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Messages - lizzieb

General Discussion / Re: working with stripes
September 23, 2017, 07:49:28 am
Thanks for all the responses - I have until June to get these done so I can take my time.  Going to start on the chair today. I'll keep you posted!!!
General Discussion / working with stripes
September 21, 2017, 11:31:29 am
A few years ago I gave a quote on redoing a wing back chair with a matching footstool and a fairly large love seat with attached pillows on back.  The customer has purchased the fabric herself and when I went to pick up the pieces discovered she chose multi colored stripes that have 5 different colors in a 1 1/2 stripe!  I told her my quote was not for stripes and it would be 1.5 times the amount I quoted.  Is this too low?  Should I charge her a flat hourly rate plus whatever materials I use?  Should my shop rate be different if I am just ripping things down rather than cutting and sewing?  I am already loosing sleep over this and haven't even started!

General Discussion / Re: boat seat blues
June 04, 2016, 08:11:27 pm
Thanks for all the responses - I will try to get some pictures posted.
General Discussion / boat seat blues
June 03, 2016, 09:39:00 am
I am working on a boat that has the 2 back to back seats - joined at the top then can be slid down to lay on.  I am having a heck of a time with a wrinkle right in the center where the side pieces meet the center piece - there are 3 pull strips - one between the top cushion and the main cushion and then one on each side - there is a little gap between where the "ear" of the foam butts into the pulling strip and that is where my problem is - I can stuff it with extra foam but when I pull down, the wrinkles reappear.  I will try to attach some photos but the area is navy blue - almost black - not sure if you will be able to see the problem.
General Discussion / replacement foam
May 31, 2016, 08:50:22 am
I have 2 older ATV's - one is a 1991 Polaris 4x4 and the other is a 1985 Yamaha.  The foam has been totally destroyed by a bear that got into the shed and I am having a heck of a time trying to get replacements due to the age of the vehicles.
Any suggestions on where to go?  If I can't get foam, any suggestions on how to rebuild the seats?
Appreciate any ideas!
Check out the video from on pontoon and bimini covers - very helpful.
Good luck!! Lizzieb
General Discussion / window glass
May 11, 2016, 07:50:54 am
I am replacing clear plastic for window glass and want to know what is the best way to do the binding on the edges? 
General Discussion / removing ink from vinyl
May 10, 2016, 08:32:36 am
Help!  I am working on a boat seat and inadvertently got ink on the vinyl (about a dime size now) - it was just a few dots then I tried to use Goof Off on it and it spread a little - also the Goof Off is taking part of the vinyl with it.  What's the best stuff to use?  Or is it hopeless?
General Discussion / Re: sofa sleeper
April 28, 2016, 01:36:20 pm
Thanks for your response.  If I just tack it with brass nail heads to just above the hinges?  and finish the bottom - how much fabric should I allow?  I was thinking about 4" or so, the sides can be sewn and then just left?  I am confused but I am going to town on Monday and want to look at a few furniture stores.  I appreciate your imput and what I should be calling this - it makes sense.
General Discussion / sofa sleeper
April 28, 2016, 09:39:51 am
I have a sofa sleeper to reupholster - not a hide-a-bed with the mattress, this is one where the back comes down and joins the seat so the couch becomes flat.  The fabric was already off of this sofa and I can't figure out how to do the back - the customer says you can't tack the fabric all the way down because it needs to have enough fabric in the back to have ease so it can fold down.  I will try to put photos up but, would appreciate and help out there. Thanks.
I did a few of these cushions and the two things that helped me were wrapping the foam in plastic and using a heat gun.  Lots of pushing and pulling (and swearing) kind of like stuffing a sausage!  Once the foam was in, I took my heat gun and worked the center to one side then to the other - they turned out well - customer was very happy.  If  I did it again, I would double my charge!
General Discussion / How to sew a wege piece ,
November 04, 2015, 08:58:21 am
I am working on a boat cover and have to incorporate a pie shaped piece coming around the windshield - what is the best way to sew this?  I have tried a couple of different things but end up with an unsightly lump where the  pieces come together.  I am almost done (Yea!!) but, really need some sound advice on how to do this the right way.
General Discussion / Re: boxed cushion blues
September 08, 2015, 11:16:29 am
Thanks - I'll give it a go.

General Discussion / boxed cushion blues
September 08, 2015, 08:42:44 am
I am working on a boxed cushion with fabric provided by the client.  It is more like drapery fabric lots of stretch to it. My problem is trying to get the plates to line up. The corners and middle are matching up nicely but the top is ending up being 1-1/2" longer when I am done. I cut them out at the same time and they are the right size. Any tricks or tips would be greatly appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Nothing Is Ever Easy
June 09, 2015, 08:30:03 am
I'm so glad other people have this problem! I have had 2 captains chairs that I fought with for way too long.  Had a zipper that attached the front to the back at the bottom and once it was pulled on I never could get the wrinkles out. I have no idea why it happens. I have tried sewing the scrim on with no adhesives just using adhesives, and a combination of both. Once I went f from the bottom up and clipped and notched around the curve of the shoulders - it worked nicely - but will that technique work again?  I have started cutting my
Patterns out with no seam allowance then sewing with a 1/2" seam this works the best for me. I also highly recommend a heat gun practice on scraps to get an idea of how close and long to use it -  I was over zealous a few times and was back to square one. Good luck.