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General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:50:15 PM »
That pattern is a pain keeping everything in line.  As long as every chair looks the same whose to say how the pattern should fall.
In order to keep from making a pleat there maybe try cutting v notches in the fabric just where it pulls around from the top.  You may be able to avoid a pleat -
Start tacking from the front and work your way back

Two days late but not a repeat - I hope ! 

 I urgently needed a few days off work, but,  I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave.  I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy'  then he would tell me to take a few days off.
 So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.  My co-worker (who's blonde) asked me what I was doing.  I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so
 that the Boss might think I was 'Crazy' and give me a few days off.
 A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, 'What on Earth  are you doing?'  I told him I was a light bulb.
 He said, 'You are clearly stressed out.'Go home and recuperate for a couple of days.'I jumped down and walked out of the office...
 When my co-worker  followed me, the Boss asked her, '..And where do you think you're going?!'
 She said, 'I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark.

General Discussion / Re: Cambric
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:50:31 AM »
and I can't figure out what animal is eating the tomatoes in our garden at night.

Yea I'm loosing it - but it gets worse -
On Thursday about 6pm my Son calls and say's Happy Anniversary - complete silence from me. Dad are you there ?  Yes but just got this feeling in my gut that the rest of today won't go well.
38 years married and friends since grammar school  - not supposed to forget milestones -  what to do - no card - most the day passed - need to find a way to tell this lady something that will erase my forgetfulness   So I approach and say " where do you feel like going on our Anniversary tonight "  without missing a beat - wherever you want to go. 
You see that's why I married her :)

Two guys grow up together but after college one moves to Michigan, the other to Florida.  They agree to meet every ten years in Vero Beach and play golf.
At age 30,  they finish their round of golf and go to lunch.
"Where you wanna go?"
"Well, you know, they got the nice girls, with the healthy torsos , and the tight shorts, and the legs ..."
Ten years later at age 40 they play.
"Where you wanna go?"
"Well, you know, they got cold beer and the big screen TVs and everybody has a little action on the games."
Ten years later at age 50 they play
"Where you wanna go?"
"The food is pretty good and there is plenty of parking."
At age 60 they play
"Where you wanna go?"
"Wings are half price."
At age 70 they play
"Where you wanna go?"
"They have 6 handicapped spaces right by the door."
At age 80 they play
"Where you wanna go?"
"We've never been there before."

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:21:02 PM »
Half of the business are home based ?  That seems very high to me.  I would guess a lot of those folks may use their home address for mailing purposes, and tax write offs - but not for everyday commerce.  Like Doyle says - how do you define coverage needs and discern if a loss is related to business practices or typical home user event.  Don't depend on an insurer to favor your view of how damages occurred.
If you're working at home you have to fly low - don't take any risks whatsoever - no employees - no walk ins - limit your deliveries ....  pick up your materials don't have trucks pulling in your driveway constantly -   hope that Rose will see risks that you are not always mindful of young fellow !  Print business cards without your address and pick up everything from customers - don't allow carry ins.  Don't worry it's too much stress

General Discussion / Re: Rough Day
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:21:23 AM »
Got the threads - should have taken a close up picture but was thinking I'll take the photo for the account the way a person normally views the sofa rather than on their hands and knees like their complaint photo was.
The photo of the repair isn't close enough to see the seam well but it was nearly invisible.  Funny how the factory made that seam where it did.  The piping inside didn't overlap - that was cut nicely but the overlap looked like it was done with no concern to hide the connection.  The way the sofa was positioned the back faced the open room.  Customer said " I paid a fortune for this sofa and that seam made me crazy."   

