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General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:39:30 AM »
Ian - Iv'e never used Synthetic Burlap in lieu of the webbing with the red stripe.  I do keep 10 yards of it around and use it on the bottom of coil spring chairs  when I think the webbing is still OK but I feel safer stapling on the SB over the existing webbing to sure up the bottom.  Keeps a lower profile than additional webbing. 

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 02:44:56 PM »
Thanks - that will make it strong for sure and much easier than stitching

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 19, 2017, 12:06:18 PM »
I don't think it's an envelop - when I stuck the regulator in it just felt like foam no wrap - .  I'll cut the burlap and see where that takes me.  I have a lot of faith in the k-spray glue to make a patch to the burlap and add a few stitches to be extra safe. 

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 18, 2017, 08:00:34 PM »
You're right that sounds a lot safer than trying to un-stitch the corner -
I also tried some steam - helped a bit but not enough.  Either they didn't wrap the foam or they didn't cut out the v's on the turn when sewing or maybe just bad sewing ? 

General Discussion / Re: Ottoman
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:13:27 PM »
Went to the residence today and tried to reshape the corner by forcing the foam forward from the far side while holding the case - not much improvement.  Tried the regulator - no help.   Looked under the dust cover but a view up to the corner of the cushion is blocked by a sheet of synthetic burlap. 
This may come into the shop and short of taking it apart I was wondering if I could make a hole in the synthetic burlap or with a seam ripper try yo get the fabric apart just at that corner then blind stitch back. 

General Discussion / Re: Burlap
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:06:06 AM »
Can you double up what you're using ?

General Discussion / Re: Coil springs
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:03:50 AM »
Looking good - when your done if the springs aren't perfect don't worry you can make up flaws with the padding, foam, cotton etc.  No crafts person will have perfect success the initial attempts when tying springs.  If the edge wire is giving you headaches maybe it isn't 100 % necessary. 

General Discussion / Re: Ronco feathers
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:11:11 AM »
Last week I phoned the local supplier in the Bronx called Grammercy - in business about 50 years.  The phone rang through to Albany Foam.  Grammercy closed and Albany bought out all the stock + phone number.  Albany was very nice and stated they can set up an account for me and ship whatever I need.  I will miss walking around the Grammercy warehouse and picking out supplies instead of thumbing through a catalog. 
Albany will also make custom cushions - I know I've read some here have used them as well.  There's another company called B+M in CT.  who will deliver to my area - also good people with good prices. 

What other suppliers are around ?  Someone mentioned to me Greentex in NYC or DLT on line - .  I have to do some research to have a few new places to call

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Billing Customers
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:40:15 PM »
It had to be a lot longer then 5 years - stamp licking Kennedy was President ? 
Doc I think your customers are afraid not to pay you in a timely fashion ! 
Now get back to work before Gene starts in

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Billing Customers
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:19:31 AM »
I'm a very small business - self employed   -  I bill net 30 days if I know the client.  Otherwise Pay Pal is my credit card option. 

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Job Management Software
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:15:06 AM »
I guess since every morning after 20 minutes of stretching then it takes another 15 minutes before I'm walking upright - I'm up there near full SS (kind of old). 
My filing system got easy when Office was released.  It's not involved for me.  I make a file with the customer's name and there I enter estimates, emails, discussions on a note pad file - photos and the billing doc with a check # and date issued when paid.  I use Word + Excel. 
If I had a big work force I'd like to think there is a great software but there won't be one that will be specifically geared and personalized for you.  Forty plus years uh - welcome to the forum young fellow !

General Discussion / Re: Salon chairs
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:01:49 AM »
My supplier calls the grade 18-45 for a semi firm seat. Open up and see what was there before. I have the sample foams that supplier's give you upon request.   I ask the client to sit on both the 45 + 65 then ask them to sign off on the one they like. 
My opinion I would recommend what we use here from this supplier the 45 - the 65 is for bench seating.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:24:08 AM »
That's funny - a cold front is coming !   We're in the 30's today on Friday with possible snow on Saturday.  Send some of that stuff you call cold this way LOL
I hope you're thinking about the grand opening and the Catered meal w/plane tickets this group will need to be there with you guys

General Discussion / Re: Buttons
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:27:17 PM »
Unless you're matching a button size ......... usually when you make buttons for a recovered piece you change all the buttons so the size you have isn't much of an issue as long as it is close to what was there.  The buttons can come with different bottoms - eye or nail

General Discussion / Re: Buttons
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:36:16 PM »
I agree - buy what you need as necessary - using the tools will sharpen your skills and knowledge.  When I bought the button maker I got three sizes which seem to be fairly common - 22 - 30 - 36


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