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General Discussion / Banquette cushions
« on: November 21, 2018, 05:46:37 AM »
Delivery today for new banquette cushions. 5 sided banquette in a house - brand new build. The seat cushion is one piece. The back cushion was originally one piece that wrapped around beautifully. It looked great but it did not fit. I had to redo it into 5 separate back cushions. I'm really disappointed but I had no choice. I went with Paul's suggestion to use 2" hook and loop to attach the back cushions to the wall.

The fabric takes 6 months to order and then another 2 months to have a plastic coating put over the fabric. They wanted it for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

What I did wrong with the back cushion: First I made accurate measurements. The 5 back wooden panels flair up because the carpenters did not make things square. One panel is 21" across the bottom and 23" across the top, and 14" high, for example. I made a paper template for the seat cushions, and then I used the measurements on the paper template for the back cushion instead of using my notes/measurements for the back cushion.

This may be the worst mistake I've made. I was cruising along enjoying my deadlines for the holiday season and then this happened. I'm now backed up and working Sundays for the rest of the year - and a few hours on Thanksgiving day.

I'll post pictures if it turns out OK.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
Nope. I've only made 2 more trips around the sun than Mojo.

Have you noticed that the more trips you make around the sun the harder it gets to hang on?

"...the Dead Sea was sick." That's funny!

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Obama started 7 wars during his 8 years as president. He got a Nobel Peace Prize.

21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

My kids went to a private school and they had the Isaiah passage over the door to the gym. Each time we went into the gym for some school event I mentioned the jet engine line. I was always the only one who laughed.

Isaiah 40:31 They That Wait Upon The Lord, Shall Renew Their Strength, They Shall Mount Up With Wings of Eagles, They Shall Run and Not Be Weary

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:46:54 PM »
I remember having to get up off the couch to change the TV channel. Today I've got some lady named Alexa that does that for me.


General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:43:34 PM »
I put the hot melt glue on the gimp, unless I am working with a velvet or chenille or corduroy or any type of fabric where the hot melt glue will not come off easily. Then I put the hot melt glue on the fabric, especially in the corners. I've learned this from many mistakes. It seems like it's too easy for me to touch the fabric in the wrong place with the bottom side of the gimp.

Sometimes I can cut the fibers to get the glue off. I use small scissors and cut as few fibers as I can. I test it on a scrap to make sure it won't be visible.

I've tried to use the end of the glue gun to reheat the glue but I have not had success with this at all.

Chair looks great, Steve.


General Discussion / Re: Welt
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:35:18 PM »
64Buick, when I started my upholstery career a guy who had about 30 years working as an upholsterer said the number one thing I can do is learn how to sew boxed cushions. He said that is the hardest thing to master. I did and he was right.

There's a few videos on youtube that show how to turn corners with welt cord. One is from a guy who does autos and he has a good explanation of doing an inside corner.

Instead of seeing your leather work as a failure, try to get something out of the experience so it will become an expensive learning experience instead. And then try not to have to pay for the same lesson again in the future. :-)

You can also search this forum. One of the most asked type of technical questions seems to be about boxed cushions.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 11, 2018, 09:06:01 AM »
I saved Green Stamps from the grocery store when i was a litle kid. No one wanted them so I took them. My mom got the books for me and every week I got the stamps after she went grocery shopping and I stuck them in the books. I would spend hours going through the catalog. I had my eye on that canoe.

After many years of collecting the Green Stamps, my mom took them all away from me so my older sister could get something she wanted from the catalog.


I saw George Burns at age 89 on a talk show. He was taking questions from the audience. A lady asked in a very condescending tone of voice, "What does your doctor say about you smoking all those cigars?"

George took a puff from his cigar and said, "My doctor's dead."

Thanks for the comments Steve. And I loved those old people exercise jokes you posted. 5 years ago I realized I had gotten old and fat. I resigned myself to never going wilderness canoeing again. Today I'm planning a canoe trip this Spring.

Last month I took my first Carnival Cruise. 7 days in the Caribbean. I went snorkeling 3 days and took hikes every day around 6 different islands. Two years ago I probably would not have even gone on the cruise, and if I had, I am certain I would have spend almost all the time on the ship or just walking around the port shops near the boat.

Our Standard American Diet is not helpful in growing old.


I actually got home at 7:45 tonight. I spent an hour after work walking on the indoor track at my rec center. I've been walking 5 or 6 days a week for 50 to 60 minutes each time. I started in January of 2017. This January, 2018, I cut out processed foods and all sugar products. In the last 11 months I have lost 40 pounds. Last week I threw away my 44" waist pants and my 38" waist pants are a bit loose.

A customer told me about this book 3 years ago. It took about a year for me to get started, but I"m glad I did. Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley



The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:58:12 AM »
"A small retail business owner who handles his own financing doesn't stand a chance nowadays."

Too many people work hard at ripping off others as a way of life. Too many people live with an entitlement mentality and have no sense of responsibility to pay off their own debts.

A person can't pay their bill but they have money for drugs, tattoos, junk food, tickets to concerts, and guns. Who wants to go to some crooks house, or government housing project, and try to collect money?


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Credit Card Payments
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:49:54 PM »
I don't take credit cards so I'm not in this part of the discussion.

Regarding charging 3% to use a credit card, the other side of that is what if someone offers to pay cash and asks for a disocunt, then do you give a cash discount? I don't because I'm doing the same amount of work and my work has a cost/value to it that I do not want to discount. And for me, and I know like Paul's thoughts on charging for using a credit card this may not be the same for everyone, but when someone asks for a cash discount I feel like they are assuming I will not pay tax on the cash payment and therefore they are wanting some of that money not being paid in tax.


General Discussion / Re: velcro a cushion to the wall
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:45:29 AM »
Thank you for the reply, Paul. I'll give it a try and let you know how things go.


General Discussion / velcro a cushion to the wall
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:45:14 AM »
I'm making cushions for a 5 sided kitchen banquet. The seat cushion is no problem. I made a paper template as my guide. It's a one piece boxed cushion.

The back cushion is one cushion also. It is shaped to fit the 5 back sides of the banquet. SteveA mentioned using velcro to attach the back cushion to the wall. If I make a boxed cushion that is shaped to the 5 back panels, what is the best way to apply the velcro?

Can I use sticky back velcro on the vinyl boxed cushion and wood frame?
Is it best to add some staples to the velcro on the wood frame?
Is it best to sew the velcro onto the boxed cushion?
Is 2" wide velcro OK?
Run pieces of velcro across the top of the 5 panels and down the two ends?

I've not done this before so I appreciate your thoughts and past experiences.


General Discussion / Re: Customer won't pay.
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:40:32 AM »
If I get too depressed I just wait until Friday on this forum: End of the week humorous amusing anecdote (formerly Friday Funny)

Won't pay amount due. They usually pick up their items with a truck coming from their warehouse so the check has always been in the mail.

There are some customers (interior designers or stores) who want to pay me when they get paid from their customer. This is a big NO for me. If I'm working for the ID or the store then they pay me when the job is completed. Me getting paid has nothing to do with whether or not their customer pays them.

My goal is to have zero minutes spent on accounts receivable each year.

I told this customer that I work hard to provide a level of service and quality that is second to no one. I have no desire to work hard to get paid.

I got an email yesterday from a salesperson at the store wanting to know about a new job. I responded with a copy of the last email I sent to the person (one of the owners) who pays the bills.


General Discussion / Re: Old Rocker
« on: October 30, 2018, 08:29:49 AM »
Won't that metal on metal squeak? Good idea, though.

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