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General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:45:28 AM »
I cannot imagine that I will ever truly "retire".  Hubby retired in '05 and is very content, but he has some major health issues.  I have to always be doing something or my hands just go crazy.  Even if we are hunkered down watching TV, I'm generally pinning quilt blocks, or working on alterations, etc.  I like having a bit more "down" time.  I've already seeded our entire yard.  One section Missy and Joe tore up the first month or so we had them and the grass never came back completely.  I would estimate it at 80% covered now that the seed has done its thing.  We also purchased adult 3 wheel bikes and have taken to long rides throughout our neighborhood.  We both weren't comfortable on bikes anymore and the looks we get from oncoming traffic is just too much fun.

I'll try to pop in here sooner rather than later to see what everyone is up to.  I'm sure I'll continue to do some upholstery -- just no more huge restaurants -- especially those owned by Italian/Armanian -- those guys cannot seem to honor a bid.  Live and learn.


General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:16:22 PM »
Just a quick note to let y'all know that I finished up the restaurant this morning.  Looks great and I'm very glad it's finished.  Off to the over-sized recliner that's been put on hold for the last 6 months and then "semi-retirement".  WHO HOO!

General Discussion / Re: pot question
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:10:36 PM »
Read a bit on Colorado laws.  DUI if pulled over with 5 nanograms per millileter of blood.  Their best advice is don't drive after you've smoked.  Sleep it off and drive fresh the next day.

General Discussion / Re: pot question
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:05:04 PM »
Colorado, near as I can tell, seems to have done a fairly good job with their legalization efforts.  I can't answer the whys and wherefores of where you can and can't smoke and what happens if you get pulled over.  I know they are raking in big tax bucks.  I have a SIL who lives there.  She & hubby go to a shop when they get the urge and buy their legal pot.

I'd be thrilled if we could have medicinal mj.  I would much rather be doing an edible every day that the assortment of meds that keep me and my back functioning.  Unfortunately, Nebraska does not seem to be heading in that direction.  We have a state senator that tries to introduce that legislation every time the Unicameral meets and somehow they never seem to get around to voting on it.  So it goes.

General Discussion / Re: Excitement
« on: May 02, 2018, 05:59:33 AM »
My most satisfying project was a boat I did 3 years ago, I can remember exactly when it was because it was right after my MIL passed.  Customer is THE ULTIMATE Cornhuskers fan and wanted seats done in Huskers colors.  He went to Lincoln, to the UNL Book Store and purchased a bunch of Huskers patches for me to sew on each seat.  Seats turned out gorgeous.  I was beyond pleased and that doesn't happen too often as I'm always like "I could have done better on such and such."  So the day arrived when they brought the boat by so we could install the seats in the boat.  Guy got the biggest sh*t eating grin I've ever seen and his significant other actually started crying, she was so happy.  Hubby was outside with me when they came (we had all the finished pieces stored in our garage) so he got to witness first-hand their reactions.  After my very happy customers left, hub turned to me and said "I see why you like doing this so much.  We never got feedback from our customers like that when we worked in the Network Control Center."

The boat pictures are down quite a few pages ago but they were put on here after I finished the job.  Still my favorite job probably because this project was a labor of love for me.  It's been hard to cheer for the Cornhuskers since Tom Osborne retired  but I still am a fan.  Now that Scott Frost is at the helm, we hope sunnier days are just ahead!  He certainly worked miracles at UCF.

General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:25:24 PM »
Good news, bad news thing here.

Just got back from Hastings.  I was so excited when I looked at the cushion that got stood on last week.  The vinyl recovered itself, just as Paul said it should.  The first one has a few wrinkles but we will be able to get them out when I stretch it a bit tighter the last day I go there.

The bad news was that the seat that we stretched had a crease at the seam.  We spent so much time on that piece.  It looked like Tony and Noddie didn't stretch the vinyl tight enough at the seam.  Everything else looks perfect but by the time, they called me over, they had pulled staples and restretched 2 or 3 times.  I could see where they had left too much vinyl at the opposite end so it was short a bit at the seam joining the other section.  If we start fresh, I should be able to get some additional fabric that will give some give and hopefully work out the crease.  It was already past opening time and I needed to get out of there and give them their restaurant back.

Tony said it was fine because you would only see that if the table wasn't in place.  I told him that as far as I was concerned, it should be redone (at my expense).  I told him that I'll call him next week and if he wants me to redo it, I will.  I go in on the 14th for an all day session.  We will stretch the last booth then and take a walk around and make sure that everything is as Tony wants it. 

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 29, 2018, 08:10:07 PM »
My main issue with sergers and clothing is that any more seams are serged rather than sewn with a conventional sewing machine.  Serged seams, when they tear, generally lose the entire seam whereas a conventionally sewn seam will just pop 3 or 4 stitches.  I can see using them for hemming drapes and so forth but any seam that is going to be torqued, like center seams in clothing, need to be sewn more securely.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:39:12 PM »
I really like the cutter (knife) doing its thing.  I'm excited to finally (in a few months) have the time to learn how to use my serger.  I also have a long arm that I've never gotten anywhere with.  The gentleman who services my industrial machine said he would work with me on the long arm.

I use my domestic (Bernina) for sewing, embroidery and quilting.  I purchased two different types of rulers/templates so I can do most of what you see on quilts entered into shows.  I'm currently quilting a t-shirt quilt that I've made for my oldest brother.  It measures 106 x 106 and it's doable on the Bernina but cumbersome.  Would be much easier on the long arm if we were friendlier for each other.

