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02 May 2018 20:56

JayKosta wrote:My not-yet-attempted recliner project is to make arm covers to hide the worn and frayed 'piping' on the top front of both arms. I can usually re-sew a button without too much blood loss, but that's the peak of my sewing skill level ...

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Could you take a picture of this, pretty please, Jay?

I might be able to help you, but only if I see what exactly is going on.
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03 May 2018 20:28

Here's a photo of the recliner arm - the fabric on both arms where I hold them are obviously worn and the fabric covering the piping is completely gone.

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The wear area is about 8 inches down the front and about 1 foot rearward from the front. We'd just buy another recliner, but my wife is very sensitive to 'new furniture' smells - we had this one in a spare bedroom for about 2 years before bringing it into the living room! The fabric on this recliner wore-out fairly quickly. The previous one with 'Herculon' fabric only succumbed to the cat's claws ...

Cutting and sewing the 2 pieces (front of the P shape, and the rectangular cover) probably isn't too difficult, but I think the exposed edges would have to be finished or bound so they don't ravel.

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04 May 2018 12:45

JayKosta wrote:Here's a photo of the recliner arm - the fabric on both arms where I hold them are obviously worn and the fabric covering the piping is completely gone.

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The wear area is about 8 inches down the front and about 1 foot rearward from the front. We'd just buy another recliner, but my wife is very sensitive to 'new furniture' smells - we had this one in a spare bedroom for about 2 years before bringing it into the living room! The fabric on this recliner wore-out fairly quickly. The previous one with 'Herculon' fabric only succumbed to the cat's claws ...

Cutting and sewing the 2 pieces (front of the P shape, and the rectangular cover) probably isn't too difficult, but I think the exposed edges would have to be finished or bound so they don't ravel.

Jay
Have you looked into fabric slip covers for recliners? I'm not sure how well they fit and if you're particular about the look (they're supposed to be mostly "universal" and come in a variety of colors and fabrics), that would probably be the easiest option. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Slipcover-Protector-Great-Bay-Home/dp/B0777SZD9J/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1525435509&sr=8-8&keywords=recliner+chair+covers

I would just go with the slip cover, you could also always have the chair professionally re-upholstered, but that would probably get a bit pricey.

This recliner stuff is so funny, have you seen the Frasier episode where Frasier's dad desperately never wants to get rid of his ugly old lazyboy even though it doesn't go with any of Frasier's fancy new furniture? This is kinda like that.

I'm still waiting on the recliner tube, btw., according to postal tracking it's coming all the way from Georgia and its last stop was in Chattanooga. It always amazes me where things come from when you order them from Amazon, one time I ordered a cheapy sweater that came all the way from the UK. (I don't really care where things come from as long as I get free shipping!)
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04 May 2018 13:13

Thanks, I'll do some more web browsing to see if I can find something ready-made.

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04 May 2018 13:24

JayKosta wrote:Thanks, I'll do some more web browsing to see if I can find something ready-made.

Jay
My first thought would have been some fabric table placement mats you could just throw on top of the arm rests, but they wouldn't really cover the front part of the rests.

Sewing something together... I'm sure I could probably fashion something out of fabric, but it probably wouldn't look very nice.
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06 May 2018 13:42

Magnificent news!

The recliner tube has arrived, it's nearly identical to the broken one. It was fairly easy to install, I didn't hurt myself this time because the bolts went on the inside of the frame rather than the outside like the emergency wood screws, the latter was the only way I could attach them.

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I also lubed the metal joints with some cooking spray (hate the smell of WD40), so the chair no longer squeaks. Many more happy years of reclining, dog!

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On to some gardening projects now...

This year I'm trying to grow everything from seed, including tomatoes. The seedlings germinated okay in a window "hothouse" , but am not sure how well they will do in the soil. (This year I'm actually trying to pay a bit more attention to soil pH.)

Just for shits and giggles I also bought this urban tomato barrel, think I will buy a tomato plant as a backup in case my seedlings all succumb to my poor tomato-growing skills. The barrel is actually pretty cool, I would imagine anyone who lives in an apartment with a sunny balcony could use it.

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06 May 2018 19:00

Tricycle Rider wrote:... I also lubed the metal joints with some cooking spray (hate the smell of WD40), ...

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Congratulations on the chair repair, and good luck with the gardening.

For no-smell oiling, I use drugstore Mineral Oil - just use Q-tip to apply.

Louise (wife) mentioned that instead of trying to pre-cut the end piece for the arm cover, it would be better to use straight pins to attach 2 pieces using the chair arm as the model. And then sew along the pin line and trim the excess.

It's MY chair and MY wear marks, so I feel that it's my responsibility to attempt the sewing ...

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06 May 2018 19:20

JayKosta wrote:
Tricycle Rider wrote:... I also lubed the metal joints with some cooking spray (hate the smell of WD40), ...

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Congratulations on the chair repair, and good luck with the gardening.

For no-smell oiling, I use drugstore Mineral Oil - just use Q-tip to apply.

Louise (wife) mentioned that instead of trying to pre-cut the end piece for the arm cover, it would be better to use straight pins to attach 2 pieces using the chair arm as the model. And then sew along the pin line and trim the excess.

It's MY chair and MY wear marks, so I feel that it's my responsibility to attempt the sewing ...

Jay
I found a whole bunch of youtube vids on upholstering a recliner or sofa, it's not necessarily rocket science, but it depends on how good you are with a sewing machine and how much time and patience you have. (One video was made by some guy who's been a professional upholsterer for 40+ years, I completely skipped over that one because I knew he would make it look too easy. Ha!)

Good luck with your recliner project, there are definitely tips and tricks on the webs for any kind of a DIY.

Speaking of which...

Update on my gardening endeavors (cause the Giro hasn't been much fun to watch these past three stages)...

Instead of trying to grow another tomato in my urban barrel I've decided to try to grow potatoes - I've never done it before, but it's supposed to be really easy. (Yeah, right.)

Also, I'm trying to save a rhododendron from dying, it has rusty leaves and am not sure why. It could be disease, poor nutrition, or other plants simply overtaking the rhodie's space, hell if I knew.

Anyhoo, while researching the problem on the webs I ran into this product, I'm just larfing my *** off. I had no idea such a product even existed - god bless the internet.

http://wormhouse.eu/products/plant-food-oh-shit%E2%84%A2/tomato
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