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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 »

"Not sure what is causing it but ---"

Delivery drivers. most furniture is shipped with the legs inside the dust cover ( that's what the zipper is for) and the retailer has some minimum wage kid with a strong back and weak mind assemble and deliver the piece. If you ever saw some of these guys in action you would wonder how any furniture actually makes into the living room.
I see that a lot here. Sometimes it's the knucklehead delivery guy, or it may be the customer that bought it "cash & carry". Either way, there's a good chance that the legs were half-ass screwed on.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Furniture Upholstery Supplies - Cost?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:38:45 AM »
I've been saving my foam price lists from my favorite supplier.

A sheet of foam that I paid $126 for in Jan '17 is now $162.
It has always driven me crazy that other petroleum based products have their up and down cycles. But once foam goes up, it stays up. Yet the big box furniture stores seem to be immune from these increases (or they just keep downgrading the quality of foam they use).

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Repairing furniture pet damage
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:09:57 AM »
We love dogs and at first gave her a discount. After a while we realized the problem was not getting solved and now charge her our regular price.
I've had the same problem with a few pet owners. At first, I worked a few miracles saving some pet damaged furniture for a token amount as a favor for regular customers.

But they just assumed that price was  normal, so they had no qualms about letting their pet continue on their path of destruction. One lady would call back in a couple of weeks and say "It's time to do it again". When I told her the price would be substantially higher from now on, she got mad.

I love pets as much as anyone, but have no sympathy for owners that allow their pets to destroy the house. If God had intended for animals to rule the home, he would've given them fingers to sign a mortgage with.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Furniture Upholstery Supplies - Cost?
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:43:39 AM »
Fabrics go up every time I get a new set of sample books.

In a Blue Collar town like mine, it's a tough sell to get customers to pay retail in the 40's. Now, most of the MSRP's are in the high 40's and beyond (WAY beyond).

General Discussion / Membership drive
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:54:12 PM »
We could generate new interest in the forum if everyone would recruit just ONE new member.

I'll start.........please welcome dsuptx. Some of you on the FB groups already know her.

Well......my work is done here. Now it's up to the rest of you lazy loafers.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:52:12 PM »
So is the refinisher going to use all organic?

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:50:16 PM »
The stuff I use is a cotton/poly blend. I wouldn't even know where to get 100% felted cotton anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Marshel Spring Unit Cushions
« on: March 13, 2018, 11:57:22 AM »
Does anyone know if the compressing tool that Buckminster uses is a custom built piece?
It's called a Lochner cushion stuffer. In the old days before foam became the cushion of choice, most all shops had a Lochner. They're great for stuffing cotton wrapped Marshall units, but don't work too well on today's thick foam cores.

I had one back in the 80's. It had worn parts that were no longer in production. When I moved, I sat it out by the curb.

Then last year, I came to work one morning to find one sitting in front of my shop. Someone nearby was clearing out an old building, and thought I might want it. I've used it a few times on spring unit cushions. But since I do 99% foam nowadays, I really can't justify the enormous space it occupies. If you want it, come get it.

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