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General Discussion / Re: Truck Bench seat issues
Last post by eggster55 - May 19, 2022, 09:30:36 am
Thank You Darren. Your right. I was wondering if anyone was using this site in the past few months.  However, I appreciate your reply.  Well, I had to junk my first cover as mostly, I failed to do a few things right, but I guess that's how you learn.  As you stated though, I did use the seat foam and a marker to outline. I also used the side panels as patterns though, since I wasn't sure how to work around the frame and seat hinge. I also made a pattern from construction paper and taped it together to get a general feeling as to how it would fit. Like you said, I didn't worry about the pulls as it seemed you do need experience to make sure they are the proper length to ensure they give you the tension need to attach to the springs. With that being said, the sewing was a bit tedious. I'm sure you're aware Darren that there's nothing like leaving needle holes in vinyl that you can't get rid of once it's done.  So, I took my time and it turned out ok. I did make my welting for the seat but decided to use a double stitch instead which was much slower, and I not sold on whether it is stronger than just using the welting. Overall, doing seats for customer's are a little nerve racking. Not sure if I'm ready for this yet, but there aren't many businesses around that want to show you what to do. So, with this forum and you tube videos I'm sure I'll learn. Sorry this reply is long, but I wanted to share the conclusion of this project.  Thanks again Darren for your help. Have a great day!
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General Discussion / Re: Truck Bench seat issues
Last post by Darren Henry - May 17, 2022, 07:47:32 pm
Welcome Eggy. Sorry no one has answered you yet. The board has slowed down considerably over the years. Short version: mark your seams AND reference  MARKS on the foam with a sharpie--cut an over sized piece or pattern material for each panel,pin it on and add 3/8 seam allowance and reference marks. [usually faster and more accurate than using old skins as patterns]. Gluing and or sewing 1/4 or 1/2 foam to the backs of the top panels HIDES A LOT OF UGLY. Make your own welt!. Till you get more experience pattern making--don't diddle with pules. Cut your borders oversized  enough to wrap around a piece of wire or plastic welt cord as you hog ring it on. Trim excess.Welcome and good luck.
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General Discussion / Truck Bench seat issues
Last post by eggster55 - April 30, 2022, 10:37:48 am
Greetings,

Having issues with a truck seat from a 60's ford P/U. Since my experience is limited, I have a few questions.  I'm glad I found this forum to help me.  The seat came to me with no cover.  I added a 1/2 inch of high-density foam to the existing foam as it seemed to be low especially in the driver's seat. I made the cover, but my first attempt was obviously too tight and was too short where I could not pull it far enough down to attach with hog rings.  So now comes my second attempt.  My first question is if am measuring correctly. This makes it tough since I have no real pattern to follow. 2. I'm adding no inserts so its just a basic seat cover. 3. The piping I used was the flexible plastic.  Should I be making my own from my vinyl as it seems more workable.  4.  What material makes the best for my fabric pulls.  I've watched several videos but I couldn't find one where they weren't using the old pattern removed from the seat. Sorry this is such a long post but any suggestions would be appreciated.
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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: How to remove chair glides
Last post by Spoupemumpig67rg0 - April 03, 2022, 10:02:43 pm
Hammer the new glide down tight into the leg to finish. If the glide hangs over the edge of the leg a bit, don't worry. The stand up paddle glide will function as intended.
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General Discussion / Hello again
Last post by Darren Henry - February 16, 2022, 06:04:07 pm
I have been away for a while. Kinda drifted off while I was dealing with the cancer in early 2019 and lost the website until very recently. I don't see a lot of activity anymore. Is there still anyone out there who wants to talk to me again?
 
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General Discussion / Choose foam for sofa seat cush...
Last post by vdog1 - August 09, 2021, 09:58:49 am
Help needed selecting foam for my first DIY project - replacing old cushion foam on my sofa.

