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The Business Of Upholstery / Dining Room chair bottom rebuild/recover
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:23:09 AM »
Dining room bottom cushions made several years ago were design with a large center hole and
webbed with stretch webbing.  The logic of course was to improve seating comfort - minimize the
board feel for the user.

These jobs have been coming in for a good while now and customer wants them fixed and
complain about them sitting as in a hole.  Which literally what results over time.

Based on customer "cost acceptance", sometimes every thing is replaced  with similar engineering
but other situations the seat is made much firmer.

It would be interesting to which materials others use to try to make the job more durable and
cost more acceptable?

Any ideas to share?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Changes for 2018 ??
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:20:52 AM »
Service is the primary function of my business.  I will continue focusing on doing the work that many in
the business are either not capable of doing or avoid.  These type of issues became evident in recent
years as most providers did not keep abreast on the newer technologies used in product manufacturing - even small service has to be smart regarding -
furniture and auto interiors.

Instead the service competition opted to do more the routine (simple) but that type of work is more competitive and there is less profit it.

Over recent years, it has been evident that many come to where it can be done with less sensitivity
on price.  A bigger percent of my service does not ask the price (no place else to go in reality).  This
situation dove tails into working with those who have the money - getting the work done is very
important to this market. 

My accounts have increased among the corporate crowd.  This past year alone, I renovated the
furnishings of several expanding medical facilities.  It was interesting that they opted to renovate
older furniture than purchasing the foreign cheaper made furniture.

In a nut shell, continue growing the technical service capability instead of catering to "how much"
price sensitive markets. 

Go where your competition is not capable!

This strategy keeps me busy!


General Discussion / Re: What filler are being used for decorator pillows?
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:59:12 AM »
Excellent input from all, looking/analyzing the newer furniture I sensed the ingredients had evolved
to what all of you are talking about.  Now, this adds excitement to doing the next round of decorator

Thanks and M.X. All,

General Discussion / What filler are being used for decorator pillows?
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:57:25 AM »
I ask because things change - pillow fillers that is;  On new furniture it has been noticed that
factory pillows are very firm, filled out and look nice.  That observation with the current requirement to
make about half dozen got me to wondering about the filler material being used today?

Over the years sometimes the forms were purchased, sometimes the filler was made using foam wrapped in dacron.

On these to do, I prefer to make the filler, therefore the filler to use is the question?

I suspect there is a better filler that will deliver the factory effect, stated above.

My thinking is there are many of you who make many cushions today.


General Discussion / Re: Ziggers
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:59:12 AM »
You need a broader background in furniture building to better understand the differences found
in the two springs.

First it starts with the frame - not built the same.  Coil frames are much stronger and are built differently.

Second, think about a zipper spring and ask the question where is the weakest point?  (a little help --
right where the person sits) - the middle.  Not true with a coil arrangement. 

Where are coils the most comfortable?  doesn't matter, all coils are the same in the spring base, so sits
with the same general comfort.  Doesn't take much to understand that the comfort dynamics of the zig- zag varies across the spring (much harder as you move from the center.

Another spring edges _ very important and not normally found in Z-Z springs.  Coils rectify that
concern.  Edges spring!

There is much more to understanding the two springs.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:36:22 AM »
We are in agreement on foam prices - quality foam is plain expensive.  Especially when the freight is added in and as the foam thickness requirement increases.  Some can go to 6 inches!

Not cheap.

People getting bigger - often the thicker is what they want -- cost is very related to quality and size.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for an upholsterer
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:31:52 AM »
Yes, I agree looking for good help is difficult or close to impossible when it comes to a quality upholsterer.  A candidate will probably need a few tries to present himself and what type of worker they
will be.

