Gorgeous sofa was brought in by a repeat customer who has a knack for
finding vintage furniture with great lines and strong structure.
As you can see from tag, a reputable manufacturer. Feather down cushion, handtied coil springs in seat and inside back all soundly tied and secure, so no need to redo.
Interesting how some makers tie to Inside the rails, instead of on top of the rails. I wonder if it makes repair more accessible or if this is just one factory's method.
A combination of materials used by Hickory - curled hair covered with muslin on arms, thin softback foam sheet with cotton on inside back -
Foam completely deteriorated and the particles everywhere requiring a thorough vacuuming.
After laying new burlap, felt pad and cotton, I get to work with this gorgeous pink stried cotton velvet.
Sewing the seam edge down to burlap then pull the velvet front (the "nose") over a new edgeroll (the previous one factory made with a wedge-shaped foam - that's where all the foam dust came from).
Working the arms. This is seen from the top of arm looking down. Tricky wrapping this extreme curve while keeping grains straight.
Those are lovely curves and the velvet from Lee Furniture behaves beautifully.
I've sewn two different linen cushion covers, both requiring a pattern match...
I used the vintage Singer 301 that I have for sale in shop to seam and topstitch the lightweight linen. It's a joy to use and I've taken full advantage that it's in the shop set up and ready to tempt anyone looking for an excellent machine.
Back to the industrial to sew welt cording for trim that'll finish the sofa
Applying these arm faces always take me a few times - invariably nail holes show unless the fabric is a looser or more textured weave. Sometimes they have to be handsewn which adds to time and cost - all depends on fabric selection and how drastic the curves.
And done. What a beauty!