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General Discussion / Re: Foam saw (shameless "plug")
« on: October 18, 2010, 11:03:18 PM »
I've finally reached the point in my career where I now feel like I can afford tools that I used to consider a luxury item. I bought a EZ cushion stuffer, and a Jiffy steamer. Both are gathering dust in my shop. Bought a servo-motor, even though my clutch motor was working just fine.
I've been using the turkey knife from Wally World forever. So I guess the foam saw is next on deck for me. I'll take your recommendation under advisement.

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General Discussion / Re: Staple Gun
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:49:17 PM »
June: I'm curious. Do you use the Primestitch stapler a lot? Doing furniture, I use my BEA stapler 6-8 hrs. a day. And I torture mine, accidentally hitting screws, steel springs, clips, etc.  I've had the cheapo guns before, they don't stand up to heavy use. If YOU use yours a lot, and it's lasted 5 years, then I got just one question. Where can I get one?  ???
A competitor and I were talking last month. I told him that I'd had nothing but trouble out of the cheapo guns. He said that he'd had no problems at all with his. So I asked to borrow one to see if I liked it. He had to rob parts off of 4 different guns just to put ONE together that jammed after every 4 or 5 shots (He didn't consider that to be a problem).

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: looking for a button dies size 22
« on: October 17, 2010, 12:29:01 PM »
PM sent

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General Discussion / Re: Cushion migration
« on: October 17, 2010, 12:12:23 PM »
:-X Could some one translate that please  :P
Whats the decking piece  ??? Is it the bottom of the cushion ?
The decking piece is the plain (usually a beige denim) fabric underneath the cushion that covers the springs. Some sofas have "self decking", which is using the same fabric as the rest of the sofa.
Like Karen said, sometimes with a self deck, the two like fabrics rubbing together will tend to crawl.
Many vinyl and leather cushions have denim on the bottom to allow the air to escape. Quite often, they will have Vel-cro sewn into the denim on the cushion botom and deck to hold it in place. But IMO, it doesn't work very well.
D-rings can help some. But their main purpose is to keep a long cushion from hiking up on each end when you sit in the middle.

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General Discussion / Re: button trouble
« on: October 16, 2010, 08:49:17 PM »
Ummmm...not to sound like a dork ball here...but....I have a vinyl die and a fabric die. They are very different indead.
The vinyl die is flatter topped than the fabric die letting the vinyl strech as needed with out cutting. OooOOO and like they said in upper post..lub is always great!
One of my supply catalogs recommends soft temper shells for vinyl (they come in regular temper, or soft temper).
Also, the dies come in soft, medium, and heavy weight. They recommend a heavy die for vinyl.
Since I only occasionally have trouble while making vinyl buttons, I personally couldn't justify the cost of having 2 different sets of dies for every size.
Sometimes, I have to make 10 buttons just to get 5 good ones (but not too often).

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General Discussion / Re: Heyy all
« on: October 16, 2010, 05:30:20 PM »
Boy, you'll do ANYTHING to get out of mowing the grass!!  :D
Take care of yourself.

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General Discussion / Re: Acquiring a fabric line-two part question
« on: October 16, 2010, 05:27:55 PM »
It's a lot trickier than it used to be. I've never had to seek out a supplier. They always found me. But nowadays, most of them want you to buy the initial load of sample books. In 30+ years, I've never paid for a sample book.
When you contact a wholesaler, they will have you fill out an application, and provide a taxID#. They will probably ask for some type of company letterhead to verify your business. Once you start buying a lot of fabric from them, the free books will start rolling in.
I carry several lines, such as Greenhouse, Robert Alan, and Charlotte to name a few. I'm surprised that Greenhouse doesn't have what you want. They have by far the largest selection in my shop. They account for about 70% of my fabric sales, while about a dozen other suppliers share the other 30%. Having said that, I must admit that their prices aren't anything special. Most of their fabrics retail from the low 30's on up.
Good luck in getting established with a supplier.

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Deposits for work contracted
« on: October 16, 2010, 02:54:54 PM »
Hey, when my local paper is running low on obituaries, they call me. Because ALL of my customers have just had a death in the family (now that it's time to pick-up, and PAY for their furniture).

