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Next time you need to stretch canvas or some other fabric, like when you’re repairing that favorite arm chair, rather than trying to pull the fabric taut with your hands alone, grab a pair of canvas stretching pliers like the pair from Alvin & Company pictured above

Alvin & Company manufactures these pliers from steel and then chrome plates them. The wide jaws have matching teeth that grip the fabric firmly without damaging it. The handles are spring loaded, but you can flip the spring mechanism out of the way if you don’t need it.

You can pick up a pair of canvas pliers for anywhere between $17 to $25.

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3 Responses to Canvas Stretching Pliers

  1. Keith says:

    This looks like the tool they were using on the Dirty Jobs catfish noodling episode to pull the skin off the fish before cooking them.

  2. fred says:

    C.S. Osborne also makes this sort of streching pliers – and many others too:


  3. Michael Pendleton says:

    You have to be careful with these! You can exert enough force on the fabric to cause distortions to the underlying frame, or at least I did when I was building flats for theater and stretching canvas for paintings! I could see them being really useful for upholstery work though, particularly with heavier fabrics.

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