Have you ever heard the term “spitting tacks”?
Spitting tacks is exactly what upholsterers used to do and that is how I learned to upholster as well. Yep, you put a small hand full of upholstery tacks in your mouth and use a magnetic upholsterer’s tack hammer to retrieve them from your mouth and then proceed to tap them into the furniture frame. Every once in awhile the tack stays on your hammer and when you go to retrieve the next one….OUCH… you guessed it, the tack is now attached to your lip. I confess that this has happened to me.
So I am happy to say that about 18 years ago I bought my first air compressor and a pneumatic staple gun. No more swollen lips for this girl.
Having a pneumatic staple gun not only saves you from a funny looking smile and makes your dentist happy, it also saves you a bunch of time. My preferred staple gun is a long nose. I have both a Fasco and a TacWise and find them to be very good products. You will find that the shortnose guns are difficult to get in some of the areas we need to reach when attaching fabric, but the long nose can do just about anything you need it to do. It is a must-have in my book. I still use the magnetic tack hammer for adding decorative tacks to my projects so it is a tool you will want to have.