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I will NOT lighten up.  Almost every one of your "jokes" are mysogenist, homophobic, racist, etc.  When it's thrown in your face, you don't have to go looking for it.

And you freakin' wonder why people don't post here anymore.  Perhaps most of the world doesn't look at it, like you and Gene do (angry old white men).  Enjoy spreading your racist, homophobic, mysogenist humor around.  There is no amount of information about upholstery that would make putting up with this shit worth while.

I will NEVER lighten up over this kind of bullshit.  I cannot believe the owners of the site put up with your "humor" -- shows they are just as bad as you are.

Wow Steve, sorry the world has evolved.  My clue and cue that I just don't fit here.  If you have to make fun of every damn thing in the world to make yourself feel good,  I'll not let the flippin' door hit me on my way out.

If I look up angry old white man in the dictionary, it would have your picture on it.   That is NOT a complement.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:00:18 PM »
I want to wish everyone here, and their families, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous 2019.
Same to you and yours Paul!

To everyone else as well.

General Discussion / Re: Winding Down
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:52:52 PM »
I've got 4 more dining room chairs to upholster.  Won't quite get them finished before Christmas as I'm going to enjoy a 4 day weekend.  Will finish between Christmas and New Years.  Otherwise plan to spend a lot of time on my quilting machine.

General Discussion / Re: Dining Room Chairs Progressing Nicely
« on: December 17, 2018, 08:10:16 PM »
A quilt out of crown royal bags!. That's a lot of whisky. And the expensive stuff too. I'm sure you enjoyed it though. :o

Sadly, I have not had one drop of the whiskey.  My niece lives in Lincoln and has been stock piling the bags for years.  She bought about a dozen on eBay.  Hubby's barber gives me his CR bags as well as the last restaurant I upholstered.  It is a crap load of bags though.  King size quilt which translates to 81 CR bags.  Not all the purple ones.  Green (apple), orange (carmel), an off white one and several tan ones, black and some purple camo bags.  Quite a collection she had going on!

Whiskey never did much for me.  I'm more a kahlua person.  That or absinthe.

General Discussion / Re: Dining Room Chairs Progressing Nicely
« on: December 16, 2018, 08:23:44 PM »
I got a Bernina B20.  Here's the link to it:


Nice machine Virginia. Looks very versatile. I bet you're having fun with it.

Yup, having a blast with it.  Right now, I'm just screwing around and getting used to its speed, etc.   I do have a quilt top for a customer that I need to quilt.  That's next in line after I get the dining room chairs finished.  I'm also making a HD shirt quilt for a customer but I'm still in the cutting shirts apart stages on that one.  Working on a quilt to enter in the fair this year and also making a quilt out of Crown Royal bags for my niece.  Hope to have the last 2 quilts finished in time to enter in the Ne State Fair this August.  My quilt is almost ready to quilt and I'm just about ready to start sewing the blocks for the Crown Royal quilt.  Machine will be seeing some serious quilting in about 2 or 3 months.  Just love the machine though!

General Discussion / Re: Dining Room Chairs Progressing Nicely
« on: December 16, 2018, 12:52:34 PM »
Working on chair number 5 of 10 chairs total.  Eight are side chairs and 2 arm chairs, not like that makes any difference.  So far, all but one have had horrible stretching the elastic webbing.  The foam got so pushed through the hole in the frame that the frame had started slicing through the foam.  Plus, oxidation is in the beginning stages so it's a good plan to replace all the foam and webbing.  I just wouldn't have gone any thicker than 3 inches myself; but they are not my chairs.

Hoping to get the chairs finished before Christmas but that might not happen.  Depends on how many interruptions I get.

On a completely different tangent, I'm still in a slight state of shock.  I spent 17 days in Europe summer of '74, right after I graduated HS.  Met up with a guy there, a year younger who attended the school I had just graduated from.  We became what my MIL would have called "an item" and came close to getting married.  We broke up, ran into each other 5 years later and started dating again.  But it's hard to go back to what once was and it just didn't work out.  Haven't seen or talked to him in almost 40 years.  My SIL called me Thursday but I didn't get her called back until yesterday.  She had seen his obit in the paper and wanted to talk about it.  61 years old and died of heart failure.  One of the nicest people I knew and gone from the earth way too soon.  I did laugh at my SIL though as she was sure to point out that he had never married and was just positive that it was because no one could measure up to me.  I'm thinking that's NOT the case.

General Discussion / Re: Wing chair is a wreck.
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:38:22 PM »
Gosh, that chair looks just great!  What a terrific job.

General Discussion / Re: Dining Room Chairs Progressing Nicely
« on: December 12, 2018, 06:18:01 PM »
I got a Bernina B20.  Here's the link to it:


I did get a hefty trade in allowance on my old long arm and frame but still this is the most expensive machine I've ever bought.  Can't imagine buying anything pricier.

All it does is quilt the designs you see on top of the quilt.  You put your quilt sandwich underneath the foot, press down once on the presser foot and move the quilt to get the machine to stitch.  I buy what are called rulers and templates that I use with the machine to make the cool designs but you can also do it free motion.  I put the template over the quilt, put the foot down and sew inside the template and the design is "quilted" on my quilt. 

General Discussion / Dining Room Chairs Progressing Nicely
« on: December 11, 2018, 07:32:58 AM »
Will be very glad to get this project finished.  I'm way out of shape as far as stretching vinyl goes.  Haven't done any real upholstery work since I finished the last restaurant the first of May.

