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General Discussion / New stripping tool
« on: June 15, 2010, 06:31:52 PM »
Got this tool in the other day:   

It has one set of jaws for removing hog rings, one for lifting staples. You can hit the handle with a soft mallet to pry staples up. You can also grab material and twist it off. I wish it had longer, thicker handles. It feels a bit small in your hand. It's a pretty good all-purpose tool to have around, and with shipping, is about $33.
If you're looking for another tool to add to your collection, you might want to try this one. But, after trying it for a few days, I'm pretty sure that it will never be my favorite stripping tool.

General Discussion / Re: Kudos to Gregg!
« on: June 13, 2010, 06:44:53 PM »
I'm disappointed this thread hasn't hit the second page yet!@#   ;D

Oops! :-[

General Discussion / Re: The jerk around
« on: June 13, 2010, 12:16:10 PM »
There was a time when my regular customers would've been HIGHLY offended if I asked for a deposit. Now, everyone accepts it as a way of life. Most of my customers offer a deposit BEFORE being asked. And thankfully, most customers now realize laying down a deposit doesn't automatically move them  to the front of the line.
Over 35 years ago, an upholsterer in my town closed his shop, and came to work for my mother. What she didn't know was, he had cheated all of his old customers out of their deposits before closing. NOW, our reputation was damaged as well.
One elderly lady, using a walker, walked 3 miles to our shop to demand satisfaction from the man who cheated her. My mother drove her home, and assured her that WE would make it right. It took us a long time to clean up the tarnished image that he brought with him.
We could've just let HIM take responsibility, but it would have created a negative reputation for the trade in general (at least in our town).

General Discussion / Re: Australia v U.S.A> football
« on: June 06, 2010, 09:35:52 AM »
A friend of mine who runs a local YMCA said to me, "Some kids play baseball, some football, some basketball, but EVERYONE plays soccer!" He predicted that in 20 years, when all of those kids were grown up, that soccer would become the most popular sport in America.
That was 30 years ago.
Parents love to enroll their kids in soccer, because any kid who can run and kick can at least "blend in" on a soccer field. But if he, or she can't hit a baseball or dribble a basketball, they stick out like a sore thumb. 

General Discussion / Re: Australia v U.S.A> football
« on: June 05, 2010, 07:46:00 PM »
Yeah I find it surprising the lack of interest for soccer in America
Hey, I watched a soccer game once. I got bored with it when one team built up an insurmountable lead over the other team. I think it was 1-0. :D

General Discussion / Re: Australia v U.S.A> football
« on: June 05, 2010, 07:32:55 AM »
Haven't heard a word about it here. What kind of football are we talking about? Is it that stuff where the refs wear the pointy hats? :D

And I stand by my assertion that a bigger capacity bobbin is important.  If it didn't make that much difference Juki would still be making machines with the small bobbins now, wouldn't they, Sofadoc?   ;)

Bobbin: I stand corrected. I guess I was looking at it strictly from a furniture point of view. I seldom make long stitching runs, so changing a bobbin less often just isn't that big a deal to me. Now that I have an "M" bobbin machine, I figure that I save 10 minutes a day by changing the bobbin less often. I spend 20 minutes every morning just doing the crossword puzzle ;D
But this is currently just a hobby for superfly, and he was looking to buy a machine for under $250 USD. Of course, he won't get a walking foot machine, unless he pays over twice that much. So if he can save a few bucks on a "G" bobbin machine, why not?
But for me, if I could only choose 1 of 2 features, either the dial knob stitch length adjustment or the big bobbin, I'll take the dial knob.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Somebody's working cheap!
« on: May 25, 2010, 08:15:35 PM »
Hey zansongs> My advice is: Don't charge a lot less than the going rate. Your competition will hate you, and your customers will only take advantage of you. And at the end of your career, you'll look back and regret all the money that you "left on the table". Get all you can while you can.
I don't know any upholsterer that's has trouble sleeping at night because they think  they charge too much.
Since you have a background in custom cabinetry, I'm sure that we will appreciate your input on wood finish related problems. Welcome to the forum, and don't hesitate to post questions when you get into the upholstery end of things.
Good luck.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Somebody's working cheap!
« on: May 24, 2010, 09:24:19 PM »
The misconception that zansongs has about a shop's hourly rate is EXACTLY why I don't quote hourly rates to my customers. I quote an overall price for a job, but I don't feel that they need to be informed as to just how long that job might take me.
The average customer thinks that $10 per hour is plenty for the type of work that we do.
If you are satisfied with an hourly wage, why own your own business? Let someone else do the worrying.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Dealer Discounts?
« on: May 17, 2010, 08:51:18 PM »
In the sofa biz, I give decorators a discount on fabric, but not labor. If the decorator furnishes the fabric, then there is no discount. I'm with Kyle, show me the volume FIRST.
My guess is, that if the dealer was getting a discount, it was probably a "false markdown".

