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Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about tools for this or that upholsters can benefit from -

one that I use frequently is my mig welder with oxygen tank.  Easy to understand if one does
auto but other applications are sometimes in furniture.

It sure saves time taking the job to another shop (welding) to have it done.  It does take space to have the equipment on board.  I am probably like most here, do about any type of work - the welder can
speed things up.  Actually, some or a lot of farm equipment has upholstered seats and this is one
dimension where the mig can be quite an asset.

Being in business and taking care of customers to make a living is what it can be about - plus the learning
experience can become added satisfaction, as well as profitable.


General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:08:16 PM »
The band saw is an option that expands your options/capabilities of cutting foam.

I have two and the way my fence (guide which works well on wood cutting) makes the tool
very effective.  The fence can be made to accommodate long piece cutting.  It is another way
of using residual foam.


General Discussion / Re: Nocliner
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:58:02 PM »
A handle to get in that condition, it has been abused and/or the mechanism is experiencing wear - putting
more strain on the handle.  Therefore, the issue might not have been addressed - just the symptom.

Recliners are not always the preference - a nice well build stuffed chair with a matching ottoman is
a better choice.


General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:51:37 PM »
One of the types of down used in the past is goose down.

Webster defines the down actually as a soft fine feather, also a soft fine hair.

Extremely soft and can get expensive.


I ordered in several hides (rather  heavy) to redo some La-Z-Boy chairs -  been in the family for
two or three generations.

Finished the work today with satisfaction experienced with the sewing machine can you believe it?  It performed very well and considerable credit was given to the machine.  Heavy cow hides are bulky and we know what that means when it comes to seaming. 

The machine is a Consew 225 ( there are others available), not new of course but it did offer satisfaction/and perfection in sewing - which I needed working with the heavy leather.

Other machines were available - Intuition and experience steered me to the machine.

Thinking of MoJo  and his ground clearing experience with equipment - I suppose.

There is job satisfaction in upholstery.


General Discussion / Re: Uniform?
« on: September 10, 2018, 07:25:54 PM »
Excellent way of putting your label on the work Paul.  Good way to represent your work - I am sure
there was (still is) a good way to keep your name out there.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Respect For Equipment Operators
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:22:37 PM »
You demonstrated true grit - Mojo!

Not many like you around anymore.  There is money around here operating heavy duty equipment.

Sure different than working numbers on a key board. 

You are just started, now imagine what can be done if you accumulate more equipment and go
after the development jobs!

Pays more than running a sewing machine - huh?

But sewing machines - no snakes to deal with - usually.

Keep on grinding!

General Discussion / Re: woodworking
« on: August 28, 2018, 09:17:17 PM »
Good point Gene and all.

True for wood working and examining the upholstery of items, there are parallels as such to upholstery.

Time to do things has and will continue to be an important factor in just about all activities.

Thanks for sharing,


Today, worked on an upholstery cushion  - typical of what would be used on a bench at the foot
of the bed.

The requirement was to resize the brand new cushion - a bit smaller.

Like stated brand new, never used. 

To me, sort of interesting because it used polyester batting for filler about 4" depth.  My mind quickly
reasoned that issue was about cost - poly batting would cost less than foam.

Then, I read the two or three tags attached which stated:

Made by Home Fashions,
International Incorporated (Int'l Inc)
located at 418 Chandler Dr.
Gaffney, SC 29340

Made in China

Finished in USA

Easily interpreted that the cushion cover was made in China, then shipped to the USA and
filled with the poly batting.

Smart plan on the company's part to keep freight lower because it reduces the cargo space
significantly, plus it does deceive the truth regarding - foreign made.

Get ready folks, this is merely another sample of what has been already mentioned, expect to
see more of this build/marketing strategy.  Don't know but it might reduce the tariff on product parts
entering this country?

Equally important to all this is for Americans to compete with cheaper labor, it will have to be done
with automation.

Mojo, the automation of making marine items, you mentioned (one person produces large items using automation)
is the effective tool to compete with imports.

It is possible by business investments - much larger than the smaller shops we talk about.



All you say is very interesting - would there be something or someway to read more about
the canvas advanced technology?

I know you are busy, therefore just keep the question in mind should you come across more of
the technical capabilities in the future.

As always,
enjoy your information shared.


General Discussion / Re: Staple Remover
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:12:02 PM »
In addition to what has been said, the #600 size of nose will not get into tight places as well
as the Osborne 120 1/2.

It might be a good tool - but in spite of its title (the #600 that is) - not the best for furniture staple


The Business Of Upholstery / Imports - This was read on some tags
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:41:09 AM »
Doing some decorator pillows (larger number) and read the tags:

Learned that Jo Ann's fabrics are largely owned by foreign (China?), keep that in mind.....

The pillows were labeled as marketed by a domestic company back in the state of CN.  Further, the
enclosure (liner) was imported from another foreign entity (liner w/zipper without filler at this point-- they looked nice) and imported to the Eastern state for the filler to be added and zipped up.

As I said customer bought them at Jo Ann.

In review possibly three countries involved (if info is correct China farmed out the sewing).  What ever is the cheapest is what works because "price" sells!!

So, in review, I cut/sewed/stuffed the decorative pillows in fabric from China.

What's next?  Fast food for me? 


Wood products today......

The frame (main components), during repair recently - was particle wood and not composed very

The younger market, for most that is, do not appreciate the furniture architecture built some 40 or so
years ago.  The modern built back then (often referred to Danish Modern) is appreciated more so by that

It appears that "cost" is another factor - to build like was done, the price would require some getting
used to and just not affordable.

Yep, those big staples in soft particle wood, just won't bear the load.  To add to all this, a lot of
customers are just too "heavy".

Maybe there are other ventures (other than) to consider?


The Business Of Upholstery / Upholstery in the higher technology world
« on: August 25, 2018, 08:19:44 AM »
Interesting experience lately reupholstering LA-Z-Boy items - manufacturing technology has and is

I noted patterns by them are very accurate and the equipment/techniques  for sewing are
spot on.  Down to the stitch.

Another technique used by the corporation is the level of differential feed techniques used.

Yes! Very interesting how perfect/accurate their products are created.

But!  Trying to duplicate their capability with technology in the small shop is a challenge.  My shop

equipment just isn't the same.  No differential feed and my process is nothing like their digital approach.

There was part of the work that led to deeper thinking in terms how will this be duplicated -

some couldn't real closely, but the process came out with customer satisfaction.

I am seeing this issue in the newer auto seat upholstery also, their interior support contractors are just as

advanced!  Their work comes out perfect, no flaws any where.

To include in this overview of our work - also, marine work has and is done  digitally gone in this direction also.

All said and left with the thought about - what will shops like ours evolve into?

More replacement of upholstery shipped in to be replaced by installers (less cut and sew)?

Any related experiences to some of these issues - you might care to express?  It it is what it is and

is becoming more interesting as the changes occur.



General Discussion / Re: Seats
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:13:21 AM »
Given the tight fit of the seat frame(s), not sure about cutting them down.  Once the seat is padded
and then covered with fabric, the gap could be filled. 

Try it, I am thinking ample layered stuffing at the top will pull down and fill what is virtually no gap.

The chairs look to be built strong.  How old do you see the frames to be?



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