Within less than a month it was obvious we did not have the same vision for the shop. My accountant strongly advised buying him out, which was done quickly and cheaply. No more silent partner, no more strings attached, and I was off and running. I would do practice panels and lots of welting and biscuit tufting.
If it worked, I got out the real material for the car first car was a lowrider style Ford Galaxy and make a panel. I still keep pictures of that car in my brag books to show off, because it was one of a kind.
Now, 11 years later, I am solid in the shop, feel that I know my craft but continually learning , and have taught several others to sew and trim over the years. And the former boss? You have an impressive story Stitcher Guy. I started in a factory in Maine that made theatre seats in ,became a foreman,then got a pt job in furniture reuph.
I had a real knack for it,so the guy didnt let me near a sewing machine. I worked for free for an older craftsman,who showed me around a sewing machine. Then I moved the family to Rockland Me. Ex wife wanted to move to Tucson,I worked for 2 shops there in 6 months,got homesick and my previous boss paid our way back,gave me 1. That was in In started Upholstery Unlimited and did all sorts of stuff,including designing streetrod interiors. We worked for famous people and did work in several movies filmed in the area,Empire Falls,and Man Without a Face,among others.
Then the divorce came. Financial woes is all Ill say. Ive been there for 6 months. I am so grateful for this blog!! Im still at Waterville Upholstery and Canvas doing auto upholstery and boat tops and cushions.
We have a book of industry standards,time spent on jobs and use timers when working just to see how dialed in we are and how much to charge for labor. I love the extra training! These guys are great,and top notch. Even after 25 years doing furniture and window treatments,still cannot get enough. Being a music minister at our church with my new wife,and upholstery Im where I want to be. Would like to make some friends here and share some of the ideas and the passoin for the trade,and thanks to all….
I started an apprenticeship straight out of school just doing the everyday car yard work — seat repairs, headlinings etc. My boss became certified to undertake aviation upholstery which opened up a very diverse field for me to hone my skills.
I have had the great privilege over the years to work on many different aircraft owned by some great, well known Australians. After a fantastic 12 years of working for the same company, I have just stepped out and opened our own little business here on the Sunshine Coast which gives me flexibility when combining work with my young family. Looking forward to many more years of doing the job I love! Will you be doing only avaition upholstery or auto and marine as well?
I went to Wyo Tech in Laramie in Worked briefly at two shops, one in Colorado, one in Arizona. Started my own shop when I was 20 out of my garage. I did alot of car lot work then and worked for friends and family.
Fact is,I knew this was the career I wanted and worked at being the best I could be. Mistakes were made,the best training tool. I taught at Wyo Tech 12 years later for the duration of one year. I just missed working. I am still learning everyday whether it be how to deal with situations, customers, or whatever comes up. We are problem solvers. After 22 years in the business, I still am happy with my career choice.
I have a lot of respect for first generation upholstery men. I was fortunate enough to take over the family business. Nothing was handed to you Jeff, you achieved success all on your own. The lessons we learned from our fathers are priceless. I had to take a secondary class for the credits to graduate.
Decided to take the trim and upholstery class thinking it would be neat to be able to take a car and make it like new inside n out. Ended up liking the upholstery so much I bought a sewing machine while I was still in the class.
Bounced around for a couple years after school working odd construction jobs, thankfully having no luck in finding any solid employment. Ended back in my home town of Houghton, MI which is where I wished to be. Couple guys who were looking to have enclosures made for their boats one being a full camper back knew about my schooling and my sewing machine came askin if I was interested.
Never touching anything to do with marine upholstery or canvas work, and hardly touching my sew machine for 2. Spent the next year doing a job here and there while workin two part time jobs plus yard work and snow shoveling jobs. Then I tried taking on a full time job at a tire shop to ease the burden but got laid off 3 months later. Being out of other options and with upholstery work slowly increasing by word of mouth took a shot at going all in with the upholstery work.
