• Tools to make things easier

    Published On: March 1, 2022Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    This pre-folder installed on a sewing machine folds the zipper strips used on enclosure curtains. The strips are sewn as they exit the folder, and it gives a uniform part for the side of glass curtains or the edge of fabric curtains where zippers will be sewn. The Boatswain’s Locker in Jacksonville, Fla., was founded [...]

  • New marine fabric selection techniques

    Published On: March 1, 2022Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Onboard Interiors LLC, located in Marblehead, Mass., has been cultivating its marine fabric library since 1984. Collecting fabrics from large mills and small boutique collections, the company updates its collection each year by going through all its fabric books and logging in each fabric. We marine fabricators love fabrics. In fact, most of the conversations [...]

  • Pontoon enclosure process honed to perfection

    Published On: September 1, 2021Categories: Exterior and Cover, Projects

    This photo shows a full enclosure on a double decker pontoon with screens and blackout curtains. By Michael Charpentier Here at Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc., we have seen our fair share of pontoon boats over the years. Some of the first were a few pieces of wood bolted to two pontoons with basic seating and [...]

  • Products and techniques for custom cushions

    Published On: September 1, 2021Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    The unique graphics fabricated by Fabric Tattoo add some decorative zing to the headrests of the custom bow cushions on this project by Mike Charpentier at Paul’s Custom Canvas. Photo: Paul’s Custom Canvas. By Terri Madden and Alayna Wool What do you do when a customer requests something that is outside your realm of experience? [...]

  • Marine Fabricator wins publishing awards

    Published On: November 12, 2019Categories: Awards, How-To Articles, Industry News

    The Minnesota Media and Publishing Association recognized Marine Fabricator magazine, led by senior editor Elisa Bernick, with a Bronze Award and a Silver Award in publishing excellence for how-to articles, “Seam finishing for marine cushions and covers” and “Zipper basics and helpful sewing techniques.” Both articles were written by Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea [...]

  • Window Treatment Trends

    Published On: July 1, 2017Categories: Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    New 1-inch cordless Wood Tension System on a 650 Sea Ray in American Walnut color.Photo Credit: Poseidon Window Treatments Interest in window coverings for marine applications has experienced a rebirth of sorts and more consumers, fabricators and designers are using innovative window treatment designs. When Krisha Plauché, owner of Onboard Interiors in Marblehead, [...]

  • Fresh updates for older vessels

    Published On: January 1, 2017Categories: In the Shop, Interiors & Upholstery, Projects, Resources

    Aqua-hued fabrics comein many patterns andoffer customers creativeoptions freshen up dated upholstery and other interior fabrications. Most interior fabrication projects occur on fixer-uppers. The vessel might be vintage or it might be less than ten years old. While I always welcome the challenge of doing a better design than the original, there is [...]

  • Constructing snow flies for the Alaskan climate

    Published On: January 1, 2017Categories: How-To Articles, In the Shop, Projects, Resources

    Lady Marie is cocooned for the winter. The installation of the snow fly, from arrival to departure, took 29 minutes. Our winters in Fairbanks, Alaska, can be cold or very cold with lots of snow or little snow; it all depends. One condition we don’t see often is wind. In my 26 years [...]

  • Meticulous prototyping leads to attractive cylinder cushions

    Published On: September 1, 2016Categories: How-To Articles, Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

    Photo 1. The side view of the finished cylinder cushion and matching seating. Creating prototypes for cylinder-style cushions can help solve design challenges. Over the years I have been asked to fabricate several unusual items. I never know if that item will be a one-hit wonder or will become a customer favorite. In [...]

  • Marine fabricators meet customers’ window wish lists

    Published On: August 1, 2016Categories: How-To Articles, Projects

    When making boat windows for customers, marine fabricators often have a specific set of requirements of their materials. “Our fabricators require a sheet that is easy to handle, durable and can be cut and sewn easily without fear of damaging the product,” says Lyle Shipley, product manager at O’Sullivan Films, Winchester, Va., for O’Sea and [...]