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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Cushion Foam Shrinker
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:59:13 PM »
$325 for the Stuffer and a roll of the film is a lil hard to swallow but if it saves time and a little stress I think it will be well worth the money.
Masco fabrics in birmingham has a junior version that you have to hook your own shop-vac to. I paid $125 for it. They have the silk film in a 100 yd. roll for$10.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Cushion Foam Shrinker
« on: July 24, 2010, 09:56:51 PM »
For years I used the plastic bag & shop-vac method. I decided to try the EZ stuffer, because I was led to believe that since it used the thin silk film, it wouldn't make a noise if you left it in. WRONG!!!  It DOES make a crinkling noise. By the time you go in and dig out all the silk film, you could've just stuffed the cushion by hand.
Also, the EZ stuffer is ONLY good for standard size cushions. I can easily stuff standard sized cushions by hand anyway. I've gone back to the plastic bag & shop-vac. Since this method employs a heavier bag, it's easier to dig out without tearing.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Computers and work
« on: July 24, 2010, 11:59:34 AM »
I WOULD do a lot more on the computer, if I knew how to type. I still have to "hunt & peck", so sometimes entering everything on a computer actually takes me longer than doing it with pen and paper (hey, but I can "hunt & peck" 50 wpm).
Some suppliers I pay online. There are actually still quite a few of my suppliers that don't offer that option. I don't have a computer at my shop. If I did, I'd probably spend too much time piddling around on it. I answer all of my website-related e-mail after I get home every day. I tell all of my customers that I won't see their e-mails until the evening.
Less than 10% of my "off the street" customers even ask for an invoice, or receipt. I just keep a carbon of all the receipts. If I had a bigger business with several employees, I'd probably be like your boss. But for a "one-man" operation, my system suits me.
I do use the computer to print invoices for the companies that I work for.

General Discussion / Re: Tension on Juki 1541S
« on: July 23, 2010, 10:55:33 PM »
Are you saying that you can't get the tension adjusted properly, or you don't know where the tension adjustment is? Did you buy this machine new, or used? Have you sewn before? Does the machine have a manual with it? Answering these questions will better help us to know how to assist you.

General Discussion / Re: Permit Me To Indroduce Myself
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:02:01 PM »
I sensed that someone was lurking! Glad you came out of the bushes. It's kinda funny to hear someone describe this type of work as "less stressful". Guess it all depends on what side of the fence you're on. Being able to lay on your stomach and pass gas is a talent that will serve you well in this business. You're already one step ahead in the game! Welcome to the forum.

General Discussion / Re: Help me stop the spammers!
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:50:32 PM »
If this is not Bobby, please let me know and I will "notify" the real Bobby.

Wait a minute.  ???      How do we know this is really Gene?
Also, if we are going to report Spam, I think we should report "Beanie Weenies" as well. And how about those Vienna sausages in that little can? You can NEVER get the one in the middle out without poking your finger through it!

General Discussion / Re: U-shaped booth repair
« on: July 22, 2010, 05:29:54 PM »
I'm surprised that there are no seams on the seat top of the U-Shaped one, because in the picture it looks like more than 54" wide and deep. Is it?
 As long as it is boxed, I don't think that you'll have any problem pulling all of the wrinkles out.

General Discussion / Re: How bad is the economy in your area?
« on: July 21, 2010, 06:04:10 PM »
I don't know what this says for the economy, but more and more of my customers are opting to pay cold hard cash instead of plunking down plastic (fine by me).
My observation is that people are handling their money more responsibly than they did as little as 5 years ago. Impulse buys are out.
No one seems to care about getting those "reward points" for using credit cards anymore.
I think that websites such as Craigslist serve to make us more aware of people that are desperate for quick cash.
I've also noticed that nearly all of my website inquiries result in a sale, while less than 1/2 of  the phone calls I receive actually turn into a job. Seems like when people take the time to e-mail a photo of their furniture, they're serious about it, while the "tire kickers" just call and ask "How much?"

General Discussion / Re: Chandsew by Chandler
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:17:03 PM »
paying $800 - I feel good about it.
I think you should feel GREAT about that one! All good things come to those who wait. 

General Discussion / Re: New Kind Of Scam ?
« on: July 20, 2010, 06:58:27 PM »
I'm going to buy your car for 12k, but I trust you so much that I will send you a check for 20k and you cash it and just send me back the extra 8k and I will pick up the car in a week???

My wife sees this several times a week at the bank where she works. When they come in with one of those 20k checks to verify it. She tells them it's a scam, but they REFUSE to believe it. They send out an 8k  check from their OWN account.
My wife tries to do a follow-up by asking them what happened the next time they come in. Most of them are too embarressed to admit that they've been had. They usually say something like "Oh, everything came out fine", while staring at the floor.

General Discussion / Re: Chandsew by Chandler
« on: July 20, 2010, 05:41:40 PM »
If you like the machine and the price, Don't let the "Chandsew" name scare you off.
I've mentioned on this forum before that I sewed on a Juki LU-562 for over 20 years. It actually was a "Glaco" LU-562 (Identical to the Juki in every way).
Having said that, $400 might be a bit high for a 10+ year old machine that only cost $1000 brand new. But, if it has a lot of "freebies", such as an assortment of welt feet, it might not be a bad deal after all.
What kind of machine have you been sewing on? If the Chandsew isn't too far away, it wouldn't hurt to test it, if for no other reason, than to get a feel of different machines.
Happy hunting!

General Discussion / Re: New Kind Of Scam ?
« on: July 19, 2010, 05:43:17 PM »
  Also, his English grammar is too bad for someone from Australia. 

The bad grammar is part of the scam. The idea is to make you believe that HE is the naive one.

General Discussion / Re: Golden corrals new upholstery
« on: July 18, 2010, 08:53:13 AM »
Several years ago, a small diner in England was serving a fried sausage sandwich that was determined by the British version of the FDA to be the "World's unhealthiest sandwich". The owner of the diner took note of this, and noticed that many of his regular patrons were developing diabetes, and heart related problems. In fact, many of his regulars had died before their time.
So he limited his regulars to ONE fried sausage sandwich a week.
He looked across the road to Mcdonald's, where his regulars would go on the other six days a week. They would get 2 Big Mac meal deals, which was greater in calorie and fat content than ONE of his sandwiches. 
He decided that if people were going to kill themselves anyway, they might as well do it at HIS diner.
BUT, getting back to booth seats, I'm sure they were fine.

General Discussion / Re: Juki LU 562
« on: July 17, 2010, 12:45:52 PM »
Sorry it didn't work out. I think $400 was the correct offer. Keep looking. There are many Consew models that are identical to the Juki. If you had a grand to spend, you could get a brand new Highlead, or Chandler. You just have to decide how serious you are about doing this type of work.

But guys.....he wants GREEN!!!!

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