Upholstery Course Info

Why should you take this course?

This course will prepare you to become a professional automotive upholsterer and redesign the interior of any vehicle. You will learn a trade that will not only allow you to work on cars, but also on boats, planes, helicopters, and residential upholstery. If you are a hands on learner, you will greatly benefit from 90% hands on training. If you have been working in the automotive industry and wish to expand your skills, this would be the right course for you.

A professional installer who knows how to properly design the interior of a vehicle will be considered more marketable in today’s competitive industry. You will not depend on pre-fabricated pieces that may limit your creativity. By learning how to design and properly complete the interior of a vehicle, you will be considered a true custom fabricator.


Courses Offered

This couse will prepare students to become professional automotive upholsterers and automotive interior designers. Students will learn how a shop is managed and organized. They will learn how to sew, troubleshoot the sewing machine, design and make custom seats, door panels, and so much more as well as keep all projects that are made in class. They will also be exposed to marine, aviation, and residential upholstery. Students can build a portfolio and prepare a resume to go on job interviews.

Curriculum Topics Include:

  • Work with different materials and fabrics
  • Make your own patterns
  • Learn about different materials and tools used in the upholstery field
  • Custom Design the Interior of a vehicle
  • The layout, fabrication, and installation of seat upholstery, door panels, headliners, steering wheels, visors, and carpeting
  • Different types of stitching and piping
  • Choosing fabrics and colors
  • Business Aspects of Auto Upholstery
  • Sales Tips

Segment 1

In this segment, students will be introduced to the field of upholstery. They will be taught safety precaution methods that should be taken in an upholstery shop. Students will be introduced to the sewing machine and how to properly take care of a sewing machine. In addition, they will learn about different types of fabrics and materials. They will learn how to work with patterns. They will learn upholstery techniques such as stitching, channeling, & tufting among some.

  • Materials & Tools
  • Using and Maintaining the Sewing Machine
  • Learning to Sew: sewing straight lines, curves, different designs
  • Learning about different fabrics
  • Learning to take measurements
  • Practice Different Sewing Techniques
  • Making Zippers
  • Stripping a Seat
  • Channeling, Tufting, Piping, Roll and Pleat

Segment 2

In this segment, students will start working on automotive seats. They will start by becoming familiar with the parts of the vehicle and the proper removal of panels and seats. They will learn how to remove certain clips and discuss different types of vehicles. They will strip a seat apart, work with patterns, and reupholster their first seat. Students will work with classic and modern seat types. They will be required to finish different stiching techniques. They will also learn how to repair damaged seats. They will learn how to sculpt the seat foam and create a different shape. They will learn how to reupholster a bench seat, modern seat, and classic style seat.

    • Designing & Drawing the interior of a vehicle
    • Taking Measurements
    • Patterns and Designing
    • Retro Styles
    • Modern Styles
    • Modern and Classic Cars
    • Sewing a Seat Cover
    • Attaching the Seat Cover
    • Foam Sculpture and Cutting a Custom Design

Segment 3

In this segment, students will learn how to install leather kits. For customers who wish to keep their factory looking interiors, they can install leather kits. Students will learn about tools needed for the installation. They will start with the removal of the front seats, labeling all parts and bolts accordingly. They will then continue to work on the head rest and back seats. In addition, they will become familiar with safety precautions that must be followed with airbags and electrical functions of the seats and doors. They will also cover seat warmer and lumbar support installations.

  • Removing the Seats from a Vehicle: Safety Precautions with Airbags and resetting sensors
  • Tools Needed
  • Removing the Stock Seat Covers
  • Seat Warmer Installation
  • Airbags and Lumbar Adjustments Precautions
  • How to Apply the Leather Kit
  • Recovering the head rest
  • Completing the installation
  • Putting Seats back in the car

Segment 4

In this segment, students will learn how to make a door panel from scratch. They will reupholster a custom door panel. They will learn how to remove handles, window cranks, arms rests, and mounting clips. They will learn how to make a custom arm rest. They will learn how to wrap a door panel with a custom made piece.

  • Removing a Door Panel
  • Designing a Door Panel
  • Making a Door Panel from Scratch: Re-designing and making custom pieces
  • Working with an already made door panel
  • Working with a Modern and Classic Style Door Panel
  • Making Pockets
  • Wrapping a Door Panel

Segment 5

In this segment, students will continue learning about other custom automotive techniques. These include proper prepping stages to wrap and cover pieces in fabric. They will start with the removal of a headlliner, visors, arm rests, shift boots, and other panels in the vehicle. They will design and reupholster a custom headliner. They will learn how to cover visors, arm rests, and shift boots. They will also learn how to wrap a dashboard and other panels of the vehicle. They will learn how to recover a steering wheel. They will apply all of the techniques that have taught up to this point.

  • Removal and Completion of Headliner
  • Removal and Completion of Visors
  • Removal and Completion of Additional Panels
  • Removal and Completion of Armrests
  • Removal and Completion of Shifter Boots
  • Wrapping a Dashboard

Segment 6

In this segment, students will learn how to design upholstery projects, select fabrics, prepare and invoice, and provide customer service. They will design their own projects. They will work on their individual upholstery projects. They will be allowed to bring projects from outside to complete in class. Projects to finish will include: seats, door panels, headliners, head rests, visors, and so much more.

  • Student Portfolios
  • Business Aspect of Managing an Upholstery Shop
  • Delivering Customer Service
  • Planning for a Shop
  • Student Projects
  • Mandatory and Optional Projects for Final Grade
  • Marketing Yourself and Your Business in the Upholstery Industry
  • Graduation

Classes Start Soon

  • DAY CLASS: August 04, 2014
  • SATURDAY CLASS: August 23, 2014

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