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General Discussion / Re: Cord - why 5/32?
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:51:50 PM »
sofadoc I was going by what Mojo said. I'm talking about the solid plastic welt.

$23? geesh that's cheap.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:49:26 PM »
Hey guys. I finished this chair:


General Discussion / Re: Cord - why 5/32?
« on: May 21, 2017, 06:04:12 PM »
I use 4/32 jute welt cord because that's what Merv Kunutson used in his videos on "Secrets of Upholstery", which is where I learned to make welt cord. And also because it's cheaper than cotton 4/32 and cotton 5/32. It works fine with most fabrics.

I also use cotton 5/32 because it works best with thin fabric and is smooth. Jute welt cord can have lumps in it sometimes.
I'm strictly a fiber-flex welt guy myself. I just built a new rack behind my sewing machine that holds 5/32, 6/32, 8/32, and 10/32 as well as 4/32 and 5/32 double welt, and 3 colors of zipper.

sofadoc: Do you use the fiber-flex over the polyrod because it is easier to work with? I have seen the polyrod for cheaper but I have also found the FF to be much easier to work with around corners. I'm thinking I might go that way in the future. Nice set up, by the way.

General Discussion / Re: Cord - why 5/32?
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:31:27 PM »
You guys are extremely silly.

General Discussion / Re: Cord - why 5/32?
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:43:51 AM »
Doyle, thank you for that. Now, what is the best foot to use for 4mm?

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 18, 2017, 06:43:53 PM »
Guys, made it this far


Refinished the legs with a good enamel, got it all squared up and aligned. It's amazing how just 1/2" one side too far will screw up your whole process.

A bit unsure about what to do with the seamed corners on the seat. How do I get it clean and tight right where the seam meets the underside of the frame? (where you staple)

General Discussion / Cord - why 5/32?
« on: May 17, 2017, 05:56:47 PM »
If you use 5/32, is it expected that after your layers of fabric that you will end up at 1/4"?

I'm with Gene here, I just made same and actually just doubled up the flimsy fabric to make it sturdier.

General Discussion / Re: pink stain on cotton
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:41:04 PM »
65 Buick, you are the first one on this forum to get on of my obscure jokes. Or maybe you're just the first one to acknowledge it.  :)

You're welcome. ;D

General Discussion / Re: nailing cornice boards
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:43:10 PM »
I don't know if you guys watch 'this old house'. obviously these guys get to play with a whole lot more tools than we do.

If you watch this video: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-generator-wood-floor
at the 20 minute mark Tom uses this 'domino' joiner which actually looks kind of like a super biscuit.

If you built a cornice board with this I would imagine it would probably be over-engineered, but some pretty fun tools!!

General Discussion / Re: pink stain on cotton
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:37:19 PM »
Jim Jones! Lol!!

You folks out there probably don't know what it is, but how about the Madonna Inn!

http://www.madonnainn.com/steakhouse.php    check out the 3rd photo there. Pink!

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 10, 2017, 03:05:40 PM »


I was having a really bad day yesterday. Overthinking things. I've gotten this far now. A few small adjustments, hopefully. Feedback is appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:25:39 PM »
I'm re-doing the IB&boxing. If this were a solid, I'd be done. Are there any tricks to getting the pattern straight?
Mainly i sew the boxing together and that's one thing, then getting it straight with the IB is another.
Way harder than I thought.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:21:03 PM »

Chair going well. Happy with the seat. The boxing for the backrest is giving me trouble. First, I don't know why it is puckering. Second, down at the bottom where it joins with the seat boxing I'm not really sure what to do. It would probably help to pull it down and maybe use a cardboard tack strip where the welt is, but I'm not sure if I can accomplish that.

The geometric has proven challenging. The pattern on the backrest boxing is mostly ok, it could maybe be oriented slightly differently. Getting the boxing on the BR and seat to match I think it extremely difficult and I don't think it actually takes away from the overall effect if they aren't oriented exactly the same way.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric seaming preference
« on: May 07, 2017, 08:31:22 PM »
One more thing: I have been told that the bobbin thread tension should be so that when you pull a thread out and dangle it, it should be just enough to hold it and not allow it to unwind.

Using a Pfaff 545 , the top tension on these machines is incredible. The adjustment nut is backed just about all the way out and it is still very tight.

Based on the puckers I have, I think I need my tension lowered, and then hopefully it will help stop the fabric from slipping.

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