How do I go about finding a seamstress to re-cover cushions?
November 30, 2012 7:13 AM Subscribe
How can I find a seamstress to do some moderately difficult work, specifically re-covering foam cushions with provided fabric, and is this the best way to go about doing the job?
posted by maxreax to home & garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We found some great old mid-century furniture on Craigslist (an armchair and a daybed), but the cushions need re-covering.
As is pretty standard with mid-century/Danish modern furniture, all the cushions are removable foam, so re-covering them would barely count as "reupholstery" as I understand it -- more like a heavy-duty sewing job, especially since we'd like to pick out and use our own upholstery fabric.
We've gotten some quotes from upholstery businesses (in NYC, where we live) and they're saying around $300 labor for the armchair and more for the daybed.
It seems to me that it'd be cheaper to find an independent seamstress or tailor to do this work (let me know if I'm wrong!), but since this is about as far away from my area of expertise as possible I don't know where to begin.
How can I find a capable seamstress to re-cover some foam cushions for me?