I moved to Oregon, and have been a truck owner-operator for the past 11 years. I still dabble in upholstery and canvas, though. I would like to get out of trucking, buy a nice blue water boat (I've been drooling over a Hans Christian 36 and a Union 36), and live aboard while learning to sail.
I'm kicking round the idea of a 'mobile' canvas/upholstery shop. Something like an enclosed trailer with fold down work tables and a generator for power.
I'm thinking that a shop that comes to the boat is better than a shop that requires moving the work to the shop.
12-09-2012 12:06 PM
chef2sail
Re: Salon cushion redo

My wife is in the middle of redoing our cushions we purchase good fabric and new foat and she is able to dart the folds on the curves and crazy angles and is using buttons to pull in the wrinkes on the longer pieces.

We are expecting this will change to look of our cabin immensly.

dave
12-09-2012 10:27 AM
wingNwing
Re: Salon cushion redo

Great suggestions, LostSheep! Where were you when we redid our cushions last year? Came out pretty good for a couple of amateurs (and saved us those megabucks), but as you can see we got some wrinkles.



Oh, and if you want the before, its here: http://lifeafloatarchives.blogspot.c...ball-gown.html
12-09-2012 09:18 AM
lostsheep
Re: Salon cushion redo

Lovely blue fabric. A dacron inner wrap will help plump them up.
12-09-2012 09:14 AM
lostsheep
Re: Salon cushion redo

You may also try creating a roll at the nose of the seat cushion. After plumping and restuffing, as above, measure in approximately 5 inches from the front edge.
Purchase some nice buttons (the kind with an wire eye on the back, not a flat button) and some heavy polyester twine. A good 12" needle is needed here, they're not expensive. I like to put the buttons about 6" apart. Plot out the positions of the buttons, using chalk to mark the locations of the buttons.
Thread the twine thru the needle, and one button. Pierce the cushion at the marked spot on the top cushion face, then thread another button on the bottom of the cushion. Make a slip knot and pull. The idea is to sink both buttons into the cushion from opposite sides. When you have sunk the buttons about an inch into the cushion, finish off the slip knot so it won't let go. Do this at every pre-measured spot.
By putting the buttons nearer the front edge, rather than the center of the cushon, it creates a 'roll' near the front, providing more support under the knees. The dacron will give a tad more softness as well.
You may be able to make the original cushions more comfortable like this, without totally re-making the covers.
12-09-2012 08:55 AM
lostsheep
Re: Salon cushion redo

New foam is a bit spendy these days. Quite often foam may be revitalized by steaming. A simple garment steamer will re-moisturize the cushions, but a better method is to actually inject the steam into the center core of the cushion. Look for an upholstery shop with a pressure steamer. Also, in my shop, I always wrap every cushion with a dacron layer. This provides a bit more loft, and encourages air flow. Dacron may be purchased in a roll, usually 24 inches wide and about 20 feet long. Often you may find a shop that will sell you a slab for a reasonable price.
I use a spray (you can use a canned version) of general purpose adhesive found in most fabric stores. If the dacron is a good thickness, it can be split so not quite as thick. Spray glue on both the cushion and the dacron, place the dacron on a table and position the cushion so there is enough dacron to fold over the sides. I like to start the dacron at the top rear, and run it completely over the nose and under the bottom of the cushion. After the dacron is bonded to the cushion, trim the dacron as needed. I usually make a running stitch on each side of the dacron to keep it in place. No fancy stitching, just a simple long basting stitch.
To restuff the cushion into the cover, the easiest way is to put the dacron covered cushion int a cheap, thin garbage bag, with the open end at the rear side of the cushion. Gather the excess bag, making a temporary seal. Then use a vacuum cleaner (with a hose or tube attachment) to suck the air out of the bag. The collapsed cushion can be inserted into the cover, then simply tear the bag and pull it out. A bit of adhesive or masking tape along the path of the zipper (on the dacron) will aid in keeping the dacron out of the zipper.
12-07-2012 06:08 PM
dsullyec1
Re: Salon cushion redo

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Dsully... my wife is an accomplished seamstress and quilter with excellent equipment and she chose not to do this herself.. but that's her.. I think the scale of the project and our living in a condo were factors.

The microfleece was recommended precisely because spills clean up easily without staining if you get on it right away. The cushions are nearly 8 years old now.
This pic when they were recent:




This pic was taken a week or so back..

Thanks for posting pics of your salon. It really is lovely inside. What kind of boat do you have? I love the blue material you chose. It's so pretty with the wood inside. Your boat appears to be in very good condition. The boat we're buying is older (a 1983 S2-11C) and the salon is fairly dark inside, so we decided to go with white to lighten up the space. Well, it's good to know that your wife decided to go with a seamstress to do this work...that makes me think probably I should go that route as well. Especially since I'm NOT real talented at sewing. I can pretty much do anything I set my mind to do, but don't know if it's worth the hassle this time. I want it to look good, too, and it may not if I do it. Thanks again for the pics. I enjoyed looking.
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