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General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: September 11, 2017, 11:15:34 AM »
......but nothing like what the newscasters are trying to show. When the storm hit land it lost speed and reporters were scrambling to find damage. They were showing small trees down and wading around in ankle deep water. One guy's hat kept blowing off as he was trying to convince us he was standing in hurricane force winds. 
The Weather Channel makes their money for the entire year when they have a hurricane to cover. It gets old watching one of their reporters standing half-bent fighting high winds.

Glad you guys are doing OK. And also glad that it seems like the news crews may have overblown the severity.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Good times we've got em.
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:07:12 PM »
Rick, Paul, Ed and myself are all inland and away from storm surges.
Are you still sure about that?

General Discussion / Re: synthetic burlap
« on: September 07, 2017, 02:14:33 PM »
You can order real or synthetic burlap here:


Or you can just use some leftover fabric from another job.

General Discussion / Re: Seat cushion -sizing-
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:44:07 AM »
Do you think that comes from lazy guys who use the existing pattern to template rather than making a new pattern that isn't stretched out ?
I'm sure that's part of it. But usually when an old template is stretched out, it's also too wide between the arms.

I think that many are doing it on purpose. As if it's a desired look. 

General Discussion / Re: Seat cushion -sizing-
« on: September 06, 2017, 08:14:26 AM »
Here's a pic from an upholstery training class. I see at least 3 chairs with excessive overhang.


General Discussion / Re: Seat cushion -sizing-
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:28:37 PM »
On a UK Facebook group that Paul and I belong to, it's pretty common to see that much overhang. I think it must be more desirable over there.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Good times we've got em.
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:15:43 PM »
Irma looks to be coming for Florida. Folks out there- what is your plan?
I was just thinking the same thing.

Harvey is arguably the costliest hurricane in US history to date. But that could change by the weekend, as Irma looks to be much more powerful.

Chris, Paul, Ed, Mike, Rick, Ian, and probably some others here whose names escape me at the moment. it might be a good time for you guys to take a vacation.

General Discussion / Re: 33 years ago, Sept 1st
« on: September 04, 2017, 11:52:17 AM »
I was marred to the love of my life.
I hope that's a typo.

General Discussion / Re: 33 years ago, Sept 1st
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:48:38 PM »
Way to go Mr. and Mrs. K-dog. Happy anniversary.

Me and the lovely Mrs. Sofa had our 40th on June 6.

General Discussion / Re: Bobbin
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:29:20 PM »
I've never bought parts for a 31-15. But I've bought lots of parts for other machines here:


I've always bought generic parts. Never had any trouble. Doesn't have to be genuine Singer.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Good times we've got em.
« on: September 03, 2017, 12:59:14 PM »
I've had a couple of opportunities to experience "boom times". Always turned them down, because they would've required re-locating.

In the 80's, the Superconducting Super Collider project was under way about 75 miles from me. The town of Waxahachie, Texas was making big offers to most all skilled tradesmen, including upholsterers.

One investor offered to set me up with a shop, and guaranteed me minimum 50K per year (which seemed like a lot of money at the time). The project encountered many problems, and was eventually scrapped. The facility is now a ghost town.

I had a couple of similar offers during the oil booms that have came and went in west Texas.

I always chose to just stick with the "bird in the hand".

K-dog mentions the possible boom times ahead for upholstery shops in the areas affected by Harvey.
I'm wondering how many of those same shops were badly damaged or destroyed by Harvey.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: scheduling
« on: September 03, 2017, 12:38:40 PM »
Periodically, I will list all the pending jobs along with an estimated completion time for each one.

I generally run around 160 hours behind, but that doesn't include walk-in jobs that I may or may not choose to expedite ahead of the other jobs already in queue.

But it's all just to satisfy my own personal curiosity. Most of my customers don't really press me for a completion time. I guess if I worked for a bunch of pushy, whiny-ass decorators, I might have to get a better grip on scheduling.

General Discussion / Re: Glue
« on: September 02, 2017, 10:32:57 AM »
Paint sprayers work fine for glue, as long as you use them frequently and clean them often.

The siphon sprayers like Critter, EZ, and K-Grip are better suited for small shops because they require less cleaning and maintenance.

General Discussion / Re: Glue
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:30:32 PM »
I keep a separate pressure regulator set at 40 PSI on my K-sprayer.

I also keep a case of spare Mason jars. When a jar needs cleaning, I just toss it.


General Discussion / Re: Glue
« on: August 31, 2017, 09:10:18 PM »
I also use Camie 303B clear

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