For a recent project we needed to cover a series of flats in gray duvetyn. During a trip through the shop I observed how the carpenters had set themselves up and experienced an “aha moment” (otherwise known as why have I never done that).
What they had done to make the process easier was to set up two boom bases with pipe. A horizontal pipe holding the fabric was attached to the two vertical booms at the approximate height of their work space. They grabbed the cloth pulled it across the flat to size and then made the cut. It was an obvious elegant solution. As they say, sometimes the best solution is one so simple you can’t believe you have never done that way before.