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Messages - lruthb

Been there done that. I had a customer such as yours. Two months out the mold appeared. I told them I had never done that and I wouldn't be responsible for what ever happened ( thankfully ). In the end they purchased new " outdoor " cushions, all of the old material fabric to foam was ruined. Unless someone can teach me a new process, I would RUN next time!
General Discussion / Re: Believe it or don't
June 01, 2012, 07:50:23 pm
I am never amazed at what people come up with. Having customers think things can be turned around  within the day is the biggest one I encounter. Their statement of " you can just fit it in? " my responce is if the furniture I have in the shop was yours would you appreciate " fitting in others before yours was done ?

The " I can get it done for less elsewhere " I reply " that maybe your best option "

Oh then comes the " it's just a little hole" that turns out to be a 6 x 6 needed repair / replace. When you tell them it needs to be replaced and the piece needs to be tore down and some fabric selected, they still expect that you can miraculously make it good. They obviously know more about upholstery than I do. It's like they have poor hearing.

The last one I can think of right now is with scheduling jobs. When all is said and done I tell them when I would be able to start the piece. At that time I let them know their place will only be scheduled if they put 1/2 down. This is mostly to ensure they get the fabric that's wanted. ( Burch ) The ones whom are serious have no problem. Guess what? Never amazes me, the non committed come back with some problem I never told them, I said such and such a date, Last but not least is the customer whom you called on last year ( or longer ) expecting the same labor and fabric now.

I'm sure everybody has many more.
I'm sure I've torn down some of his furniture. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Anyway I do hate the over kill.
General Discussion / pedicure seat
April 19, 2012, 09:04:29 pm
This is a repair on the seat. The owner stated that their customers slide down on the seat. I was thinking that maybe tuck and roll might help. I am open to any ideas you might have.

General Discussion / Re: morbern material
March 06, 2012, 07:27:29 pm
I haven't used your material. I have had 2 claims in the past. My supplier stood behind replacement of both the material and labor. I guess I should count myself lucky.
Nice job!
I use an arbor press to smoosh the foam, so it's one side to the base side the other to fabric side. I made a square surface for the fabric side and it streches out the smooshed area. I hope you understand. Works wonders. You still pull but your arms live to see another day.
It is so funny how Dec's have effected all of us in one way or another.
I have two dec's I've worked for over the years. I used to get screwed ( without a kiss ) by the feeling that I needed the work, so I wouldn't make up for supplies and fabric sales. They always supply the fabric. This fabric isn't always the best stuff to work with. I learned to add 10 to 20 percent to make up for everything depending on the style furniture or cornice boards. I don't lose out any more. Both these dec's have no problem making their money after I charge for mine. Yes they have the customer go thru them. The dec's pickup and deliever.
General Discussion / Re: chalk lines
February 27, 2012, 11:17:04 pm
Using dustless chalk helps. If I get in a jam for chalk and have to use store bought I use a soft brush, the ones that came with Capture cleaner works great. The mark is gone without damage to the fabric.
General Discussion / Re: How did you learn upholstery?
February 16, 2012, 03:47:14 pm
I don't have a great story like you. I DIY and learn as I went.
General Discussion / What's your process?
February 16, 2012, 02:21:11 pm
I'm a little more than just frustrated. My attacted pillow back sofa has loose dacron in it. This sofa's fabric is pretty thin, although it's rated for heavy use. I'm not quite sold on that. Anyway, I sew dacron batting to the the back then tease and stuff the loose, adding whenever is necessary. It's always worked for me before. Not this time. I'm about ready to call the customer and have her come over take a look and convince her to put soft foam into it. That will be a feat because the zip opening is all of 8 inches. I guess the vacuum stuff might work. I'm not going to pop for the cost of new foam. This is defiantly the challenge of the week. Another way to look at it is at least I didn't finish the sofa then see how lumpy they were. That's my only bright side so far.
Is there any help for me? ( in more ways than one! )
General Discussion / OMG
January 16, 2012, 07:23:45 pm
What a day and it's only Monday.
The compressor doesn't work. Thankfully I have an electric one. BUT before it went down I stapled thru my index finger. Never in thirty years and I had to start now.

While sewing pulls on the insides, my sewing machine suddenly decides to sew so loose that you can pull the seams apart. I've checked all that I know. I'm sure it's something simple. Again thankfully I have a home machine that will handle this fabric. Maybe the husband will agree to a new  machine now! NOT

I moved my sofa to flip it on the back and one horse wasn't cooperating. That's because I stapled the inside arm to the horse.

Went to Menard's to get some more staples for the elec. gun I bought from them. They no longer carry them but could order some.

I just got a call from a customer whom had 20 bar stools done. Let me tell you they are the barstools from hell. Issues with the backs and welt. The problems have been with their customers leaning back and the welt is a mystery. I still get paid for every redo so I shouldn't complain. I really wish they'd buy some new ones.

Well that's enough for one day...I hope so anyway.
General Discussion / Re: Attaching velcro to seat bottom
November 09, 2011, 05:59:42 pm
I like the tab and hook at the back side of the cushion.
I take the outside back up enough to work on the back rail. Then unstuff the cushion to sew in the hook tab and  over reenforce sew. ( the back of the cushion will not show ) I figure my distance by meauring from cushion to rail minus 1/2 inch. After trying all the methods posted The hook and ring has worked and lasted the best for me.

General Discussion / Re: shocking
October 28, 2011, 11:44:18 pm
Sounds like a great " central " shop vac system. My shop is attached to the house and our central vac works the same. It is grounded, but electricity is needed for the brush tool. I've never had any problems with picking up all the rif raf.
General Discussion / Re: looking for zips
September 27, 2011, 11:04:34 pm
Maybe all zips aren't the same but if you have good eyes or a magifying glass the end of the zip pull that splits the chain has the type of zipper on it.