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General Discussion / Re: How to get the staples widening?
« on: Today at 08:36:57 AM »

I am impressed to understand your comprehensive effort with this auto.  Very commendable.

My background includes extensive work on auto restoration.  On the BMW type I have worked on the
seats maintaining original materials in the upholstery.  Regarding your wide staple effort, that I have
never engaged as most of my auto work engaged American cars. But, have been there and done
extensive work on the VW Beetles.  They can get interesting in their seats/headliners in both the
sedans and convertibles.  They have been (probably still) recognized for their affordability.  The
seats/headliners/convertible tops however not just simple coverings - for example the Germans even
included headliners on convertible - something American cars did not do until much later. 

Great experience!  Keep posting about your new staple gun. The Bostitch is the one I searched
and read about.  The description led me to understand it isn't new style - be interesting to
understand how it works out for you.

My background is technical including formal grad studies along with anything with upholstery (furniture
and all places people sit - no matter what they do).

Back to the BMW, now I understand you are recovering the panel that is installed on the back side
of the driver's backrest - actually both front backrest.  That backrest is a formed shape that is
attached to the rear of the two front buckets (American talk).  Smile.  Since you are driven to originality,
I am assuming you are taking the original leather off those seat forms you are working on?  That is
taking things serious.  Keep it up - a good experience when doing as close to originality as possible.

Also, looking forward to hearing more of your ongoing experience.  The body work is something that I
got involved in very young (still a kid) and actually led to learning upholstery car and furniture
very soon.

Again, share your experiences.......


General Discussion / Re: How to get the staples widening?
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:56:50 AM »
Is it correct to understand that you are recovering a somewhat hard shell panel that covers the
back side of the front back rests?

How did the factory install the original cover - if so, is your material going on as another layer? 

The tool you have found to spread the legs of a staple, I read about.  Actually looks a lot like a
manual stapler - designed to spread the staple legs during installation - opposed to going straight in as it does over wood. 

You doing the complete interior - top - carpet and all?  Those BMW's are of considerable interest.

Good luck

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Broyhill repairs.
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:44:13 AM »
The fear/reluctance to work on furniture cushions of less quality doesn't go away because furniture built
over the last several years presents the same problem, the same risk exists because
the rest of furniture isn't as strongly built.  The big people (or ordinary) will break not only the cushions because of lower quality- the rest of the furniture (frames/springs/any part) presents the same liability.

Performing work for a retailer offers some buffer for the repair shop.



General Discussion / Re: How to get the staples widening?
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:45:40 AM »
What is the year of the car?  Make?

What technique was used by the manufacturer?

Serging is often used to connect two or more layers of material?  This would eliminate metal in your process, as it would not interfere with later sewing - if that is what is going to happen??

On a backrest in newer cars, remember the airbag is in the seat! 

Good luck,


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Broyhill repairs.
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:16:08 AM »
The furniture store wants it put in?  Then it is assumed they will paying you - or?

Point is, if it applies; If the customer is the stores client, then you can just install whatever they order?

There is another side to marketing, the customer usually is loyal to price, and on used furniture, some
(what percent?) will probably select foam at a cheaper price?

The biggest point here, install whatever the store/customer order. 

Advise that "labor" is your side of the issue.  Not that I wouldn't suggest higher quality if asked, but let the store handle that responsibility.


General Discussion / Re: Lear Jet Air Ambulance Projects
« on: November 24, 2018, 09:32:01 AM »
Interesting reading - you have been busy!  Plenty there to keep you awake.

Keep us posted - thanks!


General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: November 24, 2018, 09:27:49 AM »
Good comments on applying tack strips.

The installation begins when the back panel is attached to the top - side to side.  Too much tension
can lead to frustration when applying those side metal tack strips.

Plus, aligning the panel being installed at the top center and bottom center - again watch the tension.

I have had some success when working with problems by avoiding too much tension.  I will get the
panel attached at the top with this kind of detail and then fold the panel down watching - the too much
tension problem - then smooth the back panel down with the hand - (basting) with a tack hammer can help getting a feel of what is best to be done. Observing the fabric grain, can contribute to a nice looking back panel.  It is easy to start the installation with too much tension "down
and horizontally" either or both can lead to issues.

True - avoid getting the padding in contact with the roll up process of the tack strip.  Needless to say,
insure the padding is even thickness also.  Even lining the area before the process starts can help,
If a difficult time seems to be coming, I will start both tack strips (but not driven tight) to get a preview
before seating them.

Gotta train the material to "lay" before relying too much on tension. 

You guys are good, makes interesting work! 

Shows you enjoy your work.



Business has been fairly strong my way but have seen changes (recent years).

Are the politics (tariffs and other stuff in the news) likely to change our small business?

Locally, have noticed a lot of changes in the retailing of furniture.

Can reupholstering compete with "new" going forward? 

What are some good approaches going forward in the small shop?  Diversification and focusing
more on repairs?


There are few days that go by in business that customers don't bring something other than
upholstery in for a repair:

Yes, welding - word got around, over time the "owner can do welding".

Also, wood repairs - in the shop there are radial, table, and portable saws -  a joiner, etc., like said
word gets around.  Customers come in with wood parts (even bed room pieces) for repair.  The pieces
often pay more than upholstery repairs.  The work is enjoyable and there are fewer doing the work.

Zippers are a good repair business - did one this week on a very expensive lawn machine - customer said he had been to several sewing shops (clothing type I suppose) and one who knew me said to take it to me.  These expensive lawn bags (customer said more than $200 he knew his cost) and customers will pay.  Zippers, with knowledge can pay - they don't expect the work for nothing like some do for the cheaply made China (type) furniture. 

Equipment, like Mojo said, good stuff can be an asset, challenging to work with.  I have the air
powered nailers - those with good wood/ glue/clamps/saws to make or repair makes for an interesting job.

Steve and other wood guys will know what a Shop Smith tool is - got one and really appreciate the
many things that can be done on it.  Also, the band saw(s) with the foam cutter are used regularly.

Times change (maybe I will rent a brush clearing machine-wink)? 

Technology is fascinating!


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.


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