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General Discussion / Re: Just Some Fun Stuff
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:15:13 AM »
The wife is a big Dodgers fan. But for years they've had this blackout thing to try to get people into the park. So even if you pay for cable, you might not get the game. Not sure what the deal is with extra sports packages. All I have is an antenna and a roku with hulu. Sometimes if we are very lucky we'll get a game, but it's rare.

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:12:24 AM »
These are the simplest seats possible. No sewing. No welt. Just a wrap.

I read a little about using water to help stretch it out. But my other thought is that it it was intended for upholstery that shouldn't be needed.

General Discussion / Leather
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
I have a client requesting leather upholstered dining seats. I do have some leather scrap I can practice with, since it is very unlike vinyl or wovens. What else should I do to get acquainted with the material?

General Discussion / Re: Just Some Fun Stuff
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:07:45 PM »

You get sports on you tele?

General Discussion / Wide world of Textiles
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Had this on my mind for awhile. Fabrics and other textiles have a LOT of marketing. I often wonder how to differentiate. There are folks peddling fabrics on every corner it seems.

Myself, I tend to gravitate to designer fabrics, mainly because I can be assured that they are quality. If something were to go wrong, the company would likely be concerned. E.g. Kravet.

I think we can all agree that we put our best into our pieces because we want it to last for the longest time possible. For a number of reasons.

But where do we draw the line? I don't think many of customers or potential customers know or care about the details of fabric. They want a good price. Obviously, we don't want something like what's been talked about before - vinyl that will not stop stretching. Or maybe poor colorfastness. Or, premature wear.

None of us, I believe, have access to a Wyzenbeek. But even if we did, it still wouldn't tell us everything.

I think maybe a good start is to avoid textiles made in China. There is simply too much risk. Too little oversight.
But what else can we do? A remnant may work well for a certain project, etc.

Folks dealing with textiles long-time, what have you learned?

General Discussion / Re: Just Some Fun Stuff
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:20:56 PM »
Kody it for sure feels great to be asked to come back. I was recently asked to work for a co. in my past linev of work. The answer was no - being that I worked so hard to get out of that industry. (Ag)
Upholstery is hard work too - but I like it because you can  stay in one place and do it.

The recliner - I cringe at that. In my opinion the only ones worth doing are the older ones and maybe some of the newer ekornes et al. Personally I would love to do a Milo Baughman for my own house. Totally worth it.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: April 04, 2018, 09:33:15 PM »
Thanks Kody, Paul.

This piece is intended for sale and I know of a couple people that would likely be quite interested. As it is though, not commission.

You folks would know better - but as I am now looking at tufted pieces I more often see different designs. Usually separates the backrest from the armrest, giving a better place to tuck in the fabric and allow for separate tufting planes. E.g. chesterfield.

I've got a much simpler mid century slipper chair to do so I will go there now. Sometimes if I'm lucky it's like the brain keeps working a suddenly you understand something you didn't before.

And Kody the books etc describe what you posted as 'van dyking'. Surely I will need to master that soon enough, regardless of which method I choose here.

I desired to sew & pleat as it was done originally. But, I am thinking the factory worked out well ahead of time exactly where to sew so that the seams would all be hidden, and the job would work well for the upholsterer. It did.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: April 04, 2018, 12:46:28 PM »
Paul, I can see that piecing at the sides is not the only way of doing this. But, is it the easiest?
I have struggled with this for too long. I may have to move on or just upholster it flat.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: April 03, 2018, 01:36:19 PM »
Looks great Kody. Did you test sit on it?
Thanks for sharing.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:49:56 PM »
Yes, the seam is exactly where you stated. It's the center of the piece.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:38:55 PM »
Made it to here:


I thought diamond tufting was developed to be able to round inside corners like this. But I don't see a way.
The old fabric was stitched just after the corner.

I have sewn a seam down the middle, making the width of the fabric 108".

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sewing Patio cushion tuft seams
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:12:48 PM »
The filler is called 'Nu-Foam' . Not foam at all but just compressed dacron into the shape of a cushion.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:41:48 PM »
No problem, kody.
As you know, VOC means volatile organic compound (sometimes the word chemical is used.)
For good reason many of us think any 'chemical' is bad. Water is a chemical compound.

So, VOCs is really just stating that the compound is unstable, and releases into the air. Take peppermint oil. It is not toxic to humans and in many cases useful. But when the oil is allowed to react with the air, it splits apart into what we detect as an odor.
Odors are useful to us because we can tell that something is present. So if we look at one component of noxious off-gassing of PU foam, that is formaldehyde. We can smell it and it is definitely not good for humans.

Organic just means that the compound has carbon in it.

There's a lot more to this but some basics.

General Discussion / Re: Good read
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:49:35 PM »
Kody it would be great to see a bunch of textile makers & furniture makers resume in the US. Far as I know, it sure is better than the recession. Our custom sofa/sofa was made in NC, 2014. And thanks I will check out what you posted there.

Sofa, I had seen a few things about houzz but wasn't entirely sure of the situation. This clears it up. Only time will tell but it appears that as frustrated as the local designers are they've taken their houzz award for the year but are letting it go now.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Repairing furniture pet damage
« on: March 21, 2018, 04:44:51 PM »
I'm with Steve here, when I repaired zig zags last time that came loose I found a good quality wood screw and buttoned that sucker down.

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