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General Discussion / Re: Sticky: Contact with admin.
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:18:49 PM »
Typing a smiley is the closest some the the uphosterers on this forum ever come to actually smiling. :) :( ;) :o  :D 8)


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: foam prices
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:16:05 PM »
I thought it was Indiana also. I have no idea why I typed Michigan.


The Business Of Upholstery / foam prices
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:08:05 PM »
US Foam out of Michigan has free shipping on orders over $100, east of the Rocky Mountains. (Does anyone remember when Coors was NOT available east of the Rocky Mountain)

They had a price increase in August of this year and another 9% in November. That's a big increase.

Anyone else notice prices for foam or other supplies going up recently?


General Discussion / Re: Ronco feathers
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:22:36 PM »
I'm glad to hear Albany Foam is still around. I have used them in the past for down envelopes and this time I could not get through on the phone so I thought they may had gone out of business. Their stuff was always excellent.


General Discussion / Ronco feathers
« on: December 09, 2017, 08:29:04 PM »
I couldn't find my original topic.

I asked about making a down/foam cushion insert and you folks recommended Ronco in California. I bought a down envelope for a single sofa cushion. It came two weeks ago and I finally got around to unpacking it, cutting the foam, and putting it all together. The customer picked it up today.

I was very happy with the down envelope. It had a nice loft to it and was sewn very well. Their prices were OK also. I'm going to start telling my customers about this option.

Thanks again,


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Job Management Software
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:49:37 PM »
I do not have software for the purpose of scheduling.

Several years ago I looked at some woodworking software that is used for small shops. I don't remember what they were, but I do remember they were either too complicated for what I was looking for or were not easily adapted to my shop.

I also looked for general type software for scheduling and found only stuff for specific types of businesses.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Going Public
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:07:41 PM »
I know a guy who went public wearing only his raincoat and his gym shoes. He got locked up for 2 years without his raincoat. They let him keep his gym shoes.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: What are we?
« on: November 26, 2017, 11:55:28 AM »
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

I never liked the term "rag tacker". I think it demeans the skills and experiences needed to do the quality of work we do. I can see someone on a factory assembly line stapling outside panels to furniture all day, using this term for themselves, but not for upholsterers.

General Discussion / Re: XL
« on: November 24, 2017, 11:19:27 PM »
Beautiful work. I am most impressed with all the wood repair you did.

I think you got the outlay of the tufted buttons perfect. I can't imagine the original being any different.

And a well deserved glass of your favorite brew on the side table.


General Discussion / Re: Thank you
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:31:00 PM »
We have more to be thankful for than most people on this planet.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who post and lurk, and those who keep this forum up and running and safe from zombies, I mean bots.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:07:24 PM »
SofaD, I used to laugh at those government worker jokes. But as I get older and my taxes continue to go up, and I see how wasteful our government is, I can no longer laugh.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:05:16 PM »
It's too late for you now kodyD, but maybe on your expansion project.



The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:36:37 AM »
I like the prayer, "Dear God, please give me patience. And hurry up about it!)

I don't think your state rep is going to be of any help.

If this is your first problem, that in itself is something to be grateful for. It doesn't get the electricity turned on, but it may help your blood pressure stay down, at least to a manageable level.

Here's something you probably do not want to do. If, however, you do, make sure Rose gets a video of it.


I've enjoyed reading about the progress on your shop.

General Discussion / Re: Sewing vinyl
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:25:47 AM »
Thank you Paul. I had not thought of adding an additional piece of fabric.

It's my understanding that I can tighten my bobbin thread only to a certain tightness. I then adjust my top thread accordingly. I'm I correct in this? If so, how would I tighten the stitch?


General Discussion / Sewing vinyl
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
I'm working with an expensive vinyl. It has a felt type backing.

When I sew two pieces together, I can pull the pieces at the seam and I can see the thread. It's a light blue vinyl and I'm using a white thread.

My sewing machine is adjusted correctly.

Is the only solution to use a light blue thread, or is that a way to tighten my stitch? It stays tight when using fabric.



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