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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New fancy nail gun
« on: Today at 07:32:55 AM »
The Osborne costs around $250. The Uffy is $600.
Not sure about the difference in terms between "nailer" and "tack gun". Maybe because the nailer only shoots one at a time?

The Uffy can be a bit of an air hog because of the swirling air cannister. Some have complained that they have to stop and let their air compressor catch up.

My only complaint with the Osborne nailer is that every time I get ready to use it, I have to play with the air pressure and fire a few test shots and play some more until I get the air pressure just right. Too much air scratches the heads. Too little air, and the nails don't drive in all the way. Maybe if I had a better regulator on my air line it wouldn't be as much trouble.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie questions if you don't mind
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:31:19 PM »
The term "lifetime" is often subjective.

Many manufacturers play fast and loose with the  "L" word. When they say "lifetime", they mean the general life expectancy of the furniture, not the person sitting in it. Typically, a piece of furniture is expected to last 5-7 years.

As for density, you must also consider compression. I prefer 2.7 density 35 lbs. compression. It has a soft, but weighty feel to it.

This project is a bit large for a first attempt. But as Ed (K-dog) says, mostly simple basic lines and seams.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum.


What brand of osc. Tool is recommended then? Dremel?
I buy these 2 at a time. One of them typically lasts 3-5 months (of heavy use). I tried the Dremel brand. It's more expensive, and doesn't really last any longer than the cheap ones. The motor does fine, but the little "tits" that hold the blade in place wear smooth.


A 3-pack of blades is $23 from Amazon. Shipping is free with Prime.

The blades typically last 1-3 months, depending on usage.

The HF oscillating tool usually burns up within a month or two. It's always the motor that burns up before the brushes wear out.

General Discussion / Re: Inquiring minds want to know!
« on: June 30, 2018, 08:47:08 AM »
1) I use Camie adhesive for foam, which is a form of contact glue. Rarely have I used actual contact cement such as Weldwood.

2)I do both.

3) Every minute that I spend working on my own stuff is costing me double. So I don't. The lovely Mrs. Locke buys her furniture at the store just like the rest of America.

4) Rarely use fabric adhesive. Occasionally along a small area as a repair to save major teardown.

5) I used to make an extra $500 or more every week (in very little time) re-sewing trampolines.  Then Wally World flooded the market with cheap POS trampolines. They pretty much killed that fad entirely.

General Discussion / Re: extra cotton
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:25:06 PM »
What to do when the decorator orders too much fabric. Definitely don't want the customer to see a remnant of 5 yards at $100/yard. There have been times the decorator asks if we can keep it for them. Other times they say just keep it. Usually we give it back to the decorator at another time.
i used to have a decorator that would sell it on the next job. Of course, that meant that all of her customers had identical fabrics in their homes. In a small town, it eventually caught up with her.

General Discussion / Re: Narrow crown stapler
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:46:15 PM »
I sometimes use a brad nail gun to anchor corners on DW.

I used to have a "gimp gun", which was a 1/4" crown 20 gauge stapler. When it crapped out, I never tried to replace it.

I hate receiving "cold calls", so I'm not sending any.

I would feel funny doing it. I would feel like I'm sounding desperate.
Only once in my career did business slow down to the point that I had to "shake the bushes" to drum up some work. I put flyers on doors in a few choice neighborhoods, and called on a few restaurants that had a lot of torn booths. All in all, it netted me almost nothing in return. Business picked back up on it's own, and I never even thought about doing that again.

When I receive "cold call" emails, I immediately mark them as spam and delete them without reading a single word. I recently fired Tru-Green from doing my lawn because I got tired of all their "up-sell" phone calls offering various services additional to regular lawn treatment.

Basically, the quickest way to NOT get my business is to call me.

General Discussion / Re: Sewing neochrome
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:05:33 AM »
I used to do a restaurant out of Neochrome on a recurring basis. I didn't have any trouble top stitching it. But I eventually talked them in to switching to a different vinyl because the Neochrome didn't hold up well. It would start cracking within a year.

A lot of factors could've been in play. Could've been old stock from my supplier. Could've been the harsh cleaning solution the restaurant staff was using. But for whatever reason, it stopped happening when I switched vinyls.

Are you using a smooth foot?

A world famous cardiologist died. All of his colleagues attended his funeral.

The coffin was shaped like a giant open heart. As they began to lower it into the ground, the heart closed up.

One of the attendees began laughing. When he noticed all the disapproving stares, he apologized.

"I'm sorry", he said "I was just picturing my own funeral.........I'm a gynecologist".

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Expansion, different sector?
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:06:56 PM »
Are you talking about on-site work at marinas? Many marinas have a cozy deal with one upholstery shop only.

It's like a drug dealer trying to take over another dealer's "corner".

Bill and Tom were best friends. One was moving to Florida, the other was moving to Michigan. They made a promise to meet up every 10 years and have dinner.

At 30 years old, Bill asked Tom "Where do you want to go?" Tom quickly said "Hooters!"
"Why Hooters?" Bill asked. "Because they have good looking women with big racks" Tom replied.
"Sounds good" said Bill. So off to Hooters they went.

At 40, Bill asked again. Once again Tom said "Hooters".
"They have lots of TV's with all the games on".
So again they went to Hooters.

At 50, Tom said "Let's meet at Hooters. They have plenty of parking"

At 60, Tom said "Let's go to Hooters. The wings are half price before 5"

At 70, Tom wanted to meet at Hooters because they had handicapped parking spaces.

Finally at 80, Bill asked Tom where he wanted to meet. Tom said "Hooters".
Bill asked "Why Hooters?"
Tom replied "Because we've never been there before".

General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 12, 2018, 08:21:24 PM »
As far as running out of antiques and I like to include vintage and mid-century into this group. When I go to antique stores there doesn't seem to be a shortage. Most of what I recover is 40 years or older.
As an industry, we can't depend on an ever-shrinking supply for our livelihood. If we're relying on thrift store furniture and stuff from Grandma's house to sustain us, we're doomed. It may seem like there's a surplus at the antique stores, but I suspect that's only because there are so few upholsterers to do them all.

3 or 4 times a year, I go to the landfill with abandoned furniture. Most of it is over 30 years old.

I took the old fabric off a recliner this morning. I used my Sofa Dream Machine. (I'm sure we all name our tools.) I named my oscillating cutting tool after Sofa Doc, who shared this idea on the forum.
I'm not sure how I feel about a vibrating appliance that gives you such pleasure being named after me.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:49:50 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.
Some of the little home sergers will struggle with upholstery weight fabrics. My industrial Juki serger will handle any weight fabric. But it will only accept lightweight serger thread. I believe Mojo said that his will sew 92 thread. For my needs, I only need to secure raw edges, so lightweight serger thread is fine.

The great thing about serger thread, it's insanely cheap compared to upholstery thread. About $3 for a 3000 yd cone.

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