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General Discussion / Re: Nesting software
« on: September 29, 2011, 12:30:03 AM »
OK. I have never done a layout. I roll out the fabric to check for imperfections and to measure the amount of fabric that I requested, in yards.
This is a good practice. Keep it up.

I cut each piece as I need it: the deck front, the inside arms, the inside back, the outside arms, etc. Sometimes I make my cushion covers first. I match the pattern as I go if I need to match the pattern.
We all have our own set of skills and what works for us. If this is working for you, do you really need to change anything?

Has anyone not used a layout, and then started using a layout? What are the benefits?
Has anyone always done a layout, and then stopped using a layout? What are the benefits?
When I worked with my dad many years ago, I don't think that he did a layout. He just used the old cover for a pattern. He bought discontinued and seconds fabric and had a whole roll to work with.

As for me,  my dad's methods didn't work for me. I order a specific amount of fabric for a job. It really stressed me out when I was trying to cut the fabric before I started doing a layout. It takes more time to do a layout, but it makes the cutting job a lot easier and more peaceful for me. But this is me. Do what works for you.

Now, to answer your questions:

On this web page are listed some Pros and Cons of Measuring the Sofa & Making a Cutting Layout.

On this web page are some Pros and Cons of Using the Old Cover for a Pattern

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Nesting software
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:39:05 PM »
I have been doing my layouts on my computer for probably about 10 years or more. As I was first try to do layouts on the computer I used MS Publisher 97 for perhaps a year or two, but it didn't have some of the important features I wanted. Even though, I kept using it because I didn't know of anything better. I tried out various other software, but couldn't find anything that would work well. It was difficult at first because I didn't know what I was doing, and I didn't know what components were needed to successfully do a layout. In recent years I have used both Open office draw  for a while (which has been improved and released as LibreOffice Draw) and then I've used TurboCAD 12. While neither of these programs are idea, I'd rather use either of them than doing a layout by hand.
For more information about how I do my cutting layouts on the computer, go here: Cutting Layouts

Best Wishes,

Charlotte Fabrics www.charlottefabrics.com is a really good wholesale upholstery fabric supplier to work with. They also have a really good website. Until (and after) you get your fabric samples your clients can go to the Charlotte Fabrics website to look at fabrics online. Once your clients find a fabric sample online, you can order a sample to be sent to your or your client.

Do you have a website for your business yet. If not, I'd recommend you get working on one right away. For more info on that, go here: Making Your Own Upholstery Website

Once you have a website, you can put your fabric suppliers on your website so that your clients can search through their fabrics right from your own website. Here is an example of how I embedded Charlotte fabrics on our website. Winters Sewing displaying Charlotte Fabrics.

Best Wishes

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: When a potential customer wants photos..
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:33:36 PM »
-1- cut pics from a magazine.
Absolutely NOT!  I realize that you were being sarcastic, but I'd hate to have someone take this seriously. Someone should never try to represent someone else's work as his own. Only take pictures of one's own work. To build your business on a solid foundation, be honest and truthful in all that you do.

-2- start taking pics right away of your own work, from start to finish, that's just about 10 shots, start showing that. the befores, durings and afters are always appreciated from the customers.
I agree with this. 10 pictures would do fine. As for myself I take a lot more pictures than this. I admit I go overboard, I generally take 25 pictures for a simple job and up to 150 or more on a large job. Then I pick and choose which pictures I want to use.

the hardship:
 you have a deadline and you burned out, you don't give  a @#$% about taking pics... conquer your burned out state, take picture ALL the time of ALL your work... at the end of the day you'll be glad  you did!
I also agree. Take pictures all the time no matter how you feel. To accomplish this, make a safe place out in your workshop that is in the middle of your work area so that you can grab your camera every time you think about it.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Basic Upholstery Tools
« on: September 07, 2011, 07:57:14 PM »
2.) Engle Hot Knife

Do you use this in furniture upholstery? What do you use it for?

5.) Large ( 68 " ) and small ( 48" ) straight edge's
For the Large 68", do you mean a standard 60" upholstery ruler, or something else? If you meant 68" what is that and where do you get it?

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Basic Upholstery Tools
« on: September 07, 2011, 06:56:21 PM »
How about some type of foam cutter? Either a turkey knife from Wally World (for the basic list), or a Bosch/Accu-cutter electric foam cutter for the pro list.
And different types of spring clip pliers; such as BW pliers. And hog ring pliers.
Some good additions.

Are you compiling this list for the DIY'er? Or both DIY'er, and newbie pro?

I'd like to have at least two or three lists.
  • One will be a bare bones basic list for someone just wanting to do their first upholstery project, but don't know if they want to do anything else.
  • Then probably a list for a more proficient do-it-yourselfer.
  • And then a list for the professional.
The lists have started out in a very simple lists. Hopefully, the lists will get better over time. Eventually I would like to have pictures of everything, and then possibly have links to pictures/videos that show each tool in use. But each of these will be dependent upon what time I have to spend on it.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Basic Upholstery Tools
« on: September 07, 2011, 05:41:14 PM »
I take it this list is just for the furniture guys ?
Hi Chris,
Thanks for the input. Actually, Jack at Carrscorner started to put together a list for the auto upholsterers here in the pro members only section. Since I don't do automobiles, and I've been working on a furniture upholstery tool list at the UpholsteryResource website anyway, I thought I'd use Jack's starting his message thread to motivate me to do some more work on the list of tools for furniture upholsterers.

I appreciate all the help I can get.