Now I have been self employed doing busines as All Seasons Upholstery as my only source of income going on 3 years. I do auto, marine, furniture and commercial work and love the variety. I would love to get into whole car resto and custom work inside and out, start to finish in the future which is the whole idea that got me started. But still have a lot of building to do. Wow Isaac, completing a marine enclosure after not touch a sewing machine in 2.
Keep up the good work! I also took the ASM course and on was talked into taking the upholstery class last. I had no idea just how much I would enjoy this last class decision, but it fit me perfectly.
I have always been a bit creative but never an artist on paper, but custom upholstery allowed me to express myself better than anything I have found since. Anyway, after graduating I found a job one month later for a business aircraft corporation in their seat shop. I am going on seven years of working there and have been honing my skills every day. On the side I love to upholster cars and am working at owning a shop I can sustain financially on someday in the future. Yeah, there are numerous guys that I know of that went for the upholstery career instead of their major.
Thanks for the advise and I plan to keep it up! Thanks again for running this site, I find it both interesting and helpful! In I was a senior In high school who had taken an auto mechanic course for 2 years at our local vo-tech school. The thursday night before the saturday night graduation, my next door neighbor knocked on our side door while we were eating dinner.
He came in and asked me if I had a full time job after high school, for next week. I replied Yes, I would Start at 8: I have had my own trim shop business now, next tuesday, February 28, It will be 20 years old. We started in Six months later we were teaching another. At one point we had 3 experienced trimmers doing great work! I have only 1 trimmer helping. We still have plenty of work.
Now just to get it completed! Thanks for sharing your story and joining The Hog Ring George. I have always been interested in interior work. I was in the Navy for 11 years, continuing the interest and occasionally installing audio systems for myself and friends.
I bought an upholstery sewing machine three years ago to work on some of my own projects. I was laid off a year ago. I am now hoping this side work I have been doing for the past little while will turn into making me a living. You seem determined Steven, remember the majority of upholsterers started like you by doing side work for friends while honing their skills.
Never touch a sewing machine in my life till the class. I liked it, but knew I wanted to be more of a automotive painter. Graduated in , moved out to Denver to look for a job. Started detailing cars at a body shop, then quit and went to another body shop to do body work.
From small dents to welding in new radiator core supports to pulling frames. I quit there and went to accessory shop. Started installing Katzkin kit. Decided it was time to go home. In I moved back to northern IL. No one was hiring at the time for body work. Opened the phone book and started calling upholstery shops to see if anyone was hiring.
One shop said yes. Applied and got the job a week later. Not because there was no work,we had tons of work, but because my boss was hinding the money and not paying the rent. Now an opportunity is presented to me. The previous owner of the shop had a contract with my boss. Since he failed to pay the last 6 months. The shop automatically returns to the original owner. Feb 1, I opened up. Most of my learning was from Wyotech, the rest is from being a fast learn, troubleshooter, to learning by mistakes.
I think all students at WyoTech should take the upholstery course, you never know when an opportunity might present itself in the future. From there i learned to strip seats and install convertable tops and what not.
Ive come a looong way from that shop and i can honestly say that my heart is in this job and the kind of work it brings. Now im working in fortworth at a hot rod interior shop named CDIDIT learnin a new twist on my old ways and im happier than ever! Thanks for joining The Hog Ring Roland. That when i found out that upholstery been in my family for over seventy yrs.
I am very thankful for the skill he had given me. My grandmothers taught me to sew when I was 7 years old. I started sewing clothes for people in high school. Over the years I have taught myself to make curtains and items for the home.
I worked full time in the banking and bookkeeping business for 25 years, while still keeping a parttime sewing business on the side. In , after working for 10 years as a full charge bookkeeper, the company was sold. I was laid off like most of the employees. I found a free auto upholstery class through San Diego City College. I took the class and began my career in the upholstery world. I love working on old cars, but as a single mom, marine canvas and upholostery supports the family. First time i touched a sewing machine was in at a local mattress factory.
I wanted to fix it up! I started with the motor and paint! Last thing to do was the interior it never got done so the car sat for many years, but i started other projects. I hung out at his shop almost everyday an shadowed his every move. He would start sewing, an to make time pass i would start tracing patterns. Although he didnt teach me everything he did light a fire thats still goin to this day. A few years later i went to a tech school, and after the first couple weeks i was sewing cushions with welt cord an zippers the teachers told me i had a knack for it, that statement gave me the confidence to finally work on that old skylark.