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General Discussion / Re: Cushion migration
« on: October 16, 2010, 12:09:35 AM »
There's not always a clear cut cause, or solution. I do a lot of warranty work for local furniture stores. This a common problem, especially on cheaper furniture.
Some pieces have such soft backs, that the back cushion sinks down behind the seat cushion, and pushes it forward. You named some causes like bad deck angle, and insufficient height at deck front. If the deck springs are too soft, the cushion will have too much bounce each time you get up, which could contribute to the problem.
Some of the cheaper pieces have Vel-cro sewn into the deck, and bottom side of cushion. This usually doesn't stop the cushion from riding off the front, it just makes it harder to push back in.
The sectional piece with the built-in cushion is either a style choice, or a cost-saving technique. It doesn't always prevent migration. I've seen a lot of attached cushions that scoot forward anyway, and once they do, there's nothing you can do about it (without tearing into it).
If you can, shave a little off the back of the seat core (as long as it doesn't make the cover too loose). D-rings might help, if you can pull them tight.

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General Discussion / Re: button trouble
« on: October 14, 2010, 05:18:52 PM »
Obviously, I'm not suggesting anything you haven't already tried. But I spray silicone into both molds, and press very lightly. I'm sure you've already done that. You must have some REALLY delicate vinyl.
If there were some way to dull the rim of the shells with a file, or grinder. Maybe you could grip a shell between your fingers, and slide it across a file?

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General Discussion / Re: Name this sewing machine
« on: October 12, 2010, 10:20:51 PM »
??? So your looking for a compound walking foot, zig zag machine, with a low bobbin indicator light/buzzer.   8) Maybe they do make such an animal, but it sounds like finding the S.A.E/metric ratcheting hammer with circuit tester and cutting torch tool that would let you give away your tool box of wrenches etc... LOL. If they are out there I've never seen but would grab one in a heart beat. As long as it had reverse and an espresso maker.  :D
If it's a Pfaff, you can bet the espresso maker will be tied to the reverse/stitch length lever. :D

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General Discussion / Re: Boxed cushion clarification
« on: October 12, 2010, 08:43:51 PM »
PS: We have had discussions on this topic before and there are a number of folks who do it a bit different and what I do is what I have found works best for me and it's also what I read someone else was doing so I got what I do from this forum so if you disagree with me please do a SEARCH for the original person who said they do it this way and then tell them that they are wrong. :-) Thank you.
Thers's more than one way to skin a cat, or sew a cushion (who the hell skins cats, anyway?)
Some people cut the panels to size, some cut 1/2" bigger, still others a full 1" bigger. You can always compensate with the foam/batting.

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General Discussion / Re: Questions about supplementary fabrics/materials
« on: October 11, 2010, 10:33:04 PM »
Most suppliers refer to dust cover as Accord, or Cambric. The padding over the springs is probably 1/2" dense polyester (you could use 1/2"foam).
You can use Burlap, or a synthetic equivalent to cover back springs.
The cloth under the cushions is usually called denim decking, or deckcloth.
If you're just buying enough to do one job right now, you're probably not going to get a really good price on supplies. Do you plan to buy supplies in bulk?
I don't know what part of the country you're in, so I don't know who to recommend.
Have you clicked the "Suppliers" tab at the top of the page?

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And I bet you can win that job with a sincere telephone conversation.
Dial her up! (uh, from the safety of your office chair).   ::)
This topic is about getting and keeping customers, so I think this experience is relevant.
I did call and apologize. She accepted, but was no longer interested in discussing business. I got the impression that I could've won her back..... if I was willing to grovel (which I wasn't).
I think she was waiting for me to make some serious concessions regarding pricing in order to get another chance with her (as well as jumping through other various hoops).
I hit it off quite well with over 90% of my customers. But my own ego probably prevents me from winning the "High maintainance" ones over.
Getting back to finding customers, I've found that one of the most effective ways for me over the years, is doing little "freebie" jobs, such as sewing a seam , or replacing a button at no charge. They remember that later on down the road, and tell others.

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;)  (no more blabbing on the cell phone behind the wheel, OK?).   
When a customer calls me on my cell phone while I'm driving, I tell them that I will return their call as soon as I can pull over somewhere.
Most of them pay no attention to what I just said, and go right in to telling me about their furniture in long, drawn-out, "mind-numbing" detail. 
Most people today have no reservations whatsoever about gabbing endlessly while behind the wheel. So they really don't even understand why I would want to pull over before talking to them.
I think I would rather ride with someone who's had a couple of beers than someone who's on a cell phone.
But, this topic was about keeping customers, and like a cell phone driver, I've veered way off the road!!

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