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Old 01-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #57
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Up until this post, all the work was done in December and last weekend. Today I started on the booth cushions. They're fairly simple compared to the couch, but there's a lot of stitching around the zippers which was new to me. It took me about four hours to complete a test pillow and the first booth cushion.

I really love the new fabric. It has a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to it and the burgundy highlight is just enough color to make it pop.

So that's where I'm at. I hope to complete another cushion or two tomorrow. Then I'll work on reupholstering the dinette base in the same Ultraleather as the couch.
What a terrific fabric. Really pulls it all together. Well done all around!

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Old 01-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #58
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It's time to share my secret to curtain success. I set up a sweat shop in the basement and had my mom helping me with the sewing. I cut the fabric, she sewed, I attached the track clips and installed the track hardware. I'd still be working on curtains this weekend if it weren't for her help.
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I was able to finish the dinette cushions today. Next up... reupholster the dinette bases in the same Ultraleather as the couch.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:11 PM   #60
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Looks GREAT!!!

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I was able to finish the dinette cushions today. Next up... reupholster the dinette bases in the same Ultraleather as the couch.
What a terrific job! You--and Mom--have done a fantastic job! Seriously fantastic work!

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Steve, you're a good son for giving your Mom credit. You sure had me believing you were doing all the sewing -- then I am very gullible. You and your Mom are doing a great job. Your fabric does have a touch of the Frank Lloyd Wright influence. We're anxious to see the new finishes. Guess that will likely be at Moraine View and then again in Michigan in August.

See ya down the road!

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Mom only helped with the curtains when she visited last weekend. The couch and dinette cushions were all me. I can't let her get too much credit.
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Mom only helped with the curtains when she visited last weekend. The couch and dinette cushions were all me. I can't let her get too much credit.
aha! ;-)
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Looks great, Steve!


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Walking foot

You can get a walking foot attachment for most sewing machines. Some nicer high end ones have the feature built in. Built in - a bit more convenient, but the attachment IS workable. Here's one that also has a guide for quilting - so that you can keep lines of stitching evenly spaced. The spacing bar comes off if it' isn't needed. Gobs of them on e-bay, just find the one that matches your brand and model

DELUXE LOW SHANK Even Feed/ Walking Foot Sewing Machine Presser Foot+Quilt Guide | eBay

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aha! ;-)
Mmmhmmm, he waited to share this part with us. Been thinking for a couple of weeks that he did those curtains all by his little self!

Still, quite an undertaking and nice choice of fabrics. Some of us voted on those, actually.


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I was lucky and had today off, so I got a lot done on the upholstery. I started off easy with the arm of the couch. Then I stripped the old blue fabric off the first dinette base. I kid you not, it took longer to pull all the staples and remove the old fabric than it did to measure, cut, pin, sew, stretch and staple the new.
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I got one of the dinette bases mostly finished before I wore out my staple gun. The four spot welds that hold the feed to the gun gave out. I've had that thing since I was about 12 and used it when I built a tree house. It's had a hard life.

I had only about 20 staples to go to get the base wrapped so I used two hands to hold the staple gun together and finished. I still need to cut the access for the under-seat storage door but that will need to wait until I have a working stapler. I'm attempting JB Weld before buying a new one.

So here's one of the two dinette bases back in the trailer.
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I got one of the dinette bases mostly finished before I wore out my staple gun. The four spot welds that hold the feed to the gun gave out. I've had that thing since I was about 12 and used it when I built a tree house. It's had a hard life.

I had only about 20 staples to go to get the base wrapped so I used two hands to hold the staple gun together and finished. I still need to cut the access for the under-seat storage door but that will need to wait until I have a working stapler. I'm attempting JB Weld before buying a new one.

So here's one of the two dinette bases back in the trailer.
Steve, you are so much fun to know. You have the latest and greatest iPhone and an iPad yet you hang onto that staple gun. Good for you. Your Airstream has another great story to go with it.

The new fabric on the dinette is looking great.

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I still need to do upholster the storage door under the couch, but I finished the arms.

I kind of like the trailer with only one of the two dinette bases installed. That big gap between the couch and the table would be perfect for a little yacht-sized wood stove, don't you think?

So that's it for today. I'm going to let the JB Weld cure overnight and give it another try in the morning. It would be great to finish up tomorrow morning because I'm thinking about camping tomorrow afternoon to test out the solar panels in full sun and watch the football games from the cozy trailer with a lake view.
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