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  • Making loose covers to be dyed
    dry them This will remove most of any potential shrinkage You can also test the shrinkage by cutting a piece say 50cms square exactly then washing it as described This will then give you the percentage of shrinkage for length and width and you can add these percentages to the cutting patterns Washing all of the fabric before cutting your loose covers is the ideal solution 4 Now you have pre shrunk fabric still cut the covers a tiny bit on the generous side especially for the base cover itself which has to fit over solid parts of the furniture whereas the cushion covers are only stuffed with soft filling This will ensure minimum stress on the seams and your loose covers will last a very long time 5 Sew the pieces together using a strong 100 cotton thread as this will dye the same shade as the covers If you use polyester thread it will not dye This is not too much of a problem as most seams are well hidden on loose sofa covers but we are talking here of building the ideal loose sofa covers 6 The seams must not be skimped All cut or raw edges must be overlocked and the lockstitching should use plenty of stitches to the inch for security and preferably 2 rows of lockstitching If you could cover the seams with a binding so much the better This would further protect the seams from any fraying 7 Use neutral coloured good quality zips of a medium shade The tape on zips will usually not dye 8 Keep an extra length of the fabric which you can have dyed at the same time to use to repair any accidental damage to your loose covers 9 Consider making some spare parts for your loose

    Original URL path: http://www.bluemill.co.uk/sofacoverdyers/id24.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Dye it Yourself
    Dye It Yourself Some small items can be successfully dyed at home using Dylon dye However dyeing sofa covers or other large items with domestic machines and home fabric dyes is highly unlikely to be successful Fabric dye intended for home use cannot provide the levelness and colourfastness required on loose sofa covers A professional dyeing machine will take several hours to make sure heavy fabrics are thoroughly dyed to just the shade of your choice and the dye is properly fixed A quick run through a washing machine cannot hope to achieve that Every week we are asked to rescue some very blotchy tie dyed loose sofa covers Thankfully we can usually achieve this Home fabric dye such as Dylon dye can be very successful on small garments and some lightweight fabrics provided you are happy with the shades available We can now provide these Dylon dyes and expert advice Also we can use the Dylon dyes and method in our sample dyeing machine Although this costs less than our usual commercial dyeing system it does not allow for colour matching and we can only use the standard Dylon shades with this method Just a note on safe dyes

    Original URL path: http://www.bluemill.co.uk/sofacoverdyers/id51.html (2016-04-30)
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  • Decorating Ideas For A living Room
    colour of new sofas covers 3 There is an obvious environmental benefit to re cycling your existing sofa covers The internet is a fantastic source of ideas the websites of paint manufacturers and furniture retailers can provide pictures that may give you decorating ideas for your living room Here are just a few examples The living room is the central hub of activity for most homes having to cope with family gatherings visitors celebrations quiet relaxing or romantic moments or just watching the TV or reading Are you happy with how you feel about it or do you need to give it a refresh or change of mood A well decorated living room is usually centred on a focal point For many people this focal point is the sofa so when considering decorating ideas for your living room this is an ideal starting point moving out from here to get inspiration for the rest of the room With the ability to change the sofa to any colour you can bring your creative energy into play to change your living room giving it the personality and feeling you desire Colour considerations Dark colours and busy patterns tend to make the room look smaller whilst pale colours tend to make the room look larger Keeping floor colours neutral will help them to blend with any colour scheme rugs can be added to introduce more colour or warmth as desired If you choose a shade from a small sample try to imagine how it will look in your room when dyed onto your sofa Dramatic change may also be overpowering especially with bright colours An understanding of the basics of the psychology of colour and its effect on the occupants of a room their moods and the way they interact is necessary to

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  • Sofa Stain removal tips
    has had a stain resist treatment If the stain persists test your favourite brand of upholstery cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it will not discolour the fabric Working from outside towards the inside dab the stain with the treatment Don t rub the stain this may make the stain more difficult to remove Employ a soft cloth such as a towel or terry cloth to gently dry the area If a stain is especially uncooperative spray a towel with water and work the towel over the stain in a circular motion for several minutes Never spray water directly onto any fabric upholstery as it might cause an ugly water ring Upholstery sofa fabrics composed of unusual fibres may require special treatment so it s a good idea to heed the recommendation of your sofa supplier Some stain removal ideas to treat specific sofa stains Mud type stains brush off the stain once dry do not rub while wet Blood Take a pint half a litre of water and add about 1 ounce of salt 30g of salt and carry out the wet blot and wet tactic Should the stain persist try using a dilute hydrogen peroxide solution you must test this in an inconspicuous area first as peroxide may discolour some dyes Juice stains Use a water based spot cleaner e g Stain magic If none to hand try blotting with a solution of ratio 1 3 vinegar to water Red Wine treat immediately to soak up as much as possible with a clean dry cloth avoid rubbing Next try blotting with a dilute detergent water mix and soak up with a dry clean cloth If this doesn t work try hydrogen peroxide mixed with detergent in equal parts dab or wet the stain you must test this

