• Thinking outside the box

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

    Designs don’t need to be radical to set you apart; just slightly different than all the others. Thinking outside the box by Russ Griffin Our company, Northcoast Marine Specialties LLC, has had two decades of great success due to our unfamiliarity with the outdated and unimaginative techniques many canvas shops fall into the habit of [...]

  • Tools and tips for better cushions

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

    At Custom Marine Canvas, we are always looking for ways to improve our work. After 38 years, we’re still finding new ways to do things. In this article, we share some of our favorite tools and tips for improving your cushions. Photo 1. This clever jig clamps to the table edge to help get zipper [...]

  • Adjusting to a bigger shop

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

    Space was no longer a constraint in the new 7,500-square-foot building, but the larger shop presented other challenges. Now spread out across three floors, with the primary sewing area located on the third floor, employee communication challenges were immediately evident. In 2019, I moved Chicago Marine Canvas into a new 2,500-square-foot space, and by the [...]

  • Award-winning travel covers

    Published On: July 1, 2022Categories: Exterior and Cover

    Award-winning travel covers, such as this handsome line of rachet strap covers, require an array of thoughtful decisions and careful techniques including the correct fabric choice, close tailoring and proper reinforcing. Fabricating travel covers presents a unique set of challenges for the marine fabricator. The cover needs to withstand highway traveling speeds, crosswinds and road [...]

  • Pattern darting

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

    A Hood bimini enclosure on a Beneteau Swift Trawler 42. The forward enclosure panels are tucked under the windshield to the fasteners with a seam hidden along the edge of the windshield by fabric strips. Pattern darting is a useful technique to have in any marine fabricator’s toolbox. This article will provide an example of [...]

  • Ultimate cushion design

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

    At Interiors by Dawn, the ultimate cushion design—which provides increased drainage and airflow, reduced mold and mildew growth and longevity—is always evolving. This is not for every customer or project; we tailor and customize our cushions to fit each individual project. However, we make sure to discuss these options with customers so they understand what’s [...]

  • 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? [...]