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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Chair frames of mainly plywood!
« on: July 26, 2015, 06:07:56 AM »
the  mfg. out there don`t care  about the future just  a big bank  account .

yes plywood can be  a good  chair frame  use the  good grade and put together right. plywood is  like  furniture  there are different grades and with a good grade  it can be  a good frame .
  i have been doing  upholstery  for 51 years . mostly furniture and did  some factory work in  early 60`s where we used  hardwood  stapled together frames . oake was the cheapest frames   blackgun maple  was  the better frames  dal joints  and braces were glued in .those frames are made  today but a couch frame alone would be more than a  fully covered  couch in a  low end store  lie  Farmer badcock  railway freight  and such  stores .  that is what the majority buy`s  so that is what they sell  some one is going to make and sell it  . the  un educated  people on  what is good and bad will not listen  the going to buy the cheep stuff  . i just sold my upholstery shop because there isn't enough  good  money making jobs  out there and at 69 1/2 years old  it hit at a good time in my life . most  furniture stores are  junk by the truck load .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: sold my shop
« on: June 07, 2015, 07:28:47 AM »
nothing here to compare  wages to in the upholster training to .was thinking   $15 .00  a hour would be a fair  salary .

always take the  pos.  cable loose  before  taking  anything lose .  took a truck seat out of a right new  ford truck and it had to be towed to  the dealer  and  reset before it would  crank because i didn`t know that the  battery  should be took loose . i guess that is what it was  i have did  some not sure of the year  but no probable .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Looking for a sewing machine
« on: May 27, 2015, 07:16:20 AM »
consew and singer  is the same  all parts will interchange . consew is foreign made . used one for over 20 years and bought it used  . it was bought new in  1964 and i sold it in 1986 and still running .

The Business Of Upholstery / sold my shop
« on: May 27, 2015, 07:01:43 AM »
i now  have to do  some  training  as the lady  knows n some but  still needs help was trying to  git a  idea  how much she  should pay me . any ideas would be appreciated .

have a supplier that delivers  every month  . charges a $15.00 drop fee  . i try to git  all supplies on the truck  and  most materials  . worked great  when i had over a month back log  but now  some time i  have to get  it  shipped  to  not have down time . now i  don`t care  i can go fishing  sense i am semi retired  drawing  SS .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Huh?
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:17:22 AM »
40 to 50 years ago  if it was imported bit was  expensive  and good . now it is cheep and junk . mostly paying for freight and  store profit  . take that away from cost of Mfg.  you  can`t build it here for that . they have no  quality control  no waging hour law  and no  union .
  a lady came into my shop  looking for a  small piece of  fabric to cover a  chair  and 1 inch  foam pad  when i told her $10.00  she wanted  me to  come down on the price . she just left  wal mart  with piece of  fabric   did she ask for a reduced price . bet she didn`t  i was so pissed  i told her no  and just forge t about it and walked off . her  husban  said that was ok would pay it . i almost told hem  hell no .bu i didn`t .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sample book displays
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:29:02 AM »
put a chain  from the wall  or celing  put  S hooks in the chain to hang books on  . close up the  S part that hooks into the chain .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Getting Started
« on: February 20, 2015, 07:35:27 AM »
i have don that and  it still take up my time and when they  learn a little they go open a  shop and don`t do a good job . that take work i could get and and make the upholster business look bad .
 if i was going to do any training  they would sign  a  agreement not to go out and open a shop  and use my name as a trainer until i approved it . and then not in  the area . like selling a business  and signing a  agreement not to the  opening another shop in the county and  surrounding county for 5 years .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Furniture Upholstering with thin fabrics
« on: February 20, 2015, 07:18:41 AM »
with raveling  material i  serge the edges and thin material  i lay it on a  heavier material and  sew or serge the edges together . or you  could  put  thin re may on the back  . ( re may is a  foam with a  clout on back  used in auto  work )

General Discussion / Re: Looking for some Help
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:21:02 PM »
you will need  a soft stretchy vinyl for  a seat like that .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Recliner Estimate
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:33:55 PM »
if i can`t do i right i rather not do it . give a price  you can  do it  right and  make  money  .

The Business Of Upholstery / retiring
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:08:02 PM »
would like to be retired completely by  next year . i have a potential   buyer . if all goes well i will be  retired  soon . if it falls through i will  downsize or may just  sell all equipment  . my back is giving me  probable ms and nothing they have don  has helped .75000.00  building and all upholstery equipment and  supplies . i have 2  pfaff   machines   2 cutting tables .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Recliner Estimate
« on: January 16, 2015, 08:13:41 PM »
 (and by the way, Social Security usually goes up every year).HA HA HA HA HA HA when it goes up  they increase  your insurance and  any  government assistant .

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Recliner Estimate
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:03:47 PM »
if they buy  the  fabric frome some one  beside me i charge a cutting fee of $12.00 or more depends on the fabric .

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