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Old 06-08-2007, 11:22 AM
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Women in the garage

Hey all!

Ever since I can remember I've had a passion for cars. I absolutely love to sew and I've always been interested in auto upholstery. I've been given an opportunity to learn.
I'm just curious how hard is it for a dame to work her way into the industry?

Also do you know of any women auto upholsterers?


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Stella Lane

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Old 06-08-2007, 11:44 AM
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I'm not sure how different or hard it would be for a woman in this industry. I can say this ..................I don't give a rip, (no pun intended), if a woman or man does my upholstery, as long as it's nicely done!!! One thing to note if you pursue it though. It's nice to know how it originally left the factory, assuming this is how the owner wants it redone. I had a beautiful '66 t-bird that had been reupholstered before I owned it, and though the rear seats were beautiful, they were not correct.
I say if you love cars and have the opportunity, it would be a great match. I have an old school chum who's been doing it forever and I'll bet his wife helps him out alot. I could find out if you're really interested.
I say GO FOR IT!!!!!!!! John
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:16 PM
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I have met several women who did upholstery over the years and who did it successfully. One thing they had in common is that they were hard workers who did a number of things in their shops..Things like tents for civil-war re-en-actors, commercial awnings, furniture, restaurants, seats for contractor equipment and other things as well as automotive. One of the big business items was making repairs on late models for used car lots..Some of those come in with rips and damaged seats that need repair. Custom and restoration is a small part of the business and if it something you like and are good at will eventually pay off but the other bread and butter items pay the bills..

Automotive was a big part of the business but the other items are bread and butter..Just go the way you can go with your career..

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Get back into the kitchen!!!!!!!!








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Old 06-08-2007, 01:24 PM
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I don't think it matters at all!

Male or female ... you're either good at this or not. And if you show talent, you'll be in demand.

Follow your passions and you'll never go wrong!
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:12 PM
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Some of the best Upholsterers I have ever worked with were female. Women tend to be very particular, and pay attention to detail. That, a little natural talent and flair for the job are all you need. Good Luck.
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Um, to be honest and not to sound sexist, I don't personally know any MALE auto upholsterers. All the shops around here have names like "Rita's Top Shop", and "Edna's Automotive Upholstery". I think you should go for it!
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Young lady, I'm sure you made yourself a lot of friends in this forum with that statement, seeing as how Granite Falls Washington has to be a hotbed of street rod technology. Did anyone give Jane Slane anything but encouragement? By the way, no, you didn't sound sexist to me.

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Hi Jane Slane, We have a lady here in our small town that has a upholstery business. She has been in business for a very long time. she does make living at it . Go for it . hot rods always need good interiors in them.
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Thanks, charley1. It never was a question of male or female in the first place, Jane Slane, only a question of "can I do it". Yes, you can, and don't let anyone tell you you can't.

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