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General Discussion / Re: Using Expanding Foam in Arm Chair
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:58:31 PM »
Darren - like synthetic burlap, right?

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General Discussion / Re: Something Neat Under All That Fabric
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:01:23 PM »
Looks great Kody. I can't tell what sort of fabric. Is it natural, like cotton? Sure looks comfy. Wood looks great, too.

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General Discussion / Re: Wing Chair Recover.
« on: May 15, 2018, 07:53:09 PM »
Interesting fabric would be right. Do you know what other furnishings they have?

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General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 10, 2018, 12:51:13 PM »
Yes and No. It just depends. What kind of person are they? Are they so 'busy' that they just can't be bothered?

I will say that I think the interest is increasing. In part to HGTV and other 'diy' type television shows, now social media, and something else to take pride in. People are *somewhat* getting over mass-produced stuff that has no character, and is built by people working for pennies.

In my area, I have seen an explosion of interest in older furniture. This is good news; people are taking the time to find quality items. Maybe they've been burned in the past and spent considerable money just to find out the materials are sub-par. Though eventually, big manufacturers will catch on and realize that they can't sell unless they prove that the materials are quality. And with the internet, that makes it so much easier to find out before someone buys.

I had a meeting last night with the local designers, at a business that carries used lumber. They make the wood into very beautiful things, like floors, tables, etc. A designer commented that it's all fine and dandy, but somehow they need to make the process easy because they're always just kind of going with what they know.

I think that applies to us as well. People don't usually do things they perceive to be difficult. That's why a lot of the time myself and other vendors of mid-century furniture just select a fabric deemed appropriate and put it up for sale. So maybe streamlining the process or finding an easier way to help those who want some knowledge and selection of materials would help.

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General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:12:26 PM »
What the heck Rose?! You're letting down the whole upholstery forum. Geesh.

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General Discussion / Re: Excitement
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:11:04 PM »
Thank you everyone that replied here. I enjoy reading about your experiences.
And, of course, let us have more confidence in the future.

Iain

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General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: May 07, 2018, 03:06:42 PM »
Finished the set this morning. They turned out a big more square than I would have liked. I did use 1/2" under the 2".
Overall, happy with it. Prior they were falling apart bonded leather, so it's a big improvement.

http://gdurl.com/f4Wj


All constructive criticism is welcome.

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Is this for back cushion, seat cushion, or both?

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General Discussion / Re: Church Job
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:30:46 PM »
I guess I have been here awhile. I do remember this.
So what do you do, are you bringing the pews back to shop or do they just need cushions.
There are a few churches around here, I hadn't really thought of that work. Do they want you to be a member though?

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General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:07:26 PM »
That's wild. I would love to see the finished product here.

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General Discussion / Excitement
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:18:00 PM »
Really starting to feel like maybe I know a thing or two about upholstery.
Finally starting to get a handle on how fabrics and materials stretch. There's no doubt in my mind that it is an art. You can't just expect to grab fabric and cover whatever with no skill.
It is very satisfying to be able to do a job with only just a few hiccups and end with something beautiful.

And please everyone share with me your most satisfying project or a time when you felt confident.


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General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:13:57 AM »
Nice little machine there. I wonder what is the difference with commercial vs home-type? My little brother is solid metal. I don't think a serger will work with the nylon type of parts found in home sewing machines.

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General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:48:36 PM »
The customer didn't specify. Will keep it in mind for next time, though.

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General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:11:59 PM »
Sofa: nice idea. 300? That'll keep you busy for awhile.

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General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:08:30 PM »
Did one today, took about an hour start to finish I think.
Got all my pleats symmetrical. They are a bit taller since this leather doesn't stretch. It also has a poly coating on top and if you try to stretch it too much it appears as a chalky residue.

I think it actually looks pretty good and if there's enough leather left over I'm going to use 1/4" welt.


http://gdurl.com/5pHc

I see some wrinkles I didn't see before I took the photo.

One thing I learned: didn't charge enough.
 

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