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General Discussion / Re: Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:32:58 PM »
Not sure what a BB code is. But it looks good that you got an image to upload. Certainly being able to post images from IG would be great for me, as I am always seeing things that I would like to share or ask questions about.
Off topic: do you see aurora borealis where you are in Norway?

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:28:35 PM »
Steve,

That is strange. Are you using bullseye?
I don't know if this helps but if you mix your own shellac, you can then spray it through a preval sprayer. A lot of the time I find a scrap of foam and dip it in the shellac and apply it that way. My exp. Is that it always dries nearly instantly. If you're interested I have some blonde shellac already ground up ready to be mixed with alcohol. I could send you a little to try.

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General Discussion / Name brand, designer fabrics or not?
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:37:39 PM »
This is important. While I am now being offered work from designers, I still like to upholster pieces on my own time, for sale to the public.
Here comes the dilemma: I have been buying 'brand-name' fabrics, with hope that people will see that it is not junk, that it is done with quality in mind, and that the fabric has been tested for durability.
So far, to no avail. As I currently look for a fabric for a little loveseat, I wonder, do people care? I can buy 'no-name' fabrics for 1/2 the cost, or less. Meaning, a cheaper price to the consumer.
I understand that in reality this is what most companies have concluded. I had hoped to find a niche, who desire quality, and durability.
I asked a supplier in Los Angeles, what are you double -rub counts? 'I'm not sure, but I would guess 40k'
Is this good enough? Sounds to me like no testing was done whatsoever. Possibly made overseas, and probably would present problems.

I am lucky that designers here prefer Kravet, which I know to be quality fabric, with extensive testing done. Higher price means more people employed to make a quality product. Being that we have a local rep, I likely would not make any money at all but using the fabric, but possibly would get more local jobs.

So I ask you all for your thoughts, and possibly could you include what sort of fabric that you use? You don't have to tell me everything, just the basics.

Ian

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General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:52:51 AM »
For sure I need some way to bevel or shave down the edge. Possibly a burnishing tool. I am not sure what else at this point but I am sure I will discover.

For example, I look at my wallet by Fossil. It's a quality piece. Edges are clean. In fact, how did they get the fold-over edge so nice? It does look machine-sewn. Thus far I discover that sewing a straight line on a wallet is tricky. And how did they get the stitch exactly in the right place at the corner?
Lots and lots of questions.

Here are a couple photos of my wallet. Not intending to make entire wallets, but it's the same process.

http://gdurl.com/tLQL

http://gdurl.com/zK3f

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General Discussion / Leather
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:40:37 AM »



I bought some scrap leather for a small project, mainly to give potential customers something with my name on it. As I've found out, working with leather is another whole ball game.
Short of buying a kit from Tandy with all the special tools, does anyone have any suggestions? I wanted to machine stitch the leather, not spend a ton of time, but at least have something professional looking.

At a minimum I have realized that should a customer ask for leather, I'm in for it. Though, stitching straight lines on a cushion is a whole lot easier than stitching something small.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: New website
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:33:11 AM »
Hey!! What about me?

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General Discussion / Re: Spammers be off.., puff
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:57:32 PM »
Probably bots

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:22:00 PM »
I love shellac. You can buy different hues and then mix it for your purpose with alcohol. Shellac is great stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:51:05 PM »
Wow, wow, wow. Also looking forward to the upholstery.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:26:19 PM »
Kody- it's NYC.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:46:29 PM »
It would be interesting to know really about trends if it weren't so exhausting.

From my perspective, it used reclaimed materials began as a real thing. It was then passed on to yuppies, who 'craved' rustic, reclaimed, and anything showing 'character'.
Of course, it got way out of control and anything resembling 'rustic' was proliferated even if it had absolutely no relation to the original idea or the re-using of anything.

You also have to add in that people get bored of stuff, so when a new trend arrives, on the bandwagon they go. Me personally, I refuse to be a part of it.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:19:56 PM »
Paul you're lucky then. This whole 'rustic' thing has gone on too long. Grey, beige, greige, brown. Rustic, reclaimed bla bla bla.
Can we get back to actually superior furniture already?

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General Discussion / Re: Webbing
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:16:56 PM »
Kody - 5" is big. Do you have a photo of that?
Original cushion for this project measured @ 2" only. I think 3" would be better, but only a thin layer of dacron in order to keep the boxy look.
But b/c 3" is thin I'm thinking firmer like 44lb. I personally like really firm like 50lb but I doubt others do.

Thanks for the thought. I will make sure the customer gets what they want. Obviously they are going a bit out of their way to restore these. They must enjoy this style.

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General Discussion / Re: Upcycled Furniture
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:28:12 AM »
I really don't like it when people paint beautiful teak, rosewood etc.

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General Discussion / Re: Webbing
« on: October 07, 2017, 11:25:14 AM »
I have found that I can buy the pirelli, with clips & precut.
Good point, since the designer hadn't mentioned it, I will bring it up.

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