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General Discussion / Fabric backing
« on: September 17, 2018, 09:32:17 PM »
A customer has an embroidered fabric about 2' by 2" that was his mom's, and he wants me to cover a foot stool with it. It needs cleaning and the dry cleaning company told him if he gets a backing put on the embroidered fabric they will try to clean it.

Does anyone have experience with this? I can buy fusible iron on backing and I think that would work OK, but I'm not sure. I'm just hoping someone has some experience with this.



General Discussion / woodworking
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:50:53 PM »
Here's a video on making a guitar that I recently watched. It's from 2016.


Here's a video blog on rebuilding a 1911 wooden ship. This is a current project.


I found both of these to be fascinating. I watched them over the last few weeks. We may be the last generation to truly appreciate fine craftsmanship made by people and not machines.


General Discussion / Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:58:24 AM »
Do not try this at home! Or in your shop!

I've been using an electric carving knife to cut my foam. I've gotten pretty good at it and I don't think I cut enough foam to justify buying a Bosch or other cutter made specifically for cutting foam.

I sharpen the blades on my electric carving knife and over the years they got worn to the point where I was going to get a new one. Then I had this great idea!

I've cut foam a few times by holding a hack saw blade in my hand. It works well but is tiring on my hand. So, I epoxied a hack saw blade to one of the worn out electric carving knife blades. What a great idea! Unfortunately, it does not work. I think the hack saw blade is moving too fast with it's small teeth and it just does not cut the foam. I was so proud of myself just before failure entered my world. Sometimes reality is harsh and uncaring.

General Discussion / Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:56:20 PM »
I am going to make a baseball bean bag chair for my grandson. It will be two panels of white fabric sewn together, and then I'll use a soft red cord to make it look like there are stitches. And yes for those of you who are going to ask, it will have 108 stitches.

What do you think of using shredded polyurethane foam for the stuffing? I've got scraps around the shop.

I remember talking about shredding foam years ago but I don't remember what was said. I've got a wood chipper that shreds sticks up to 3" in diameter. Do you think this would work on poly foam?

Any thoughts on a type of fabric? I don't like using white but it's a baseball, what can I do. If it gets scratches and stains on it I'll just tell people it was one of Joe Niekro's baseballs. :-)



General Discussion / Furniture feet
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:56:28 PM »
I have two love seats that the customer wants me to raise up three inches. The feet are part of the frame, not the kind that unscrew. What is the best way to add three inches to the feet? I googled it but could only find people using the screw on feet.

One thought I had was to cut the feet off flush with the bottom of the frame and screw on a metal plate that receives the bolt from feet that  screw into the plate.

I'm also wondering how often do you raise the feet on furniture. Is this something that you mention to people as an added item to your estimate? A lot of the older furniture is really low to the ground.



General Discussion / Inquiring minds want to know!
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:49:45 PM »
1. Do you use contact cement in your upholstery work? How often if you do, and for what types of projects?

2. I glue a mortise and tenon joint, or a dowel joint, and clamp it until the glue dries. Or, I glue a mortise and tenon joint, or a dowel joint, clamp it, put a brad nail or two into the tenon or dowels, and then take the clamp off. Will the second technique be just as good as the first?

3. How often are you able to work on personal projects at work, or do never make the time for such things?

4. How often do you use fabric adhesive, if at all? I needed to make 8 straps for back cushions today that are held to the chair frame with these straps, so the straps are visible. I cut them out and was going to sew them, but then thought of using fabric glue. For this application, the fabric glue was much faster.

5. For those of you who have been doing upholstery for a long time, is there a type of furniture upholstery that you no longer see that you enjoyed doing?

Thank you for indulging my inquiring mind.


General Discussion / Attached back cushions to the wall
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:51:54 AM »
I have a built in banquette that will have 5 back rest cushions attached to the wall. The cushions will be made with a wood substrate. What hardware would you use to attach the cushions? There is a decorative wood lip over the back area so I am not able to slide the cushions downward to install. I will need to push the cushions straight onto the wall.

