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General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: April 28, 2018, 06:26:58 PM »
I have 300 choir seats to do. I serged the bottom so I don't have to staple any kind of bottom cloth on the bottom of the seats.

Shipping rates from Ronco really isnít an issue. They offer $20 flat rate on orders over $100. It usually takes 3 days to ship from Ronco to Texas. I donít know how their turnaround time compares to others.

General Discussion / Re: Slippery fingers
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:49:02 AM »
Has anyone else had this issue with their fingers. I'm wondering if it's an issue of chemicals in the fabric or the oils being removed from my fingers or something else.
Where I've noticed it most, is trying to swipe my finger to answer an I-phone. The phone is ringing away, and I'm swiping like crazy. Can't get the "Slide to answer" icon to work. It's like the phone doesn't even acknowledge my fingers as human.

I don't do any slight of hand card tricks. But anytime the family gets together to play cards, I'm always designated dealer, because I can shuffle like nobody's business. I haven't noticed my fabric-related phalanges affliction affecting my ability to shuffle and deal cards.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Non-compete Agreement
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:10:05 AM »
I'm a little confused.

I've heard of NCA's that would prohibit you from quitting and opening your own shop within the same market for a designated period of time.

But are you talking about an NCA that would prohibit you from working on jobs at home in your spare time?

We used to have a guy working for us. He would listen intently while we made a deal with a customer. Then he would call them at home that night and offer to do the job a lot cheaper.

I understand why an owner might want you to sign an NCA to prevent you from stealing customers, or taking the training he gives you and opening a competing shop down the street.

But I think you have to draw the line somewhere. If your boss doesn't want you earning extra cash in your spare time, he should pay so well that you really have no incentive to moonlight. And we all know that probably isn't going to happen.                                           

General Discussion / Re: Leather
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:06:20 PM »
Are the seats sewn? Or just tacked on?

The main thing to get acquainted with, is how you will be cutting the panels most efficiently. Hides are expensive, and not all parts of a hide are usable.

General Discussion / Re: Wide world of Textiles
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:48:21 AM »
Weight, drape, weave, and double rub.
The COM customers around here have 4 completely different criteria.

1) Must be cheap
2) Must never wear out
3) Must never get dirty
4) Did I mention cheap?

Gene said:
I'll send homeowners to several places if they are buying their own fabric. Jo Ann Fabrics carries Robert Allen which is a quality line of fabric. The problem is that they pick a $30 per yard Robert Allen and then they see a $10 per yard of off brand or no brand similar color fabric and buy that. "Look at the money I saved!"

That's exactly why I don't send them to JoAnns or Hobby Lobby. They start out looking at $30 yd. fabrics, then their eyes will inevitably gravitate over to the bargain junk. Then they bring it to me all wadded up and crammed in a plastic bag.

General Discussion / Re: The answers are running off the page
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:49:19 AM »
It looks like the "curved welting" topic is no longer running off the page. Floyd went back and edited down the long link.

General Discussion / Re: The answers are running off the page
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:16:50 AM »
It happens any time that someone posts a really long link. Such as Floyd's (brmax) long ebay link that caused the curved welting topic to run off the page.

Not much you can do to prevent it, except just don't post long links.

General Discussion / Re: curved welting
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:41:06 AM »
I see no inverted curves here except maybe on the back at the bottom. And that is not a tight curve.
Agree. Nothing in the pic that can't be done with a regular set of welt feet. What kind of cording are you using?

General Discussion / Re: curved welting
« on: March 27, 2018, 08:25:13 AM »
Give us more info on what you are trying to sew and why a welt foot will not work.
Ditto. I'm having trouble visualizing why a welt foot won't work.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: paid employees
« on: March 25, 2018, 11:03:33 AM »
In the early days of our family business, my grandparents struggled with this.

It always seemed like if they paid piece work, the employees would slop through it just to get it done faster.
If they paid hourly, the employees would slow down to a crawl.

I guess either system can work if you have the right people. But if you have the wrong people, neither system will work.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Welt foot sizing
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:58:48 AM »
I don't do it but my Buddy uses 2 sizes of welting when he does double welt
I've known some that do that. Because they use a method where the first row will have an extra layer of fabric wrapped around it, so they go up a size on the second cord.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Sewing Patio cushion tuft seams
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:46:59 AM »
On all those mesh type patio cushions, I always tell my customers that my results may.......or......may NOT duplicate the factory original technique.

It's my discretion, my call. The final decision is mine. If they insist that I duplicate the original factory techniques against my wishes, I instruct them to be careful and not let the door hit them on the way out.

Sometimes it's easy to get all that thickness under the head of the machine, sometimes it isn't.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Welt foot sizing
« on: March 23, 2018, 02:54:59 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Good read
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:14:00 AM »

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