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General Discussion / Re: Digital Patterning Article...
Last post by Ken - October 15, 2020, 08:15:54 am
Is there any other places other than facebook for this?
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General Discussion / Stitching 14 oz Polywoven viny...
Last post by Ken - October 15, 2020, 07:08:39 am
Hi before I cut into my 14 oz polywoven vinyl I am just seeking advice on doing the seams. I see most are het sealed seams for industrial curtains. If there is a method of seaming these for curtains I would like to know before I start sttiching. SO far I am planning on using a tx 138 thread and the longest stitch lengh I can on my machine with a 1" seam. Grommets will be attached at top to have from a sliding rod of some sort. 

Thank you
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The Business Of Upholstery / Looking for a Marine Canvas /U...
Last post by alfredsupholstery - September 18, 2020, 12:23:10 pm
9/18/20

Alfred's Upholstery & CO. is a growing, family-owned company with 23 years in business in Maine. Alfred's is in the heart of the Alfred village and is a leading manufacturer in Maine's marine upholstery industry. We are looking to add a Marine Canvas/Upholstery Technician to our team to support overall growth and maintain the high demand workload.

At Alfred's, we pride ourselves on the quality and integrity of our work and striving to exceed our customer's expectations. We are looking for someone with these same ideals who is interested in a long-term career; someone that truly takes pride in their work & enjoys a setting where you have a new focus weekly and sometimes daily. The right candidate must be an enthusiastic self-starter, enjoy working independently, be willing and able to learn new techniques, have high attention to detail and quality, have a sense of urgency in their efforts, and embrace switching gears as needed.

Experience/Skills:
•   Forethought to plan and lay out a job
•   Templating and pattern making
•   Following design specifications
•   Ability to use both hand and power tools
•   Able to lift at least 50 pounds
•   Skills that are highly advantageous: industrial sewing machine experience, marine industry experience, upholstery experience, ability to calculate accurate yardage and foam usage

Benefits:
•   Paid time off
•   Holiday Pay
•   Personal/ Sick Time

Starting Pay:
$25 per hour, commiserate with experience.
Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $25 per hour

Interested candidates, please send resume and cover letter to info@alfredsupholstery.com with the job title as the subject of the email.
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The Business Of Upholstery / Looking for a Master Upholster...
Last post by alfredsupholstery - September 18, 2020, 12:20:09 pm
9/18/20

Alfred's Upholstery & CO. is a growing, family-owned company with 23 years in business in Maine. Located in the heart of the Alfred village, we are seeking a Master Upholsterer to join our team. Alfred's is a high-end fabrication shop renowned for our custom stitchery and upholstery. Alfred's works in both residential and commercial settings making handcrafted custom boat cushions, furniture, headboards, window treatments, pillows, and slipcovers, and reupholstering fine furniture pieces.

At Alfred's, we pride ourselves on the quality and integrity of our work and striving to exceed our customer's expectations. We are looking for someone with these same ideals who is interested in a long-term career; someone that truly takes pride in their work & enjoys a setting where you have a new focus weekly and sometimes daily. The right candidate must be an enthusiastic self-starter, enjoy working independently, be willing and able to learn new techniques, have high attention to detail and quality, have a sense of urgency in their efforts, and embrace switching gears as needed.

Experience/Skills:
•   Minimum 5 years upholstery experience
•   Experience in all aspects of upholstery work, including material selection, foam shaping, cutting, sewing, frame building, spring-up, assembly of panels and substrate
•   Knowledge of and experience using industrial sewing machines
•   Ability to read and follow design drawings
•   Forethought to plan and layout a job
•   High attention to detail
•   Focused thinking, feedback, and a creative approach to the aesthetic of a finished product
•   Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
•   Must be able to bend, twist, squat, and alternate between sitting and standing repeatedly throughout the day

Benefits:
•   Paid Time Off
•   Paid Holidays
•   Personal/Sick Time

Starting Pay:
$18-$30 per hour, commensurate with experience
Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $18.00 - $30.00 per hour

Interested?  Email your resume and cover letter to: info@alfredsupholstery.com with the job title as the Subject.
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General Discussion / Re: Machines Down
Last post by Roy346 - September 11, 2020, 03:05:45 am
I can feel your pain! I own a small clothing company and the CG 590 has done the job for almost 10 years now. Granted, I've had to replace the individual machine a few times, this is true. But I don't fault the machine itself, I run it hard for long periods of time. And they don't make them like they used to, you just have to make peace with the fact that sewing machines like everything else are made to be disposable these days. But this guy is totally worth its weight even knowing it'll die eventually!

Here are the best attributes of this machine: First, this is a fully mechanical machine (ie- not computerized) so I can open it up and clean it myself without needing to have it serviced. I clean my machine monthly so that saves a crazy amount of money and time. Second, it's fast and strong! I've tried many other machines and NONE of them sew as quickly or through as many thick layers. This guy is a beast! And I build corsets and tailored garments so that's just what I need. I often break needles on pins and steel boning but the machine keeps going! I service it once a year and that seems to be enough. Third: The price! This machine is basically the bridge between a home sewing machine and an industrial machine. And so, to buy an industrial machine of this caliber (which is a difficult comparison bc industrial machines are specialized so they either do straight stitch or buttonholes, etc) costs several grand. I can destroy dozens of CGs before hitting that price. You can buy a decent home sewer for about 100+ more but you won't be able to service it yourself and it won't have the same torque in the motor so it'll be slower. A home sewer might last longer than this machine but it'll cost you more in time and money. And honestly, from my experience I kill a home sewing machine in about 3-4 months, I've bought 2 of these machines in 10 years.
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General Discussion / Hair on Hide Cowhide
Last post by 65Buick - September 10, 2020, 12:51:54 pm
Hi I have a customer asking about upholstering a chair with hair on cowhide. I found some yesterday and realized how thick they are. I think mainly because they are used as rugs. Any advice?
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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Hey everyone! Can you offe...
Last post by glowacki - September 10, 2020, 05:22:53 am
If you are a beginner I think Singer 4411 is the perfect choice for you. It's lightweight and the price is relatively affordable. I really love Singer machines and I have a couple of them for different work. Right now I'm using a 4423 for furniture work at my real estate in Cannes. I love it since it makes it easier to work both with light and heavy materials.
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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: How to remove chair glides
Last post by glowacki - September 10, 2020, 05:14:11 am
Good one and short indeed :D
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The "GREEN" Room! / Re: Recovering Dining Seats.
Last post by glowacki - September 10, 2020, 05:13:04 am
Quote from: iralic on August 08, 2020, 11:34:16 amI guess I am a few years too late.  I wasn't able to find the guide.
It must be among the other videos if you are still looking for it
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General Discussion / Re: Virus update
Last post by Mike - September 07, 2020, 01:09:18 pm
We also had a rish of work in the spring when snowbirds would head north they didnt because of the norther lockdowns at the time. So they contracted work and some bigs jobs i have been realy booked and then me and my brother were going to make our shop more relaxing time comfortable tv break area ect but john was diagnosed with luakemia and has realy weakend so ive moved work to my small home aewing shop to be with him and work avouple hours a day and take him to treatments as gar as covid they had a testing site here at one of the shopping plazas but just closed it down. I question how bad this coranavirus really is 
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