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 EverSoft™ and 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.

How to Make Hidem Gimp 2

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? You can put your new knowledge of how to sew your own hidem gimp to great use when reupholstering boat seats. If you are interested in redoing the exterior vinyl seating on your boat, we have two great marine upholstery series for you. Be sure to check out our Pontoon Upholstery Series and Powerboat Makeover blog series. You'll find them in the "Marine Projects" section of the "DIY Projects" category under the "Learn" tab on

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 of your choice
  • Sailrite® Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas (36 yds.) (#122064)
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ Walking Foot Sewing Machine (110V) (#311602)
  • Sailrite® Short Nose Upholstery Staple Gun (#121410)
  • Tex 90 UV bonded polyester thread of your choice
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" (#101017)

This blog was updated in March 2023 to reflect new hidem gimp brand offerings and Ultrafeed naming conventions.