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General Discussion / Uniform?
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:21:15 PM »
I was sitting here thinking what I migh be for halloween. Or, what kind of pumpkin person I'd do.
Then I thought, was there ever an upholsterers uniform? Like, painters wear white coveralls.
Plumbers wear pants that show their crack.
Highway workers wear orange.
What about us?

General Discussion / retro barstools
« on: August 08, 2018, 05:30:08 PM »
Mid Century!

Client asks that I eliminate the buttons. Were they installed to help the outside back be nice and tight?

And, think inside back/welt/outside back is sewn into one piece and then installed?


General Discussion / Pleatz
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:56:37 PM »
Hey Folks,

More dining chairs here. Getting better. But, I'm still not really sure about these front corners. I chose to do this type of pleat here

Keep in mind that it's not buttoned down and I will pull it a bit tighter. I'm just curious what everyone else would do here. A solid fabric might help me round that corner so there is essentially no visible pleat.

And just off topic here, today I vacuum packed my foam and dacron waste - I keep filling up my little bin too quickly.

General Discussion / Cambric
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:03:21 PM »
Is the black weed barrier the same thing? Looks, feels, smells (maybe even tastes) the same.
Even comes in same size.

General Discussion / Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 24, 2018, 02:20:05 PM »
Hi everyone. In a pickle here.

I am trying to do this seat. On the left side of the boxing, I get puckers. I tried more/less padding and that didn't work. When I sew, I start in the middle and do one side, then the other. That's the only thing I think is causing this issue since it's happened to me before.


Here's what the chair looked like before



Couple more things:

First, I really don't need to start sewing in the center for this type of seat cover. So tomorrow I will sew starting at one end and go all the way through. That should help since it won't be slightly different tension for the bobbin thread, causing puckers.

Then, from what I can see the welt is sewn such that it gets tighter towards the back of the seat. That way when it is upholstered the front boxing can remain tight all the way around the front corners.  I will do my best to slightly arc the boxing for the same purpose.

That's all I can figure out for now. Any help appreciated.

General Discussion / extra cotton
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:55 PM »
Got a bag full of scraps. Anyone tried making cushions from it? Make a pillow and wrap it in dacron?
Stuff's expensive and I hate to toss it, but if it needs be..

General Discussion / Use of cotton batting
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:12:55 AM »
I haven't used much of the cotton batting simply because of price. But I find that I like the way it works and am using it more.

In this chair: http://gdurl.com/48qf

when I removed the old cover it was strictly cotton on top of the springs. I used a piece of foam and now want to cover it in cotton. My question is, is it better to use one piece for the seat, and one piece for the edge, OR just use one piece to cover over all of it? I just envision that if one uses a single piece to cover over then at the edge it would get stretched and thin from the springs moving up and down.

The cover was placed right on top of the cotton. There was no dacron. The chair is from 1958 so I'm not even sure dacron was around then. Would it better to then go over the cotton with a piece of dacron, or just straight over? I will be using top grain italian leather. So I want to do the best that I can.

General Discussion / More on leather
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:30:46 PM »
The world of leather is huge. Cow, sheep, goat, etc. Then various tanning methods and grades, finishes and more.

I specifically need to know about seating. Does anyone know a minimum requirement? Something like a double rub or abrasion test.
I wouldn't even try a 'thin' leather but I'm not sure where to draw the line.

The Business Of Upholstery / Expansion, different sector?
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:18:45 PM »
In sharp contrast to the previous discussion to exit strategy, I'm wondering if I might need to change it up and/or pursue a slightly different market.

Where I live, we have a few different ports/marinas. I'm wondering if it might be a good idea to learn marine upholstery. I'm finding that my interior designers for the most part just don't want the hassle of custom furniture. They want it done. Delivered. Over and next project.

No surprise there since that's really what happens with everything. No time. Hussle hussle.
Keep in mind I didn't decide to learn about upholstery in the hope of making millions. Just want a decent life.

Curious what everyone's thoughts are about this.

General Discussion / Excitement
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:18:00 PM »
Really starting to feel like maybe I know a thing or two about upholstery.
Finally starting to get a handle on how fabrics and materials stretch. There's no doubt in my mind that it is an art. You can't just expect to grab fabric and cover whatever with no skill.
It is very satisfying to be able to do a job with only just a few hiccups and end with something beautiful.

And please everyone share with me your most satisfying project or a time when you felt confident.

General Discussion / Re-staining brightwork
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:18:11 AM »
A lot of the time I opt to completely strip old varnish and start new - too many dings and scratches.

Though a few times I run into some wood that just doesn't stain well, dark & even.
I spot test a number of stains from danish oil to zar stains, etc. And, with a pre of dilute shellac.

Without being an expert woodworker here, not sure what to do.

General Discussion / Leather
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
I have a client requesting leather upholstered dining seats. I do have some leather scrap I can practice with, since it is very unlike vinyl or wovens. What else should I do to get acquainted with the material?

General Discussion / Wide world of Textiles
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Had this on my mind for awhile. Fabrics and other textiles have a LOT of marketing. I often wonder how to differentiate. There are folks peddling fabrics on every corner it seems.

Myself, I tend to gravitate to designer fabrics, mainly because I can be assured that they are quality. If something were to go wrong, the company would likely be concerned. E.g. Kravet.

I think we can all agree that we put our best into our pieces because we want it to last for the longest time possible. For a number of reasons.

But where do we draw the line? I don't think many of customers or potential customers know or care about the details of fabric. They want a good price. Obviously, we don't want something like what's been talked about before - vinyl that will not stop stretching. Or maybe poor colorfastness. Or, premature wear.

None of us, I believe, have access to a Wyzenbeek. But even if we did, it still wouldn't tell us everything.

I think maybe a good start is to avoid textiles made in China. There is simply too much risk. Too little oversight.
But what else can we do? A remnant may work well for a certain project, etc.

Folks dealing with textiles long-time, what have you learned?

General Discussion / Good read
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:40:34 PM »
Fellow furniture upholsterers (and others interested)

My friend gave me this book knowing I have a strong interest in seating furniture.

Really details the history of how this all evolved, plus many famous designs.
Being part of a western civilization, the evolution of the chair is quite interesting.

General Discussion / Most difficult or challenging project
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:07:18 PM »
What is everyone's most challenging project you have ever done? And what did you do to overcome the challenge and finish with success?


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