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It all comes down to cost and profit margin (unfortunately)

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: High Tech Pattern Experience?
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:11:48 PM »
I worked with designers for years building custom furnishing ,so I was some what familiar with new pieces. I took a job with Four Winns developing cockpits and cabins for boats. Working with a graphic designer who comes up with the designs and the drawing. first  you help develop the substrate or the frame. From there you create the foam in the shape and style you want . after that is achieved we use patterning plastic ( just a clear plastic you can pin on pieces ) to start marking out patterns . We use 3/8 seams on every thing and you have to take extra care to walk the pieces together and but notches in as you do for the sewers . When the parts are done we digitize and load them in program to be cut and checked for errors . (we use gerber cutter ) the foam patterns are either sent to production or to a foam supplier depending on the complicity.
Like I said before one of the hardest parts is creating apart that can be reproduced in a production setting. It has been quite Interesting always something different.

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General Discussion / Re: Swim Platform Cover
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:53:44 PM »
I made one for a 435 four winns and I used bungie in the seams but for added security I but straps underneath  . However  a 43 foot boat  will not be transported down the road.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: High Tech Pattern Experience?
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:23:11 PM »
After 20 years of upholstering I took a job as a pattern maker , your furniture experience does come in handy. How it works your given drawing or blue prints make your foam patterns and usually start with clear plastic to make your patterns . There's a lot of trial and error along with a lot of changes as the parts start to take shape. When you achieve the look and fit you want its digitized and loaded on an electric cutter for production. The hardest part is remembering most production workers are not skilled upholsters so you have to keep that in mind when your making a pattern , the sewers and upholsters have to be able to duplicate this piece . I have found this challenging and usual quite rewarding and I believe its help me in my cutting and sewing skills.

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General Discussion / sergene
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:42:47 PM »
does anyone know where to purchase sergene its becoming hard to find and I havent found a good replacement

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General Discussion / Re: reliable machines
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:39:32 PM »
Adding my two cents adler is a fantastic machine but for the money you cant beat a console 206rb

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How to Use This Forum / Re: Thread Fraying
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:14:35 PM »
change the needle if that doesnt help check for a bur on the sewing mach. hook

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How to Use This Forum / sergene
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:12:17 PM »
does anyone know where to purchase liquid sergene it seems like over the years they have drop this product . But I havent found a good replacement

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