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But if you do not widen home plate you might hurt the child's feelings. Shouldn't we just eliminate home plate all together so we have no limitations or restrictions that could result in someone not being able to play? PARTICIPATION TROPHIES FOR ALL!


General Discussion / Re: Question on Dining Room Chair Webbing
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:18:09 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.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Flip that sofa.
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:44:03 AM »
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

The early bird catches the worm.

It's the second mouse that gets to eat the cheese.

The only problem with saying $550 up front is if the customer wanted to negotiate. The only thing you could have done to keep your $550 was to say "no". Giving a higher price would have allowed you some wiggle room to help assure your %550 and given the customer the idea that she won a bit by bringing your price down. Most people think the asking price is the "wishing" price and have no problem with bargaining.

I like the example of garage sales crap items being priced at 10 cents each and a lady asks if you will take 5 cents each. LOL

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Flip that sofa.
« on: December 03, 2018, 08:48:33 AM »
$300 dollars for an hour's work and a bit of back strain. Awesome!


General Discussion / Buckminster Upholstery new videos.
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:29:05 PM »
Buckminster Upholstery has a few new videos. I enjoy his work.



General Discussion / Re: Performance
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:50:28 PM »
I think KodyD nailed the "What can I do?" question.

As to how it happened, with a loose weave I always make sure I stay at the 1/2" seam allowance, especially around the corners. I think the sewer did not do this especially around the corners. There just wasn't enough face fabric sewn to the boxing and welt cord. With kids sliding over the sofa on a regular basis (my guess as to the kids), the corners took the brunt of the abuse and didn't have enough threads sewn deep enough into the seam.

I've had loose weave fabric that I able to pull the fabric out from the seams myself. I then did what kodyD said and used a very small stitch length and then went over all the seams with either fabric glue or Seam Stopper. That's a real pain.


General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:41:29 PM »
There have been times when I added welt cord around the outside back when it wasn't there initially and it was OK with the customer. Welt cord seems to help sometimes with difficult fabrics, vinyls, and leathers.


General Discussion / Re: Lear Jet Air Ambulance Projects
« on: November 28, 2018, 08:08:32 AM »
Excellent job. Thanks for the post. It's fun to see such high end work.

Are you able to heat a hanger like the one in your picture up there in ND? Or is working in the cold a part of that type of business?


General Discussion / Banquette cushions
« on: November 21, 2018, 05:46:37 AM »
Delivery today for new banquette cushions. 5 sided banquette in a house - brand new build. The seat cushion is one piece. The back cushion was originally one piece that wrapped around beautifully. It looked great but it did not fit. I had to redo it into 5 separate back cushions. I'm really disappointed but I had no choice. I went with Paul's suggestion to use 2" hook and loop to attach the back cushions to the wall.

The fabric takes 6 months to order and then another 2 months to have a plastic coating put over the fabric. They wanted it for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

What I did wrong with the back cushion: First I made accurate measurements. The 5 back wooden panels flair up because the carpenters did not make things square. One panel is 21" across the bottom and 23" across the top, and 14" high, for example. I made a paper template for the seat cushions, and then I used the measurements on the paper template for the back cushion instead of using my notes/measurements for the back cushion.

This may be the worst mistake I've made. I was cruising along enjoying my deadlines for the holiday season and then this happened. I'm now backed up and working Sundays for the rest of the year - and a few hours on Thanksgiving day.

I'll post pictures if it turns out OK.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
Nope. I've only made 2 more trips around the sun than Mojo.

Have you noticed that the more trips you make around the sun the harder it gets to hang on?

"...the Dead Sea was sick." That's funny!

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Obama started 7 wars during his 8 years as president. He got a Nobel Peace Prize.

21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

My kids went to a private school and they had the Isaiah passage over the door to the gym. Each time we went into the gym for some school event I mentioned the jet engine line. I was always the only one who laughed.

Isaiah 40:31 They That Wait Upon The Lord, Shall Renew Their Strength, They Shall Mount Up With Wings of Eagles, They Shall Run and Not Be Weary

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:46:54 PM »
I remember having to get up off the couch to change the TV channel. Today I've got some lady named Alexa that does that for me.


General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:43:34 PM »
I put the hot melt glue on the gimp, unless I am working with a velvet or chenille or corduroy or any type of fabric where the hot melt glue will not come off easily. Then I put the hot melt glue on the fabric, especially in the corners. I've learned this from many mistakes. It seems like it's too easy for me to touch the fabric in the wrong place with the bottom side of the gimp.

Sometimes I can cut the fibers to get the glue off. I use small scissors and cut as few fibers as I can. I test it on a scrap to make sure it won't be visible.

I've tried to use the end of the glue gun to reheat the glue but I have not had success with this at all.

Chair looks great, Steve.


General Discussion / Re: Welt
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:35:18 PM »
64Buick, when I started my upholstery career a guy who had about 30 years working as an upholsterer said the number one thing I can do is learn how to sew boxed cushions. He said that is the hardest thing to master. I did and he was right.

There's a few videos on youtube that show how to turn corners with welt cord. One is from a guy who does autos and he has a good explanation of doing an inside corner.

Instead of seeing your leather work as a failure, try to get something out of the experience so it will become an expensive learning experience instead. And then try not to have to pay for the same lesson again in the future. :-)

You can also search this forum. One of the most asked type of technical questions seems to be about boxed cushions.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:06:01 AM »
I saved Green Stamps from the grocery store when i was a litle kid. No one wanted them so I took them. My mom got the books for me and every week I got the stamps after she went grocery shopping and I stuck them in the books. I would spend hours going through the catalog. I had my eye on that canoe.

After many years of collecting the Green Stamps, my mom took them all away from me so my older sister could get something she wanted from the catalog.


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