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General Discussion / Re: reliable machines
« on: January 13, 2013, 10:48:52 AM »

The Chandler doesn't seem to be bad as far as price according to the link you sent Chris . I paid aroud 3600 for my Juki  a few years ago.

I will look up the Reliable as well .   I think the newer machines are more cumbersome now.  The old Juki I was trained on was a  small machine and easier to move around ..it was a good work horse .

The new machines the heads on them are huge ,  and some of the new ways they are threaded never makes sense .  What happened to just slip looping the thread through the slots to thread right through till you get to the needle ? Quick and easy.
 My new Juki you have to feed the thread through closed bars ...I hope I'm making sense here .heh heh too  fiddly .

I wish there were trade shows in Ont. where you could go and try out different types of machines  . There is a big convention you have over in the states that I would love to go to sometime , I am having a brain bubble here trying to remember the name .   IFAI ?  Have any of you gone to it ?

General Discussion / Re: reliable machines
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:28:06 PM »

The Chandler sounds intriguing to me ., I wasn't aware of a bottom feed machine . I am still happy with my new repair work on my Juki . I am going to do lots of research before getting a back up...is there a web page to see how the Chandler works as far as the feed ?

General Discussion / Re: Machine down.
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:28:07 PM »

I must say my Juki never ran right from day one.
The guy that fixed it said it wasn't set up right in the first place and as of today I can see  he was dead on !

I cannot believe the difference in its perfomance when I used it today !

I could stomp on it , no thread break no locking up !  I have never been so impressed !!  I had the man from here fixing it several times and it never ever ran as good as it did today . Thus I am taking to the man north of here from now on., it's well worth the trip.

Your right about the smoothness once they are broken in. The repairman told me mine needs more use to get broken in better .

I did not have one thread break all day and she ran as smooth as molasses.

General Discussion / Re: Machine down.
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:33:25 AM »

I have always liked the Juki .  I have just finshed paperwork and ready to go give her a whirl .

Apparently the new guy that repaired it said he was not impressed that it wasn't set up right in the first place . To think since 2008 I have fought with the thing and I was dissapointed Juki may have had a lemon .
 I will let you know if it all goes well .
I am  seeking out what people think are good machines at the moment  for getting a back up. I don't want a lemon . He had mentioned the Reliable was a fairly good one.

I have come across these names I had never heard of , thats why I like checking with you guys ,

Wish me luck ! I was taught on an old clunker of a Juki that rarely let me down, therefore I hope this repairman brings my faith back in this newer one .

General Discussion / Re: need refinishing wood help
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:55:50 PM »

Thats what my husband said . I like the burl look . I'll see how it goes though , I may change my mind thought once I strip the rest of it.   Lots of work ahead yet.

General Discussion / Re: need refinishing wood help
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:32:22 PM »

Murphys oil  ..I will try it ..the tricky part is stripping the wood around the panels ., it's all raised alligator looking...therefore  trying to protect these areas could be a challange

General Discussion / reliable machines
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:09:21 PM »

I am still researching different sewing machines , This is one I have been recently told was good . Does anyone have any feedback on this ?  its called  ..Reliable  I haven't heard of it

General Discussion / Re: need refinishing wood help
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:27:25 PM »

Thanks Chris

That takes a lot of guess work out of things . Especially matching properly

General Discussion / Re: Machine down.
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:07:47 PM »

Repair guys are a dying breed.
I have one in North Bay I refuse to go to.  I bought my machine from him and have had him in several times to repair it.  I have the Juki 1508 lu.
I bought it new in 2008 and had nothing but problems ..It broke down again yesterday so I had my guy take it to a fellow an hour and a half from here ...
He said the machine was never set up right in the first place and he had to do lots of adjustments. Now why didn't the guy here do it right ? He said he's been doing repairs for 30 yrs.
Tomorrow will be the test as to weather this guy out of town knows his stuff.
Down time is no picnic

General Discussion / Re: need refinishing wood help
« on: January 09, 2013, 07:40:10 PM »

I will look for that book thanks Keith . I looked online and videos are vague . They say the term faux is french for fake. I guess it's just a fancier way to say it.

 I do artwork paintings and such but I am unsure of this technique .
I may do a few practices to see if I can mimic it ., if not I'll find someone who knows it well . I would like to bring it back to it's original state .

It's my organ , at least it isn't a customers ...whew !! 
Another question ...the keys are chipped ., if I want to restore it should I be trying to find the same origional keys from another organ thats in better shape ? or is it just as well to order new keys.
I'm not too familiar with total restoration guidelines

General Discussion / need refinishing wood help
« on: January 09, 2013, 02:42:20 PM »

Hi Guys

I am refinishing an old organ I have that has burled walnut...I didn't realize the burl was fake nor did I know it could be.   

Yes I stripped it off ... Groan !!!  Can you help me  ?  how do they do fake burl ? should I maybe just get some burl vaneer ?

I just started with the top so the rest of the organ is still unstripped. What and how do you clean up fake burl ?
Much help is apreciated.
The organ is walnut with burl panels

General Discussion / Re: pricing for doing slipcovers
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:37:45 PM »

Yes thank you for all your help ! It just gives me a better perspective hoping I be competitive enough and not lose money. They are a lot of work ,

General Discussion / Re: pricing for doing slipcovers
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:24:14 AM »

Okay I think I have some worried on their pricing secrets ...lets say the labour is 500. to sew up a  loose  cushion sofa slipcover , is this too high or too low  ??

General Discussion / Re: anyone familiar wth this machine
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:19:22 AM »

Thanks everyone

I had never heard of it before but I would like a back up for when my Juki is in a mood , had it serviced so shes running fine now but I tell ya when it acts up It backs me up ! lol

General Discussion / pricing for doing slipcovers
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:56:38 PM »

Hi everyone .

Could someone give me a general idea on what to charge for custom slipcovers ?

For example a rounded arm sofa ,  loose cushions and skirt. I keep feeling I am undercutting myself with all the fitting and work that goes into them I never know what a fair price would be.

Advice would greatly be appreciated !

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