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General Discussion / Re: No Charge ?
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:51:21 PM »
My SCORE advisor:

You can be a nice person.
Or you can be a businessman.
Now, you can be a businessman who is also nice, but you make money by being a businessman.


General Discussion / Fabric backing
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:32:17 PM »
A customer has an embroidered fabric about 2' by 2" that was his mom's, and he wants me to cover a foot stool with it. It needs cleaning and the dry cleaning company told him if he gets a backing put on the embroidered fabric they will try to clean it.

Does anyone have experience with this? I can buy fusible iron on backing and I think that would work OK, but I'm not sure. I'm just hoping someone has some experience with this.



General Discussion / Re: Restoration of Mother Mary painting.
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:53:10 AM »
There have been a number of times when I stapled fabric onto the furniture piece, then needed to readjust the fabric, and the staples had made holes in the fabric. I took threads of fabric and with my curved needle I re wove the threads across the hole matching any colors and it worked great. If it doesn't change the color of the fabric I will put a very small amount of fabric glue over the area where the hole was.

I got this idea from watching one of those restoration documentaries where they were working with a 16th century tapestry.


General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:49:29 AM »
I suck all the feathers out of the insert cover with my shop vac. I'll often need to empty my shop vac a few times into a big box. I then re stuff the feathers adding additional feathers as needed to fill the insert cover. If the customer wants new down proof ticking I'll make new insert covers.

I also do this with poly batting fill that has become compacted in cushions. I think I got this idea from sofadoc.

I'll keep your idea in mind, Steve, and give it a try sometime.


General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:38:21 PM »
Thanks for the link. That's encouraging. I notice it's shredded into really small pieces. I'll keep that in mind if I go that route.


General Discussion / Re: Plaque
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:36:33 PM »
Where would someone put that? Is it hung on the wall?

General Discussion / Re: Restoration of Mother Mary painting.
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:33:10 PM »
When the camera's off it's all duct tape, magic markers, and spitting tacks. LOL

I've not seen a tack hammer with a split end like that before. I guess that makes it easier to pick up tacks?

I do enjoy those types of videos also. I would think that is a profession that you would have to have a mentor or teacher. There's just too much to learn and no room for errors.



Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5 lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 lb potato bags. Then try 50 lb potato bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100 lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level).

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

It is interesting the connection we have with our machines.

One of my sewing machines is a Zoje, a Juki knockoff. It is made to sew leather and vinyl. I've gotten good enough with it that I can sew thin fabrics that have some stretch to them, as long as it's not too much stretch.

I swear that when I use that machine for leather or vinyl, I can tell that the machine is a lot happier than when I'm struggling with it to sew "Joann Fabrics ON SALE!" crap.


General Discussion / Re: Let's build a table
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:59:18 PM »
Just came across this while researching something else. Someone mentioned Poland.



General Discussion / Re: Uniform?
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:56:52 PM »
65, I'm thinking you're too old to be trick or treating. :-)

Here's an idea for you: Get a kid to walk with you going door to door. Have the kid wear a cowboy outfit with a hat, bandana, chaps, and a two gun holster around his waist. When the homeowner comes to the door, the kid says, "Trick or treat". The kid then wiggles a bit and his two gun holster falls to the ground. You bend over and pull the two gun holster up around the kid's waist. You look at the homeowner and say, "I'm an up hosterer." LOL


My new favorite video for a Friday funny.



General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 31, 2018, 06:38:02 AM »
Cutting foam that is on the furniture with the base plate removed from the Bosch foam cutter.



I wonder how fast the colors will fade on that cotton fabric at $9.49 per yard? And how easy is it to get pulls in it?

I ordered 64" wide canvas from them earlier this year off Amazon. My cutting table is 60" wide and I cover it with canvas. I usually get my canvas from Rowley's in NC, which is 72" wide. The 64" turned out to be 58". I returned it and won't buy anything from them again. Fool me once...


General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 29, 2018, 07:20:57 PM »
65Buick - Just wait until November when you take that EZE home to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. You'll wish you had stayed with the electric knife. LOL

I wonder if the two knife cutter does soft foam easier?


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