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I know it is scary to think these people will run things some day.

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 22, 2018, 06:56:48 PM »
you mentioned starting at the corners. I had an Upholsterer that did a lot of vinyl work in a factory setting and he said they would start the vinyl in the corners. Stretch the four corners in the start from centers. I have done it and it does work well. I don't see the fit for fabric but ya never know till ya try. As long as you can keep the weave pretty straight it might be worth a try.

General Discussion / Re: Serger
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:12:15 AM »
Hey Steve,
  I finally found some time at the shop to play around with the serger. Figured out how ti thread the thing for two threads. I pulled out the threads you had left in the thinking I want to figure out how to so I'll know. Won't do that again LOL. Anyway the third thread gave me issues I haven't figured out yet but I think two will suffice anyway. It worked great. It will be used for arm caps and head throws.
  I did try the rolled enge with only two threads and it worked fine. Just had to move the trimmer out of the way but I don't know how to keep the seam allowance even doing that. I doubt I will have a use for the rolled edge thing anyway. I'm happy with the edge serging.
  Thanks again. I owe you one.

The Business Of Upholstery / Update Re: New fancy nail gun
« on: July 20, 2018, 05:44:55 PM »
I wrote Osborne about using 3/4" nails. I had to and they stick out of the head making it very easy to turn the nail off center. I also asked about other shaped nails and sizes. They wrote back saying they are working on the 3/4" issue and also on new styles of nail heads. This is good news. We love this tool. Best thing since the stapler.

65 I had to.
  What we are discussing is when there are two pieces of fabric say a back on a recliner and there is a seam in the mid point where the bottom section of the seam is smooth and the top is gathered to give the headrest some bulge. Sewing these together is done like this discussion. Might not be the best example but you should be able to picture it.

I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Does someone have a picture?

I have many many pictures what would you like to see?

General Discussion / Re: Pleatz
« on: July 18, 2018, 05:49:13 PM »
When I have a tight corner the pleat will be one folded like a corner cut out. When I have a rounded corner like your seat the corner will get a kiss pleat. Two folds pointing towards each other and meeting in the center at the frame. Unless of course you can get away with none at all but that is kind of rare with most fabrics.

You might be too neet gene. Elastic doesn't have to be measured as long as it gathers enough. The stretching between known marks is what does the trick. You need the reference marks or you don't know where the pieces should fit. With elastic a trick is to be sure to stretch it evenly throughout the whole piece or it won't be even when you pull on it during the final seam.
  I very seldom use pins. Just seems like a waste of time. I see pins as a drapery thing LOL. I tease my guy Bernie about all the pins he uses. Just like to jerk his chain sometimes. Maybe yours too. :)

Can't say lately Doyle but have done this many times. If it is a long seam that needs to blend I would use elastic. Have some reference marks to go by and sew some soft thin elastic on the large piece. Stretch it to the reference marks and sew. The elastic can be cut out after if you don't want the thickness left behind. But mostly doesn't matter being there. If it is a short one section job I just allow the large section to gather by doing it manually between reference marks.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Update on the marketing of leather
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:38:05 PM »
Thanks for the source information Paul.

I asked and received some nice leather samples.

The samples ( top grain?  Probably), seem and look like nice leather. 

The thickness is my concern, this is for furniture and given the weight, will yield very heavy seaming. 
There are arm top pillows to deal with plus being a recliner, you can visualize the center section
going in and out (scrubbing).
I haven't seen any issues with this leather on recliners. It is all for furniture use as well as Auto.

The leather samples I received looked pretty decent for auto seat work, but have some concerns about
redoing the LA-Z-Boy in materials that might be too heavy.

As an additional thought:  When we examine leather samples, one can be heavier than another but
both can be "top grain".  It is my understanding that leather can be cut into layers  -  if so the top
grain can be preserved on a thinner leather and be top grain - it is minus what has been cut off?

Ye4s Leather is cut into several layers. Full Top Grain is the topmost layer and is the best but will contain bites and scratches. I don't think thickness has anything to do with it. All samples won't full top grain. That is pretty expensive. There is so much to know about leather now a days. I don't remember it all.


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Home Based Business Insurance
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:30:43 PM »
I worked my shop for 30 years out of the garage behind our family home in the city. No issues. Had UPS, large box trucks bring furniture from stores for repairs etc. Neighbors didn't care. Maybe it has changed but I would not worry to much unless you have neighbors that you know are p*^Cks. As for insurance I carried fire for the shop and it didn't matter with homeowners.

General Discussion / Re: Cambric
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:26:16 PM »
Yes it is 65. Probably more expensive than bottom cloth but seems the same to me. I had a lot left from the the garden myself and used it up on furniture.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Offering a military discount
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:45:17 AM »
We have always offered 10 % discounts to Vet's, Cops and first responders. We never ask for identification. Few people lie about that kind of thing and if they do then they have to live with the lie. Yes, a few liars will make it through and get a discount but it is better then asking for identification.

  Good point Chris thanks. I was thinking of just asking while writing up their order if they are a vet or other and just giving it to them at that point.

We are not Lowes and do not have the volume of customers they do. They had to go to verification because everyone and their brother were cheating the system. In Florida it states right on the drivers license if they were a veteran and you have to present your DD-214 to the State to get that designation. I just went through the process when I renewed my license. On the bottom right hand corner it states Veteran.

We are very big on supporting veterans. My admin assistant is a Vet who did a tour overseas. Ingrid thanks every customer for their service when giving them a discount. I can remember back in the day when Vietnam Vet's coming home from overseas were treated like crap. I never told anyone I was in the Marines back then. Guys were spit on and called baby killers back then.

I feel all veterans deserve our thanks and discounts considering the hell they have gone through for all of us. Thankfully I was never deployed. Saigon fell when I was in boot camp. Just getting through basic training was hell on earth. I cannot imagine what Nam was like.

  This is on point.


General Discussion / Re: How do you cut oval nose cushion foam?
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:32:48 PM »
It would generally be your foam suppliers supplier. It takes a week for me to get this type of service but the real foam people can do just about anything.

General Discussion / Re: How do you cut oval nose cushion foam?
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:17:06 PM »
Special order the foam. They will do it for you

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