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General Discussion / Re: Membership drive
« on: Today at 01:07:40 PM »
Welcome to the forum DS.

We have a customer who has a rambunctious young Boxer. This dog likes to chew the welting on the corner of cushions. For a while she was stopping by the shop every two weeks. We love dogs and at first gave her a discount. After a while we realized the problem was not getting solved and now charge her our regular price.

Whenever a customer brings us a pet damaged job they ask, do you get much of this type business? I tell them dogs and cats are our best customers. 

Last year be broke from our supply ordering model. That was to try to buy most of our supplies from one place. Yes their prices kept going up. Especially foam and Dacron. Our two most used and most ordered supplies. The supplier included free shipping which was a nice perk.

Every time we placed an order the prices were higher. And not just $1 or $2 like you mention. But on some products it was more like $10 to $15. On top of that he wouldn't deliver right to my shop. The "free shipping" meant I had to drive 5 miles to meet him at a Lowes parking lot. 5 miles isn't a big deal but it is a disruption in a busy work day.

So Rose got on the phone and called other suppliers. She found a foam and Dacron guy who was cheaper and would deliver right to our shop. She also found other suppliers for other products who (even with shipping) were cheaper and shipped right to our doorstep.

We still use the original supplier but not near as much as we use to. That leaves more money in our pockets.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:57:11 AM »
That guy looks like he could tuft with his eyes closed. I'm guessing he does this everyday, 5 days a week. He does a very nice job. I notice he lets all the extra, loose fabric gather where the back meets the arm.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 16, 2018, 08:21:14 AM »
This guy looks like he's done it a time or two,


General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:36:03 PM »
Starting to understand this a bit more - make spring tying seem easy!

You super pro folks - after you've determined where you want to button, are you able tob just eyeball the fabric for needle placement?

I know some folks who can do it this way. I have never been able. I draw the lines on the back of the fabric but only for reference points. Different types of fabric, different thickness of foam and different foam densities, even different styles of furniture make the hole placement... different. You may have to deviate from the lines but you can use the lines to give you a good idea where you are at.

General Discussion / Re: Most difficult or challenging project
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:20:42 PM »
Lol, my table made out of 2 X 4's and plywood does the same see saw thing. Fortunately I have a yard stick that is slightly bowed that works fine when patterning over the hump. :)

General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:13:21 PM »
Yes, Rose informed me the pattern is manta ray. Not moray.

The blue is perfect for UF Gators orange and blue. Is there a big difference between gator hide and manta ray hide? Add an orange welt and makes a great toss pillow for a gator fan.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:02:27 PM »
Good question.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:28:59 PM »
The stuff I use is a cotton/poly blend. I wouldn't even know where to get 100% felted cotton anymore.

That looks like what I use.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:20:19 PM »
This photo is one of two sofas we are getting ready to do for the sister. She too is into all natural. This all natural stuff sounds like a good idea to me. We try to eat healthy and organic as much as possible. We buy bottled water because the water in High Springs sucks. Rose cooks with coconut oil and we use non toxic soap and tooth past. On the other hand we handle plenty of toxic supplies in our daily work.

We are going round and round trying to find all natural or non toxic products to recover her sofas with.


We called our foam supplier, Hickory Springs, to find out about 100% natural latex foam. The best they could do is 70% latex and 30% Polyurethane. The salesman said without the poly the cushion will not lay right. They sell latex for mattresses. This means the smallest piece they will sell is 6"X60"X80". They will cut it into smaller pieces but you have to buy the whole thing. Price is $480.

Rose called around and found a place up north who said they have 100% all natural latex foam. Double the price above. But when Rose examined the spec sheet it has chemicals in it also.

These two young ladies inherited a bunch nice of antiques from their grandmother. And apparently some money too because they don't bulk at our prices. At one point Rose had her talked into HR foam, non California laws and no flame retardant. But when we went to pick it all up she said she wanted the latex. So Rose sent her the spec sheet and told her to make a decision. Everything is striped down and ready to send to the refinisher.  I guess you could say it is a good learning experience. I always thought latex was 100% natural rubber. Can you buy anything these days that is non toxic?

General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:26:03 PM »
We received the fabric today. I was able to take a better look at it. When you rub it one way it feels like suede. When you rub it the other way it feels like vinyl. It has a cloth back. Bares the Kravet label. Rose told him to order 7 yds, he ordered 8. This photo doesn't do it justice.


I did not know about vinegar. I will keep that in mind for future jobs, thanks. I think with these legs this method would be difficult seeing the leg was about 4" wide and the dowel was in the center. How to get the vinegar to soak that far in? Syringe perhaps?

General Discussion / Re: Japy Freres
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:53:09 PM »
Wow, I wouldn't even know where to start.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:44:29 PM »
Thanks all this gives me some ideas. Here is the loveseat. We are getting ready to do it Friday.  The cushions are somewhat deformed but I think they can be saved. They feel good to sit on. My biggest concern is they look strained.


I unstuffed one and found this. Obviously these have been worked on before. Someone may have added extra batting.  Pretty stained and lumpy. And yes the unit is wrapped with dacron.


This is as far as I wanted to go for fear I would cause a big rats nest. The marshal unit looks better than expected but of course we're only looking at one side.


The one reason I am considering salvaging the padding on this cushion is the customer is concerned about toxic off gassing. And even though Dacron is a man made product that off gasses, I think the cushion is old enough to have finished that process. I'm just not sure if its going to be a big lumpy mess.

We are getting ready to do two camel back sofas for her sister who is also concerned about toxic fumes. She is considering latex. I will tell you what Rose found later.

So here is another question. Does the white cotton used in upholstery off gas toxic fumes? Is white cotton 100% cotton or is something mixed in with it? Its bleached, right? I could call my supplier but I doubt he would know.

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