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General Discussion / Re: Thread ?
« on: January 17, 2018, 05:45:12 PM »
My 2 cents worth, most of the folks on the forum have been upholstering a very long time. Over the years we have found the best deals and often that includes free shipping. Its simply a business decision.

Besides the regulars on this site we get a lot of drive byes as evident when looking at Guests/Users bar. The guests always outnumber the users by 10 or 15 people. Rarely do they stop to chat. This makes me think they are mostly amatures who are afraid they will ask an embarrassing question. I have done the same on car care sites. This also makes me think that because they are newbies in the upholstery trade they are the type of people who would be interested in the wares that are for sale on the upholstery tools page. I'm looking at the upholstery tool kit and thinking this is a perfect set up for a beginner.

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:36:03 PM »
Mojo, at 59 you are a young man. I say go for it. Some of the guys here could be your best customers. :)

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:28:57 AM »
Sofa nailed it. To add to his reply, unlike 50 years ago new furniture is not worth reupholstering. Use to be an upholsterer could make a pretty good living recovering furniture that was 15 or 20 years old. And he could do it for less than a new piece of furniture. Now days most upholsterers don't even try to compete with new furniture. That leaves a few options, antiques, furniture built in the 60's or later, commercial, cars and boats. Anything that doesn't compete with the stuff coming out of china. If you are sticking with furniture the next problem is convincing the customer a piece of furniture built in the 60's is much sturdier and worth reupholstering.

This means less furniture that needs to be recovered. The good thing for us diehards who are sticking it out is there are less upholsterers doing it. Most of us stay pretty busy.

I think someone getting into upholstery today will stay busy. Getting the experience is the hard part. If you could find an upholsterer who needs help and if you could convince him to hire you your knowledge would increase expeditiously.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:53:11 PM »
I agree. Nothing like standing back and looking at a job well done and saying, I did that. Nothing like looking at your own two hands and saying, this is how I make my income.

General Discussion / Re: Curves, arcs, math
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:45:33 PM »
I cut my teeth in the factories. They have the luxury of fitting and patterning. As many time as it takes. They have full time workers and that's all they do. And they have plenty of fabric to mess around with.

Us down in the trenches don't have that luxury. We need to get it right the first time every time. If we're lucky the piece is a virgin and we can use the original pattern for all of our cuts. More often than not we have to deal with furniture that was recovered by someone who just didn't care. In this case your method, "But I just went and laid out the fabric and played with it until I got pretty close" is the right method. In this case padding and a regulator is your best friend.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Work order need suggestions
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:16:32 AM »
I wish my last boss thought like you. He never wrote anything down. At least once a week he would come running into the back room screaming "hold on" because he forgot to tell me an important change order. That's aggravating.

My wife uses a simple piece of white paper and writes down every detail discussed with the customer. This includes a fabric sample and the direction of the pattern. This way I can start the next project even when she is not there.

You could discuss the details with the upholsterer at the beginning of each job but chances are he will forget half of what was said.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:04:43 AM »

I have moved to Ridgid with the LSA (Lifetime Service Agreement).   I'm on my third set of batteries, all covered by the LSA.

My neighbor helped me build a wall in the shop. He had a Ridged impact drill. Nice and compact tool. When he told me it had a lifetime warranty I couldn't believe it. That's an awesome warranty.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:32:37 PM »
Sounds like my cordless drill. I go through one about every 4 or 5 years. New batteries cost as much as the drill. I have an air drill and a corded drill but the cordless drill is just so much more convenient. I would seriously consider a cordless stapler if they were available and not cost prohibitive.

Another thing to consider is my Bea gun is slim. It can fit into some tight spaces. Those rechargeable batteries are pretty big.

General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:18:39 PM »
Two things, you will be hand sewing the deck on. The deck will be machine sewed to the seat front. Using a large curved needle you will sew the seem salvage to the burlap, catching the springs as you go along. You need a break in the cotton where you will be sewing in order to get that seem pulled down as close to the burlap as possible.

The cotton on the front of the seat needs to be smooth. This would be a good time to rip the cotton about 4" back from the front edge and replace it with a nice smooth piece of cotton. This will also give you that break in the cotton to sew the deck down to the burlap.

Another idea would be to add another layer of cotton to raise the top of the seat front about an inch higher than the deck. The seat front needs to be higher than the deck to help keep the cushions from sliding forward when sitting on them. And at the same time a fresh layer of cotton will cover the lumps on the front of the seat. And if you are not adding a skirt you can place this smooth piece of cotton all the way to the bottom of the frame.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 08, 2018, 09:02:56 PM »
When I was a teen I got ahold of an adding machine. It was huge, it was old, it was electric, it was mechanical and it worked. Now I'm wondering what happened to that thing.

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:45:30 PM »
59 and 11/12 but don't tell anyone. I plan on staying 59 for a very long time.

General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:03:46 PM »
Interesting Steve. I will turn 60 next month. The interesting thing is the difference ten years make.

I do not recall a time with no TV. I do remember only black and white.

*When I was young my mom always wore pantyhose. She never wears them now.

*Home air conditioners in Michigan were rare and in the car unheard of. When dad moved the family to Florida (1968) he bought 3 through the wall AC's

*I remember our first dishwasher. It was on wheals and dad rigged it to quick connect to the kitchen faucet. When finished it would roll into a cubbyhole under the counter.
*We had a clothes dryer but mom preferred hanging them on the line to dry. She was always into saving money. That's what we did in the 70's. Mom and dads last house never had a line. She hasn't hung clothes to dry in over 30 years.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:07:40 PM »
If its something I screwed up I correct it. If it's something I should have noticed when I had the piece striped down I repair it.

If the customer screws something up we take it on a case by case basis. Most often I will fix it. Two things we cannot warranty, Foam and because we do not sell fabric we cannot warranty fabric.

Our craftsmanship gets a lifetime warranty. If I fix a frame its warranted. If I fix a spring it is warranted. I got this idea from Manta. The author suggested if you are going to stand behind your work why not promote it? So we include our warrenty on a page on our website titled Why Use Ladd Upholstery Designs? We have promoted this policy for 4 years and it has not come back to bite us. Someday it may, but if its something I did wrong, I'll fix it. For a lifetime


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Dining Room chair bottom rebuild/recover
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:36:20 AM »
You could replace the seat with a solid piece of plywood. The cost of the plywood and labor to cut it may push the price out of range.

If the customer wants a firmer feel simply remove the stretchy stuff and replace with jute webbing.

Another way I have fixed these seats and this is if the customer does not want the fabric removed. From the bottom fill the cavity with firm foam and web over that.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Warranty
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:00:20 PM »
Ask yourself how far out would you make a repair on your work. If a customer called 5 years later and had a problem would you make the repair? How about 10 years? How about a life time? Imagine giving a warranty unlike any other upholsterer. Imagine the marketing possibilities with a lifetime warranty. Sounds crazy dosn't it?

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