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The Upholsterer's or Invisible Stitch ...

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by LordRusty, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    This is a video I made, regarding the stitch I describe and use.
    Watch in HD for best image! ;)
  2. noid

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  3. Nick7

    Nick7 New Member

    Thanks for making that video John!! I was wondering how you locked the stitch in and i'm glad you showed how you did it. What kind of thread were you using on that deer?
    Thanks again
  4. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    I got the thread from Joe Coombs supply ... http://www.joecoombs.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=23_619

    I like using this thread. It holds stitches without cutting the skin, does not shrink, and more importantly ... does not stretch! I prefer the brown. I have the 8-ounce thread in tan also, and use it for Deer cape repairs. I also prefer it for sewing closed my lifesize mammals. ;) Also, I always wax my thread ... even if it pre-waxed.
  5. Joe Kish

    Joe Kish Well-Known Member


    Good tutorial there. I've had luck with turning the entire cape inside out, then sewing it up 3/4th of the way to the head the same as you do with the hidden stitch. There's not a problem with catching hair that way. Then turn it right side out, slip it on the mannikin, then set the antlers. That way you only have to sew it down the "Y" and the remaining 1/4 of the neck. Has anyone tried this too?
  6. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

  7. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    Joe, that's the way I handle many of the African capes that come in already fully opened, especially the really short haired specimens ... also on Mule Deer and Pronghorn that come in opened flat.

    One of the finishing touches on the seam - which is not in the video as it does not showing the complete sewing - is the use of a rawhide mallet to hammer the seam down even flatter than just sewing alone.

    On short haired specimens such as Impala, Springbok, Steenbok, etc, I will use a length of large dowel, lay it along the seam, and hammer against it to flatten the seam. I'll then roll the dowel down the seam, sometimes going up and down the seam.

    Lastly - after the mount is complete - I mist water over the hair and run my hands and a soft dog brush over the mount , then use plastic canvas held in place with T-Pins over the seam, and any repaired area.

    After all is dried, I remove the T-Pins and plastic canvas, brush the mount down, go over with a damp towel, then a steam treatment, and finish facial details as usual.

    Bing-bang-boom! ;)
  8. Monette Taxidermy

    Monette Taxidermy New Member

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  10. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I have a question about the video. Do you actually fold the skin under like that? Wouldn't you be losing an inch of hide that way?
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  12. Artie mags

    Artie mags New Member

    John I have been using this stitch on all my mounts since you posted this.I must say I love it and it truly pulls it invisible!! Thanks
  13. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    No more than the bunching skin taken up in an ordinary baseball stitch! ;) Plus, the hide stretches some, and once it's locked in, it is not going anywhere.
  14. TaxiderMiss

    TaxiderMiss New Member

    Marking, good to know since I learned with the baseball stitch.
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  16. marking! thanks!
  17. JimRollins

    JimRollins New Member

    marking, thanks
  18. ice

    ice Active Member

  19. Thank you for sharing this information