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General Discussion / Re: fresh talent
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:45:25 PM »
Years ago when I had a larger shop we would hire young people to tear down and make del.
If they seamed interested we would start giving them more responsibility . We would have them start with filling cushion , hand sewing and other simple task. Give them small wage increases as they went to kept them interested . However saying that most of them would not stay with it because it was never enough.(with a few exceptions ) And by the time they started to make you money they would go down the road for an extra 50 cents and hour .
 I had a very good friend whose brother drop out of high school and he asked if I could but him to work and teach him something. I invested 2 years in him and one day he came to me told me he needed 2 dollar an hour raise or he would leave . I explained about how much time and money I had invested in him and I would meet him half way , he agreed and a week later he quit.
  Since then I am real reluctant about training someone .
Unfortunately its easier and less time consuming to hire someone with experience .

The Business Of Upholstery / turbo tax
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:37:20 PM »
Has anyone used turbo tax business addition. My tax preparer has retired and I have been looking for another . My son is convince turbo tax is the way to go.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Estimating boat carpet installation
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:56:44 PM »
I have a 1996 larson open bow of my own and I am currently getting ready to redo.
The flooring has covered carpeted boards, that are held down with screws and I would assume some kind of adhesive . I am planing on replacing some of the boards just because of the age (Im sure there is some rot ) In the past I have replaced some carpet in a couple of Lund fishing boats which I said I would never do again . They are riveted into an aluminum frame.
 Snap in carpet is the way to go . Best of luck be sure to cover your time it will take longer than you think to tear down and clean up.

Sorry I'm a little late to the conversation I haven't been on line . But I feel I have a lot of experience on this subject .  Before I moved  Designers made up a large part of my cliental most where very loyal and provided me with more work than I could handle . Some where demanding but I never had to negotiate pricing with them. As long as you do good work and are professional you should have a good long lasting relationship. One designer I still stay in contact with has been sending me work for 30 years. 
 I will agree a lot of them do not want you to advertise on who you are or were your located .
But it is possible to do work with the general public and designers they are business people just like you and know you have bills to pay.
There is a different between schooled designers and decorators but both can provide you with a lot of work. Check with your local design studio for a list of register designer or with the ASID.
Before rejecting the idea of working with a designer, remember  people who hire a designer usually do not take cost into consideration.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Commercial Work
« on: September 29, 2013, 12:11:18 PM »
Office managers and purchasing agents can be very loyal . If you do good work and you are fair with them they can turn into a good repeat customer . I have several doctor offices and restaurant that have turned into pretty good customers.
Years ago when I was in the Detroit area about 50% of my work was commercial.
Most of them I would give them 15 to 30 days net depending on the job and the customer and most would meet my terms. However watch out for the Big 3 they can take 90 to 180 days!

General Discussion / Re: Sea Doo How-To?
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:42:50 PM »
I just did my second one I learned a lot from the first . You will have to do some patterning
I added seams to the outer ends and had to add about 4 inches to each side of the center seams
The hardest part is keeping the seams straight . I used a marine vinyl with a high loft backing .
I had to use a little heat to help with some of the curves .Remember to put plastic on the foam first , it makes pulling the part easier and it keeps the foam drier.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sofa frames
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:13:56 PM »
Check Frank Chevron. com

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Processed Leather
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:05:42 PM »
Back to processed leather there are a few nice products recycled with a urethane face that look and feel like leather they are pliable like leather and are rated at 100,000 double rubs. I have not sold a lot of it but what I have I have had no complaints.

With a little patience a screw driver and a pair of needle nose you should be able to get it off without damaging them . Check yearone .com for parts

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: High Tech Pattern Experience?
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:51:43 PM »
We use a 2100c cutter( which has  a drill style blade )  and cut 8 to 10 layers of vinyl at a time . Usually with out a problem , occasionally depending on the size or complexity they may have to cut less or slow the speed down. On fabric we cut less 5 to 6 layers . In engineering we use and older model cutting edge with a wheel cutter(the blade is about 1" dia. but we only cut 1 layer at a time) The wheel cutter gives us a cleaner line for patterning purposes ,it also has a pen option so we can draw out patterns . A couple years back we had a software upgrade for it and it was over $10,000 . I was at a trade show in Texas they had a small wheel cutter for around $50,000 complete . I believe there is a you tube video on gerber cutters.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: High Tech Pattern Experience?
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:17:48 PM »
Are models are drawn in pro-e which works well for placing cabinetry and even windshields  how ever its not practical for upholstery patterns . I'm sure that there is a version that would be suitable, but unfortunately we don't have access . Also all the  patterns that are created in pro -e have to be converted to a dxf program so our CNC router can read them . We also use pro- e to develop carpet patterns, counter tops and various other parts . Which also have to be converted  to a dxf file for our gerber soft ware can read it. I know the technology exist but software is very expense especially if you have to buy more than 1 seat.

General Discussion / Re: Leather hide coverage
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:02:49 PM »
18 sq. feet per yard is also the formula I use it seems to work . How ever with some of the exotic hides you have to be careful. I had some elephant hides that you would think would have been huge. But the way they where skinned because of weight ( so they could be packed out )
It was almost impossible to cover the furniture the customer wanted.

General Discussion / Re: bitch, bitch, bitch
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:54:00 PM »
I can sympathize with you on the new furniture service calls.  When I first started in the business I worked for an office supply company and had to do service calls.  Between the inexpensive furniture , the careless delivery  people and some of the crazy customers it can be quite a challenge.
Now if I am asked to do any type of service call I take before and after pictures and always get a signature from the customer.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: High Tech Pattern Experience?
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:32:32 PM »
Lectra technology is quite advance I have seen video before ,we use gerber software  for are cutters, and our designers use pro- e . However they are limited to what can produce ,we do not have any 3d software or flatting software . Mostly what our designer do is use the software to make computer models to give you an idea of placement fit and function. We do have graphic designers that actually come up with the designs seat heights ,depth pitch firms are still all decided .by the pattern maker or the designer . And the complexity of the foam determine if we can cut in house or have a foam supplier cut it and sometimes it requires a molded piece.
The Automotive Industries use lectra tech. which is a more precise science. But they are billion dollar industry . Most of there soft goods are designed on a computer . They do employ pattern maker but they do require a college degree.

General Discussion / Re: sergene
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:56:39 PM »
Tried no fray in the past really didn't care for it. With  sergene  you have more control
Glf has it over $60 a quart plus shipping! I remember when Burch had it for under $20
Thanks anyway

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