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General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:48:45 AM »
Finished the cover and the customer is happy. I have decide that I will continue to use both pattern and blanket methods depending on the situation, but with much more care to details. One other question here- When making a cover using a pattern, do you then make a large blank, lay the pattern on top and make the cuts, or as when using four or five pieces (seams going accross the boat) would you pattern each piece separately and then sew them together?

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General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 05, 2011, 01:52:48 AM »
I always staple darts where I can , i mark the start and end
and thats it.
 when i get it to the table i turn the fabric upsidedown and mark
where the staples are and a reference mark across the staple line
so it looks like each staple has a X over it.
 pull the material apart and you have your dart marked with reference marks.



I put my stapler back in my tool box!  I like your method of marking the staples on the back side of the fabric. I guess I just got lucky in the past with just marking the darts.

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General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 03, 2011, 10:43:27 PM »
Yep, I already tried the add a little here and there to the point that the cover resembles a civil war iron clad! I have made some covers in the past using the blanket method but for me my best work has involved making a pattern so I will just stick to that for now until I grow up! ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:53:17 PM »
I used the blanket (new material) with quick fit pins, I think where I messed up is I marked all the darts with chalk but did not staple the darts first plus some over sewing too.

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General Discussion / Mooring cover- Patern vs Blank
« on: March 03, 2011, 05:26:59 PM »
Sorry if I'm digging up a dead horse here but I am at witts end. The last few covers that I have done by making plastic paterns first have turned out pretty decent so for some reason I decided to use the old blank method on a morring cover this week. I new the owner was picky so I worked extra hard to get all the wrinkles out by making apparently too many darts and have wound up with a cover thats too narrow and too short!

I now have a couple of days pluss $$ invested in a piece of crap that I will use to cover my wood pile >:( I am ordering more materials to fabricate another cover and I will patern in plastic first. Has anyone else done such a boneheaded thing?

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General Discussion / Re: Pontoon Carpet Removal?
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:25:06 PM »
I use a long handle scraper that I bought at Home Depot in the garden department to scrape the old glue and carpet off. Also, I remove all seats and side rails but the helm station I only loosen and then seam the carpet around the cables/wires etc so the helm usually hides most of the seam.

As far as price-  I usually charge between 1000. and 1500. depending on length for carpeting. If it's a wood floor, how is the wood? now would be the time to replace it if needed. You will have to replace some of the screws and bolts typically too.  New wood would add a lot more materials and labor charge of course.

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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: 59 VW BUG W/Tracks
« on: February 12, 2011, 11:10:04 PM »
That is interesting, I was just thinking that I need a tracked vehicle after getting my work van stuck in a snow covered boat storage lot today! I like the color but my wife would hate it ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Marine Upholstery
« on: January 29, 2011, 12:29:51 AM »
I like the Capitano, haven't tried Seaquest yet.

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General Discussion / Re: Mooring cover for Pontoon
« on: December 10, 2010, 03:49:26 PM »
I always go side to side when I make the blank for pontoon covers. This also allows for a steeper cover which is a plus if you live in snow country.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Deposits for work contracted
« on: October 18, 2010, 09:39:31 PM »
I almost always get 50% down for any canvas fabrication or seat recovering even if it's a regular customer. This policy keeps me out of the soup kitchen!

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General Discussion / Re: Do you guys work on Labor Day?
« on: September 06, 2010, 03:15:03 PM »
Just got back from fitting patterns for a set of pontoon seat covers. Got to make hay while there's hay, even on Labor Day!  and I'm a poet too! ;D

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General Discussion / Aluminum Square Bimini Frame
« on: September 03, 2010, 11:43:11 PM »
Does anyone know of a good source for square aluminum bimini frames as used on pontoon boats?

Thanks!

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General Discussion / Re: Slow down pulleys
« on: August 16, 2010, 10:05:27 PM »
Those are cool! What kind of stiching do you use these machines on; intricate projects like motorcycle seats??

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General Discussion / French seam or welt seam for boat seats?
« on: June 15, 2010, 12:24:49 PM »
I am recovering some pontoon boat seats that have a lot of welt cord around the seams abd edges. I was thinking of using french seams instead because they may look better and  feel better against one's skin.

Would it typically take longer to do french seams over welted seams?

Wouldn't french seams be stronger?

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General Discussion / Re: Replacing part of an enclosure
« on: June 15, 2010, 12:19:35 PM »
Thanks!

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