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The "JUNK" Room / Re: Italian love seat and sofa
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:36:26 PM »
I agree with all you said. Leon's is our first choice when selling fabric. Good prices, good selection.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Decorative nail heads
« on: April 17, 2011, 01:52:29 PM »
I've been ordering from Massasoit/Tackband for several years.
Their product line doesn't show the decorative nail heads but I know they sell them.
The more you buy the lower the price.
Good Luck.

General Discussion / Re: silverton upholstery
« on: April 17, 2011, 10:42:13 AM »
Nice work Mike. You and the owner should be proud.

The "JUNK" Room / Italian love seat and sofa
« on: April 17, 2011, 10:35:25 AM »
Here's one for ya. The customer said, 10 years ago, she paid $800 for this leather sofa and love seat. I always try to be upfront when dealing with customers, I feel it's part of my job to tell them when somethings not worth reupholstering. And I really didn't want the job any way. So I told her she could probably buy new cheaper than I could reupholster the pieces. She said they were made in Italy and felt she got a good deal 10 years ago. My opinion; Italians make good shoes and hand bags but not always good furniture.

Can't say I ever saw a cushion like this before.
The sofa is a hide-a-bed. The bed sat to low in the frame. Instead of fixing this problem they made the cushion to fit. Notice the rubber webbing on the back, the love seat had this on the seat also. The frame is mostly made of plywood and particle board

The backs and arms were all sewn together and assembled as one piece. An upholsterers nightmare.

I was glad to get this one done. When we gave the estimate she was all ready to buy the fabric from me. Two weeks later she calls and says she bought her fabric (pink vinyl) and was ready to go.

When we delivered them she was so happy she gave us a $20 tip.
Her only complaint; One week later she calls and says when she sits on it with her silk house coat it clings to her. Sorry.

General Discussion / Re: Mojo's Friday Funnies
« on: April 16, 2011, 12:40:12 PM »
My wife must have stepped on a duck our wedding day.

General Discussion / Re: Coffee Cup Holder
« on: April 16, 2011, 12:33:44 PM »
That one would keep your ears warm too.

General Discussion / Re: How do I approach the back of this chair?
« on: April 16, 2011, 12:27:14 PM »
I use my regulator (ice pick) to pry the plugs out. Most home improvement stores have new ones.

We made a toss pillow from these two cheetah hides.

When I was working In a furniture factory in NC one of the other upholsterers sold me an elephant hide. He bought it from the place we worked and the plant manager verified it was real. It was thick and heavy and gray in color. It easily covered the top of our king size bed. I sold it to a customer and upholstered her husbands recliner. One hide did the whole piece.

General Discussion / Re: Coffee Cup Holder
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:04:54 PM »
Seems like that's the only thing they left off these new fangled machines. they could make it an option and charge an extra $100. But seriously, take a drill and jig saw to the top of your table and you can install one yourself.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Business Expenses
« on: April 12, 2011, 06:44:41 PM »
Hay Mike I Know what your saying. I just saw an add on monster. A factory in NC looking for upholsters. The pay was good, best I've seen in that area. Twelve hour days. Three day work week. Maybe when I was younger but now I don't think I could handle those hours.

General Discussion / Re: They're getting clever
« on: April 10, 2011, 05:39:53 PM »
My wife volunteers at the animal shelter and one day we received a e-mail from another volunteer saying she was stuck in England with no cash or credit cards and could we please send her several thousand dollars so she could get back home. We thought this odd seeing we weren't that close with her and it seemed she would contact family before us. We ignored the message and several weeks later she told us someone had hacked into her computer and sent the same message to everyone on her address file.

General Discussion / Re: purging foam of sticky
« on: April 10, 2011, 05:26:11 PM »
Many moons ago I recovered some cushions on a yatch that had sunk. Diesel and oil everywere. The shipyard didnt want to replace any of the foam. No preformed stuff here but what a mess. I wonder if some oil got into the foam?

General Discussion / Re: A bit of a dilemma
« on: April 10, 2011, 05:17:47 PM »
One more week and I'm home for good. This is the first weekend I haven't made the 6 hr. trip home. Also the first weekend I haven't had to work ether Sat. or Sun in... God knows how long. So I'm making the most of it.

 Got up early Sat. and headed for a waterside park in West Palm Beach to do a little kayak/fishing. Upon arrival I discovered the waterway was so overrun with big boats a kayak wouldn't stand a chance. I called my wife in N. Fl. and told her about the beautiful park right on Lake Worth with Million dollar mansions on the other side of the bay. I was making a last ditch effort to get her to see what this area has to offer.

 Next I headed to the beach to look for other kayak opportunities. Half way across the Southern Blvd. Bridge are several mangrove islands with a parking area so I stopped. Apparently this is a hot spot for kayakers as their were 15 or 20 paddlers. After fishing for about an hour I called my wife again to rub in my good time a little deeper. Told her about the barren islands the fresh air and what a beautiful day it was.  After fishing for three hours (all I caught was a good sun burn) I decided to head to the beach and look for someplace to eat.

 When I hit A1A I turned south. This stretch of the highway runs right along the Atlantic Ocean and it was the deepest most beautiful color of emerald green I've ever seen. Another phone call. I think the wife was getting tired of my calls because I got the machine. I left a message.

 In the little town of Lantana I found an open air, water side restaurant and bar on the west side of the inter-coastal waterway. When I stepped through the door it was like walking into Margherita Ville, the place was hoping and I Instantly felt at home. I ordered a fish taco and a Yuengling draft. Time for another phone call. This time she answered and confessed she was getting a little jealous. The band was playing Hotel California and I could barley hear her so I said I'd call back later.

 When I got back to the camper I called once more and she said maybe S Fl. wouldn't be such a bad place to live after all. We went around the same familiar circle we've traveled many times these past six weeks and finally decided N. Fl is more our stile. She said her favorite place in Fl is St Augustin.
  :-* 8) moving right alongSounds like another adventure.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Fabric Industry
« on: April 10, 2011, 03:07:53 PM »
As some of you know I'm in S. Fl working for a decorator only work room. Last week a 3 pc. sectional they did several months ago came back. The chenille fabric was coming apart at the seams. The customer insisted that all three pieces be completely reupholstered.

 The decorator ordered the same fabric but this time had it backed. The difference was like night and day. Not a single unravel while we were working on it. The bad part is my boss had to eat the labor cost. The decorator said he should have told her it needed to be backed. He was ticked but said he would make it up in future jobs.

 The other thing is, when they brought the pieces back, it was so full of dog hair and grime it was two shades darker. The other upholsterer and I jumped on it and got it out in two days. Sure looks good now.

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