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Old 08-26-2007, 07:25 PM
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A few weeks at school and you'll be dancing with that machine, Mark.

As Dan says ... I always run a test when I'm sewing a different type of fabric ... I look at the stitching, top-side and bottom-side, to see that the tension is right. Both threads (spool & bobbin) should be meeting in the middle of the two pieces of fabric. If the bottom thread is laying flat and not coming up to meet the top thread, I tighten the upper tension some and run another test.

I'm glad to know my posts are helping you out ... your posts help me, too, man! Discussing all these little things is always a big help.

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Whether you know it or not, Dan - and you too Alan - you've been a tremendous help to me in this whole adventure. Even when you don't think you're helping, you are because your posts make me go back and check my work to see what's going on, what I did right, and what I did wrong. A second look via long distance, as it were… I'm getting to the point that I'm actually starting to know what I'm looking at, and I have you two to thank for it.

School starts Tuesday (for me anyway) and I can't wait!
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Before you start your class Tuesday there's something I want you to keep in mind. We haven't really touched on this subject enough, if at all, and it's something that is very important. What's underneath the fabric is just as important, if not more important, than the seat cover or door panel itself. I can't tell you how much really good work I've seen that was put on top of a 60 or 70 year old seat frame with old, tired, coil springs using the original seat padding. This is an absolute waste. By paying attention to the substructure, you can create something that will last a lifetime. It's just like painting a car without ever sanding or looks good to the eye, but it won't last very long. Make sure your instructor pays attention to what's underneath, and if he or she doesn't, ask them to.
Also: A good upholsterer has made a lot of mistakes in his career. After you've made enough mistakes, and know how to correct them, you're well on your way. Good luck with your classes.

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Old 08-29-2007, 12:10 AM
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Thanks Dan!

You did mention the condition of the seat frame in a few other posts, Dan. In fact one of the tutorials you posted was all about working on a bucket seat frame.

According to the course description, we'll "learn how to operate the sewing machine, layout patterns and repair seat frames" among other things.

Our first class was tonight, and it was more or less just a "getting to know you" gathering. We got a tour of the shop (all the machines are Jukis ) and he explained what was expected of us, and what we could expect of him. We'll all do a class project (a "stadium cushion") to learn the machines, then we're free to bring in our own projects. I've gotten the instructor's permission to take lots of pictures of the Chevy Truck bench seat I've chosen as my project as I'm doing it, and you can be sure I'll be taking lots of notes. I'll probably not be posting anything related to my project for at least a few weeks, as it'll take that long to learn the machines and do my class project.

We discussed my Juki (it turns out I'm the only one in class who has my own machine) and he told me to just practice, take it slow, and don't get in a hurry. I've been doing that on my own since I started this thread, and I can see the improvements already. I have no doubt I can do this, and now that I'll have face-to-face, hands on instruction, I know I'll get it.
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