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General Discussion / Question on Barber Shop Chair Backs
« on: April 24, 2016, 03:03:02 PM »
LOL on me!  I was just sure that I wouldn't run into anything that I hadn't seen before on these chairs.  Seats are waterfall design and as expected.  Chair backs are throwing me for a loop.  Most of the seamed area is hidden by the frame of the chair.  Held in place by 2 screws at either end.  Top of the seat back has about 1/2" flexible cardboard type material under the fold (don't know the name of the stuff but I have a roll so no problem).  The top has a soft curve into the side and that is where the problem comes in.  I don't know what the stuff is called even that holds the curves into place.  Has "teeth" that sinks into the back side of the upholstery and the opposing side has small holes that you staple into the frame.  I was pretty careful when I removed this stuff so that I think I can reuse.  I'd try and buy a roll of it if I knew what the heck it is called even.  My question though is how do I install this stuff?  Do I staple it into the frame and then go back and catch the teeth into the fabric and fold it over?  Feeling like an idiot on this one.  I'm sure it is simple enough if you know what the correct procedure is supposed to be.

Thanks for anyone who can answer my addle brained question!


General Discussion / Re: sunbrella
« on: April 24, 2016, 07:46:10 AM »
They have either 10 or 11 yards left.  It is in one continuous roll I believe.  Auction says by the yard and you can request either all or part of the yardage.  By the yard simply means that they will not sell fat quarters, 1/4 yard, 1/3 yard, etc.

You have found your missing yardage.  Just order 2 yards and it will come in one continuous piece.  To make sure, you can email the seller to make sure that is the case but that is generally how these auctions work.


General Discussion / Re: my boats upholstery
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:02:44 AM »
Absolutely sensational, Mike!  Your workmanship is out of this world.


General Discussion / Re: Child's Chair
« on: April 21, 2016, 06:06:50 AM »
That is incredible workmanship Steve!  Congrats on a job well done!

I did a child's chair a couple of year's ago (upholstered), that had belonged to my customer and her sibling.  I'm not sure how she came to be in possession of the chair.  At any rate, she never had children.  Her brother was now grandfather to 2 children.  She gave the reupholstered chair to him for his grandbabies to use.  She sent me the cutest picture of the 2 little ones sitting in the chair together and told me that she and her brother had similarly shared the chair but couldn't find the picture of then "sharing so nicely".  It was a darling picture.


General Discussion / Re: New Milestone WHO HOO
« on: April 21, 2016, 05:59:37 AM »
Brace is way too thick for any kind of tube sock to around it.  Not sure how but yesterday it stayed up without any real issues.  Hoping for similar results today.  I think I really cinched the straps tight yesterday and that seemed to help.  After I'd been up for a while, I did have to loosen them a bit because of a little selling after I'd been up a bit.  Hopefully the next, and last week, will go like yesterday.

Working actually makes the brace issue more frustrating.  Like you're trying to walk across the length of your work facility and you have to stop every 5 or 6 steps to pull the brace back up into place, going up or down the steps and winding up with it down around your ankle before you're half-way through the steps, etc.  Had me spitting bullets Monday for sure.  Plus, leg just feels better when the brace is sitting correctly.  Anyway, this too shall pass!


General Discussion / Re: Getting a new mattress
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:30:05 PM »
your susposed to buy new matress? my current is 12 years old before that I was getting poked by springs

LOL Mike, when I worked at the furniture store, the store manager told us that mattresses/box springs should be replaced at least every 7 years.  Also, you should buy matt/box springs as a set because they are designed to work together.  How much of that is true I don't know, that was just what we told customers.  Some are supposed to be rotated every 3 months and some should not be.  Your salesperson should tell you that at the time of purchase.


General Discussion / Re: Getting a new mattress
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:39:42 PM »
You might try a site called Spine Health.  They discuss all kinds of issues related to back/spinal issues and there have been numerous threads about mattresses for people with those issues.  A lot will depend on what is wrong with your back and there are very knowledgeable people there about different issues.

I had a Restonic that I really liked during my serious back issues but they are based out of Missouri so don't know if they are available in your area.  Try to get something with what is called "Marvelous Middle" -- it simply keeps your body for imprinting so easily so the mattress regains its original shape.


General Discussion / Re: New Milestone WHO HOO
« on: April 18, 2016, 06:29:33 PM »
I knew you had said that some time ago.  I practiced a bit and it just wasn't happening so I went guts up and figured out how to keep my right leg straight so I could sew with it.  No pain or discomfort at all with it so that's good progress.  29th is almost here but dang it seems like it's never going to get here.  I'm having serious issues with keeping the brace up.  I've tightened the velcro as well as the straps but it still keeps falling.  10 long days to go.


