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From: Mrs Schappert
Date: 03-08-2006, 11:19 PM (1 of 3)
I need advice on velvet! I have two very old chairs that I would like to upholster using an aubergine velvet. I've started doing my homework only to find that there are lots of different types of velvet. Does anyone have experience with velvt, and if so, can you advise me which type would wear the best.

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User: Mrs Schappert
Member since: 03-08-2006
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-08-2006, 11:48 PM (2 of 3)
I have a red 'velvet' couch..what you want is nylon, short napped, upholstery velvet...looks like 'velveteen' and has a 'solid' backing (not like regular velvet for clothes thats woven loosely and you can almost see through it.) Make sure you have the nap facing DOWN if YOU do it.
Try google for fabric...if you can't get it locally. (sometimes you can get that stuff at JoAnn's, or can order through them).(what I would do and had done to my couch, is have a 'case' or underlayment of muslin, before the velvet and over the 'stuffing'. That way when you sit down, the stuffing isn't comming out. It also prevents, 'shreds' from sitting on the furniture all the time)(foam sometimes shreds when you sit on it and move a lot with a 'velvet' covering. It's because the velvet backing is rough.) I also had it 'fabric guarded'.

Last yr I gave away my green 'velvet' couch. (it was 20 yrs old and I was tired of it...the person I gave it to, his family thought it was new...because I had the underlayment done and I fabric 'guarded' it.)

I like velvet upholstery... :bg: can you tell...?
User: Chrysantha
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From: paroper
Date: 03-13-2006, 04:51 AM (3 of 3)
Yeah, be sure that it is made for uphostery. Regular velvet is a delicate fabric that will crush and even rip under a lot of pressure where as uphostery velvet is quite strong.

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User: paroper
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