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  • Privacy and Security
    about your order or to deliver it to you We will not send you emails or promotional material for any products that are not of our own production We hope you will allow us to keep you informed from time to time about our latest product and any promotions we may have You will be able to easily unsubscribe from these occasional communications at any time Our check out and

    Original URL path: http://www.bluemill.co.uk/sofacoverdyers/id15.html (2016-04-30)
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  • About Us
    seemed there was a demand and we should offer this service Now sofa cover dyeing is a large part of our business and we have very carefully refined our processes over the years and we are recognised as the industry leaders in this work We still dye or process lots of garments in bulk for manufacturers and importers Often we rescue badly dyed garments in large quantities usually imported from a great distance For example we processed 20 000 pairs of shorts for a premier division football club These had arrived from the manufacturer in the far east The red stripe was bleeding as soon as the shorts were washed Our job was to fix the red dye and we did this successfully That is about what we do and this is about who we are John Rodger is our dyehouse manager He is a member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists and is a Chartered Colourist Probably John with 30 years in the trade is one of the most experienced dyers in Europe He has personally refined our sofa cover dyeing techniques to a high level and the results are incredible He loves what he does and often has to be persuaded to take some holiday or even go home in the evening John has a team of good people he has trained to work to our high standards He is also an accomplished guitarist and plays in a band Anne Lucas has a background in soft furnishings and came to help us on a part time basis as an advisor She was so good we persuaded her to join us and now she is our top specialist and has proven her versatility and as a director of the company runs many aspects of the business A trusted

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  • Non toxic safe dyes
    materials We will only use safe non toxic dyes and auxiliaries Not only are these dyes safe and non toxic to use but also give the best results High quality dyes produce more consistent results that can be reproduced time after time and are highly unlikely to cause any harm or allergic reactions to us or the end user There are different classes and types of non toxic dyes and they all have a place It all depends on the end use and the result required Each class of dyestuff is available in different qualities and prices and our principle is to use the best available of each type for the reasons outlined above For example we view reactive dyes as the top of the range for producing high quality results for colour matching colour fastness and reproducibility Reactive dyes give the most level and most pristine results They are also the most expensive because of the dye costs and the lengthy process times and skill required to handle them However the pristine finish is not always the look the customer seeks to achieve particularly on some leisurewear such as T shirts and sweatshirts where a more casual worn look is often required For this purpose pigment dyes may be the most suitable In some cases a cheap and cheerful easy to use dyestuff like a direct dye can be used An example of this would be the overdyeing of used clothing such as ex army jackets to black Here the idea is to produce a fashion garment at a reasonable price where considerations such as long term colourfastness and reproducibility are less important We will occasionally use them for such purposes where the customer understands the limitations Direct dyes cannot achieve the levelness of reactive dyes nor the colourfastness

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  • Pigment Dyeing, Pigment dyers, Pigment dye, Garment dyers
    the high spots such as seams hems pocket edges and so forth There is no separate washdown process as this dye cycle is usually sufficient to achieve the required look As the dye only sits on the surface removing some of it by mechanical action reveals the undyed fibre This gives the worn look associated with pigment dyes The third stage involves processing with a binder This is designed to keep the pigment dye attached to the surface of the fabric Of course there are various rinse stages between the main processes and the final stage is usually a softening bath You will see how the result is dependent on completing all stages and a fair amount of mechanical action This is why it is not practical to do lab dips as you would for reactive dyes It is also why you need to process a number of garments together even when sampling to produce the desired effect Pigment dye molecules are relatively large and easily filtered at water treatment plants and are therefore considered to be eco friendly They are also processed at generally lower temperatures than reactive dyes and the process time is shorter These factors further contribute to their eco friendly status Some advantages of pigment dyes include their ability to cover non cotton fabrics at least to certain extent So for example some of our customers buy basic T shirts and sweatshirts in white which are nearly always sewn with polyester thread Polyester thread will not dye at all with reactive dye This means the seams and other sewn parts button holes etc will accept at least some of the pigment dye A white T shirt dyed with reactive dye but sewn with polyester thread will dye perfectly to any shade but the stitching will remain

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