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General Discussion / Edge rolls
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:35:34 PM »
I did search for this but I don't think a hot dog will suffice.

Cotton edgeroll: lousy
Poly edge roll: lousy

The one on the piece I am working on had compressed paper and then another layer of burlap, and hog ringed to the edge of the spring.

I found a guy on youtube who states that these don't hold up well - and I believe it.
He takes manila rope and then uses layers to get to the desired thickness.


What does everyone else do?

The Business Of Upholstery / What are we?
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:30:33 PM »
What does everyone call themselves? Other than upholsterer, or re-upholsterer,

Artisan? Tradesperson? Craftsperson?

General Discussion / cat pee
« on: November 10, 2017, 04:58:56 PM »
I was going to title this thread "odors" but I'll just cut right to the chase.

Almost everything I do, I eventually find evidence of cat pee.
It's almost like cigarette smoke, there's nothing you can do to get rid of it.
I'm talking about wooden frames, all the fabric upholstery has been stripped. Everything. So the cat pee permeates the frame. Now what?

The Business Of Upholstery / Sole proprietor
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:24:14 PM »
As I stated in the other forum, spammers are winning here.

Yet I will keep posting until there is a solution.

And today my question for everyone is: those of you who work solo, how do you prevent yourself from going bonkers?
I have a dog, but he is not a substitute for a human.

General Discussion / Losing the battle with spammers
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:20:53 PM »
Any ideas?

General Discussion / Attaching springs to burlap
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:16:45 AM »
I see on my loveseat the coil springs are attached the bottom burlap using something called a clincher tool. Keeping in mind that this tool is rather expensive, is there another way reupholsterers attach the springs on the bottom? The tops were tied in regular fashion.

General Discussion / Name brand, designer fabrics or not?
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:37:39 PM »
This is important. While I am now being offered work from designers, I still like to upholster pieces on my own time, for sale to the public.
Here comes the dilemma: I have been buying 'brand-name' fabrics, with hope that people will see that it is not junk, that it is done with quality in mind, and that the fabric has been tested for durability.
So far, to no avail. As I currently look for a fabric for a little loveseat, I wonder, do people care? I can buy 'no-name' fabrics for 1/2 the cost, or less. Meaning, a cheaper price to the consumer.
I understand that in reality this is what most companies have concluded. I had hoped to find a niche, who desire quality, and durability.
I asked a supplier in Los Angeles, what are you double -rub counts? 'I'm not sure, but I would guess 40k'
Is this good enough? Sounds to me like no testing was done whatsoever. Possibly made overseas, and probably would present problems.

I am lucky that designers here prefer Kravet, which I know to be quality fabric, with extensive testing done. Higher price means more people employed to make a quality product. Being that we have a local rep, I likely would not make any money at all but using the fabric, but possibly would get more local jobs.

So I ask you all for your thoughts, and possibly could you include what sort of fabric that you use? You don't have to tell me everything, just the basics.


General Discussion / Leather
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:40:37 AM »

I bought some scrap leather for a small project, mainly to give potential customers something with my name on it. As I've found out, working with leather is another whole ball game.
Short of buying a kit from Tandy with all the special tools, does anyone have any suggestions? I wanted to machine stitch the leather, not spend a ton of time, but at least have something professional looking.

At a minimum I have realized that should a customer ask for leather, I'm in for it. Though, stitching straight lines on a cushion is a whole lot easier than stitching something small.

General Discussion / Webbing
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:09:03 PM »
Hello everyone,

Just got a couple cool mid-century pieces from the wood refinisher for the designer. All pretty straightforward stuff, only thing is the webbing for this one piece. The wood guy says it was a polyester webbing. I don't see any staple marks, so I'm curious how the webbing was fastened to itself to create the loop.


General Discussion / Velvet/Nap question
« on: October 02, 2017, 11:43:00 AM »
When selecting a velvet, I need the nap to go the same direction - down the piece, correct?

When looking at velvets, or napped fabrics, am I better selecting one that is railroaded?

This is in consideration for this piece.


The Business Of Upholstery / Business
« on: September 27, 2017, 01:14:37 PM »
I think I made a mistake: The rundown here is that I do not rent a shop. I go find work and do it that way, or upholster pieces I find and sell them.

Customer sends photo. I knew appx what I wanted, but instead asked how much they wanted done for. I basically too low, but let's talk.

This to me is one of the hardest things. I want to get a fair compensation but not scare them away.

General Discussion / Foam knife
« on: September 21, 2017, 03:59:01 PM »
Time to break down and buy a good foam rubber cutter.
Choice is: A used stanley from ebay, or one of these new ones from this website.

Can't afford a Bosch.

The Business Of Upholstery / Skinny Work Table
« on: September 17, 2017, 02:42:41 PM »
I know most folks here are working from a larger commercial shop or dedicated shop. But I might as well ask.

Going to build or modify a worktable. It's going to be the standard 20" depth to allow for car parking during the night. I plan to use hinges to attach a board to the side of the table to accomodate pattern lay out and fabric cutting.

If I had room for a ping pong table I'd probably just do that. But, I don't.

Maybe folks have a few suggestions for me. I'd appreciate it.

General Discussion / Coil springs
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:49:12 PM »
This is interesting. They covered the springs with duck cloth (sewn into pockets) before attaching them together.

The seat springs I'm hoping to replace the covering (one at a time - bottom, then top) and basically keep the spring assembly tied together.


General Discussion / synthetic burlap
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:10:48 PM »
Here, the inside/outside back and bottom of seat was lined with what I think is synthetic burlap. I asked my supplier and they do not carry such a thing. I would have to order it online.
Besides the color, it appears the be woven polypropylene, which is the same material used to line the edges of fields for vegetables. It is also used around construction sites.

why did they do this? cheap, I guess. probably cheaper and faster than red-line webbing.

Both the inside back and the seat use coil springs. quality. So any input of what I should use here is welcome.


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