How to Make Hidem Gimp

Item # X-HT-300458

Hidem gimp is a vinyl finishing trim that's most often used for marine upholstery work. It's a very attractive binding that provides a finished look that conceals staples and fasteners on the edges of boat upholstery, cushions, headliners and more. Hidem gimp is essentially a strip of marine-grade vinyl upholstery fabric that is center folded with a row of stitching on each side of the fold to secure the layers of material. We sell prefabricated Morbern® Seabrook Hidem Gimp in a variety of colors. However, if your vinyl upholstery fabric does not match prefabricated hidem gimp, it's very easy to make your own. In this short video tutorial, we're going to show you how to sew custom hidem gimp to perfectly match your boat upholstery.

Learn how to sew your own hidem gimp.

Making your own hidem gimp from vinyl fabric is a simple process and requires just a few materials. For this DIY project, you'll need vinyl upholstery fabric, basting tape, a ruler and marking pencil, scissors, thread and a sewing machine. Another benefit of DIYing hidem gimp is that you can make it whatever width you desire.

Watch the video and learn to make your own custom hidem gimp for upholstery work and headliners.

Is your pontoon or powerboat seating looking a bit worse for wear? If you are interested in redoing the exterior vinyl seating on your boat, we have two great marine upholstery series for you, and you can put your new knowledge of how to sew your own hidem gimp to great use when reupholstering boat seats. Be sure to check out our "Pontoon Upholstery Series" and "Powerboat Makeover" blog series. You'll find them under our "How-To Projects & Tips" section under the "How-To Series" list.

Good luck on all your DIYs. You can find all of your sewing supplies right here at Sailrite. We're your one-stop DIY sewing destination. Leave any questions or suggestions in the comments section below.

Materials & Tools List:

  • Marine upholstery vinyl fabric
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas (36Yds) (#122064)
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ‑1 PLUS (110V) Walking Foot Sewing Machine (#300602)
  • Sailrite® Short Nose Upholstery Staple Gun (#121410)
  • V-92 Polyester UV Thread
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" (#101017)