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General Discussion / Re: hidden stitch diamonds
« on: February 27, 2011, 12:05:59 PM »
Yes they are. Diamond tufting as seen in the video is real tufting. Sewing the diamonds in is a little easier. Lay out the pattern on the back of the fabric with lines. If your diamonds are say 5" x 5" then your layout lines should be 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". Once all lines are drawn fold the fabric over at a line and sew a 1/4" seam running off the line at the intersection of the lines. This will give depth to the button or tie being pulled in. If your not using a button or tie sew straight through at 1/4" seam.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mechanical Cushion machine
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:26:52 PM »
sofadoc that one you posted a link to looks good. Wish it were closer. Mine didn't even have the padded foot petal just metal :)

General Discussion / Re: Staple Gun & Compressor
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:21:59 PM »
How do you operate two tools requiring different pressures from the same compressor?  My machine requires higher pressure to fire the solenoid and work the automatic presser foot lift.  Staplers operate best at lower pressures than that.  Can you suggest something?
You can use a small regulator for the lower pressure tools. Some guys will build it right into the line that stays with the tool. A short rubber hose and regulator attached. So you plug into say a 100 psi line and the tool will run at 40 if thats what you set the in line regulator to. They are fairly cheap.

General Discussion / Re: Staple Gun & Compressor
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:37:21 PM »
I've had my 1HP Sears compressor for probably 25 years. It works fine for an upholstery shop. I've had 3 guys running staplers with it, spraying glue and it worked fine. Air staplers are much lighter and therefore easier on you hand and arm. I do have an electric one for service work but wouldn't want to use it all day. Get a decent stapler and a compressor in the 2-3 HP range. The specs have changed in the way compressors are sold so I can't say a 1 HP model is the same as 25 yrs ago. I run guns at 85 - 90 lbs. I can't see 50 lbs of pressure driving a staple into hard wood. Pine or plywood maybe.

  Is Seabrook nice and soft and supple? I've read here that others use it also. I'm looking for a decent vinyl for marine use. Strong, long lasting soft. Nice stuff ya know. I don't allot of marine but when I'd like to use good stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Need double welt help
« on: February 23, 2011, 08:56:59 PM »
Don't have the machine or welt foot anymore but I use to use a double welt foot and double welt cord. One pass came out like a charm. But it did take a long time to get the feel.
  Get use to one pass it comes out better and tighter. The tighter the better. Practice.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mechanical Cushion machine
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:42:22 PM »
  These machines stuff foam cushions better that anyone Ive seen do it by hand. Something about being able to press the foam against the front boxing that hard just cant be done by hand.
  I agree they take up allot of room in a shop but they are great tools. Really Baker! :-)

General Discussion / Re: Ruined a perfectly good needle today
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:33:45 PM »
  It will surly hurt tomorrow. Good job staying calm enough to get yourself free. Remind me of when I stapled the web of my hand between the thumb and first finger to a chair. Luckily I could reach the side cutters and staple remover.
  Keep it clean and Neosporin really works on the pain.

General Discussion / Re: Highlead bobbin questions
« on: February 20, 2011, 06:33:22 AM »
Can't you just use a flat screwdriver to spread the split shaft out a little bit?
Without the bobbin on the shaft that is.

General Discussion / Re: Got My Tax Refund - Should I Buy This Machine?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:26:16 PM »
I bought my newest machine off the Internet for 995.00 free shipping. The machine is fine, works well and have no issues with it. BUT service is truly a handy thing. Example. When I ordered the machine I also ordered a welt foot for 5/32" cord. Not knowing the size I left it up to the store to send it. They sent a smaller foot and it took me awhile to figure out the problem. I called the store and explained the problem to him, I was told he couldn't tell unless I sent him a sample of the 5/32" cord. I bought the correct foot and all is well. I also sent him a sample of the cord and that was 2 months ago. I don't expect to hear back from him. To bad.
  Also to give credit where credit is due, the store I bought it from did assemble everything and tore it down again to ship so all holes and adjustments were right on. I suppose this could be problematic for someone not use to assembling a table, motor, head etc.
  Good luck with your purchase.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Nailhead Trim
« on: February 17, 2011, 06:17:06 PM »
Nothing its included in an upholstery job.

General Discussion / Re: Boat Seat Pleat
« on: February 15, 2011, 09:05:41 PM »
Sewing the pleats would in fact let water enter in the stitching. If the sundeck gets wet water will get in. That said there will be seams anyway. Line the foam with plastic to keep the water off the foam. I would recommend you use the heat sealed pleating as original. It will minimize the amount of seams.
If you screw up and don't damage the wood or foam a trimmer will be able to save you. Don't look for a discount as it would be a new job to them.
  Have fun and give it a shot. Take the piece apart, give yourself some reference marks so when you sew it back together the marks will line up. Use the old patterns if they are still decent. If they are shrunken you may need to make new patterns.
  Lets us know progress and ask questions there are many good people here.

General Discussion / Re: tying springs of couch
« on: February 12, 2011, 08:27:50 AM »
Your doing this back wards.
  Install the webbing with a webbing stretcher first then place the springs on it attaching them with either Klinchit fasteners or stitch them on then tie them.
  There is no way to know the height of the springs unless they are on the webbing first.

General Discussion / Re: Foaming tools and how to.
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:37:19 PM »
  I feel for ya. Its to bad production stands in the way of experimentation. But to touch on one point. Wrapping foam with Dacron serves 2 purposes. One is to add the puffiness and fill out the cushion or section better and the other is to help keep the air off the foam. It does help lengthen the life of the foam a little. While adding a 1/2 topper of foam doesn't help the longevity of the cushion only adds roundness to the front and covers some imperfections in the shaping process. A needed thing when doing things like bike seats and shaping other seat types. Furniture is generally pretty simple.
  There us to be a foam with a buffed edge that gave it a little roundness. I don't know if this is still being made but it was very nice for knife edge cushions.
  The "art" of wrapping foam or using more than one density together is not much of an art. It is done over sized glued together and then cut to the finished size. Any slop is cut away.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mechanical Cushion machine
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:54:34 PM »
I had one years ago and loved it. If you close I'll take it. Where might you be?

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