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General Discussion / Re: How many hides do I need?
December 04, 2012, 02:09:08 pm
Take if from some that does a good amount of leatherwork.  I just ordered 2,000 sq ft of avg 50sqft/per.  General rule 2.5yds per 50sq ft.  Usually with blemishes stretches etc you can use 80-90% of the total hide.  It all depends how clean they are like a spineybeck leather is very clean but it is also $20/sqft
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Heat Sealing Vinyl?S
November 29, 2012, 05:33:06 pm
Quote from: jojo on November 29, 2012, 04:53:03 pm
When you say "sew the borders to your 1/2" foam, do you mean to sew around the perimeter of the piece? Also, do you glue the foam to the vinyl? Thanks so much for your help, Kevin!


Yes perimeter, no i don't use glue.  YW, anytime
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Heat Sealing Vinyl?S
November 29, 2012, 04:32:35 pm
Quote from: jojo on November 29, 2012, 04:04:45 pm
Wow, Nice work Kevin! This is what I'm trying to achieve. Now I just have to make sure my channels line up on the seat and seat  back. And sew straight. This stuff is hard to work with, imo.
Question: do you guys draw the lines with chalk, or is there another way to get perfectly spaced lines?

Thanks I specialize in Bimmer upholstery, those two projects were the first ones I did of that model.
Best to cut out your section, then mark out your dual rows (I use china markers) vertical lines.  Next sew the borders to your half inch foam and get a good stretch.  Then just sew your 1/4" seams.  Lining up is easy, Start your measurements in the middle top and bottom section. Measure out a 1/8" on each side of tick mark then draw your 2 lines and work outwards.  Similar to this seat see how they line up.
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Heat Sealing Vinyl?S
November 27, 2012, 03:45:21 am
When I saw the thread tile I had a feeling it was old school bimmer related.
1/2" foam works well.
Here is the last 2002 Recaro I did 1/4" spacing

And here is the faux perf vinyl I used in a e30 touring. 3/8" spacing

Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Contrast thread
April 26, 2012, 10:58:52 pm
Quote from: RocketmanMH1 on April 26, 2012, 06:10:50 pm
I have to say that my first exp. with this thread was not a good one.  I have tried it on two different jobs with two diff. colors, using a size 24 needle and my 1508 hated this stuff. and so did I !!!!  I would love it if some of you that have used it would detail the set up and what you had to do to make it work for you.

Seems like most good machines will handle 207 fine.  270 is pretty large, I use my post machine when I sew 270 to 415 thread.
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Contrast thread
April 25, 2012, 02:33:18 am
138 thread does just fine
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Thoughts & Prayers Please
April 19, 2012, 05:58:47 pm
Mike hang in there I lost my father last june.  He was a great man and will be missed.  Chris sorry about your daughters loss as well.
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: french seams
December 11, 2011, 04:45:35 pm
Quote from: OddBall13 on December 11, 2011, 04:13:58 pm
Hey I,m doing a job working with french seams and am having troubles making them look right I have all the material backed with 1/2inch scrim foam.  should I have not backed all of the material with foam?

You are going to have a tough time with 1/2" scrim.  Most I ever use is 1/4" but really never use any foam backing.   If you actually need 1/2 total make a foam cover for your seat then use the 1/4" on the material itself.  I have actually found it hard to do FS with a single needle with the 1/4 foam backing.  My double needle makes it easier.
Kevin
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Good discussion.  A lot of this comes from the downturn in the economy.  Seems like these days anyone can call up a manufacture and say I am a trim shop and what is my wholesale costs.  They are eager to move product so they are very lax in the confirmation of being legit.  Now that being said how much do you really make on the materials cost?  Myself and I am sure others make most of their profit in the labor and the craft we provide.  At most I add  20% on fabrics...
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: M Bobbin's
August 22, 2011, 02:47:37 am
Quote from: sofadoc on August 22, 2011, 01:56:24 am
Kevin: Sorry, I didn't mean to sound argumentative. I do get your point.
But if I charge the same whether they buy fabric from me or not, why would I even want to sell fabric? I think your theory works better from an automotive point of view. But customers can find furniture fabric ANYWHERE.
Good discussion. Again, I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you.

Sorry  I see your side,  I guess I was saying,  say if you charge X an hour with fabric then charge X + 15%  an hour if they supply their own. I only deal with automotive, boats and some planes so  the market is much smaller than home fabrics.  I see where you would have a lot of competition in that area. 
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: M Bobbin's
August 22, 2011, 01:46:15 am
QuoteYou can also tell them if you bring your own materials to me the cost will be X.  Add your markup to your labor so it washes in the end. I do charge more for COM, but not enough to make it a "wash". If I did that, I would take away ANY incentive to sell fabric at all.
Then, I would be just "playing right into the hands" of wholesalers who unscrupulously sell directly to the public.


The point I was trying to make is that if your prospective customer does not know the manufacture of your materials then they can not shop it online.  If you tell them from the beginning that you charge x an hour more if they bring their own materials then they are most likely going to let you do the entire project including materials.  If they did find out the brand then they are not going to waste their time buying online if the end result is costing the same at the end.
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: M Bobbin's
August 21, 2011, 06:31:19 pm
Quote from: sofadoc on August 21, 2011, 04:22:44 pm
Quote from: Mojo on August 21, 2011, 03:53:17 pm
Which brings up another point. If Greg or Bob are buying from a supplier who is also supplying us with the same stuff at the same price they supply Bob and Greg at, is that not an issue ? It would be the same as Miamicorp selling fabric to our customers at the same price they sell to us.
I would not be too happy about it.

Get used to it. I already have customers that look up fabrics in my sample books, and then go online and order it at my wholesale price through a "3rd party" seller. And they get free shipping to boot.
I've complained about this here before. The line between wholesale and retail gets a little murkier every year.


The sample books I show I remake the sheets with my own coding system, or cut or cover the name of the manufacture on the sample books.   Most of my supplies come from Germany, most likely they would not shop those but for domestics the less they know the better.  You can also tell them if you bring your own materials to me the cost will be X.  Add your markup to your labor so it washes in the end.  After all they come to you due to the quality of your works, and if your pricing is reasonable then that is hard to match.
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: M Bobbin's
August 21, 2011, 01:43:07 pm
Mojo thanks, I tried $15.00 just for the heck of it and they came back at $23.45, I countered with $18.95 and they accepted it..... ;)
Kevin
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General Discussion / Re: Hm, is it worth it?
August 21, 2011, 05:34:45 am
Looks similar to a Recaro pole position.  If so then the center pads Velcro in the middle, there is also Velcro on the inside bolsters edges.  A wire is on the outer edge and is pulled taught.  They are simple to do if you use a cloth or vinyl.  I am finishing a set up in leather and if the pattern is not close to perfect it does not lay right.
Kevin
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Bosch is nice stuff no doubt I have a number of their 18v lithium ion products
Kevin