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Messages - MinUph

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone here work on Pfaff/have parts?
« on: October 24, 2018, 11:39:25 AM »
Dont know if they are all the same but I had a 145 for 30 years. Great machine but the knee lifter was so hard to move it never got used. As far as I remember there was no adjustment. Just food for thought.

General Discussion / Re: Michael
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:46:12 PM »
We are good here. The panhandle is the area that's being devastated.

General Discussion / Re: In a Jiffy
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:04:11 PM »
  The Jiffy steamer has got to be one of the best tools in any type of fabric trade. My first one lasted some 40 years before it bit the dust. I changed a couple of parts and then gave up and replaced it. It was the old model 2 with a bottle that didn't have the plunger in it. And the plunger part was not in the water cup either. Anyway now I have a new one, and actually we have 2 at the shop. One came with the business when I bought it. The one that I got with the shop has the metal head which I hate. It drips like crazy until it gets hot then the dripping slows down. My plastic head ones didn't and dont do this. Must be being in the air conditioning makes it cold and then condensation abounds when steaming starts for awhile. I'm thinking of replacing the hose and head with the plastic version but I don't use this one much so its iffy to change the jiffy LOL.
  Anyway Jiffy's are great tools and every shop should have one. Your find was awesome. I love finding things like that but never do.

  I wanted a Shop smith for most of my adult life after seeing it at our state fair one year. I finally bought one used it was in like new condition. I found out quickly it was just to much change over time for me. I had become use to separate tools so I sold it probably within a year.

General Discussion / Re: Fabric backing
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:50:46 PM »
  I have never backed anything, always have it done, but I've done a lot of blocking of needlepoint. Some dies will run and most will not. If in doubt you need to try a corner first with COLD water. I use it out of the fridge. Always have a bottle in there for blood removal also. And you can spray the water on the back of the needle point which helps with running. If the dye runs on your test area I would stop and not wet it though.
  Some needle points are really worth a lot of bucks so take that into consideration also. Even sentimental value.

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 16, 2018, 05:10:43 PM »
  65 Nowadays the blend of feathers and down in our business is usually 90/10 90% feathers and 10% down. down is very expensive and very small in size. there are even some suppliers using 95/5. In Upholstery cushioning a full 100% down would be too hard and uncomfortable. It is used for jackets etc.
  There are also different types of down and feathers. Grades etc etc.

General Discussion / Re: Shredded polyurethane for bean bag chair
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:45:56 PM »
Yes I actually like the blend better than straight down. The resilience is much better and I haven't seen any clumping as of yet.

General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:43:08 AM »
Yes Rich, I've used the bandsaw for ever to cut everything and a lot of foam. Great way to get rid of smaller pieces when you need a special thickness. Say you need 2 1/2" thick just cut 2 1/2" slices out of a 6" piece and glue them together. Very little waste at my shops this way.

General Discussion / Re: Uniform?
« on: September 09, 2018, 03:14:58 PM »
  Speaking of Embroidered shirts and such. I did them for years. But found it timely and a little expensive. I stopped doing them myself many years ago, and jobbing them out took time and planning. I also bought labels for the decks of sofas and chairs as a bit of advertising which BTW didn't like at all.

  So I figured a new way and I kill two birds with one stone. I have been doing vinyl lettering stuff for a few years so I bought an inexpensive heat press and cut out my company name (logo) press it on the shirts and decks of sofas and chairs and now I have control and the cost is very minimal. The vinyl is excellent quality and will outlast the shirts and probably the furniture.

General Discussion / Re: Staple Remover
« on: September 05, 2018, 08:57:24 PM »
I have a few needle nose like the 600 but they dont work worth a dam.

General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: September 05, 2018, 04:42:57 AM »
You can set the foam on another piece of foam leaving enough hanging over to clear the foot of the saw. Then you will get a 90 degree cut on the edge or just tip the saw a little.

General Discussion / Re: Let's build a table
« on: September 02, 2018, 09:44:34 AM »
  I'm not much in the pneumatic area but would a foot pump work to pump it up and a release valve to lower it both foot operated like a salon/barber chair? I don't see why not as my wifes can lift a couple hundred pound people with no issues. A stronger pump should do even more. A scissor arangement would work but we are getting pretty pricey with metal and such. The use I see the table mostely is for what was pictured in the video. Raising it for the front seat and mostly lowered for the rest. The major problem I see with this whole thing is it won't  be very portable. I need to use the work area(s) for mre than one layout. Large cornice work takes up my space and a lot of the shop. This would be in the way. Maybe not if the top could be multipurpose.
  Lets keep this going.

General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:18:10 PM »
I've looked up that table before. It comes out of Poland, and is around $1700 plus freight. And it's an air hog, so you'd better have a bad-ass compressor.

Aint gonna pay that kinda money for one but would like one.

General Discussion / Re: Great idea for cutting foam!
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:29:24 AM »
That table is awesome !!

Yes it is. I want one.

Reds and greens fade the most. Like you say 65, it is next to impossible to say how things will react in the field no matter where you buy from or how much you pay for the goods. While there are some fabrics known to hold up better in the field others are not so easy to tell. Through experience it become slightly more of an educated guess on quality but by far not foolproof.
  There use to be a saying "you get what you pay for" That no longer applies to the textile industry. You can spend 10 bucks a yard and get quality or 100 bucks a yard and get junk. This is why is is best to stick with known vendors that care.

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