Thank you,


General Discussion / JoAnn Fabrics
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:49:22 AM »
I was in JoAnn Fabrics yesterday. I told the lady cutting my lining that I'm an upholsterer. She wanted my business card because she said she has customers all the time wanting an upholsterer. She said customers come in all the time buying fabric for a DIY project and then come back because they got in over their heads and are looking for someone to finish the project. And she said she has customers who want to buy their fabric but want to find an upholsterer first.

I did not give her my business card. My thinking is that someone sees a new cheap sofa for $500. They think they can save money by reupholstering their sofa themselves. They find out that they do not have the skills to do the reupholstery, or that it is too hard. They then find out that an upholsterer will charge double what they can pay for that new cheap sofa.

If I gave JoAnn's my business card, I believe I would get a steady stream of phone calls and texts asking me for advise and estimates, but not one piece of business.

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment?


General Discussion / Narrow crown stapler
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:31:16 PM »
When you use a narrow crown staple to secure the corners of double welt cord, do you use the 18 gage narrow crown staple that Harbor Freight guns use?


Or do you use a narrow crown stapler that has staples as thin as the Series 7 staples?



General Discussion / Slippery fingers
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:24:12 PM »
I could never be accused of having sticky fingers.

I don't remember when it started, but probably a year or so after I began working with fabrics full time, my fingers got slippery to the point where I had difficulty dealing playing cards. I know a few slight of hand magic tricks and I could no longer do these tricks.

I don't know if chemicals from the fabrics were on my fingers or if the oils from my fingers were constantly being drawn away by the fabric.

Occasionally I would have a fabric that was slippery and difficult to handle when sewing.

Last week I bought a pair of cotton sewing gloves that have rubber tips on the fingers. They work great! I'm not sure how long they will last though. The seem to pick up the color of whatever fabric I am using.

Has anyone else had this issue with their fingers. I'm wondering if it's an issue of chemicals in the fabric or the oils being removed from my fingers or something else. And this is not the same thing as my fingers being tired. I can tell there is a difference between these two issues.



General Discussion / Friday Funny
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:58:46 AM »
There's not one damn thing funny today. Not one!


General Discussion / Friday funny
« on: February 23, 2018, 09:21:24 PM »
Earlier this week I finally made a holster for my scissors. It fits on my belt and I have my scissors by my side all the time. I wish I had done this years ago.

Today I'm standing by my cutting table trying to remember where I put my scissors. I could not figure out where I left them. I know I used them to cut a string on a sofa I just finished. But where did I put them.

OH! Maybe they somehow fell in the garbage can??? And as I went to bend over to look in the garbage can, yes, I found them, snug as a bug in a rug, in my new scissor holster hanging on my belt.


General Discussion / What is this stuff?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:37:18 PM »
This stuff was used for stuffing in several seat cushions I'm replacing. What is it?

It looks like the silk from inside a silk pod plant.

It is natural, not synthetic. Very silky smooth. IT IS EXTREMELY FLAMIABLE. I put some in my sink and lit it. Poof! It went up in flames very fast.



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General Discussion / Double welt cord with leather
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:34:08 PM »
I need to make double welt cord with ostrich leather. It is very stiff.

Is there an easy way to get the leather pliable? Is there a chemical that I can use that will make the sewing easier?

I do not have a skive.

Is using my belt sander with a vacuum the best way to go for me?

I steamed a piece and it got more pliable but was stiff by the time I sat down at my sewing machine.

By the way, the leather is tanned a weird orange/yellow color. I've tested my sewing with mono filament thread and the color comes through the thread and looks pretty good.



General Discussion / Those expletive deletive hackers!
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:22:01 PM »
So, I get on this forum this evening, do some reading of posts, and then start to post about the fun I had today using my electric cutter to cut the lip off of a bunch of single welt cord that I had made.

I go to click on the "New Topic" button and it's not there. What? I look all over the page thinking maybe it was moved. Nope. It gone. Those expletive deletive hackers! I'm thinking that I'll try tomorrow and hope Inger has the time to fix this latest problem caused by those Russians. You'd think they'd all be too busy corrupting our government officials to have time to mess with our upholstery forum.

So, I go to log out and I can't. Oh no. The "Log Out" button is gone. Those da... Oh. It says "Log In". I forgot to log in.

Never mind. It must be Friday.


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