Now to answer your question about whether to include the auto upholstery tools in this section. It would be simple enough for someone to start another message thread for the auto upholstery tools. BUT, I don't know if I care whether or not the auto upholstery tools are included in this thread or not. (The furniture upholstery tools will end up listed on a special page anyway, so it doesn't matter for my purpose.) If auto upholstery tools were to be listed here, it would just be important to identify each tool as to which use it was for.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: Basic Upholstery Tools
« on: September 07, 2011, 03:27:13 PM »
Thanks Mike, have them added to the list.

General Discussion / Basic Upholstery Tools
« on: September 07, 2011, 02:24:25 PM »
   I'm putting together a list of basic hand tools, additional tools, and machinery used to upholster furniture. I've started the list here: Basic Upholstery Hand Tools. Could you look it over and give me feedback and suggestions about what you would suggest for tools? I'd trying to have several lists: 1.) a very minimum set of tools, the bare bones of what someone would need to recover a sofa or chair. 2. A More advanced list of what is need to do upholstery professionally. 3. List of machinery and their uses. 4.) Perhaps a list of any specialized tools (and what they are used for.) Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.
Here is what I have so far:

Basic Upholstery Tools
Minimum Set of Hand Tools

    Hammer: 16 oz, straight claw, which can be used to strip the old cover off.
    Scissors: 9 to 12 inch: get a good quality, such as Wiss
    Pliers: standard 8 inch
    Staple remover: Recommend Berry's
    Ripping Chisel
        Straight slotted
    Curved Needles: 4 inch & 6 inch
    Button needle: 10 to 16 inch
    Webbing Stretcher: You can substitute a 1 x 4 board that is about 8 inches long to use as a webbing stretcher..

Additional Hand Tools
    Wood clamps
    Upholstery tack hammers
    Webbing stretchers
    Webbing Pliers
    Duck bill pliers
    Rawhide Mallet OR ....

Power Tools
     Staplers: One or more of the following
        air stapler - and/or
        electric staper - and/or
        hand stapler
List copied from: Upholstery Resource: Basic Upholstery Tools


Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Re: How to get started? Please read
« on: September 07, 2011, 02:15:25 PM »
I have scoured the web, and contacted several upholsterers in my area (none of them has answered...), and I can't find any suitable courses!

Basically, I was wondering if you could recommend any courses, apprenticeships or anything to get me started, I simple do not know where to begin!

Hi Miss Blueberries,
  How are doing with getting started in learning upholstery?
  I Realize that you wrote your message quite some time ago, but thought I'd give you a link to some more ideas about learn upholstery.  Go to this Link: Getting Started in Upholstery.

Best Wishes,

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Charge for travel?
« on: June 22, 2011, 09:56:23 PM »
More than half the time though, the customer's bed is NOT where their mailing address is. It's 20 or 30 miles farther away. So I've already quoted a price based on 100 mile round trip that ends up being 140 miles.

If this is happening over half the time, I'd recommend that you change your business practices in this area. Perhaps call and verify the bed location BEFORE quoting a price OR change your work order to say (or make a notation) that ...
"the  quoted price is based upon the bed being located at the given address. If the bed is at a different location, then any mileage over the quoted will be billed at our standard mileage rate."
 This extra time and mileage is due to their error (in giving you the wrong address), not yours. You shouldn't have to foot the bill for that extra mileage.

Do you think that any trucking company would go another 40 to 60 miles (round trip) without charging you for that extra mileage?

Best Wishes,

Thanks for the links. Much appreciated!
Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Does anyone know where we can get this vinyl?
« on: May 04, 2011, 01:10:34 PM »
We have a client who would like a heavy duty silver or grey colored vinyl (for use on boat seats) that has special design on it, like this.

(click on picture to enlarge)
Does anyone know if someone makes this type of vinyl, and where we might get it?

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Found Bosch Foam Cutter on Sale
« on: April 28, 2011, 04:22:00 PM »
In case anyone is interested, I found a sale on Bosch Foam Cutters. I just purchase one and received it today.  I had ordered it (all the pieces separately) from The Tool Barn Saturday and just received it today. They were, and are still, having a sale. The Bosch foam cutter cost me $420 complete (with body, 8" blades and blade guide, and a footplate.) The shipping was free.

I'm so excited that I finally have a real foam saw! I've waited a long time  :'( for this. When I worked with my dad many many years ago he had a Bosch, and it got a lot of use. It eventually quit working, and like idiots, we threw it away. I have not had a real foam cutter for many years. I've always used a combination of 1.) ordering foam cut to size  2.) electric carving knife 3.) band saw  4.) jig saw  5.) my 12" Scissors.

Best Wishes,

General Discussion / Anyone heard of Ansaldi & Sons (Upholstery Supplier)
« on: January 04, 2011, 03:23:21 PM »
IN my search to find 13 gauge upholstery back springs, I came across the Ansaldi & Sons website. Some of the items they have listed are similar to Van Dykes. They also have listed, on this web page, the type of springs I'm looking for, 13 gauge 6" and 8" upholstery springs for backs or pillows. Their website looks good, with lots of stuff listed.
My hesitation is that when I did a google maps search of their street address, it shows just houses in a wooded suburban area. I called them and was told that they are an Internet only business. They don't have a store. But they said that they do have a warehouse. I don't know if that means that their garage is their warehouse, or if they have a physical warehouse someplace. The lady said that the address is the one on the website. When I did a reverse search of their street address, It shows that there are some people named Ansaldi living at that location, so that is at least a plus that they are using their names.

So, has anyone ordered anything from them? Do you know anything about them? Also, do you know of any other place where I can get 13 gauge upholstery back springs?

Best Wishes,

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