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General Discussion / Re: How's business?
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:03:05 PM »
Very busy.  Usually I'm much slower Jan-Mar and I had zero down time this winter.  One long time alteration person retired end of the year and I've picked up quite a few of her customers.  Lucked into several upholstery projects and that mean's I'm very busy.  I am definitely not complaining though!


General Discussion / Re: Bimini Help
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:00:27 PM »
I've had the small bimini piece done for several weeks, just waiting on my customer to come by and check it out.  Finally came by this afternoon and he grinned from ear to ear when he saw it and is now very excited for me to finish the larger piece (they zip together).

Larger piece has gone much faster as I made all my dumb mistakes on the first section.  Did a better job labeling, pieces, etc., so sewing has gone much faster.  Have maybe 7 zipper halves left to sew plus the binding.  Have already cut binding and folded it so once all the zippers are in place, I'll whip the binding in place.  Told Jerry that, barring an unforeseen crisis, he can plan on picking it up next Monday.

Really love working with Tempotest.  It's been a dream, pretty much from start to finish.  Very easy to cut, fold and sew!


General Discussion / Re: Checking In
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:54:06 PM »
  I really enjoy boats and restaurants the most. 

Me too !


Somehow I don't think that we mean the same thing.  LOL!


General Discussion / Re: Checking In
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:18:05 PM »
The morale was, some times you pick the work and sometimes the work picks you.   I remembered that when I went into business for myself.
  LOL, that was quite good and so very true!

Met with the owner and manager of the restaurant this afternoon.  I am getting the job, also one of his other locations.  Hastings is about a 30 minute drive (I think as I haven't been there in ages).  I'm going to take a road trip to Hastings next week so I can get the lay of their shop, take pics, measurements, etc.   The Hastings shop is much smaller with 3 booths and then a lot of chairs.  I'll do both booths and chairs in Hastings.  Only doing booths in Grand Island as they just have a handful of chairs in the bar area and manager has a scheme she wants to try on her own.  If it doesn't work, then I'm sure I'll end up replacing her work as well. 

While we were waiting for the owner to arrive, one of their advertise reps came in.  One of those bouncy, personable people that is perfect for her job.  She waltzed up to me and inquired as to who I was.  I told her who I was and what I did and she got so excited because she has some outdoor furniture she wants to recover.  We exchanged cards, she is going to take pictures and email them to me.  If she doesn't have a ton of cushions, I'll try and squeeze them in on the weekends, once the bimini is finished.

Ar any rate, I don't think I'll have a shortage of work this summer.  This is the busiest I've been since the summer that I did The Upper Deck.  I know a couple of you guys have mentioned being pretty busy as well.  Is this an indicator or are we just exceptions?


General Discussion / Re: Checking In
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:16:09 AM »
I am struggling to find my niche, just wanted to add that business in booming around in here in general.
I just hope there isn't a bust waiting to happen..

I'm not sure that I have my niche.  Just try to work on projects that I know I can do a good job on and that I will enjoy working on.  I really enjoy boats and restaurants the most.  They are just not always in demand when I'm looking for work.


General Discussion / Re: Checking In
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:14:01 AM »
Hi Virginia, We've been busy too so its been a while since I've talked to you.

 With matching recliners I also like to cut them both out at the same time. But I refrain from stripping the second one so I can use it for reference.

Just a thought.   

Absolutely,  Second one will not be stripped until the first one has been reassembled.

Glad you are keeping busy as well.  Seems like most must be keeping busy as the board seems pretty quiet.

General Discussion / Re: Checking In
« on: March 25, 2017, 11:55:31 AM »
Glad you're well and doing so well. Sounds like you are just about where one likes to be work wise. I always wanted to have 4-6 weeks of income waiting.

What a difference a year can make.  This time last year, I was going stir crazy laying on the couch with a broken knee and wondering if Sew & Sew could survive it.  Things were a little lean for several months but with rehab I couldn't have done much more than I did.  Knee isn't perfect but I deal with it and gimp on about my business the days that Sir Arthur is letting me know he's around.

4-6 weeks of steady income is great.  I always have alterations come in but unless it is a prom dress or wedding dress, it is just a supplement to the upholstery.  Takes a lot of hems, zippers, etc to make what I can with an upholstery job.  I like the variety but I've known from the get go that this would need to be my bread and butter.  What was nice was finding out that I liked it and I'm reasonably good at it.

Bob's putting lunch on the table so I better get doing the boot scooting boogey!



General Discussion / Re: Chanelled inside and outside back
« on: March 25, 2017, 11:51:10 AM »
You and Bob always have a hot and a cot waiting here in the middle of the country. You'd be two days driving from the wet coast or you can fly direct to Brandon via Calgary with West-Jet.

Thanks!  So nice to know and we may just take you up on that one of these days!


General Discussion / Re: Chanelled inside and outside back
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:49:02 PM »
Very cool establishment.  When my ship comes in, I truly want to visit Canada.


General Discussion / Checking In
« on: March 24, 2017, 07:56:32 AM »
The days seem to go by in a whirlwind these days.

Still working on the bimini project; and, at the same time, I'm cutting and sewing on the oversize recliners for my BIL & SIL.  Prom season and my Bernina has been in the shop for over a month now so I've had to fall back on my 1993 purchased Singer.  It is still a fine machine and sews a nice stitch but just slower and I love a lot of the extras that came with my Bernina.

