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General Discussion / Re: Napp direction
« on: March 12, 2011, 05:58:04 PM »
Yea I know even the welt shows it. When I cut them on the bias I trim off only one end of the salvage so I know what way its going.

General Discussion / Re: Napp direction
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:34:21 AM »
I did that and it looked good, until I ran my hand over it.

A heads up for those that use Outdura (knock off sunbrella) etc.. I did a mooring cover and bow cover in it a few years ago that looked a " a bit off" because I had made a bad cut and had to run the second piece for the bow cover at 90 to the rest. I thought it was shadow from the fluorescent light until the customer showed up and we opened the door. When the sunlight hit it he had a blue and purple bow cover.

  Yes may fabrics besides velvets will reflect light in different shades when run in different directions. When the need arises it is always a good idea to lay the fabric side by side to see the difference it makes. Sometimes there is No so you can run boxings or welt in long pieces.
  Good point Darren.

General Discussion / Re: new guy question
« on: March 12, 2011, 08:00:57 AM »
Sounds like a timing issue. I'm sure Greg or others will jump in the help soon. Welcome aboard.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: If not Quickbooks, what?
« on: March 10, 2011, 06:44:06 PM »
Hey Paul: How do you get that little blue website text on the bottom of your post?

  It is part of my signature. the code is...

You can add a signature to all your messages in your forum settings.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: If not Quickbooks, what?
« on: March 10, 2011, 06:41:37 PM »
Microsoft also offers a free version of their accounting software. Don't remember the name but if there is interest I will look into it.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: air compressor
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:29:04 PM »
Speaking of noise. The compressors that do require oil are much quieter than the oil-less models.
  As for size a 1 HP model will service you well. Most staplers will run at around 80 -90 PSI in hardwood. You will find other uses for air so get one a bit larger than a stapler needs. CFM is the most important spec.

General Discussion / Re: It's Always Something
« on: March 08, 2011, 08:40:12 PM »
Ditto to Mike,

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: If not Quick books, what?
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:00:16 PM »
  I hope your happy with Peachtree. I used it before Qbooks came out and was overwhelmed at its complexity. I am extremely computer literate also. Maybe they have made it better through the years. I  have head many accountants use Peachtree and this is probably the reasoning behind their negative comments. Paying for a piece of software to run your business easily is not a bad investment in my mind. I upgrade every few years. I don't pay anywhere near $400.00 for it maybe 150.
  Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: vinyl embroidery machine question
« on: March 03, 2011, 05:39:12 AM »
I have a singer CE100 and have embroidered on vinyl. I can't see why your Toyota won't work. Have you tried it? I don't know about leather but vinyl works fine. I wouldn't do real extensive designs as it will perforate the vinyl and make it pretty weak. I have only done lettering.

General Discussion / Re: help making seat covers with welting
« on: February 27, 2011, 06:40:57 PM »
yes jim that could indeed be an issue. If it is really heavy a 1/4" cord might help. Depending on you definition of heavy.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mechanical Cushion machine
« on: February 27, 2011, 06:37:43 PM »
       It just seems to me that you were working in the dark ages for so long with that mid evil stuffing machine that you never developed any real stuffing techniques. we followed in the footsteps of the manufacturers.

  Why would you ever want to follow a factories way of doing something unless it was a huge job and the quality didn't really matter. Factories are far from craftsman and just because they do something doesn't make it the best way only the fastest.

  No foul here just a difference of opinion. And yes I was doing this almost thirty years ago.

General Discussion / Re: help making seat covers with welting
« on: February 27, 2011, 06:32:21 PM »
1/4" welt foot 5/32" welt cord. Fold and sew the welt on to the fabric in one step then add the second layer of fabric. Especially with Vinyl products to less perforation the better. If you start out this way you will save a step and get use to it at the same time. Turning the fabric and welt toward the needle ever so slightly will also help tighten it up when sewing it for the last time. Ever so slightly is key as you don't want to run over the cord.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Mechanical Cushion machine
« on: February 27, 2011, 02:54:34 PM »
  Ya know I have yet to try the shrink wrap way of filling a cushion. I suppose as long as the fill is pushed forward enough before letting the air back in it would suffice.
  With the machine I always filled the cushion so the foam fill was probably compress half way in the cover. Then as I worked it it would come back toward the rear (zipper). Most times I had to actually pull it back. But that is the best part as the front is nice and tight.

General Discussion / Re: hidden stitch diamonds
« on: February 27, 2011, 02:49:48 PM »
I may have made this sound simpler than it should be. You also need to sandwich the foam diamonds in, or you can glue the foam to a backing material and cut through the foam (not the backing and then do the seams as explained. An upholstery machine will sew over the double fold. Go slow and make sure to keep the seem straight and in the cut of the foam.

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.

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