First seat bench seat with an armrest. Still wet behind the ears in the the trade i needed a confidence booster. It came, this guy invested in me an trusted i could do the work. First complete interior job was a Belair, all roll-n-pleat… alot of sewing He bought the materials and gave me a couple dollars to live. My venture with learning auto upholstery started with a move to Laramie Wyoming to attend WyoTech.
I started with just the intentions of learning more about the paint and body field and going more in depth and learning streetrod and sheet metal fabrication. After finishing the courses, I decided to go a few steps further. He is a very inspirational teacher that I am now able to call a friend. While in his classes, I wanted to learn more and more and more. To this day I contact him with any troublesome questions I may have and he still has alot that he still wants to teach me.
I will be going back to Laramie a couple times a year to visit friends but lost importantly to visit with my instructor and soak up anymore knowledge he is willing to share with me.
Since my time at WyoTech, I have started my own shop out of my garage for right now. I have dreams just as anyone else does, and I am excited to learn more in the industry everyday no matter if it gets difficult or sometimes frustrating, it still is exciting to grow in knowledge. Wow, that auto trim class in high school certainly had a big impact on your life.
I too went to work there, being a gofer — picking up parts and cars, cleaning and pickup after the guys. I watched my Dad as he sewed growing up and he opened a second store. Well, I was recently divorced with three children to support so my Dad asked if I would like to buy his second store in I knew how to sew clothing and car upholstery and furniture were the next step. I never had any formal training just watching other people at my Dads shop.
It gave me the flexibility to take care of my kids I had a play room for them- at the time they were 5, 8 and 10 So, I had late nights I could grab dinner and they could be in the room doing homework and I could get cars finished. Or if they were sick I could still take them to work their was a twin bed and still do both jobs. It was not easy- but my Father gave me the opportunity to make a living — July marks my 23 years in business. I have since married and my husband and I run our shop now..
I have a love for cars that has kept our business growing. I am always learning- That is why Hog Ring is Fantastic! I love reading what other trimmers are doing. Thanks for sharing your story Sueann. Congratulations on 23 years in business!
I just read most of these comments on here how people got started…. I too got started by attending WyoTech.. I graduated in laramie in After knowing now, i wish i would have pursued upholstery right away after i graduated but instead looked at other jobs for yrs til I really knew i wanted to do upholstery.
I have my own business which i started shortly after I graduated, but never worked it full time until a few yrs. I have more work than i can handle but its better to be busy than wondering where your next paychecks coming from.
It seems they have put together a great program. It started when i was 17 years, mum was fed up with me kicking around the house so sent me to work at a friends place or hooked me up , he learnt his trimming skills from AC cars back in the day. He was a fantastic trimmer and a outstanding hood maker but he had lost the sparkle and kinda given up….
I remember my first job was to trim 2 F1 carbon maclearn seat in Alcantara.. I guess my story is a little different to many on here, in so much as I am a 55 year old College Lecturer looking at starting a new career! My Grandmother was famous as an upholsterer in her home town here in the UK. She would work on chairs, cars, bus seats, sofas anything anyone brought to her.
She was a great inspiration in my life and I was in awe of her skill. The main thing she did show me though, was that anything can be done if you take time and care. I have worked on Auto interiors, mainly on my own projects and for fun, over the last 35 years. Starting with my first car, a Austin Mini, that I trimmed in white fur fabric it was big in the day guys! It got a lot of attention as you can imagine, and for a pretty reserved and shy 18 year old the celebrity status boosted my confidence no-end.
I was even asked to do some for other people. To cut a long story short I am now thinking about taking early retirement and focussing on doing something that has always given me enormous pleasure and satisfaction. As with many people these days, every year brings more redundancies and I fully expect that my employer will be looking to offer voluntary redundancy in the next few months. Thanks for joining The Hog Ring and sharing your story Nigel.
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