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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Know any upholstery games?
« on: June 17, 2010, 10:05:58 PM »
Remember the game called "Barrel of Monkeys", where you would try to pick up as many plastic monkeys as you could by hooking them together? As a kid growing up in an upholstery shop, I would play that game using hog rings.

Or you could play "Running with the scissors", or "Catch a staple between your teeth"............or maybe not.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone know what this is?
« on: June 17, 2010, 08:33:54 PM »
Pocket watch protecter, maybe? You could still see the time through the holes.
Either that, or a prop from a Harry Potter movie.

General Discussion / Re: Stalled !!!!
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:56:11 PM »
C'mon Chris! Get well soon. That grass ain't gonna' mow itself ya know!

Hey, speaking of GRASS, do you get any Rx to smoke? 8) :P

sence you brought it up anyone see that episode of South park where where the dad stuck his testicles in the microwave so he would get cancer and get some medicinal weed? they got to big he3 used them as a hippity hop all over town. :)

My, what a cultured bunch we upholsterers have become! :P

General Discussion / Re: Stalled !!!!
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:35:59 PM »
C'mon Chris! Get well soon. That grass ain't gonna' mow itself ya know!

General Discussion / Re: double sided tape
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:34:31 PM »
The video looked cool, but I didn't have any sound!  Did they explain the process?
Not really, he just said that they were using the double-faced tape. I noticed that the camera didn't show the upper corner (above the spot where the double sided tape began).
The reporter boasted of how the sofa was only going to cost $150 (for the fabric).
He neglected to mention the cost of buying the used sofa from the re-sale store, as well as the cost of labor.

General Discussion / Re: double sided tape
« on: June 16, 2010, 08:02:06 PM »
His corner fold was a little sloppy. Micro-suede is probably the ideal fabric for adhering to the double sided tape. I've never tried that stuff. It might have some useful applications. I wonder if the outside back panel will loosen easily.

General Discussion / Re: New stripping tool
« on: June 15, 2010, 06:52:49 PM »
I was kind of hoping this was another spam post. LOL
Hey Gene, if you placed a "Strippers Wanted" ad in the classifieds, you might get some interesting responses. :o

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.

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