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General Discussion / Re: Name brand, designer fabrics or not?
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:48:59 PM »
If I remember correctly the loveseat you are getting ready to upholster has a tufted back. The back was curved and flowed into the arms that were also tufted. Can you post another picture?

I think you said you were going to eliminate the tufting. In this case you will need to add seams in that corner where the back meets the arms. If the back is less then 54" wide and you seam it at the arms you can cut the pattern up the bolt.

I can't remember if there is one cushion or two but if the back is wider then 54" then how will you piece the back? If you piece it at the ends and then add seams in the corners where the back meets the arms it will look odd. You will have two seams right next to each other. If there are two cushions you could piece it in the middle where the cushions meet. But this may look odd also.

I'm stating this all from memory. I can't remember where I saw your post with the picture. But I'm thinking the only way you can make it work is to RR it.

General Discussion / Re: Edge rolls
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:17:41 PM »
If the original edge roll is still in good condition I reuse it. If its falling apart I throw it out and replace with new. I have used many different types with good success. I think the most important thing is the way you attach it. When using thicker edge roll on a hard edge I attach the lip using 1/2" staples. And then I use 4d 1-1/2" nails about every 6" to keep it from moving around.

On a spring edge I use button twine and tie the edge roll down. There are different methods to do this and when done right it makes a very firm edge.

I have a personal bias against using hog rings. They will hold the edge roll down but it will still move around. Hog rings are quick but sloppy.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:06:12 PM »
I believe something like this is what you are referring to. Health care co-op.


General Discussion / Re: Learn English
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:36:16 PM »
إ ده نت أندرستندنثند

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:01:40 PM »
I think the Idea behind ACA was to give insurance to those who couldn't afford it. A noble gesture indeed. Problem is there are too many and the taxpayers can't afford it. Here is a more affordable idea. What ever happened to the free clinics in the 60's and 70"s. They were not real glamorous and you had to wait awhile to see a doctor but if your were dead broke and needed medical attention they were there to help you.

1979 I made the stupid decision to break up a dog fight. I received a nice gash in my pinky finger that needed 7 or 8 stitches. I was dead broke and living paycheck to paycheck. I went to the emergency room and got it taken care of. I set up a payment plan with the hospital and 1-1/2 years later I paid it off.

Some may say things were different in 1979. Health care costs have skyrocketed sense then. And they would be right. But why have rates gone up so much. I guess you could say Collage tuition's have skyrocketed also. Malpractice lawsuits that pay $50 million or more have skyrocketed. Drug companies have to wait 10 years or more for FDA to approve new medications. Insurance companies who deal directly with the hospital so the patient has no Idea how much their care is. And corporate hospitals who's bottom line are profits. Fix these and more issues and watch medical costs go down.

We don't need a complete government takeover of the health care industry we need politicians to get off their asses and do the work of the people.

General Discussion / Re: Losing the battle with spammers
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:13:27 PM »
Learn english?  Bwahahaha. Inger you have got to leave that one up so we can have a field day with it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:18:54 AM »
Before ACA i was one of millions absolutely denied insurance, for something so petty and treatable.

And that is what I'm talking about. The problem wasn't that you couldn't afford insurance the problem was you couldn't afford health care. The government could have solved that problem by starting a program for people with preexisting conditions. Help for those with preexisting conditions didn't need to involve insurance companies. In your case the preexisting condition was minor so an arbitrator could be assigned to work out a deal with the health care facility. It would have been far more affordable than what ACA has turned into. 

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Medical Insurance.
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:57:27 AM »
Correct Rich also all the government bureaucracy, red tape and waist every time they get involved in something. It would be so much easier and affordable to simply address the problem. Instead their solution is always to spend more money and gain more control.

General Discussion / Re: Dangerous Job
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:20:17 PM »
Thankfully the closest I have come to pricking my finger with a needle was after the machine had stopped. I hit the point of the needle and put a nice gash in my finger.

General Discussion / Re: Losing the battle with spammers
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:13:50 PM »
I have noticed these last few days the spam activity has disappeared. Thanks Inger.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:09:22 PM »
Alright how about these answers,

I make homes beautiful.

I put smiles on people's faces.

I make housewives happy. Say this one with a slight mischievous grin on your face.

And then you have to go right into your 30 second elevator spiel.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:41:12 PM »
When somebody asks what I do for a living I first tell them I am a business owner. And then I tell them I reupholster furniture. Then I tell them I've been doing it for over 30 years. At this point I pause and wait for the next question. And that is usually where did you learn? Then if its a man he will ask if I do car seats. If its a woman she will ask for an estimate on her sofa. That's when I point to Rose and say she does all the estimates.

kodydog said: I'm pretty sure Rose would knock me off my chair if that ever happened to me.

Are you talking about the mistress or the ice cream truck?


I was talking about the mistress. But she did knock me off my chair once when the ice cream truck went by.

General Discussion / Re: Pricing Banquette Seating & Foam
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:19:36 PM »
  I wish sometimes there was a manual just like when you buy a franchise - they give you everything you need to open your doors and be successful. 

I have thought someone could take the words of wisdom written on this forum and turn it into a manual. But I'm sure it would be more like an encyclopedia.

It would be cool to have a standardized national price list like auto mechanics have. The problem with upholstery is prices very according to region. And in this industry there are a lot of shops undercutting prices using substandard quality.

General Discussion / Re: Re-Upholstering a Lazy Boy
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:02:17 PM »

My calculations are $200 for material and $400 labor.  Am I way off???

Here are my calculations. You are selling fabrics from your books. I'm thinking $35 to $40 per yard. Most modern recliners will take minimum 8 yards. That's $280 for fabric on a small recliner with a lower priced fabric.

We charge $600 to $800 for labor on a recliner. But we really don't like doing them so we charge more. I haven't seen the recliner you are bidding on but my bare minimum would be more like $880 for labor and fabric. And then I would be kicking myself in the ass for not charging more.

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