General Discussion / New Milestone WHO HOO
« on: April 17, 2016, 03:26:27 PM »
I had a gentleman call 2 weeks ago with a boat tarp that the stitching had split on.  Of course, he wanted to come over and wait while I stitched it (on a Friday evening no less).  I, as patiently as possible, explained about the broken knee, contractor issues and that I was committed to 4 prom dresses and 2 weddings so I couldn't possibly get it done then.  Dude was persistent and even wanted to come and "maneuver the fabric" for me if that would help.  I stressed again about the broken RIGHT knee and offered to in 2 or 3 weeks.  He was concerned, of course, about rain on his boat interior but I had no choice but to hold firm to my position.

I figured he had found someone else but Friday early afternoon, he called again, wanting to bring the tarp by for pick-up Sunday afternoon.  When he dropped it off, he opined that it would start pouring Saturday afternoon.  Which it did.  I think he was hoping to shame me into an on the spot repair but I needed to oil my machine and move some clutter on the top of it, etc., so I told him I would call him once it was fixed.

After he left, I wondered to Bob if I would be able to.  I tried a few left foot practice runs and my coordination was just not going to let that happen so today I sat as far back from the machine as I needed to keep my right foot straight and much to my amazement I could.  I tried my pressure foot on my Bernina maybe 10 days ago and it wasn't intense pain but just wasn't comfortable and I didn't get that sensation at all today. 

Called customer when I was finished and, of course, he isn't going to pick up until tomorrow now.  I told Bob before I called that was my prediction.  People are so funny!

Anyway, I was just elated that I've healed enough to start upholster type sewing with my "bad" leg.  Especially since I should get the vinyl for the barber's chairs tomorrow and hope to start sewing welting Tuesday some time.


I'll be on there once I get this brace off.  I've got some nice stuff left over from a boat.  Guy had me order extra for a seat and hasn't been back for the seat.  Like 18 months, so time to get it out of here.  It's buried in the furnace room which will get tidied once the brace is gone.  I've been wondering what to do with extra vinyl.  Seems like I never get to use it on a small project.

Thanks for the tip!


General Discussion / Re: New Project
« on: April 16, 2016, 08:42:27 AM »
I'm going to get a tub of that Monday or Tuesday.  All 4 high schools in Grand Island have Senior Prom next Saturday (23rd).  I already had 3 dresses, all with varying types of complexity, and didn't plan on taking in any others.  But, a customer referred the mother to me so I had them come over.  2 skirts to shorten.  I told here that it would probably be Friday evening and if she could handle that, I'd get it done for them.  So, now 4 dresses.  2 of the original 3 are almost done.  It's just that I should get vinyl for this project either Monday or Tuesday and I want to get going for Dax.  I have progressed to where I can pretty much do anything I want to (walk without crutches most of the day) but going up and down the stairs wears me out.  Still don't have my toilet and sink set down here so I make more trips upstairs than I care for.  Also, I'm just slower than pre-break, which I haven't figured out why.  Maybe my brain thinks it's still on sick leave or something.  Dunno.  Hoping that changes as I'm ready to get back full throttle with these projects.  Delighted that I have as much going on as I do.  Also, still have to do my 1040 (have all the attachments completed) and Nebraska's little easy-peasy 1040 to do.  Heading over into IT area right now.  Want to knock out the Fed 1040 and then start prom dressing.  They are nice change and my cash reserve looks pretty deplorable right now so these dresses will perk up my bank balance.  LOL


The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Looking for advice on Boat Seats
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:55:08 AM »
I do a lot of marine seats but those are a new one on me.


The "GREEN" Room! / Re: How the hell did they do this!
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:54:06 AM »
Have you purchased a heat gun yet?  You need to be careful to not touch the element to your vinyl but you can stretch it out something crazy with the heat gun.  You still have to get "down and dirty" as far as getting in there and pushing, stretching, pulling, cursing, etc.

Don't know if the heat gun will answer your question but it does a lot of stuff, in addition to pulling out wrinkles.


General Discussion / Re: New Project
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:23:29 AM »
The best metal polish I have ever found is called "Never-dull" . It is a cotton wadding soaked in what ever the active ingredient is. It comes in a blue can the size of an oil filter. I get it in the auto section of Canadian tire with the other car polishes but have seen it at places like NAPA Piston ring etc...I'd have all my brass done and be off to the mess before the other guys finished their cap badge with brasso.

LOL!  I was just kicking myself that I didn't still have a can of Brasso hanging around someplace!  I'll make some calls and see what I can find around here.

Thanks for the input everyone!


General Discussion / New Project
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:58:17 AM »
My barber came yesterday with the one of the five chairs from his waiting room.  Plan is to tear apart the first one, get all five cut out, finish the first one.  He'll bring two when he picks up the first.  When those two are done, we will swap out for the remaining two unfinished ones.  That way, his customers will always have a minimum of three seats to sit in.

Back is pretty straightforward.  Both pieces have welting.  Seat is waterfall type, which I did about 60 of for one of the restaurant's in town so that is not a big deal.  Fabric is black with just a hint of texturing in it.   The frames are stainless steel, I think, with wood handles.  Wood is in great condition for the age.

Stainless steel has some spotting on it, I guess you would call it.  Not part of my job, but if it's not too difficult, is there something I can use on the frames to get them sparkling again and get rid of the spotting?



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