I recently sold a Juki 562 (walking foot, compound feed) circa 1978 (?).  I got $600 for it.  It was perfectly serviceable (new hook, stand, motor, all presser feet, bobbins, and needles) but was an early Juki model and had the small bobbin... if you see one on the market, skip it.  Look for the 563 which has a bigger bobbin.  . 
C'mon. If Superfly is just going to be doing his OWN carseats, is bobbin capacity REALLY a priority? I sewed on a 562 forever before getting a big bobbin machine last year. To me, it's an over-rated experience.  My favorite feature on a walking foot machine is the dial knob stitch length adjustment (as opposed to the old fashioned "Hold the button down while rotating the wheel" method) .
BTW bobbin, I concur with you about the stitch length adjustment on the old Pfaffs.
My feature preferences in order would be:
1) Reverse
2) Better stitch length adjustment
3) Top load
4) Big bobbin
One more thing Superfly, as mentioned in other recent threads, stay away from 3450 RPM motors. Make sure it's 1725 RPM. If it's 3450, it's probably not a walking foot anyway.
Check out the walking foot section at: www.keysew.com
Even if they are out of your budget range, they will give you a good idea of what to look for.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: The Restaurant booth business!
« on: April 05, 2010, 05:16:22 PM »
sterry56> I discovered your method quite by accident when a restaurant that I service closed abruptly, leaving me with some of their booth seats.
They just happened to fit at another restaurant that I was doing. Just like you, now when they call, I already have 2 -4 seats ready to pop in. And you're right, it does give them incentive to call more often.
I used to do that 9:00 PM thing also. I usually had to wait around, because a late-staying diner was inevitably always sitting in the booth that I needed to take.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: The Restaurant booth business!
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:33:18 PM »
Mom & Pop restaurants tend to be on a REALLY tight budget, PLUS they want them done "one-at-a-time". I've done a lot of restaurant booths, and other seating over the years. I always had to let the game come to me. My best luck has been with chains that are owned by a franchisee who is based nearby(someone who owns maybe 4 or 5 restaurants of a particular chain). If you can get your foot in the door at the office of a local franchisee owner, you might be able to parlay that into some steady work. Big chains tend to "gut the place", and totally remodel with all-new everything.

Good Luck, restaurant booth work is nice work if you can get it.

General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:07:46 AM »

If this is in reference to the HF tool I posted the link on, it doesn't rotate.  It vibrates back and forth.  It would just cut the staples off flush...I think.  Then you could just tap them down with a hammer so they'd be flush with the wood.  It may be worth the $39.95 to try it out. ???
Oh, OK, that might be interesting. BTW, I ordered that DoubleRock staple remover today.
If you get the HF tool, keep us posted. If THAT doesn't work, we could always try dynomite!!

General Discussion / Re: Anybody using one of these?
« on: February 09, 2010, 11:49:29 PM »
I had to experiment a bit with angle of attack and direction to get my best results. Or you may just have too "good" a hammer.

Well, it better be a good one. I paid 12 bucks for it! Seriously though, I think that I need one with adjustable speed, so I can control it better. That's why I was curious about that "Bantam Ripper" (but Stephen did complain that it sometimes wasn't powerful enough).

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