Took the first seat over yesterday and reattached to the base.  Wanted to get approval before I progressed any further because customer increased foam from 2 to 5 inches.  I would have increased to no more than 3 inches but whatever the customer wants.

Cutting through 5 inch foam is not my idea of a good time.  Then there is a need for a slight bit of sanding to even things out where needed.  Stretching vinyl over 5 inch foam is an absolute joy.  I pretty much throw myself over the seat so I can compress the foam on the sides and get the vinyl tight enough.  The least of my worries is redoing the webbing - I can do that in my sleep.

She was over the moon with how the chair looked and felt when she sat on it.  So 9 more to go.  Yes, I am definitely counting these babies down.  Iffy being finished by Christmas.  May have 1 or 2 left but they only use 8 at their table unless company comes over. 

Anytime I get frustrated, I remind myself that this makes an additional payment on my sinfully expensive new dedicated quilting machine.  That helps to ease my discomfort level.  I probably wouldn't mind it so much but now that I take nothing stronger than Alieve, I'm being very careful how much I do in a day as I am definitely stretching the bar here.  I'll survive though.

General Discussion / Re: Wing chair is a wreck.
« on: December 11, 2018, 07:07:12 AM »
I know she'll be absolutely thrilled when she sees it.

A few years ago, I recovered a French Provincial type chair for a lady.  I personally thought her fabric choice sucked but that's just personal taste.  This was when Joe was a very boisterous puppy and also when the contractor from Hell was working downstairs.  I was working on an alteration project and I thought Joe was on his pillow napping.  I heard a crunching noise and, much to my horror, discovered that Joe had decided to nibble on one of the legs.  Damage was minimal but had to be repaired and was out of my comfort level. Contractor happened along and he knew he owed me big time for his lack luster progress on Sew & Sew's expansion/upgrades.  He put some wood putty, sanded it and stained the leg, as well as all of the wood surfaces.  That chair was looking sharp when the customer came.  I told her that I wanted it to look like a brand new piece of furniture.  She was beyond thrilled when she saw it.  It almost made up for the contractor being a total jerk.

General Discussion / Re: Question on Dining Room Chair Webbing
« on: December 06, 2018, 08:13:35 PM »
Tramadol helped me when my back and/or knee bother me.  But the insurance will only allow me to order 7 pills at a time before i have to call the Dr. for another prescription. 
When I was in Cabo, there was a pharmacy on every corner (no Rx required). I loaded up on Tramadol and Amoxicillin, and Lisinopril for HBP.

I never take more than one Tramadol a month. When I do, I get a good buzz.

I hear people talking about getting a buzz from Tramadol.  I never did.  Helped control my back pain and that was it.  I also heard people talk about all the energy they got from taking it.  Never got that either.  LOL

General Discussion / Re: Question on Dining Room Chair Webbing
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:32:44 PM »
If one chair has sagging elastic and the others do not, that's probably the chair that was used to stand on by someone.

I usually take off the old elastic when I add new webbing. I like getting all the staples out of the way. I don't think it really matters especially if you cover the bottoms with cambric.

I'm doing 2 chairs at a time so that they can still use their dining room.  I know at least one other is sagging as I sat in one that I felt like I was going to hit the floor on.  I'd just as soon replace all the webbing as get a phone call next month, next year,whatever that the chairs are saggy again.

General Discussion / Re: Question on Dining Room Chair Webbing
« on: December 05, 2018, 03:51:19 PM »
Good to here you're busy Virginia. You're too young to retire. :)
Some days I feel absolutely decrepit!  I'm very careful of the jobs I accept.  I don't hide having a fused back and have done a lot of very physical work.  Got by with it because I had a litany of prescription drugs that kept me going.  After I got the two restaurants finished last year, I started feeling VERY over-medicated.  One by one, I lowered the dosage and then eliminated the drug.  I got down to the last script, Tramadol and still felt overly medicated.  Started lowering the dosage on that and my world kind of came crashing down.  I had been on it for 13 years and my body was very much addicted to it.  Psychologically, I was not but that's not much of a help when your body is screaming at you.  Couldn't eat, sleep, restless legs and arms, no concentration, the list went on and on.  I did some research and it was textbook physical withdrawal symptoms.  Took about 90 days to start feeling like my old self.  I'm just about at the 6 month mark and haven't had any need or desire for any prescription meds.  I have also added frequent yoga stretches throughout the day.  That's been a tremendous help as it keeps me from hunching over too long and if I do something I shouldn't, the stretches kind of pop my back back where it should be.  I do know for sure that my restaurant upholstering days are over.  Dining room chairs and patio furniture are not much of a problem so I'll continue to do those.  I might even do a boat as long as it's just back to backs and those seats and backs that go along the side of the boat but much more than that, not so much.

Hope all is well with you!

General Discussion / Re: Question on Dining Room Chair Webbing
« on: December 05, 2018, 02:42:50 PM »
Boy was I wrong. I was trusting myself last night that it was jute webbing.  Got downstairs this morning and double checked and it is elastic webbing.  One chair the webbing is fine.  The other chair (only brought two seats with me), the elastic is really stretched out and it has distorted the foam (already was replacing that).

Contacted customer and recommended that I replace the elastic with jute and she agreed that is the wisest course of action.

Side note:  I asked her if they bought the furniture when they bought the house 3 years ago. Previous owners had the dining room set.  She and hubby thought it looked great in the dining room and original owners were willing to sell it.  She thinks it's approximately 15 years old.

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