Handmade Fabrics Versus Machine Made Fabrics

Handmade Fabrics Versus Machine Made Fabrics

When it comes to upholstery, the fabric dilemma makes you think over and over again. Whether to go for the finesse of handmade fabric or to select a machine made uniform cloth. However, it is unfair to compare a handmade fabric with a machine-made fabric. Both of them have certain distinguishing aspects and it entirely depends upon the choice and taste of a person.


The traditional upholstery included covering and padding sofas and chairs. The handmade fabric was the only choice before the advent of machines and factories. But the one thing that still attracts the masses is the quality of the handmade fabric. Every handcrafted fabric speaks volume about the efficiency of the labor. The main focus in assembling a handmade fabric is on care and on the assurance, that the best product will be delivered to the buyer. The handcrafted fabric is meant to last for a lifetime.

Machine-made fabric is created in factories. It doesn’t mean that quality is not their priority, they too have quality standards and they stick to them. Machine-made fabric is made under the supervision of the quality controllers. They are checked for their durability and tensile strength.


Handmade fabrics are unique. Not just in their appearance, but also in their stitching patterns. They usually have the most exclusive designs. Every print has its own individuality. Their uniqueness is the most irresistible element. Everyone loves a design which is rare.

Mass produced fabrics are available almost everywhere. They lack the element of surprise.


Consumers simply adore fabric on customized shabby chic furniture just like the range at Homes Direct 365 for example. The biggest advantage of a handmade fabric is that you can order the design of your choice. Innovative and bizarre ideas in fabric is the most happening trend when it comes to customized fabric on shabby chic  furniture like a chaise longue.

It is almost impossible to get a customized fabric for upholstery from a factory. Mainly because factories do not take orders, as they make fabric in bulk. Secondly when they do, it’s for those who can give big orders.


Handmade fabric is usually weaved from wool and linen. Some of the finest silk comes from handcraft method. Handmade leather is used for upholstering. Smooth velvet and cotton velvet are also very famous among handcrafted fabrics.

Machine-made fabrics come in all types. But mostly they are synthetic, as the raw materials are collected from different areas.


Everything depends upon what’s in your pocket. People usually consider machine-made fabric cheaper and affordable. Although it is true to an extent as they are produced on a large scale. But when it comes to the beauty, significance and quality, handmade fabric seems a better choice.


Handmade fabric is delicate. The cloth needs to be managed with a lot of care. Wool and silk are harder to clean, and therefore a set of instructions should be followed to preserve the upholstery for a longer period of time.

Machine-made fabric is relatively easier to maintain. They can be cleaned with solutions and chemicals. They come with manuals for fast cleaning.


To keep up with the recent trends, empiricism has engulfed all the fabric industry. Factories are looking up for new designs for their fabrics.

But for handcraft fabric industry, the blend of the authentic and the ingenious is the key to a successful product. A new idea is invented every day.

Tips for Upholstery

Upholstery should depict elegance of your home. When it comes to the choice of fabric, some things should be kept in mind.

If you’ve a house decorated in a different and unique way, then handmade fabric suits you best.

A house with kids need sofas and chairs with fabric that is darker in shade and easy to clean.

Choose the fabric for the upholstery that goes best with your home décor.

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Handmade Fabrics Versus Machine Made Fabrics was originally published on COATSVIY

How to Choose the Right Upholstery Fabric

Two furnishings experts offer tips to ensure a match made in design heaven

A new sofa or armchair is a big investment—you don’t want to be second-guessing it a few months after it arrives on your doorstep. Choose the wrong material and you’ll find yourself battling snags and stains. Make a mistake on the color or pattern, and the whole room suffers (or you’ll wind up splurging to have the piece reupholstered). As you shop for an upholstery fabric, let your practical needs lead, advise Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, co-founders of the eponymous home-furnishings company. “First, consider how you live and who will use the piece,” says Williams. “This will help guide you on the type of material to choose.” Here, the duo explain how to zero in on a choice you’ll be happy to live with for years.


Kids? Furry friends? You still have great options

“Growing up, my brother and I weren’t allowed in the living room; it was for company only,” says Gold. Today, though, there are plenty of upholstery materials that match good looks with durability. “For children and pets—and maybe red-wine lovers—we like the easy care of a faux suede or the durability of a Sunbrella indoor-outdoor fabric,” he says. “We’re also big fans of slip-covered upholstery. And distressed leather is great—you don’t have to worry about the occasional scuff or scratch.” If you have a busy household, stay away from delicate or textured options, like silk, which could pull and aren’t as forgiving stain-wise.

Go luxe

If messy children and pets aren’t a worry, “you can really flaunt your freedom,” says Gold. His top decadent picks: fluffy Tibetan wool (“it feels so indulgent, but it’s not a great place to eat peanut-butter crackers”) and Belgian linen. “While linen is very durable, in lighter colors it doesn’t offer the level of stain resistance that a kid-friendly household might need and may not have a crisp wrinkle-free look after a lot of lounging,” he says.

Take the long view

A big mistake people make, Williams says, is not considering how a fabric or leather may age over time. Check the label and ask questions at the showroom to find out about the material’s content and cleaning needs, then think about how much maintenance you’re prepared to do to protect your selection. “How will it look in five years?” asks Williams. “Will you still love the leather as it develops a nice patina from everyday living? Will you vacuum the upholstery fabric regularly? Will you close the drapes when away or not using a room to avoid some of the fading that naturally occurs from exposure to sunlight?”

Consider shape and scale

If you’re upholstering a curvaceous piece, Williams recommends sticking to solid-colored fabrics. “Patterns or textures with a distinctive direction may not upholster well.” Take the size of the furniture into account, too. “We like larger pieces, such as a sofa, in a rich solid color or classic neutral so you won’t tire of it over time,” says Williams. “Liven things up with smaller pieces—for instance, a great statement chair in a bolder shade or pattern.”

Get up close and personal

“The easiest way to be sure you’ll like an upholstery material on a certain frame—and like how it feels when you sit on it—is by going with something you see in the store,” says Williams. If you fall in love with a fabric that’s not shown on the floor, ask for a swatch you can drape over a furnishing to get a better idea of how it will look.

How to Choose the Right Upholstery Fabric was first seen on http://www.architecturaldigest.com