General Discussion / Re: Furniture feet
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:13:55 AM »
Work work work - plus vetting Kavanaugh -  not enough time in the day.
Kidding aside - I like the frame idea.  To steady it up further possibly run a cross rail or two between the 2 long boards and two short boards.
You could install diagonal corner supports and maybe run a large # 12 screw through the corner support into the leg.
Lastly for the best glue up - besides the dowels use 12 hour epoxy.  The connection between the flat of the leg and the underside of the frame will be so strong it wouldn't matter if there were dowels or not.
Can you post a photo - not of Kavanaugh.... but of the furniture

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions if you don't mind
« on: July 10, 2018, 12:51:35 PM »
A disconnected zig zag spring is an easy fix.  A sectional is a big project for a class setting.  Years ago I was the woodworker half with an upholstery team and we taught woodworking and upholstery to adults at night in a continuing education class at the local high school.  We did it for 5 years and never had a student bring in anything bigger than a wing chair.  With all that sewing for the cushion covers you will find out that you will spend time waiting for your turn on a sewing machine. Maybe time lost changing thread color.   It's a big project for a class setting but not impossible especially if the teacher approves.  And yes watching the teacher guide a student will take up a lot of your time but worth it - drink it all in - have safety glasses and maybe ear protection since there will be at least 4 staple guns going off at the same time and a compressor in the back ground. 
I think you're hooked Mom - I could see you turning a B/R into a workshop sooner than later lol

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions if you don't mind
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:30:56 AM »
If the cushions are collapsing and there is nothing wrong with the structure under the cushions you may need to replace the foam and maybe upgrade the foam.  Go to the upholster's shop and ask him to show you the different grades of foam.  This is all a matter of preference - those types of seating frames sit kind of low  This is about learning as much as it's about budget but replacing the seating cushions will add significant cost  -  the end result should be much better.  10 years is a good amount of time getting daily use and there is no mention how often or how many folks are using the furniture.  You thought this out nicely Mom and your description was even analytical but for a first project you may be pushing it.  A lot of expense on a big item like this may not be the right choice but I wish you the best whatever you decide.

General Discussion / Rough Day
« on: July 10, 2018, 10:14:47 AM »
An account sent me out to see what I can do for the piping on the back of a sofa facing the room where the designer said the customer disliked the look.  When I looked at the photo I wondered if it was just two threads that were objectionable or the gather at the seam.  Turned out the overlap was too fat -

I didn't have any extra made up welting from the designer's shop so went the route of snipping away some excess fabric and stapling it down tighter.  It was rough - the driveway was 10 feet away from the ground floor entrance - their air conditioning was on full blast and my staple gun got condensation on it the second I walked through the door. I had to separate the sectionals,  remove the dust cover, tacking strip, and the piping to fix it.  At least 10 - 12 staples had to be removed.  They made me coffee and it took 40 minutes to complete. I didn't get back until after 10:30am.  Rough Day !  But they were happy -

Joe passed away. His will provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral.

As the last guests departed the affair, his wife, Helen, turned to her oldest friend.

"Well, I'm sure Joe would be pleased," she said.

"I'm sure you're right," replied Jody, who lowered her voice and leaned in close.

"How much did this really cost?"

"All of it," said Helen. "Thirty thousand."

"No!" Jody exclaimed. "I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?"

Helen answered. "The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the church. The wake, food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone."

Jody computed quickly. "$22,500 for a memorial stone? My God, how big is it?!"

"Two and a half carats."

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Offering a military discount
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:41:35 PM »
I'm fortunate that I have customers in West Point that call me from time to time.  I don't have anything in writing but I always charge low prices for them.  They are never in a rush and can usually bring the items to me on their way to the airport.  Sometimes the pieces stay here 6 months but I don't mind.
Cops - Fire service - Friends -  always discounted.  Our Church I've never charged and it's lead to a lot of work over the years.
I can't imagine anyone showing up pretending to be Military or Civil Servant for a discount and lying about it ? 

General Discussion / Re: Furniture feet
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:29:49 PM »
As long as you can saw off the legs why not make a frame 3 inches thick to go between the sawed off portion of the leg and the underside of the furniture.  You can attach the legs permanently to the frame and screw the frame into the underside of the furniture.  The fabric will hide the new wood. 
Also I have videos for sale if you're interested ...... How to Make your Sofa Taller !  90 minutes full color !

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