Retirement fun ... I can hardly wait.  82 days and counting.


General Discussion / Re: Are you happy with your shop?
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:54:49 AM »
My shop is in the basement.  Obviously it limits, to some extent, what projects I can do.  But I'm always climate controlled.  We remodeled an old storage room into a large multi-purpose room (laundry, bathroom with a corner tub with whirlpool and changing area for alteration customers).  Landlord doesn't b*tch if I crank my music up pretty loud so I'm good.  Seriously, I wouldn't change a think about my work space.  My back is fused at L5/S1 so I don't need to be doing the larger projects anyway.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:44:46 AM »
What brand of serger is it?  I bought a Juki that I can actually do a 5 thread overlock with.  Only stitch I can do involves 3 stitches and it worked well the couple of times I did it.  I was supposed to work at our local "Buckle" for 6-8 weeks while their alteration spet was out for knee surgery.  One day a week.  Mostly hems but some actual alterations.  At the Buckle you don't cut off the existing hem, you cut material off about 1/4 inch above the existing hem.  serge the two pieces together, press and then narrowly top stitch.  If done correctly, you can hardly see the top stitching.  That's where I fell in love with serging as the knife clips off any unevenly cut fabric while serging.  Fabulous! 

One of my retirement goals is to become better friends with my Juki.  I have a book with small projects you can make which is supposed to make you serger friendly.

General Discussion / Re: Whats for dinner
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:31:54 AM »
When Bob & I first started shopping together, 35+ years ago, I picked up a can of asparagus.  Bob saw what I was holding and rather loudly asked me WTF did I think I was going to do with that.  I told him that I loved asparagus.  "I don't eat that sh*t" he retorted, again rather loudly.  We had our first heated discussion in the canned fruit & vegetable isle of whatever grocery store we were in at the time.  38 years later and he still hates asparagus and I learned not to press the issue.  Only vegetable we didn't agree on other than mushrooms.  I DO NOT eat them and for some reason he knows not to press me on the issue.  All other vegetables we both either like or don't like so it's all good. 

It's been long enough since I ate asparagus that I either have forgotten about asparagus pee or didn't notice it last time I age it.

General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: April 27, 2018, 02:08:26 PM »
V - bench seats are just prone to wrinkling.  I had a customer ask me to add fill to a sofa bench seat and even though the casing was bulging when I was done -  after they sat and got up there were wrinkles. 
Welcome back to the site   - seems like the last email I remember was - go Bernie - and the knee healing.  Anyway we have tried to stay on upholstery subjects but sometimes low responses initiate alternative subjects which seem to be fine with the group.  We have a new administrator who hails from Norway - Inger is doing a great job - she diverted a problem when the hackers were taking over the site.  Photos w/photobucket are pain but not impossible with perseverance !
I picked up a serger probably more your meat and potatoes - haven't used it yet - still wondering what it will do for me :)



I have a serger, only have figured out how to do one stitch.  GRRR>   

Was going to fill in at "The Buckle" while their alteration spet was out for knee surgery.  Worked one week and their serger was my best friend.  I just made sure that I had new thread color tied to the old so that I didn't have to figure out how to thread it.  Worked one week.  The next week, got bit by the neighbor's dog the morning of my shift. With 13 stitches on my left index finger and it needing to be elevated, that ended that.  Oh, well.

Getting friendlier with my serger is on my to do list when I start social security this August.  I think I'm down to under 100 days.  LOL.  Not like I'm counting or anything.

We are going to restretch using the deepest staples and putting staples literally right on top of each other.  If it still wrinkles, I will tell him that if he is offended, we need to switch back to cloth.  Otherwise, I'm out of ideas.  Also will tell him to NEVER ever stand on that seat again.  He could have moved it so that they were standing on the base.

We were out for breakfast this morning at one of the other restaurant's I've done.  After a customer sitting next to us on a booth seat left, I went over and examined the seat.  Sure enough, it was wrinkled.  We were there for about 45 minutes after the guy left.  The wrinkles had not completely dissipated  but they were much less noticeable so I see what Paul was talking about vinyl recovering.  I did about 2/3 of the booths and they are constantly moving the seats around so I have no idea if I did the work on this one or not.

I try real hard to stay apolitical so will avoid your remark about my being "go Bernie".  I'm in a concerned wait and see attitude -- I will say that much.  Also had some concerns about Hillary but not near as much.  No more politics for me now.

Thanks for your advice and we'll see what shakes out.

I should have more time for posting once I get done with Hastings restaurant.  2 more booths to go and then get him happy with the wrinkle issue.  I'm definitely ready to be done as I ordered the fabric last May (for both restaurants).  GI was a drag as they were supposed to do tear out and renig'd so it took forever to finish it.  So it goes.

General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:50:33 PM »

We'll see what the morrow brings.  If they don't recover, we'll stretch them again on Tuesday when I recover the one pictured. Just really frustrating as I generally stretch things once and it's good to go.  The GI location I had 28 booth seats and never had to restretch one of them.  So it goes.

General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:44:56 PM »
I don't know why the picture isn't showing but if you click on the link, the picture appears. 

General Discussion / Re: OMG I need Help
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:40:25 PM »
Think I did it.  I needed to click on the picture not the location, if that makes sense.


Is it not a good idea to try and do this in vinyl or is simply need to be tighter and people should not stand up on it?



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