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General Discussion / French stitch backer?
May 15, 2012, 08:41:59 pm
What you guys using to back up your french top stitching? Ive been using scrap vinyl but sometimes causes a pucker on sharp corners.
whats good to use marine or automotive use?
General Discussion / Re: Sewing Machine Upgrade
May 12, 2012, 04:11:12 am
I also have the Chandler zero problems gregg was very helpful and highly recommended. He was a great help in choosing a machine to fit my budget. Set. The machine up i took it out of the box and off i went
General Discussion / Re: vinyl strech issues
May 12, 2012, 03:50:06 am
Rich think you hit it on the head this stuff i dont think was made for this application. I have been able with some heat make it better but jt is what it is. Ive explained it to the cust i think he will be ok with it looks better than the duct tape.
General Discussion / Re: vinyl strech issues
May 08, 2012, 03:52:33 pm
I agree with sofadoc when I was a newbie i bought stuff from ther just hope you dont run out cause they never seem to get more. Dont know if they are a clearing house but lesson learned use a rep supplier not only is the material better but you can alway order more. Again this stuff im working with is not from one of those places this stuff looks to be early 90s stuff probably off ebay or some close out center. Just total crap
General Discussion / Re: vinyl strech issues
May 08, 2012, 05:21:36 am
I think what he ment is this cust brought in his own material from who knows where and how long its been sitting. If you pick it out at least you know what your working with.The steam seems t help pretty good new rule never again ill stick to what i know works im going to use pics of these seats as a selling point saving 2 dollars a yard is foolish
General Discussion / Re: vinyl strech issues
May 07, 2012, 09:37:07 pm
Yeah thats what I feel like telling him but already too far into it now just bothers me to put something out there like that. Im going to try the seam on it---- pull like you know what i guess it is what it is.
General Discussion / vinyl strech issues
May 07, 2012, 06:24:16 pm
I have a customer that brought in this new old stock vinyl. very thick and heavy grained i patterned my seat as usual added for allowance but with almost no streach seems to be too small. So i added a little here little there now too baggy what gives. I never have had to yet but would steaming the smaller one( that should fit) make it work? This stuff is terriable and its ugly also very deep grained very thick  stuff. on top of it they are bolsted bench seats with inside curves. bu the time im done making the ends look right the middles are too tight ive done other seats of this style with different vinyls and they come out good
Well thats part of the problem they ball park the price they kinda know what that stuff goes for so they say. Then like June said expect me to work for 10 an hour. Just not what i expected
I can see fliping them  10% but that's usually a few hundred. I agree i really dont need to do their work
The Business Of Upholstery / Dealing with marinas
May 03, 2012, 06:03:11 pm
what do you guys do as far as pricing on incentives for a marnias that get you a job? I had a marina call me to do a job a 18 ft runabout full interior i gave him my normal price he asked if i could do it cheaper cause thats what he quoted for the job and he felt he needed to make something off the job too. he said his guys would tear down the boat and all he wants is for me to cover the pieces and he would reinstall. has any one delt with something like this before?

Thanks Jeff
General Discussion / Re: need new stapler
May 02, 2012, 03:29:04 am
Thanks guys will look at those
General Discussion / need new stapler
May 01, 2012, 07:07:03 pm
any recomendations? I have a bostch right now shooting 3/8 crown staples but this thing has a hair trigger on it just graze the trigger and bam!!!! I shot one in my thumb then last night hit my arm. probably just  the operator but man I hate that. besides that it misfires often ive put new orings in it lubed it just time for a new one
General Discussion / Re: Pontoon seats
April 24, 2012, 12:44:09 pm
Thanks mike hopefully I can meet my deadline
General Discussion / Re: Pontoon seats
April 24, 2012, 03:43:00 am
Nice very nice, can i ask mike how many hours you had in that.im getting a little faster now but the guy i started working for thinks i should be able to do a boat in 3 days i just started a pontoon he wants in 6 days we will see. But very nic you and others here inspire me
General Discussion / Re: Sewing in letters
March 15, 2012, 03:24:11 pm
nice that came out good!!!! wondering if anyone has tried sewing letters in by seaming them in these will be large uncomplicated letters? so when you do the cut out style do you lightly glue the contrast color under and would you sew the design first then use sew foam over that?
General Discussion / Sewing in letters
March 14, 2012, 03:16:18 am
Ive been gone from here for awhile still browse around every once and awhile, been slow up until today the weather here in chicago broke today in the 70s in march  :o now everyone wants ther boats done today. Im doing a personal project that i would like to sew in some lettering in a baja boss engine cover any tricks or tips?  Never tried something like that before