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Messages - MinUph

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Declining
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:43:15 AM »
I run into this on a regular basis. Yesterday a guy came in with a roll of fabric and a dinning room seat. He wanted 5 done. I gave him my price and he was shocked. He said I was thinking 20 each. Why was I thinking 2o each. I said I dont know they are 45. He left. You should be giving customers a price not the other way around. And just stick to it. SOme people have no idea what things cost. And that's fine. But you do.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:26:46 PM »
What did it have before you stripped it? How thick?

General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 12:25:08 PM »
All these options of third party image hosting are fine and all but it is still jumping through hoops to post a pic here. Not so much for the viewer but for the poster it is.
Iinger why doest this forum sw allow tjese thing on its own? Im sure the answer has benn said b4 but i dont remember it.

General Discussion / Re: Service and repair manuals
« on: March 04, 2018, 06:46:02 AM »
Isn't there marks on the wheel that when lined up allow the bobbin to come out easily?

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:08:16 PM »
Not if you can get to the back of the piece. That is used to replace a button from the front only.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:22:17 PM »
Just a layer of cotton.

65, pay close attention to how many jobs are thrown out because of this limitation you are putting on your business. Not saying don't do it just watch and learn.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:24:25 PM »
Cotton is the best to tuft over but I think you misunderstood what they may have meant. When tufting over foam or springs, many people use a dacron layer. Cotton is much better for tufting but not as an only filling just the top layer.
  If you charged enough to use foam and the customer won't mind then foam is ideal. It will be much easier and more uniformed than tufting over marshall units. Cotton over the foam and tear the cotton where the holes are in the foam. You can reuse the spring if you like and still put a 1" layer of foam over them. Again tufting will be a little easier but won't be very deep. The springs won't allow for deep tufting unless there is thickness over that like foam. But that's ok if that is the look you want. Shallow tufting is fine is requested or redoing. If you do shallow tufting see if you can find soft (cloth) back buttons. IDK if they are still produced.

General Discussion / Re: And the fun begins: Retro Loveseat
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:31:59 PM »
The old dog brings up a good point. Just what was it filled with when you got it?

General Discussion / Re: Advice
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:27:08 PM »
In the 49 years I've been in this business I have not heard of any asbestos being used in upholstery. I would think if anything it might have been used in fire retardancy fabrics use in very special purpose not for household furniture use. I think you are very safe.

General Discussion / Re: Wrestling Match
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:10:16 PM »
No I don't think you could replicate the factory pattern. And I don't think you can figure the stretch out by measuring how much a piece of vinyl stretches at a given spot. There are just too many different "spots" on the pattern. Factories have a few things we don't have. One is CAD another is trial and error, and other is the original model, and another is how it assembled (upholstered). Do your best and give it a shot. But don't expect one vinyl to behave like another one. That is not going to happen either LOL.

General Discussion / Re: Help identifying hardware
« on: February 23, 2018, 01:57:49 PM »
Here is a link to a series of photos (I hope) that might help you visualize how the clips are used.


The chair clips that Dennis shows in his latest post might just do the trick. They are used in automobiles and office chairs. If the size works you may have something that works. Other than those I was thinking of glue. Contact cement will also work if it is workable.

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 23, 2018, 01:50:44 PM »
Nothing beats self control. Having control on the server and not relying on third parties to host pics.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Liability Insurance
« on: February 23, 2018, 09:19:03 AM »
  When I first took over this business I had a couple in my sample room looking at fabric samples. All of a sudden the husband was on the floor. He had fallen right off the chair. It scared the shit out of me first for the fact I was concerned for him which he was fine. He had a dizzy spell. But after they left I realized I did not have insurance for sush a think. Now the sample room is spotless, clean neat and safe but you never know. So I called and got insurance for this sort of issue. I also later added a rider on it to cover me in case an employee or anyone stole money from my shop. My secretary has access to my world. This was for a past one that I just felt the need to have especially while I got to know them.
  Anyway I carry it and need it for some design firms as they require it along with some condos and HOAs.

General Discussion / Re: Wrestling Match
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:35:35 PM »
65 I think you work is very good so far. But these chairs are not easy by any means. I doubt they will come out as good as new even in three pieces. In one piece inside and one outside I would not attempt myself. Well I may attempt but I know it wouldn't work. Without original factory patterns and factory process to put on it will not come out like you plan.

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