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 : September 18, 2018, 01:20:17 PM 
SteveA - SteveA
An ottoman came in with a broken leg.  Customer said could you also sew the rip between the base and top cushion.  I said sure - no worries.  I didn't add on to the estimate - I should have.
What a mistake.  To repair the leg I had to remove the cambric, tack strip, and fabric from one corner - 8 inches in each direction.  After the leg was repaired I closed up and I tried to stitch the fabric up top.  Too hard to get in there so I thought about how much time it would take to remove the base fabric completely now that I've already buttoned up around the leg. So  I start sewing it in place with 69 and as I pull the cushion up to make room for my hand I tear the thread stitches I already have in.  I switched to button thread - two hours later and the last few stitches using a hemostat - it was done. Never again - The stitches look a little like Frankenstein's head but they are strong

 : September 17, 2018, 09:33:34 PM 
baileyuph - kodydog
Sofa Doc you are very fortunate to have an accommodating welder so close to your shop.

The first thing Rose askes when giving an estimate on a recliner is how does the mechanism work. If there are any opening or closing problems she turns the job down.

My welding experience consists of 15 minutes during a construction class I took.

There is only one job I remember that needed welding. A metal frame bar stool with a broken foot rest. I took the job because my neighbor had welding equipment and he was always looking for something to do. He used a technique he called braze. Don't ask me what that means, all I know is it worked. 

 : September 17, 2018, 09:32:17 PM 
gene - gene
A customer has an embroidered fabric about 2' by 2" that was his mom's, and he wants me to cover a foot stool with it. It needs cleaning and the dry cleaning company told him if he gets a backing put on the embroidered fabric they will try to clean it.

Does anyone have experience with this? I can buy fusible iron on backing and I think that would work OK, but I'm not sure. I'm just hoping someone has some experience with this.



 : September 17, 2018, 09:12:22 PM 
SteveA - kodydog
I got to thinking about it and I have the same type cable in my van doors. Over the last two years and one by one they are breaking. The problem is just below the tip where the grove slides into the c shaped holding device. The plastic has disintegrated on every one. I've replaced 5 out of 6 cables

When Steve suggested the wood dowel trick I knew exactly what he meant. In order to open that right rear door I have to reach up in there and give the cable a good yank.

15 year old van. They don't make them like they use to.

 : September 17, 2018, 06:04:58 PM 
SteveA - SteveA
Veddy Intareshting - ebay - that's urban shopping -
I was thinking if I couldn't fix the plastic handle I would just drill the end of the cable into a wood dowel and leave the dowel hanging outside the recliner.  The ones on ebay with the ring on the end are reasonable remedies.   I guess if you had to retro fit a new plastic handle the opening could be altered to match in size but that is probably not worth anyone's time.  I notice those foot rests have quite a bit of snap when you pull the lever but I don't think it causes wear on the cable once the little lever is engaged which gets the big spring involved. 
Thanks for the advice all

 : September 17, 2018, 10:42:23 AM 
baileyuph - sofadoc
I'm located about 3 blocks from a welder.

I take broken recliner mechanisms to him. He welds them while I wait (usually 5-10 minutes).
Typical charge is $15-$25.

Much easier than scouring the internet for the right mechanism (only to end up getting sent the wrong one anyway). And the welded mech is usually stronger than it was new.

 : September 17, 2018, 10:25:56 AM 
SteveA - sofadoc
A handle to get in that condition, it has been abused and/or the mechanism is experiencing wear - putting
more strain on the handle. 

Not necessarily. Some of those cables break for no damn good reason. But quite often, it IS a case of a cheap mechanism that simply wasn't designed to recline 300 lb. butts. More stress on the mech. equals more wear on the cable.

And it seems to be a common occurrence that the more overweight people are, the less money they spend on quality furniture.

 : September 17, 2018, 08:23:00 AM 
SteveA - kodydog
Sofa left out one step and that is searching the internet for the right part. . It all takes time and most customers wonder why it costs so much for such an easy repair.

 : September 17, 2018, 08:03:23 AM 
SteveA - sofadoc
I've always found what I need on ebay stores.

Problem is, you have to:
Go to the house.......... take the old one off.......... order a new one..........go back to the house........put the new one on.

I usually turn those jobs down unless they bring it to me.

 : September 17, 2018, 07:51:10 AM 
SteveA - Darren Henry
None of my suppliers carry anything like that. The manufacturer/importer won't sell to upholsterers but they do sell to the retailers so when I need parts like this I order through one of the retailers I did work for.

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