I am sometimes disappointed with my performance because all jobs aren't the same requirement.  Often, the material can matter in "how long" something takes.  I find that "thin" can be a slowdown, plus like on smaller boxed cushions with zippers, accuracy is important in measuring, marking, cutting, &

Just the other day, it seemed most factors were working against me like; thin fabric, thinner boxing, scissors could have needed a sharpen job, then all the details like thread tension adjustments had to
be brought back for the fabric in hand -- bottom line, time seemed way to long for the job!

When things are awkward like this, it is sensed and that makes me slower because more checks will
be made to avoid the job not looking right.

I have electric sheers, and on multiple  pieces made alike, do any of you find stacking fabric in layers to cut multiples (with power cutting sheers) works out for you?  I might do it with heavier fabrics or
it might depend on the type of fabric and/or pattern.  But, if there looks to be any significant risk, I
usually bite the bullet and do one at a time.

Just a few thoughts on how to speed things up for the experienced, as well.  Like myself.

So much of what we do today, is part of an integrated system (cushions made to connect to other
cushions and filled before installation - the experienced who work on furniture know how it has changed;  no longer one layer at a time to the frame almost to the finish.  Not so much like this today.

So, it does take longer to do the newer type upholstery, not as simple as the stuff made 50 years or so ago.

All this considered, no wonder the skill availability is less while the requirement of the skill is tougher
partly due to technology the item(s) were made from - and oh!  Some of the newer fabrics can
drive the time up due to being thin, subject to ravel, and can't forget pattern.  It can take longer for
me to do some of the items in leather!

Customers are usually sensitive to the cost regardless of what the crafts problems are!

No wonder it is hard to find - experience!


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New fancy nail gun
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:28:01 PM »
Back to the nail gun:

I need information on how the tacks are feed into the gun.  Surely not manually- one at a time?

I guess there is picture that would clarify the feeding process?  Another ?,  handling different tack sizes?

Sounds like a good thing to have around.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sole proprietor
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:19:37 PM »
Can't argue those points!


General Discussion / Re: Buttons
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:16:32 PM »
Correct there is a size 28 as well as a size 30 (1/16 in. larger).  They both have their place, but
the 30 is suggested because it will meet most upholsters requirements - that is probably more of
the requirements.

 Now you know, buy the 30 and it probably will meet all or most or more of your requirements.


General Discussion / Re: Long helical springs across seat frame
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:01:07 AM »
Probably doesn't matter because you (doing the job), know it isn't the best spring solution.

So, depends on customer solution; go with his idea or explain that webbing would probably be cheapest

Good luck on this one, basically not really your problem in the end.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sole proprietor
« on: December 02, 2017, 09:52:25 PM »
Left alone?  Might allow a lot to get done.


Regarding the wood repair issue:  The seat frame is formed only on the sitting side - and the bottom
side (where materials are stapled) is flat?

Then, one more question regarding wood breakage:  Which side of the seat board is breaking? 

The wood issue probably can be repaired.  How to go about it.........well it depends but good wood
glue and tools and repair wood will probably be used.

The Fabric Issue:  You seem to understand it well enough and as pretty as the set is, the customer
will have to select from current inventories. 

Your time is too valuable - pretty set, thanks for showing the pictures.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are they?
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:35:13 PM »
There is another world out there, it is where the designer is just "over the top" at what they do
and have developed a reputation not many achieve - one comes to mind in my metro area.  She has
earned a strong demand among the wealth, those with multi - million dollar homes and business. Her reputation among that crowd is known and does stand out in the crowd.  I guess that is the answer,
to be successful it takes talent that separates you from the crowd.

I would like to become her upholster!  Wink.

There is a message there, "You have to know the right people in whatever you do!"

Who knows, one of these designers in an area just may become the next star.

Such talent to have may be what it takes.

Plus, Mojo has said all along, it takes good MARKETING!


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:10:47 PM »
Yes, and I would not be offended.  Actually, a lot of customers call their performers different names
like "rag tacker", just one we have had mentioned already, because it is just their way of enjoying
the performance, even upholstery.

Bring the business on and let the good feelings be heard!  Add a few "Mojos" !!



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