Bimini is coming along nicely.  It's a 2 piece bimini and the smaller section is complete, except for sewing the binding on raw edges.  You guys are right about the Tempotest.  I've found it a dream to work with.  My only complaint is with my work area.  Just a little cramped when handling a large amount of fabric but that's on my, not the Tempotest.  Section completed fits the bows nicely so crossing my fingers that the other half of the project goes as well.  If I keep on schedule, I'll finish up around the middle of April.  I've found, that for me, this goes best if I knock out one thing at a time (cut a large piece, sew one of the zippers that runs the length of the fabric, etc.).  Customer wants it by Memorial Day so is thrilled about my timeline. 

Recliners are also coming along nicely.  Even with BIL's Son-in-Law tearing the sections apart, I was still amazed at how much tear out was left.  I uncover a piece of fabric, only to find another piece with a zillion staples.  Basically done tearing out and have been cutting and cutting and cutting.  Made sense to me to cut for both chairs at the same time.  So once I get into the swing of sewing, things should go quickly.  Started sewing welting yesterday.  I was thrilled, during the tear out, when I discovered that the gathers on the arm pieces are elastic sewn around the fabric. 

I was kind of hoping for a breather after these two project but last week, I received a phone call from a local restaurant asking about reupholstering their booths.  I went over Friday for a look-see.  They have 2 two-toppers, 11 four-toppers and 6 eight-toppers, as well as four pieces in their waiting/overflow area.  I made by bid on Tuesday and it has been verbally accepted.  They have gone to the owners of the property asking them for some assistance -- in return, the restaurant owner will sign a 5-year lease.  Seems like a pretty good deal for both to me.  This is one of those deals that I will have all pieces sewn and ready to install and will charge in on the day the restaurant is closed and do a complete tear-out and install that day.  I asked if they were providing tear out help or if I needed to hire a crew and the manager and several of the wait staff will be there with bells on that day.  It will be a long day but do-able.  Darren will be proud of me though as this is the first restaurant that I charged a good price for.   May not be up where the guys doing this for 30 years are at but substantially more than I've ever charged for anything.  I'm very confident in the finished product that I will be giving the customer (thanks to the feedback I received from my Upper Deck project), so I knew I needed to charge an amount that let them know that.  Manager has been to The Upper Deck and restaurant owner was thrilled that I'm restaurant experienced.  His only issue was starting time.  He's itching to start this "right now".  First of all, not many upholsterers are just sitting around waiting for a project and I know some of my competitors locally have wait times from 6 months to a year out.  I explained that I'm in the middle of 2 projects that have to be out of my shop before I can start anything new and told them 2 months before I can start.  I'm hoping that it will be 6 weeks or less but thought it best to give myself some fudge-factor.

Other than that, life goes on.  Missy and Joe are maturing.  Joe's middle section is thickening as he turns into a mature dog.  Missy's may be as well but only because she loves her food.  She's still crazy energetic.  I figure another year at least for her to start chilling.

Bob and I are both doing well.  We have both added a few pounds and some more gray hairs but that's how the game goes.  Hope everyone else is well and keeping busy.


General Discussion / Re: Bimini Help
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:18:46 AM »
These guys are aluminum and the front section was 20" between the hole that the slide piece fits in.  They fold up flat so I unfolded them and measured between the holes until my stick hit the 20" mark.  The back section will be a bit trickier as there are three slide pieces (hope that makes sense).  Jerry made a great diagram that shows all the dimensions on the boat.  Quite cool. 

I think that after my 2 appointments for prom dresses come next week, I will move the bows downstairs into my new room.  Weather is going to be wintery again.  For the last 10 days, we have been in the high 50's to mid 70's (76 was our high yesterday), so I haven't minded going in and out of the garage.  That is going to change and it will be much more convenient to have them downstairs.

General Discussion / Re: Bimini Help
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:06:26 PM »
Have the bows set up in the garage, also Jerry made a very detailed drawing of the inside of his pontoon and measurements between deck hinges, etc.  I probably could have set the bows up in my new room off Sew & Sew, but it would have cramped it up and I already have a couple of hs girls bringing prom dresses over in the next few weeks so.....

I see no reason why this project will drag out though.  Hubby wasn't at all upset over turning the garage into a make shift pontoon.  Had one of the zippers sewn in fabric and gave that to Jerry to take home so his wife can see the fabric that he and I picked.  He agreed that Tempotest is very fine stuff.  As Chris said up somewhere in this thread, it folds very easily and I like that as well.


General Discussion / Re: Bimini Help
« on: February 20, 2017, 03:36:51 PM »
Jerry is measuring the boat today and is coming over tomorrow morning.  We are setting the bows up in the garage (my incentive to get this done quickly -- before hubby has a tizzy fit about my turning his garage into a boat ; o ).

Thanks for the help.  I have cut some smaller pieces of the bimini out.  They sew on the bimini and then zip together.  Knew I couldn't go wrong on those.  I am very eager to get this up and going as I also have the fabric in house for my BIL & SIL's oversize recliners.  Busy, busy, busy and lovin' it!


General Discussion / Re: Bimini Help
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:27:07 AM »

Just make sure your deck hinges etc... are spaced the same as on the boat and you can't go wrong.

That makes perfect sense; however, I don't have the boat, just the bows.  So, I should call Jerry (owner) and ask him to measure what on the boat for me?  Or should I be able to figure it out by looking at the bows?



General Discussion / Re: Another New Project (Oversize Recliners)
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:30:33 AM »
BIL came over yesterday and gave me money so that I can get the fabric/loose polyester fill ordered for their two oversize recliners.  He was too funny.  When he handed me the check, he said that he expressed surprise to his wife about needing to take money over to me.  He had told her "there's no rush in getting those chairs recovered" and she replied "I would like MY chair fixed so that I can sit in it again."  Guess the rate of urgency depends on whether or not the cat peed in your chair.  Bob & I both got a great chuckle out of that!


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