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General Discussion / Re: Cut Double Welt
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:03:45 AM »
thanks for the input.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Soft furnishing general
« on: December 14, 2016, 08:27:30 PM »
Gene is that because of the economy? 2k sounds like you live in a big area. My city of nipomo is 15k I think. Neighboring cities have 100k to the south and 50k or so to the north.

General Discussion / Re: Cut Double Welt
« on: December 14, 2016, 05:11:11 PM »
Here's the join. I created a permalink so you can see detail.


General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: December 14, 2016, 12:48:59 PM »
I'm using half a standard two-car garage for the upholstery, and a small 11x11 bedroom for my big machine and various fabric work.

A shop would be dream. Maybe in the future.

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: December 14, 2016, 12:05:59 AM »
That is one heck of a chair. Refinishing that wood will take a whole bunch of time. Amazing craftsmanship.

Kind of a side question: Do all you guys have shops that people come to asking for your services? I don't have a shop. But I wish I did.

General Discussion / Re: Cut Double Welt
« on: December 14, 2016, 12:00:23 AM »
Sorry about the quoted replies mess guys.

I'll be better at that next time. Tomorrow I'll take a good photo and you guys can critique it.



General Discussion / Re: Cut Double Welt
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:56:20 PM »
I use a very short stitch length. When I cut the flange, or lip, off the bottom of the DB welt cord, which I think is where you say it is fraying, if I understand you correctly, this helps hold it together and I can get the fraying threads cut very close to the DB welt cord.

If the fabric comes loose from the seams in a place or two I use a bit of hot melt glue to hold it together.

I use hot melt glue for the ends. I fold everything over and under, cutting away any excess, and use hot melt glue to hold it all together. The key is to not get too much bulk on the underside. I let the hot melt glue dry, and I can then hot melt or staple the DB cord to the furniture. This gives a nice clean ending to the DB welt cord.

I had to read this a couple times before I understood. No, I was able to cut the 'flange' off the DW just fine. No problems there. I did use hot melt to attach, and actually because of the slight fray, that gave the glue more surface area and it stuck very well.

I'm talking about when join ends. It's a tricky deal.

You said "woven chinille" so I'm thinking you are not wanting/needing the top stick to show on the DB welt cord, rather you want the stitching to be down in the groove between the two welt cords.

I hope this helps.


General Discussion / Re: Cut Double Welt
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:53:23 PM »
I got a 'medium duty' soldering iron to melt the end, and it turned out pretty good.

 Having been spoiled with a hot knife during my apprenticeship I broke down and bought an actual hot knife blade and foot and put them in my $20 Canadian tire soldering gun.

So this tip and foot fits right onto a soldering gun? Or are there modifications needed. What model gun are we talking about? I wouldn't mind going this route myself as the amount of acrylic we do doesn't really warrant a real hot knife.

It's a Weller 'medium duty' soldering iron from home depot. Comes with 3 different tips. The one in the iron is a chisel tip, it's about 1/4". I found I could either just wait for it to heat up and then cut right through it, or, cut through it with scissors and then just 'dab' the end of the DW to melt those fibers and prevent fraying.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Soft furnishing general
« on: December 12, 2016, 12:38:21 AM »
Interesting. May I ask who's asking for cornices?

The Business Of Upholstery / Soft furnishing general
« on: December 09, 2016, 03:50:25 PM »
For all: what are the most popular items people are seeking out these days? I heard a guy on the radio talking about room dividers now. Any consensus there?

General Discussion / Cut Double Welt
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:17:25 PM »
Hey everyone

I don't have a hot knife, and I'm not sure I'd even want to use it for this purpose if I had one.

I made double welt covered with a woven chenille. It frays pretty bad with just scissors.
I got a 'medium duty' soldering iron to melt the end, and it turned out pretty good.

Just wondering what the other tricks are. Being a light(ish) colored fabric, it can be kind of noticeable if the end gets burnt black.

If I'm really having trouble, I might post a photo.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Shipping
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:03:57 PM »
Thank you Chris. Ideally I would not have anything so big and heavy as to need a common carrier.

And forgive my na´vety, but there are scams involving people trying to get a custom piece of furniture? Seems like a lot work for something other than a pile of cash.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Shipping
« on: November 29, 2016, 09:24:03 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone.

Gene: I don't know the difference between common carrier and UPS.

After reading about it if I understand correctly, UPS is for basically anyone. Common carrier is a little more complicated, you may have to search for them, but may get a better price if you're shipping a lot of stuff.

Would that be a correct assessment?


The Business Of Upholstery / Shipping
« on: November 26, 2016, 09:28:10 PM »
I have someone who's interested in one of my pieces but they are a couple hundred miles from me. Has anyone ever shipped one of their pieces and if so what was the experience?

The Business Of Upholstery / Biz model
« on: November 21, 2016, 09:42:06 PM »
Question: Are most of you folks operating a commercial shop, and accept pieces as they come in? Say from individuals, and other businesses?

Or, who is actively seeking work from interior designers without a shop?

If you are seeking work, what do you do? Go to the interior designer and introduce yourself and what you do?

Thanks so much.


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