Hi There Again,
I know its been a while but unfortunately I am rather a busy girl and sometimes time runs away with me, however I am here to give you a refresh of what Muppet&Mr.J has been up to .
I have been upholstering down at Bills and as the title suggests I am trying to get faster at the simple jobs as ” speed is key” when it comes to earning a living from upholstery.
The small jobs which Bill manages to turn around really fast are the ones that make a bit of money and if he can complete a couple a day then a reasonable daily wage is made!
So when these dining chairs came in a set of 4 that needed complete dismantling re-webbing and recovering I thought I would give myself a challenge to see how fast I could pull of the job!!!!
And to strip them all back it took 3 hours:
The second stage took me two hours and in that time I re-webbed, and placed old foam cushion back on with new foam inlay over the top, and all stapled ready for stage three the remaking of the fabric covers:
So now I have been working on them for five hours!!! The third stage involves copying patterns of old covers, cutting new ones, piping and sewing and then refitting to frames.
Once I had cut and sewn and fitted one of the covers to make sure all measurements were accurate it was easier as all cutting and sewing was done in one go. The fitting to frame was a little time consuming but in all the sewing of covers fitting and finishing of all four chairs took approximately five hours!!
So counting up the hours it took me approximately 10 hours of work from start to finish.
I did a damn good job!!!
However if that was my only source of income with buying fabric and labour I would probably come out with 250 dollars for 10 hours work!!!!!!!!!!!
So that is why SPEED IS KEY!
So I need to be able to cut at least 3 hours of my total time. I suppose the more chairs one does the faster one gets.
Upholstery is quite challenging though as each project is different each set of chairs is different. What I have learnt though is take each job as it comes along and learn from it. There are so many different techniques that there is always something new to learn and that’s the challenge and I am loving that.
However I am also learning that the tools used in upholstery are rather sharp!!! and one can receive some nasty stab wounds if one is over zealous with there usage.
Bill Bring me a Band Aid !!!!!!!
Speak soon x