The Use of Stitching in Furniture

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Stitching in furniture is mostly used to serve the functional purpose of joining the upholstery together, but there is more to it than you think. It’s often something we take for granted, but it is surprising how many different techniques and styles there are when you take a closer look. It can be a way of accentuating the lines and curves of an upholstered item, and decorative designs can also be sewn into furniture to create attention-grabbing detail.

In this article we will take you through the different types of stitching we use in our products, along with the different patterns that can be created.

We will be using a few technical terms in this article, these are explained below:

Stitch – a stitch is the result of using a needle and thread in an in-and-out movement on a piece of material

Seam – a type of stitch with the sole purpose of connecting two pieces of material

Right side – the right side of the material is the front, or the side that will be seen on the outside when the sewing is complete.

Wrong side – the wrong side of the material is the back, or the side that will be hidden on the inside when the sewing is complete.

Seam allowance – the seam allowance is the space left between the seam and the edge of the material.

Seam finish – a seam finish is a way of sewing the seam allowance to reduce the chance of fraying and to add durability.