After 12 years, my sofa cushions have gotten too soft and need to be replaced (fabric and structure are fine). Since I'm retired and have the time I'm going to tackle this myself. There are three boxed cushions that will each need a total thickness of 6" of foam wrapped in Dacron. I'm the only one sitting on the sofa, and weigh about 125 lbs (so don't break in cushions too quickly). I want something immediately comfortable, not too soft but definitely not too firm (I've had to return sofas in the past that were just too hard).

Looking for foam advice - should I do one 6" block of 2830 or 1828 or 1833 or 1835?

Or should I do a 4" block of that foam with a 1" layer on each side of something softer (2823 or 1824)? Everything I see in the stores these days has multiple foam layers, not just one block - I'm not sure if that helps with comfort, vs. using just one 6" foam core.   

Live in greater Denver - Thinking of buying foam online from Ronco or the Foam Factory....

Thanks so much for any advice.

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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: How to remove chair glides
Last post by robertgsoliz - July 21, 2021, 09:20:35 pm
Chair glides are nothing more than heavy-duty thumbtacks hammered into the bottoms of chair legs to provide protection and to give the chair that smooth gliding motion across the floor. Over the years, even these sturdy metal parts can fail. They either break off or become so rough that they can scratch your floor. If you have chairs with bad glides, don't wait any longer. Pry them off and replace them.

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Turn the chair upside down. Place the tip of a chisel -- beveled side up -- at the edge of the glide.

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Tap the end of the chisel with a hammer to drive it under the glide. When the glide rises up 1/16 inch, move the chisel to the other side of the glide and pound it under there.

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Pry up on the glide using the chisel. Move the chisel around the glide, prying around the circumference of the glide until it begins to loosen.

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Pop the glide off using the chisel. If it has broken off, use diagonal pliers to remove the small pin. If the pin breaks off or is too small to grab with the pliers, pound it down into the leg with a hammer.

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Place the tip of a new glide on the end of the chair leg. Do not place the point of the new glide in the old hole, it won't hold. Place it to the side of the old hole.

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Hammer the new glide down tight into the leg to finish. If the glide hangs over the edge of the leg a bit, don't worry. The glide will function as intended.

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General Discussion / HIGH INCOME POTENTIAL! HIRING ...
Last post by Mario Insenga - June 16, 2021, 07:57:31 am
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General Discussion / Match cushion circa 1990
Last post by Ingarden - April 27, 2021, 10:30:09 am
We recently bought a vintage sofa online that is a match to one we've had for almost 30 years.  Cosmetically they both look perfect and identical (though in different fabrics), but the cushion on our original is almost 10 pounds heavier than the cushion on the vintage one we just bought. The thickness is the same, but our original is MUCH more substantial and more comfortable.  The sofas were originally pretty expensive and well made (Hancock & Moore ball & claw Chippendale).  The new vintage one looks like it has been professionally reupholstered, and I suspect they changed the cushion.  I'd like to replace/upgrade it to come as close to our heavier original as possible.  I don't know if modern foam and dacron would do the trick --it almost feels as if our original might have springs in the cushion.  It's hard for me to tell (I'm an experienced seamstress but a novice upholster).  Any idea on what a maker like Hancock & Moore might have used for sofa cushions in 1990?  Thanks for the help!
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General Discussion / pli grip on leather
Last post by rick-l - April 24, 2021, 11:39:06 am
Anybody still here?  I last posted 9 years ago.

I have an old chair that belonged to my rich uncle.  I remember from my childhood it was leather and to a 3 or 4 year old it seemed huge.  When the leather wore out and split my family got it and my mother reupholstered it in fabric, probably about 60 years ago.  The springs broke and it is no longer usable.  I found some surplus leather that with some "decorative stitching" I think I have enough.

I want to put leather side panels and back on the chair. They were done in fabric with cardboard tack strips and hand sewn.  With the leather for the straight edges I was planning to use cardboard and metal tack strips.  One edge however is fairly curvy.  Will pli grip work with a fairly thick leather?

Any tips or things to watch out for?
 
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