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General Discussion / Re: Narrow crown stapler
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:46:15 PM »
I sometimes use a brad nail gun to anchor corners on DW.

I used to have a "gimp gun", which was a 1/4" crown 20 gauge stapler. When it crapped out, I never tried to replace it.

I hate receiving "cold calls", so I'm not sending any.

I would feel funny doing it. I would feel like I'm sounding desperate.
Only once in my career did business slow down to the point that I had to "shake the bushes" to drum up some work. I put flyers on doors in a few choice neighborhoods, and called on a few restaurants that had a lot of torn booths. All in all, it netted me almost nothing in return. Business picked back up on it's own, and I never even thought about doing that again.

When I receive "cold call" emails, I immediately mark them as spam and delete them without reading a single word. I recently fired Tru-Green from doing my lawn because I got tired of all their "up-sell" phone calls offering various services additional to regular lawn treatment.

Basically, the quickest way to NOT get my business is to call me.

General Discussion / Re: Sewing neochrome
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:05:33 AM »
I used to do a restaurant out of Neochrome on a recurring basis. I didn't have any trouble top stitching it. But I eventually talked them in to switching to a different vinyl because the Neochrome didn't hold up well. It would start cracking within a year.

A lot of factors could've been in play. Could've been old stock from my supplier. Could've been the harsh cleaning solution the restaurant staff was using. But for whatever reason, it stopped happening when I switched vinyls.

Are you using a smooth foot?

A world famous cardiologist died. All of his colleagues attended his funeral.

The coffin was shaped like a giant open heart. As they began to lower it into the ground, the heart closed up.

One of the attendees began laughing. When he noticed all the disapproving stares, he apologized.

"I'm sorry", he said "I was just picturing my own funeral.........I'm a gynecologist".

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Expansion, different sector?
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:06:56 PM »
Are you talking about on-site work at marinas? Many marinas have a cozy deal with one upholstery shop only.

It's like a drug dealer trying to take over another dealer's "corner".

Bill and Tom were best friends. One was moving to Florida, the other was moving to Michigan. They made a promise to meet up every 10 years and have dinner.

At 30 years old, Bill asked Tom "Where do you want to go?" Tom quickly said "Hooters!"
"Why Hooters?" Bill asked. "Because they have good looking women with big racks" Tom replied.
"Sounds good" said Bill. So off to Hooters they went.

At 40, Bill asked again. Once again Tom said "Hooters".
"They have lots of TV's with all the games on".
So again they went to Hooters.

At 50, Tom said "Let's meet at Hooters. They have plenty of parking"

At 60, Tom said "Let's go to Hooters. The wings are half price before 5"

At 70, Tom wanted to meet at Hooters because they had handicapped parking spaces.

Finally at 80, Bill asked Tom where he wanted to meet. Tom said "Hooters".
Bill asked "Why Hooters?"
Tom replied "Because we've never been there before".

General Discussion / Re: The Joy Of Upholstery
« on: May 12, 2018, 08:21:24 PM »
As far as running out of antiques and I like to include vintage and mid-century into this group. When I go to antique stores there doesn't seem to be a shortage. Most of what I recover is 40 years or older.
As an industry, we can't depend on an ever-shrinking supply for our livelihood. If we're relying on thrift store furniture and stuff from Grandma's house to sustain us, we're doomed. It may seem like there's a surplus at the antique stores, but I suspect that's only because there are so few upholsterers to do them all.

3 or 4 times a year, I go to the landfill with abandoned furniture. Most of it is over 30 years old.

I took the old fabric off a recliner this morning. I used my Sofa Dream Machine. (I'm sure we all name our tools.) I named my oscillating cutting tool after Sofa Doc, who shared this idea on the forum.
I'm not sure how I feel about a vibrating appliance that gives you such pleasure being named after me.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:49:50 AM »
Nice little machine there. I wonder what is the difference with commercial vs home-type? My little brother is solid metal. I don't think a serger will work with the nylon type of parts found in home sewing machines.
Some of the little home sergers will struggle with upholstery weight fabrics. My industrial Juki serger will handle any weight fabric. But it will only accept lightweight serger thread. I believe Mojo said that his will sew 92 thread. For my needs, I only need to secure raw edges, so lightweight serger thread is fine.

The great thing about serger thread, it's insanely cheap compared to upholstery thread. About $3 for a 3000 yd cone.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 29, 2018, 09:56:43 AM »
Mine is a Toyota Differential SL-1T.  The last owner was using it with one needle and three spools just doing a rolled edge.  I want to get it going with all the stops.  Difficult to get parts - I was finally able to track down the Asian Co. and order a new thread stand that was cracked - from Aisin Seiki Co, here in the States.  No where else on line was I able to find parts. 
What is the differential adjustment - Gene you mentioned it briefly could you expand ?   Doc your machine looks like the one I'd rather have - battleship ready - not too much plastic -
I don't use the second needle in mine either. I did at first, but the "safety stitch" created by the second needle seemed to serve no purpose for me.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 28, 2018, 06:26:58 PM »
I have 300 choir seats to do. I serged the bottom so I don't have to staple any kind of bottom cloth on the bottom of the seats.

Shipping rates from Ronco really isnít an issue. They offer $20 flat rate on orders over $100. It usually takes 3 days to ship from Ronco to Texas. I donít know how their turnaround time compares to others.

General Discussion / Re: Slippery fingers
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:49:02 AM »
Has anyone else had this issue with their fingers. I'm wondering if it's an issue of chemicals in the fabric or the oils being removed from my fingers or something else.
Where I've noticed it most, is trying to swipe my finger to answer an I-phone. The phone is ringing away, and I'm swiping like crazy. Can't get the "Slide to answer" icon to work. It's like the phone doesn't even acknowledge my fingers as human.

I don't do any slight of hand card tricks. But anytime the family gets together to play cards, I'm always designated dealer, because I can shuffle like nobody's business. I haven't noticed my fabric-related phalanges affliction affecting my ability to shuffle and deal cards.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:10:05 AM »
I'm a little confused.

I've heard of NCA's that would prohibit you from quitting and opening your own shop within the same market for a designated period of time.

But are you talking about an NCA that would prohibit you from working on jobs at home in your spare time?

We used to have a guy working for us. He would listen intently while we made a deal with a customer. Then he would call them at home that night and offer to do the job a lot cheaper.

I understand why an owner might want you to sign an NCA to prevent you from stealing customers, or taking the training he gives you and opening a competing shop down the street.

But I think you have to draw the line somewhere. If your boss doesn't want you earning extra cash in your spare time, he should pay so well that you really have no incentive to moonlight. And we all know that probably isn't going to happen.                                           

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:06:20 PM »
Are the seats sewn? Or just tacked on?

The main thing to get acquainted with, is how you will be cutting the panels most efficiently. Hides are expensive, and not all parts of a hide are usable.

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