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Messages - jojo

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General Discussion / Re: Hey Everybody!
January 19, 2015, 03:38:11 am
No, it's definitely not Velcro. It feels more like sandpaper, but it's not sand that makes up the roughness. It's like a plastic type of texture. I've seen it before, but I can't put my finger on where I've seen it. The chiropractor told me it's on all tables of that type and it's actually pivotal to the functionality.
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General Discussion / Hey Everybody!
January 18, 2015, 06:44:10 pm
So business got really slow for the winter. So slow that I had to get a job. At an office. From 9-5.
It was hard to adjust to someone else's schedule, rules, etc., but it's actually kinda nice to get a consistent paycheck every two weeks.
Anyway, I'm doing the few winter jobs I have on the weekends. My current project is a chiropractor table. One of the bigger pieces has two strips of a gripper type of material (maybe 10"x2") stapled to the underside. Does anyone know what this stuff is and where can I get it?
Thanks guys. I've missed it here. Gonna go catch up on past posts.
Jo
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: suppliers
August 15, 2014, 05:05:44 am
I like Manart, but you can't order online.
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Business Name
August 14, 2014, 06:20:49 am
Quote from: sofadoc on August 10, 2014, 06:04:36 am
You might as well try asking them what a cobbler does.


Silly, everyone knows that a cobbler pairs nicely with a scoop of ice cream.
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: forum
August 09, 2014, 07:29:37 am
See now, sofa, I'd have given that comment a "thumbs up" on facebook. But here I just have to tell you that I lol'd.
Kody, I'm talking about people who post 3 or 4 selfies a day (and no, I'm not exaggerating) everyday.
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: forum
August 09, 2014, 06:30:15 am
Or the selfie thing. Ugh. I know some of the most narcissistic people on earth. And I never would have known they were like that were it not for facebook.
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: forum
August 09, 2014, 05:38:17 am
I will admit to being active on facebook...if you can't beat em, join em, right? I just joined both of the groups suggested by sofadoc. (Thanks sofadoc!)
It is much, much easier to post a picture in facebook; there's no third party website involved. You just upload a picture directly from your phone or hard drive to facebook.
Aside from that, the other thing I like about facebook is that I can keep in touch with family members across the country, and watch their kids/grandkids grow up!
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Yeah, I was afraid I'd lose the shape. They're pretty much rectangles, though. The problem is I don't have access to the boat. They were brought in by someone local, but they belong to his brother in a neighboring state.
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General Discussion / Strataglass Replacement Question
August 05, 2014, 01:03:03 pm
Customer has side, fore and aft panels for a large fishing boats. He wants the rigid plastic (cloudy and in bad shape) replaced with a 30 or 40 gauge clear vinyl so he can store the panels rolled up.
In the past, when replacing clear vinyl, I would sew the new stuff on top of the old and cut out the old. But it seems like this rigid plastic is too stiff. Can I do it this way, or do I have to rip the stitches and take it out?
Thanks,
Jo
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General Discussion / Re: Sew Foam
August 04, 2014, 05:56:01 am
Hi Bobbin,
If I can get away with not using it, I will. But sometimes you need it to hide pits or small gouges in the foam.
I always glue it; I've tried just sewing it, but sometimes by the time you get all the way around the edges of a large piece there's a little bubble, no matter how hard I've tried to prevent it.
And you are correct - you glue the foam side. The tricot will then glide smoothly over the machine bed while sewing.
On Marine, I always use 1/4", unless you are making your own pleats, then use 1/2". For cars, use 1/2".
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General Discussion / Re: Machine Problem...Help!
July 25, 2014, 07:20:12 am
Thanks guys.

So the guy came and it took him 5 minutes to fix it. He suspects that I didn't pull up the bobbin thread and just started sewing to get a jam that severe. I believe him. I've never done this before, but I wouldn't be surprised nonetheless.
He was a real nice guy and showed me exactly what he did and how to check the timing, etc. He uses a big long screwdriver with a tiny head to get the tiny screws out, and he said they're hard to find.

Anyway, back in business! Thanks for your help, guys!


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General Discussion / Re: Machine Problem...Help!
July 24, 2014, 10:38:36 am
Ok, found out that the button is the safety disengage thing. But, turns out that's not the problem. Apparently it's locked up simply because of the thread jam. I tried a tweezer to pull the thread out, but the thread keeps breaking - that's how firmly entrenched it is. I can't get any leverage on the precision screwdriver to take the tiny screws that hold the hook on, so I'm going to call the repair guy. :(
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General Discussion / Machine Problem...Help!
July 24, 2014, 10:13:53 am
I got a thread jam in the bobbin area and the safety clutch engaged. As a result I can't move the handwheel. How do you disengage the safety clutch?
My machine is a Highlead GC-0618. Nothing fancy, just a standard mechanical bottom loader machine. I've had machines in the past where there's a button on the bed to disengage the clutch, but my machine only has one button for the stitch length.
Any ideas?
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We found our Yellow Pages on the porch last month and took it directly to the recycle bin. I don't know anybody who uses them, and think that older people will ask their children to find what they need on the internet.
I think you are smart to focus on your website. IMO, it doesn't have to be perfect; but if you keep updating it with photos or news it will stay at the top of search engine results.
My website sucks. I did it myself, using the drag and drop site builder from my hosting plan. But guess what...I come up first in search results for boat covers, marine canvas, marine upholstery, etc. in my area!
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He finally emailed me back. He claims he will pick them up this evening. We shall see.