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General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:11:03 PM »
"Downgrading a seat to ziggers is like taking a Cadillac (older one) and putting a VW engine it it."

Back when I was a teenager working at my first job, there was a guy who worked that that who had a Porsche that he put a VW engine in it. He got it with a blown engine and wrecked body. He fixed the body and put in the VW engine.

I can still see and hear that Porsche accelerating going down the alley behind the building. That was the weirdest thing.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Double welt cord with leather
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:05:01 PM »
I made my double welt cord out of ostrage hide today.

I used a belt sander to thin out the leather. I took your advise and made several passes. I did not have extra leather so any burn through holes would have done me in.

It was much easier to handle being thinner.

I was afraid to get it wet because I had to deliver it today and i was not sure if the wetness would mess up the gluing onto the chair.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:26:54 PM »
I got interested so I did some googling - not to be confused with canoodling.

No Sag springs were introduced in furniture in 1934.

http://homefurniturecomponents.com/campaigns/high-point/Content/documents/seating/no-sag.pdf

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:44:06 PM »
65buick: I don't use synthetic burlap. If I want to put support on something like an ottoman I'll use jute webbing. Factories like it because it's fast and takes no skill to staple down.

It seems to me that it will start to sag sooner than later.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:40:02 PM »
sofad: that's a great idea. Thanks.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Mohair diamond tufting
« on: December 19, 2017, 08:38:09 PM »
It depends on what it is you are tufting and how deep the tufting holes are.

If there is old fabric that you will be taking off, you can use that as a pattern.

There are a few videos on youtube that show how to do tufting. I found them helpful many moons ago.

I've never tufted with mohair.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:30:20 PM »
Cutting through the synthetic burlap hopefully takes you to the zipper. I think I would cut the synthetic burlap in the center just enough to see the zipper. If I can see the zipper, which almost always goes diagonal, I would then cut the synthetic burlap on the same diagonal.

There may be cotton or poly batting between the zipper and the synthetic burlap. I would do the same thing with this. Cut a hole near the center to see the zipper and then cut the padding and synthetic zipper on a matching diagonal.

If you have the cambric off, taking the entire casing off is just a matter of removing the staples from around the bottom edge. As well as the welt cord if that is any.

I would stitch the synthetic burlap with thread when done. I may even staple some jute webbing up against the synthetic burlap in case someone using the ottoman for a stool and steps on it.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 17, 2017, 03:59:39 PM »
sofad: Mine might go 9 feet if I turned the lights off. Going 9" is more than I need. I point it a few inches in front of the cutting wheel and I then glued it to my electric cutter. Epoxy glue.

I keep the red beam on my chalk/magic marker lines when cutting the fabric. I'm only looking a few inches in front of the cutter where the red beam is on the chalk line.

It puts a red line on the table that is 7" or 8" long, because of how it is pointing downward. All I look at is the red beam on my chalk lines a few inches in front of the cutter machine. Keeping the red beam on the chalk lines is a lot easier for me than to keep the cutting blade on the chalk line.

Hope this helps.

gene

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General Discussion / What is this stuff?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:37:18 PM »
This stuff was used for stuffing in several seat cushions I'm replacing. What is it?

It looks like the silk from inside a silk pod plant.

It is natural, not synthetic. Very silky smooth. IT IS EXTREMELY FLAMIABLE. I put some in my sink and lit it. Poof! It went up in flames very fast.

Thanks,

Gene

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General Discussion / Double welt cord with leather
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:34:08 PM »
I need to make double welt cord with ostrich leather. It is very stiff.

Is there an easy way to get the leather pliable? Is there a chemical that I can use that will make the sewing easier?

I do not have a skive.

Is using my belt sander with a vacuum the best way to go for me?

I steamed a piece and it got more pliable but was stiff by the time I sat down at my sewing machine.

By the way, the leather is tanned a weird orange/yellow color. I've tested my sewing with mono filament thread and the color comes through the thread and looks pretty good.

Thanks,

Gene

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Posts page on Google my Business
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:20:48 PM »
 snedkermaster and vispesnekker

KodyD, have you double checked to make sure these words mean what you think they mean?  :-) That's a great idea. Any traffic is good traffic, unless they are bots from Russia.

I'm reminded of people who get Chinese words tattooed on their bodies and then they find out that the Chinese words do not mean what they think it means.

I saw a picture of a guy's arm that had Chinese words on it. A lady asked him what the words said. He said "I don't know. I don't speak Chinese." She took a picture of his arm and showed it to a friend of her's who is Chinese. Her friend said it says, "I don't know. I don't speak Chinese. That''s pretty clever. But not clever enough that I would want it tattooed on my arm.

gene

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General Discussion / Re: Cutting your lip
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:51:12 PM »
Thank you Inger for posting my video. I believe it's my first video.

SofaD: your photo worked fine for me.

Rich: I use it to follow the lines on my fabric when I'm cutting the fabric. I have gotten addicted to it. It makes seeing the lines so much easier.

It uses 3 button type batteries and I just bought a pack of 8 from Amazon for under 4 bucks with free shipping.

Paul: I bought mine at the Harbor Freight store. https://www.harborfreight.com/laser-marker-93242.html

gene

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General Discussion / Those expletive deletive hackers!
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:22:01 PM »
So, I get on this forum this evening, do some reading of posts, and then start to post about the fun I had today using my electric cutter to cut the lip off of a bunch of single welt cord that I had made.

I go to click on the "New Topic" button and it's not there. What? I look all over the page thinking maybe it was moved. Nope. It gone. Those expletive deletive hackers! I'm thinking that I'll try tomorrow and hope Inger has the time to fix this latest problem caused by those Russians. You'd think they'd all be too busy corrupting our government officials to have time to mess with our upholstery forum.

So, I go to log out and I can't. Oh no. The "Log Out" button is gone. Those da... Oh. It says "Log In". I forgot to log in.

Never mind. It must be Friday.

gene

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General Discussion / Cutting your lip
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:01:31 PM »
I made 18 yards of single welt cord that I needed to glue into the slots on dining room chairs. In order to do this I had to cut off the lip. I have used scissors in the past. I'm working with velvet this time and all that cutting is tough on my hand.

I made a video but photobucket does not allow uploads of videos and I need to update photobucket to post a picture. So hopefully you can make sense of this. I used my my electric cutter to cut off the lip. Wow does it go fast and easy! The blade guard is just thick enough to keep the stitches away from the blade but thin enough to cut very close to the stitches. I pulled the welt cord through the cutter.

It only took me a few minutes to get er' done.

gene


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General Discussion / Re: Burlap
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:24:32 PM »
I don't buy it. I've got a roll of 10 oz that been untouched for awhile. I use scraps of new fabric that work well.

Sunshine Foam only sells 10oz in jute and synthetic.

gene

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