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Messages - Mojo

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Changes for 2018 ??
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:43:39 PM »
Doyle:

Outside of RICAT, I believe you are the only one here that performs all forms of upholstery. I am surely not saying others cannot do other work but you take any stitching job that comes in the door.

My hats off to you. I know what a job it is to stay on top of the latest fabrics, trends and assemblie with awnings. I cannot imagine you having to stay on top of everything concerning marine, autos, furniture, etc.

God Bless Ya'll. It would drive me insane but I have to admit it would be fun as I am sure many challenges come in the door constantly.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:35:52 PM »
Sorry I haven't been around here. Just finished two weeks of back to back shows.

I have never seen the FB groups but then never looked. I love FB for keeping in touch with family and friends. We have family scattered all over the world and it is a great place to keep up on their lives.

I do belong to a few groups on FB but not any upholstery groups. I have never searched them down. I do moderate one group on FB for Samick Guitar owners but that is it.

I have always liked this place and called it " home ". Probably because I like all the people here. Great, honest, down to earth, hardworking group of people.

Mojo

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I think the economy is in good shape too. We were overdue for a correction. It shouldn't be ignored, but people certainly shouldn't panic and start selling everything they have. Go long. It always comes back to where it was. Even if you sell and buy, you create a whole bunch of anxiety and probably won't really gain anything.

I agree. I used to find opportunity in down cycles. The trick was to sell out early, wait for the bottom and then reinvest again in the same stocks. I used to find solid performers like UPS, CSX and when overall stocks dropped I would sell quick and wait for the bottom. Then buy again and ride it em up again. I got caught a few times on the back side but for the most part caught the downturns quick enough to make money coming back.

This is why I say day trading was so time consuming. Some days it took watching stocks all day and doing research during the night. I miss the adrenaline rush on market moves but sure as hell do not miss the work involved.

Mojo

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Personally, I think the economy is in great shape. I learned a long time ago the best way to loose money in the market is to listen to experts.

My best friend is a heavy investor. I have never seen someone who has the midas touch with stocks. He is so heavily invested that on a down day on the market he will lose $ 75 - 100 K. He rarely gets rattled and holds during down times. He is pretty diversified and over the last two years has been buying select commercial properties. He told me yesterday he has a boat load of money parked in cash and bonds. He is a retired Delta Captain and has been a heavy investor for decades. He has done real well.

I used to day trade years ago but it was a ton of work and time consuming. I gave it up when I ran up against SEC rules for trading too much. When this business took off I found I no longer had the time to devote to trading. I admit though I do miss it. I had some loses over the years and had some big wins. I just found day trading to be a blast.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: Service and repair manuals
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:13:08 AM »
I have numerous manuals for the machines that we bought new and I would not call any of them repair manuals. There are parts diagrams and then instructions on how to adjust the machine.

Most of the repairs I have done I had to learn as I went. My machine dealer, Bob Kovar has talked me through a few major repairs. I once bent the needle bar on a machine and he sold me the part and had to talk me through the repair. It was by far the worst repair I ever had to make and I don't care to ever have to do another one.

I have never seen a repair manual that shows how to make repairs. But most manuals will show how to make all of the normal adjustments such as hook timing, feed dog timing, etc. I learned a long time ago how to make repairs so I wasn't dependant on local machine guys.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:45:13 PM »
I was joking one day with a buddy of mine about opening up a brothel. He said " I want to be a partner ". I told him forget it. He would end up screwing up our profits. :)

Mojo

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Competent
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:41:31 PM »
I am still no confident in my trade simply because it seems everything is constantly evolving and changing. I guess the best way to explain my feeling towards my work is that I am comfortable with what I am doing.

One other reason I am not confident is probably because I am a perfectionist and while my work far exceeds my customers expectations, I am never happy with what I made. I have had customers rave over something I made for them while I never wanted to see what I made again because I felt it was an embarrassment to myself.


I am my worst critic. I know. I probably need med's and therapy. :)

Mojo

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The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Ground Breaking Soon
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:32:20 PM »
Your shop turned out awesome Ed. Congrats. :)

Mojo

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There are two stages. 1 is a green card and the 2nd is the work permit.

My son just went through this and when his green card expired the Fed's wanted to deport him. They made my son run ad's for his position and said you had to hire an American first before offering him a job.

What country is this person from ?

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: Wrestling Match
« on: January 20, 2018, 01:54:44 PM »
I did several motorcycle seats back in the day. One was a breeze as I used All Sport. The rest I panelled using french and fell seams.

To be honest !!! I wouldn't even know where in the heck to begin with that chair. I am wondering if Dennis, Paul, Doyle or Ed have ever done one of these. It would be interesting to know some of the tricks.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: Wrestling Match
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:21:28 AM »
YIKES...........

And I thought motorcycle seats were a PITA. I would not want to recover that chair.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:36:11 PM »
If I had it all over to do I am not sure I would choose RV Awnings. While margins are good the amount of work involved in closing sales not to mention the vast amount of tech support after the sale is a killer. We do not compete with local awning makers but rather we compete on a National level. The only way to make this business work is on online with sales throughout the USA and Canada. Local awning guys would starve on RV business.

I had over 3 years just in learning the various assemblies, parts, problems, etc. Once I knew them all, the assembly manufacturers came out with new models and I was back at square one. Anyone can sew a damn awning but our customers demand support after the sale. If you do not provide it then the word gets out fast among the online RV communities and you are toast. These RV forums can make you and break you in a heartbeat.

I guess if I was younger and looking for a career change I would open a brothel and not consider upholstery work. At least I would enjoy going to work everyday and have a lot more fun. :)

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:03:46 AM »
Fitty Nine

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: Seat with airbag
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:01:10 PM »
Yes but your taking a risk. A lot of guys have dropped doing them because if liability issues. They take special sized thread and from what I have seen are a PITA to do. You have to know your stuff when working with air bags.

Doyle and Catalina Ric would be your best bet as both do cars. I do not believe either do air bag seats but I could be wrong.

Anyone can legally do cars but when you get into the electronics and air bags you better know what your doing. If some gets killed because an air bag did not deploy, I can promise you they will have your name on the list of people to sue and they will sue you into the stone age.

Aircraft is the same way. We have a member on here who is an aviation upholstery expert. You have to sign off on all the materials, have proof of its manufacturer and fabric content and on and on. The paperwork is very time consuming and you have to leave a long trail behind.

Mojo

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General Discussion / Re: How Old
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:53:36 PM »
Ed is much older then I am. I turn 60 in April. :)

But like he said, so much was different back then. No calculators, we were not allowed to use ball point pens till high school ( no idea if that was the Nun's idea or not ). I remember nuclear bomb ( civil defense ) drills at school, I had one pair of shoes for school and one for playing in. In Michigan you always owned a pair of goulashes that buckled up the front. The damn buckles would sometimes freeze and were hell getting unclasped. No microwaves, cable TV and our stereo was inside a huge 6 ft long nice wooden box with sliding doors on the top. It played 33 and 45 rpm records. 8 track tapes were amazing when they came out. My earliest days I remember listening to a transistor radio it was only AM. I went through batteries like crap through a tin horn because I would fall asleep with it.

My passion was playing football and basketball. I started all through high school and it was the dummies thing I ever did. I was a small quarterback and got the hell pounded out of me which is why I can predict the weather now. Bad hips and knees.

No one wore seat belts and back then they only had a lap belt. When I got my first car I remember doing a tune up. Set the timing and dwell, change the points, condenser and plugs and fuel filter and away you went.

Those are just a few things I remember.

Mojo

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