The 8-way hand-tied spring is a mark of quality and a byword in
industry parlance. But the consumer can be somewhat mystified and is apt to
respond with, "It sounds good, but what does it mean?" It means you'll
never be sorry.
The 8-way hand-tie uses a coil spring which is the strongest,
most resilient, flexible, and longest lasting. It practically never gives out,
although a coil or two may give up and come loose or break.
To refurbish springs, the upholsterer re-attaches loose springs,
replaces any if necessary, and re-ties the entire set, one by one. Each coil is
sewn to the webbing (or attached with a metal clip), and then tied to the coil
next to it. Each row of coils is then tied front to back, side to side, and
diagonally two ways, 8 in all. And all are tied on exactly the same level to
make a symmetrical, even suspension for the most comfortable seating.
Different Degrees of Suspension
This smooth meadow of springs can be tied at different levels
for different degrees of firmness. The more they are pulled down, the firmer
the seating. Firm, medium-firm, or hard, the hand-tied coil spring will always
Zig-zag springs are also hand-tied. They are an S-shape, simpler
in construction, and are used in frames that take stresses differently and for
which they are more appropriate. They have come into use more recently than the
coil spring, and are differently attached to the frame, with clips.