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Old 02-07-2010, 03:37 PM   #15
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That looks fantastic. We also got some of the Ultratec 7000 Ultraleather for our Argosy from Newtoto. Great prices, great service.

I am amazed at how pliable and soft it is - lovely, lovely stuff. Part of me is regretting not doing both the gaucho and dinette in it - but that would be a lot of "squash," the color we bought to play off of our beloved orange countertops:

I farmed the work out out of impatience. Seeing that we already own a sewing machine, and our cushions were simpler than your couch, your thread gives me inspiration to do it myself next time. (I made a pillow shaped like a hamburger back in home ec.)

Someday, when we save up our pennies for the Safari SE 25FB we want, we'll probably get the chance to do it again. (Maybe not in squash though...)


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Old 02-07-2010, 06:27 PM   #16
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Steve, GREAT JOB. Next time we run into you at Branson, I will bring my sewing maching and put you to work. HEE HEE

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:28 PM   #17
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Great job Steve!

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Old 02-08-2010, 01:16 AM   #18
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Really nice job, hope ours looks as good. When we get to that point that is. We saw the same supplier in a thread and ordered samples last Friday. Susan
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:28 AM   #19
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great job, Steve! Looks fantastic. Hope that will give you and your nice dog a cozy, indestructable spot to relax.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:59 PM   #20
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Great job on all your hard work guys!

I have a question for you, did you reuse the foam cushions? Or did you buy new?
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:43 AM   #21
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Hi, Steve. Great job. When I did my remodel, I recovered my Gaucho with fake Ultra-Leather. I also replaced the foam. I didn't go into as much detail as you did; I just kept mine real simple. I tell people that I took sewing in college; Which is true, but I really took an auto body shop class and one day per week we did upholstry.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:05 AM   #22
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What a fantastic job! But honestly, if I had to look into those sad liquid pools, I couldn't say "no sofa for you." Look how sad he looks on the floor! Honestly, you did some beautiful work. I like it better than the original, yet it all still works so well together. Great choice of fabric.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:32 AM   #23
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It looks Great, Steve.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:08 AM   #24
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Absolutely outstanding man! You have inspired me! My flex steel fold out bed and my dinette are both 23 years old and both need recovered. I was going to eat it and farm it out, but I think I might just do it myself now!
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:57 AM   #25
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One Year Update

Well, it's that time of the year again. Middle of winter and in need of something to do that's Airstream related. I thought I'd provide an update to my couch reupholstery from last winter.

Unfortunately it didn't work out so well. After just two weekends of camping the Ultraleather split next to the stitch. I could see if it had been right on the stitch because that's where the needle made a perforation, but it was next to the stitch.

I suspect that Ultraleather is not as flexible as the original fabric and split from the pressure of several people sitting on the couch. I'm going to try again only this time I'll cut the patterns a little larger and 90 degrees from the direction I used last time. Maybe the Ultraleather is stronger when stretched in that direction?

It also didn't hold up to the dog's nesting instinct as well as I had hoped. If Ultraleather can't take it, nothing can, so the dog has now been trained to stay off the couch. Let's try this again.

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Old 01-22-2011, 09:37 AM   #26
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Steve, you might want to try a tightly woven upholstery fabric instead of ultrasuede. Any fabric that has cush to it will not hold up as well to dogs nails. It will probably sew just as well, and hold up better to people sitting on it. Adding in extra fabric as you said above will also help. You did such a good job the first time, it'll be a breeze this time! I've done cushions several times for dinettes, etc. If you make your puppy a cushy doggy bed, maybe he'd stay on the floor, too! Just upholstery foam and cover with upholstery fabric or polar fleece (easy to remove and wash) with Velcro closures. You can buy foam on sale at Joann Fabrics (on line too) and get it for 50% off if you watch sales. Good luck!

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Old 01-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #27
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Five hours later...

I had ultraleather left from reupholstering last year so I went with the same thing I had. This time it went a lot faster. Last year it took me all weekend to do the base of the couch but this time it only took five hours.

This is just a temporary fix because I really don't like the blue fabric of the booth and lower couch. Hopefully this latest fix will last long enough for me save some money to have a professional do both the couch and booth in a color and fabric that I like. Someday.

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If you can do that kind of a job,why would you want a Pro.? Sal.

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