• Employee training through apprenticeship programs

    Employee training through apprenticeship programs


  • Tool and shop safety

    July 1, 2024None

    Sewing techniques and fabric expertise are obvious critical skills for any marine fabricator, but what may be less obvious is that safety in the shop, especially when using tools and handling materials, is just as important. Being smart and strategic with your body while you work can help prevent injuries and increase productivity.

  • Employee training through apprenticeship programs

    July 1, 2024None

    While some organizations are still grappling with quiet quitting or the aftereffects of the “Great Resignation,” fabricators and textile and fabric manufacturers are facing a somewhat different situation—bringing new employees into the industry, which is a predicament that is becoming increasingly important to address.

  • Automotive upholstery trends

    May 1, 2024None

    The textiles on floors, walls and windows in homes and commercial buildings often catch people’s attention. Now, automotive textile manufacturers and automakers are beginning to ask, Why not give people the same experience in their vehicles? Emerging trends in automotive textiles include environmentally friendly fabrics, flooring that is woven rather than tufted, and color and patterns (like stripes or one called “pebbles on a beach”) to add texture and interest to a vehicle’s interior. From floor mats to seats and door panels, consumers have choices.

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  • Achieving excellence

    July 1, 2024None

    If you read this magazine with any regularity, you will see many examples of excellence on these pages. These artistic fabricators are perfectionists when it comes to the art of canvas and upholstery for the marine industry. So as not to leave anyone out, I’ll refrain from naming names, but who are these people and how did they become such overachievers in the trade? Are they born with a gift that only some people get? Did their childhood environments lead them to excel at a level above us normies? Perhaps.

  • Designing and building a new seat from scratch

    July 1, 2024None

    Where do you begin when you have a blank slate? We recently had a 1949 Shepherd 18 come through our shop. The client had undertaken a full restoration of the vessel and wanted to add aft bench seating. Many of us do a lot of upholstery recovering—copying the old to create the new—but what do you do when you have no seat structure?

  • Marine fabric-fitting techniques

    May 1, 2024None

    Most everyone is familiar with the term patterning: as in to make a pattern of something. Basic patterning requires a material with which to create the pattern such as a clear plastic like Canvex®, Tyvek® or even cardboard. After the basic/general pattern is made, the final shape is drawn onto the pattern by connecting lines and reference marks made during the patterning process. Then, the pattern is trimmed to shape. The pattern is then transferred onto the finish-fabric (e.g., Sunbrella®, Stamoid®, WeatherMAX®) for trimming. Once the shape has been trimmed to size, reference marks for zippers, darts, cutouts, reinforcements, etc. can be transferred to the finish-fabric as well. Then, it’s on to the sewing stage where the fabric pieces are sewn to one another and trimmings are added such as binding, reinforcements, Velcro®, zippers, cutouts, flaps or clear vinyl glass.