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1996
General Discussion / Re: Introductions
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:44:16 PM »
Welcome Max from Florida

1997
General Discussion / Re: Questions about supplementary fabrics/materials
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:43:19 PM »
As a FYI..
  Most times when reupholstering there is no need to remove the old filling. Disturbing it just makes for more work. Unless it is damaged or bad in some way just leave it in place. Remove the fabric carefully not to disturb the filling. Add a layer of cotton or Dacron on top for a clean slate. You can fill in any low spots where peoples arms lay or head and make an indentation in the filling with cotton by feathering the edges and when you put the new piece of cotton or Dacron on top it is all smooth again.
  Many DIYers will take it all off and think they need to start with everything new. This is not the case. Of course if the filling smells, is rotted, or in some way bad this doesn't hold true. But 95% of the time the old fill is good to re-use.

1998
Texas,
  There are two or three ways to make this decking and seat band.
  One is the way it is with mitered corners. Clean look no showing seams when the cushion is in place.
  Two mitered all the way back to where the finished fabric is on the sides and sewing a sew strip to be stitched to the underlying burlap in the same place where it is seamed across the deck now.
  Three no miter run the fabric back to the same area as #2 but fold and make the sides Seat band seams straight on the outside edges. This will show a seam on the outer edges but is much easier to pattern if your not comfortable with mitering.
  Any way you do it you add a piece of deck cloth (denim) or self deck (same as on chair to cover the deck area. You stitch the seam you see in the picture down through the filling and into the burlap. This gives it the indentation. There are other ways but it can get complicated to explain in a post.
  Good luck.

1999
General Discussion / Re: Name this sewing machine
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:29:42 PM »
Your 145 is a great machine.

2000
General Discussion / Re: Questions about supplementary fabrics/materials
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:43:57 AM »
Unless the covering on the seat springs and back are bad in some way you don't need to replace them. If they are lose just tighten them up. Remove the staples and refasten tighter. If you need to replace them burlap is a good choice.
  Use and decent fabric for the upholstery material. If your just doing this one piece you might try an upholstery shop for the denim and cambric. The cambric can be almost anything. You could use the fabric from home depot that is used as a gardening fabric for the cambric.

2001
General Discussion / Re: Boxed cushion clarification
« on: October 11, 2010, 09:05:46 PM »
I would cut the fabric 1" over size for top and bottom. 3 1/2" boxing if wrapping with Dacron. Buttons will take out the wrinkles in such a log cushion.
  Vinyl same thing. But vinyl will need either a fabric zipper, fabric bottom, or many breathers in the vinyl zipper.

2002
Are you talking about the seat deck? Or the back side of the channel back? Decking is considered the part under the cushion. Seat is the front part of the deck. Please explain what your trying to do and I'm sure we could help.

2003
General Discussion / Re: Inside Back Tub Chair
« on: October 10, 2010, 07:32:02 PM »
  If you could post of the chair in question it might be easier to explain how to pattern it.

  Upholstering it would most likely be done from the center out. This will give you the curve needed. If you were to start at the out most sides you would not get the curves.

  Again a picture would help.

2004
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Deposits for work contracted
« on: October 09, 2010, 07:56:58 PM »
i told he then that I would sheduale the work but the day I come to pattern the canvas ill ned the deposite. then ill order the materials. he said OK and signed the deal. this was friday.

Smart move. At least it just screwed up you're schedule and not your wallet.

2005
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Deposits for work contracted
« on: October 09, 2010, 11:46:09 AM »
When I was located in Upstate NY I would require a deposit in order to be placed on the schedule. Old time customers were exempt from this as I knew them.
  Here in Florida I require a 50% deposit for the complete estimate. Scheduling isn't as strong here but I have been burnt before and it hurts.  :o
  As for a contract. I come from the hand shake world. My word is good and I think any customer willing to give a deposit is also. I do write up a work order / estimate explaining what will be done. No signature required.

2006
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Break time....
« on: October 03, 2010, 04:28:34 PM »

I always look at the internet, and everything on it, as being outside. Even if I am sitting in my living room, the internet is not. So, anytime someone howls at the moon on the internet, I ignore them. They are outside.

If someone on the internet begins to bother me, then I see that as my problem. I am inviting them into my living room and I do what I can to stop that.
I have gotten pretty good at ignoring people who are standing outside howling at the moon.

Good way of looking at it. I like it.

2007
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Standard Labor Hours
« on: October 01, 2010, 04:38:10 PM »
I believe there is a chart just like what your looking for on carrs corner. It's in the professional menu.
http://www.carrscorner.com Just a base labor time chart.

2008
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: "Old School Ways" in the 21st century
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:01:50 PM »
It seems that the general consensus of this discussion board is that blind stitching is better than nail strip, or pli-grip. So why is 90% of the furniture that I strip down not hand sewn?
I agree that some micro-suedes are difficult to pli-grip. But they're not much better to hand sew. I only hand sew when it's in an area that just isn't feasible to use nail strip or pli-grip, or a fabric that would bruise if I used a mallet or hammer. I can do just as good a job with nail strip in a fraction of the time.
I certainly don't mean to offend anyone that respects and employs the " Old school ways", but I'm afraid that I don't get it.

  I definitely agree. I'm sure there are some that do antique restoration that would lend itself to the old ways but I myself do mostly residential furniture that lends itself to speed. If I have a product that does a job as well or better that and old school way I will use that product. There are many newer products that I don't care for but this is one that is high on my good list.

2009
General Discussion / Re: trick question!
« on: September 23, 2010, 04:46:32 AM »
If you don't want to buy a tufting needle and clips and if the chair is fabric covered yo u can use a double pointed needle. Send it thru the front and thru the outside back but not all the way when the other end passes thru the IB backing move the needle slightly so the front point goes thru the backing in a new hole. Push thru the same hole in the IB and you have a connection. Of course this won't work on leather or vinyl or fabric if you can see the hole.

2010
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: "Old School Ways" in the 21st century
« on: September 22, 2010, 08:17:10 PM »
  Yes there are still some of us out there. I too will darn the curved needle on most jobs. It just lends itself to certain things. I remember being able to almost keep up with the stapler with me spitting tacks. I had a good teacher. My nephews would love to come to the shop and hammer tacks into a board. Kept them busy for hours. I still spit tacks for some purposes probably always will.
  Must say I do like some of the modern conveniences like metal tack strip and curve-ez. It does make things go faster. At least the original cardboard covered tack strip is history.

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