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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Boat fabric
June 11, 2016, 05:28:25 pm
OH........I get it!!
Judging from the posting date, you have either finished or gave up on them. We do a lot of seats like those and I'll just mention a few tricks. The steam will be your friend here. Heat guns as a LAST resort. Make certain that the "stretch" goes across the inside of the back rest so you are stiff in the vertical with give in the horizontal so fabric follows the curve. Direction of fabric on outside back is not important.
Taking the old ones off will tell you much. I always reinforce my French Seams and whether I pattern (rarely, rarely done here) or tailor them, I usually make them on the small side. Then a very, very light plastic (9mil) over the foam will have them sliding on nicely.
And, again, Steam, Steam, Steam!!
ps; Don't know if I am allowed to post my website here, but it has many pics.
You can PM me or Google" Boat Covers in Tucson" to find it (should be right on top)
Hope someone can help. I am looking for a fabric milled by STI and/or Brentwood Fabrics in NC, USA. It is used by the Flexsteel furniture company (whose part # is 147-02 Ash) but the Flexsteel people gave me the manufacturer's  number as "Malibu Canyon, color Ash". I would prefer to not pay retail (as I deal with myriad jobbers in this business) and I can't seem to get any answers from the mill. I guess I am looking for a wholesaler for this fabric. I need only 35 to 40 yards and honestly will probably never use it again. Any help or ideas are appreciated!
When I re-entered the business (what was I thinking?) I was intrigued with the "new" servo motors on the machines. When I bought my Seiko the guy said that if a clutch was what I learned on I should not try the servo type. A year later I was able to try my same model machine with a servo, and that guy was right. Servo has it's own set of problems not the least of which is lack of power. Glad I stuck with "old school". I need to go fast as well as slow. I can sew one stitch (or less!) just by keeping my foot tappin', just like I was taught so many decades ago. I have noticed, also, that the wheels ARE smaller, the lights less maneuverable, and when I removed all the safety parts and pieces and guards and such they filled a shoebox!