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General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 26, 2018, 11:25:58 AM »
It has been a steep learning curve.

Gene, when you say taper the corner, specifically what do you mean? Like 3 stitches instead of one? The front edge is slightly arced.

Then, because the of the crown, I am confused about how to make the corners hug the frame tightly. If I pull them first, then the front has to much slack. And vice-versa.

I'm going to switch out the padding and see how that works.

General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:08:02 PM »
Paul - agreed.
I started out the seat with 2" HR foam. This is with 1/2" then cotton.
Now I think it needs 1" plus cotton. I sat on it and it's not that comfy. It has zig zags.
Originally it only had cotton. To me it's more of an artistic piece than a true sitting chair. Maybe something you'd sit on the edge if you were having a quick conversation with someone.

What kind of padding would you guys use?

General Discussion / Re: Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 25, 2018, 02:20:46 PM »
Here's the situation now:

Happy with it but still not sure what to do about those front corners.

General Discussion / Mid century slipper chair - leather
« on: June 24, 2018, 02:20:05 PM »
Hi everyone. In a pickle here.

I am trying to do this seat. On the left side of the boxing, I get puckers. I tried more/less padding and that didn't work. When I sew, I start in the middle and do one side, then the other. That's the only thing I think is causing this issue since it's happened to me before.


Here's what the chair looked like before



Couple more things:

First, I really don't need to start sewing in the center for this type of seat cover. So tomorrow I will sew starting at one end and go all the way through. That should help since it won't be slightly different tension for the bobbin thread, causing puckers.

Then, from what I can see the welt is sewn such that it gets tighter towards the back of the seat. That way when it is upholstered the front boxing can remain tight all the way around the front corners.  I will do my best to slightly arc the boxing for the same purpose.

That's all I can figure out for now. Any help appreciated.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Expansion, different sector?
« on: June 21, 2018, 07:23:54 PM »
A little update, more info here.
I am always a bit suspicious at the latest 'in'  social media site. It's exhausting. Anyway, there's something called 'nextdoor' in which you can talk and meet with really local people. There's a business section too.
I found out with that the golf courses just buy new carts. They don't bother.
However, it may be a way to find legit people needing/wanting work done. So, check it out. It's easy.
Continuing on with meeting local designers & focusing on furniture. It's where my heart is anyway. Some have inquired about banquets which may be a real possibility, though I would have to collab with a furniture maker.
I did get another dining chair job so I think there's interest. And, they like my quality.
So..things are looking up. Made a couple new friends in the process.
Running out of room though!

Being a dog (dachshund) owner since 2011, still chuckling at 'you're an a$$ when you take your dog for a walk and both use the same tree.'
Btw, you're most likely to be bit by a Dox, than a pit or a rot, etc. They were bred to hunt rodents.

General Discussion / extra cotton
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:40:55 PM »
Got a bag full of scraps. Anyone tried making cushions from it? Make a pillow and wrap it in dacron?
Stuff's expensive and I hate to toss it, but if it needs be..

General Discussion / Re: JoAnn Fabrics
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:14:57 AM »
Smart move, Gene. They are there for cheap, not quality.

General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:58:17 AM »
I hadn't even heard of CC. I had to go to the website and look. They must be heavy.

General Discussion / Re: Use of cotton batting
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:44:53 PM »
I had forgotten about the muslin stripping. I did try the cotton.
I think if it were a woven I might have been o.k.

I should have taken a photo but basically the front corners were just not filling out. The rest was beautiful.
With the muslin stripping I.m just inviting that problem again, aren't I?

General Discussion / Re: Use of cotton batting
« on: June 07, 2018, 02:48:43 PM »
I stapled the edge of the foam down hoping to have a nice rounded look. Found out the hard way that makes it much harder to fill out the corners of the cover.
I also had a problem with the leather being defective so I will have to start over.

This time I plan to cut a piece of foam to hang over the edge about 1/2" and then build up the sides of the seat to the same thickness. Won't staple the edge down. And find some decent material - be it vinyl, leather or whatever.

Kody I hate that stuff too. Don't know why, really.
I had a friend some time ago, his job was to cold call all day long and try to get products into stores. He just had that kind of persona. And a pot of coffee in the morning, too
But if you're wife is good at it and doesn't mind it, then let her.
There are ways to practice though. A book rec'd to me by another a very long time ago: 'how to win friends and influence people'. This is one of my key books that I will always keep and refer to.

General Discussion / Re: Use of cotton batting
« on: June 04, 2018, 04:18:46 PM »
I'd agree that's a smart thing to do Steve. Having worked with it a bit now I understand it's purpose.
What do you prefer, the 3/4oz or the 1oz, when it comes to seats?

General Discussion / Re: Use of cotton batting
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:23:52 PM »
No, it's all tight. No separate cushion.

General Discussion / Use of cotton batting
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:12:55 AM »
I haven't used much of the cotton batting simply because of price. But I find that I like the way it works and am using it more.

In this chair: http://gdurl.com/48qf

when I removed the old cover it was strictly cotton on top of the springs. I used a piece of foam and now want to cover it in cotton. My question is, is it better to use one piece for the seat, and one piece for the edge, OR just use one piece to cover over all of it? I just envision that if one uses a single piece to cover over then at the edge it would get stretched and thin from the springs moving up and down.

The cover was placed right on top of the cotton. There was no dacron. The chair is from 1958 so I'm not even sure dacron was around then. Would it better to then go over the cotton with a piece of dacron, or just straight over? I will be using top grain italian leather. So I want to do the best that I can.

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