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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Price Checkers via Phone Calls
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:08:11 PM »
Most people are able to text a photo nowadays. From that photo, I can at least give enough of a ballpark estimate to separate the serious inquiries from the tire kickers.

Trying to get a somewhat reasonable description over the phone always was like pulling teeth.

A man rolled into town very late one evening. All of the hotels were full.
At the last hotel at the end of the road, he begged the desk clerk to give him a room.

"Please, I'm exhausted. You've gotta have something. Anything. I'll take anything".

The clerk said "Well, we do have one bed in a double occupancy room. But I have to warn you. The guy snores very loudly. Nobody else has been able put up with it."

The man said "I don't care. I'll take it".

The next morning, the man came down to check out. He looked very energetic and well-rested.
The clerk asked him how he slept.

"Great!" said the man. "When I first entered the room, I went over and kissed the guy on the lips and said 'Good night beautiful'. He sat upright in bed and stared at me the rest of the night".

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Fabricating double cording
« on: March 22, 2019, 07:54:55 AM »
Selvage or salvage? guess I've been saying it wrong all these years.

Until I joined forums in this modern age of the interweb, I had never seen that word in print.

If you had asked me to write it down back then, I would've wrote self edge, or selvedge. Something with the root word "edge". Because it's on the edge. Makes sense to me.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Fabricating double cording
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:20:14 AM »
When you say - the salvage side down - I'm not understanding that.  Salvage is on the end of either the show side or back side -  hoe do you find the correct salvage side ? 

I was wondering about that too. I took it to mean the back side.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Fabricating double cording
« on: March 19, 2019, 01:27:07 PM »
I think Rose has hit on one of the best tips for making good DW out of difficult fabrics.

If the fabric is real thin, move up to 6/32 welt. If it's real thick, you may want to go down to 4/32" welt.

I use the square clunky feet also.

I also use a folding attachment. But I'm hesitant to recommend it because several have ordered one, and not everyone has had the same success that I've had with it. It's supposed to be "universal" for all industrial machines, but apparently, it works better with some models than others. And there may be some inconsistency with it's manufacturing.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: In case you haven't heard
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:48:22 AM »
You left out overpriced wholesale for a mediocre product.

I went sideways with a Robert Allen rep many years ago.
She began strongly urging me to sell RA fabrics to the customer at my wholesale cost. I informed her that I wasn't interested in becoming a free intern for them. Then on subsequent visits, she kept "accidentally" leaving the wholesale prices in the back of the books. I complained to the head office. They fixed the problem by just no longer calling on my shop.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: In case you haven't heard
« on: March 16, 2019, 08:44:12 AM »
I never understood why the top execs get their money in a corporate bankruptcy.

At some point, it behooves them to steer the company into giving up.

General Discussion / Re: New poly batting for sofa back cushions.
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:25:26 AM »
Kody: I get a lot of walk-ins off the street that want their loose-fill cushions and pillows re-packed. So 100 lbs. only lasts me a few months.

Gene: I got mine from Foam Products of Dallas. Their salesman brings it free when he's coming this way anyway. I doubt they would ship to Ohio at a reasonable price.

I used to get mine from Ronco in California. With shipping, it came out to around $2.80 lb. The stuff I'm getting from Dallas is $1.80 lb. It is virgin fiber, which I am told means that it has never been re-processed (I thought it meant that nobody has ever had sex in it).

General Discussion / Re: New poly batting for sofa back cushions.
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:56:34 AM »
I buy 100 lbs. at a time. No guesswork.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: In case you haven't heard
« on: March 14, 2019, 07:50:48 AM »
Robert Allen stopped servicing my books years ago, so my account went dormant. In the 80's and 90's, I probably bought $500-$1000 a month from them. They gradually began ferreting out all the small shops. I guess we see now how that worked out for them.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Water based foam cement
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:27:41 PM »
Paul. What are the negatives of this "cloud"?

Is it just a visual thing that hampers work? Or are there fumes associated with it? Does the cloud mist settle on everything?

Do you have to continue wearing a respirator until the cloud dissipates?

Does the cloud form after only a little spraying (such as 1 cushion)? Or does it take a lot of gluing to produce the cloud?

Just trying to decide if something like this would work for someone like me who would be doing a lower volume of gluing.

General Discussion / Re: Hand-tied Springs: 4-way v. 8-way
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:18:47 AM »
The 4-way has been the European standard for over 100 years.

Somewhere in 40's USA manufacturers began touting the 8-way as a superior method. Many Europeans to this day will contend that the 8-way is just a sales pitch.

I prefer the 8-way. But I notice that many now are employing more of a double 8-way. Basically 8-way tying them twice. I think this might be overkill. What's next? Just weld them all together?

General Discussion / Re: Managing larger projects
« on: February 09, 2019, 08:50:47 AM »
Looks like you should find a way to pick up and deliver if you want to be in business 65. If you can handle it you just need a strong young person willing to make a few bucks. They are all over. Some can handle furniture some just cant but you being there will let you know.

Yeah, there's the catch. The good ones who will handle the furniture in a safe, professional manner are likely too expensive. So you have to just hire knuckleheads and watch them like a hawk. I always insist on being the guy on one end of every sofa, because I know the guy on the other end is either an idiot, or he just doesn't care.

General Discussion / Re: Managing larger projects
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:24:27 AM »
I strongly encourage my customers to bring their own. Most do, but some just can't. 

For in-town pickups and deliveries, I hire a helper on an "as needed" basis.

I tell my out of town customers that they will have to provide a helper at their home. For many years, that was never a problem. But it seems that as I age, so does my client base. Quite often now, the person who is supposed to help me is no longer as physically capable as he thought he was. Then I'm stuck trying to carry both ends of a sofa.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Are You Building Your Business?
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:42:32 AM »
I'm not thinking about retirement. But I'm not thinking about building my business either. I just get up and go to work every day. When I finish one piece, I move on to the next one.

I don't try to push it. 40 hrs. is enough. Not even remotely interested in expanding or hiring. Just keep my head down and keep chopping wood. Not interested in training the next generation of upholsterers. When I'm gone, they can tear my building down and put up a Jiffy Lube if they want to.

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