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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.


General Discussion / Cutting your lip
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:01:31 PM »
I made 18 yards of single welt cord that I needed to glue into the slots on dining room chairs. In order to do this I had to cut off the lip. I have used scissors in the past. I'm working with velvet this time and all that cutting is tough on my hand.

I made a video but photobucket does not allow uploads of videos and I need to update photobucket to post a picture. So hopefully you can make sense of this. I used my my electric cutter to cut off the lip. Wow does it go fast and easy! The blade guard is just thick enough to keep the stitches away from the blade but thin enough to cut very close to the stitches. I pulled the welt cord through the cutter.

It only took me a few minutes to get er' done.


The Business Of Upholstery / foam prices
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:08:05 PM »
US Foam out of Michigan has free shipping on orders over $100, east of the Rocky Mountains. (Does anyone remember when Coors was NOT available east of the Rocky Mountain)

They had a price increase in August of this year and another 9% in November. That's a big increase.

Anyone else notice prices for foam or other supplies going up recently?


General Discussion / Ronco feathers
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:29:04 PM »
I couldn't find my original topic.

I asked about making a down/foam cushion insert and you folks recommended Ronco in California. I bought a down envelope for a single sofa cushion. It came two weeks ago and I finally got around to unpacking it, cutting the foam, and putting it all together. The customer picked it up today.

I was very happy with the down envelope. It had a nice loft to it and was sewn very well. Their prices were OK also. I'm going to start telling my customers about this option.

Thanks again,


General Discussion / Sewing vinyl
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
I'm working with an expensive vinyl. It has a felt type backing.

When I sew two pieces together, I can pull the pieces at the seam and I can see the thread. It's a light blue vinyl and I'm using a white thread.

My sewing machine is adjusted correctly.

Is the only solution to use a light blue thread, or is that a way to tighten my stitch? It stays tight when using fabric.



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