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Messages - scottymc

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General Discussion / Re: Service and repair manuals
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:02:30 PM »
Start googling Toyota sewing machines as they are the same as Consew in quite a few models.

General Discussion / Re: Moray Fabric
« on: March 10, 2018, 02:53:26 PM »
I bet the flamboyant decorator is not so forthcoming with your hourly rate, wonder what sort of mark up he takes out of that $200.

General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:23:03 PM »
So how did you do it?

General Discussion / Re: Photos
« on: March 05, 2018, 02:28:18 PM »

Took me 5 minutes to do that, couldn't figure out how to do a thumbnail

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: March 05, 2018, 02:10:24 PM »
  Hi doc, There you go two opposite perspectives, I can see your view point, I found the English upholsterer's quite snobby and at the risk of sounding sexist it was mainly women who when you followed their media trail were doing courses and the going home and teaching courses, they had a shopfront and sprucing that they made heaps more money than in there corporate job or whatever they had, you know they are full of BS then. :-) These people have more media savvy than most of us fossils and being women relate to the client more, it's like them getting an interior designer and upholsterer rolled into one, good luck to them but it's not my cup of tea. I see there are a lot of people like that springing up in the larger town/cities in America.

  I feel for American's as youtube seems to be your upholstering teaching network, I see there is some lady on that facebook page with an upholstery coarse I think in Los Angeles charging some pretty big dollars to fly out an english upholsterer to teach short courses, Like an American isn't good enough!   

  It's sort of funny how facebook is taking over from forums, on a forum i can ask a question and will get referred to a post where the subject has been discussed till the cows come home and then I can ask for more info, can't really do that on facebook can you? Information just gets lost!     

General Discussion / Re: Death of a forum
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:31:32 PM »
Hi Fella's :-) . I haven't been here for a while, I have looked in on occasion but not had anything to add. Glad your still here, just in case I need to ask advice cause i know it's fair dinkum.

I was part of a facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/groups/582682581756217/   upholsterers friendly forum. Bit of the blind leading the blind, run by someone who did a 2 week course and "upcycles' furniture. There are a lot of upholsterers from all over the world on the page and some really good ones, but they don't hang around as they get a bit sick of being told the right way to do it  by someone who has done a weekend course, taught by someone who did the 2 week course.:-)), it was base in England but had quite a few Americans in it also.

I will post a bit more, but I need to get on the sewing machine for now. I go to the trouble of trying to post some pics cause I am in the process of building a new workshop or shed as we like to call it over here. Nothing much more exciting as a new shed is there?

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:41:14 PM »
Send us all a sample box when it get's off the ground Chris. :-)

General Discussion / Re: How old are we anyway
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:01:28 PM »
Just turned 58

General Discussion / Re: Binding ..how to
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:34:53 PM »
Hi Morris

Same state but different world in the western districts, dry a bone here.

I reckon forget the binder, I only started using one 10 years ago and I probably wouldn't use one on the job your doing, if its a traditional job your doing then they probably didn't use one on the original. Look at these, I know it's carpet but that's the way I do it when I want to bind in the same material, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K-qg6rvl7k   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbPLrzq9NMM

The cheaper binding guide are more trouble than what they are worth.

General Discussion / Re: New Shop !!!!
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:35:23 PM »
Nice shop Chris,  :) probably the only one in the country with a bobbin winding room, but yeah we'll call it your office. ;)

General Discussion / Re: Bobbin Organizer
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:27:50 PM »
C'mon Chris, we've discussed this before. The bobbin winder is next to the pulley on your machine and the most efficient way to wind bobbins is while your sewing, there is no need to buy bobbins by the hundred, me personally I get by with ten.
I don't want to hear about your weekend long bobbin winding parties either, you do see what is happening here don't you? You've expanded your business hired a manager and a machinist, now when the boss comes in(you) to check up on things, to keep you out of their hair  they shuffle you over into a corner by yourself to wind bobbins for them, everybody's happy.

General Discussion / Re: KingAir 350 Air Ambulance Upholstery Project
« on: September 12, 2016, 04:17:07 PM »
Your a bit old fashioned Chris, you don't need travel insurance anymore. If you need to pay a bill cause you had an accident whilst on holiday, crowd fund it.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Kiplinger Dying Professions
« on: August 07, 2016, 03:30:03 AM »
Two weeks ago I heard the term "brown", used to describe older furniture and antiques. It's meant to be derogatory. I do a lot of reupholstery for retired folks who spent their lives buying the best furniture available and collecting antique furniture. They are downsizing and often cannot give their furniture away to their grandchildren who are married and just starting families.

I think young people like to shop. And if they buy quality furniture that will last a lifetime, they will miss out on the many trips they could have made to IKEA or Costco to replace their broken chairs and worn out sofas.

You've hit the nail on the head, the thrill of the bargain has taken over from the long lasting contentment of a good buy.

General Discussion / Re: Attached to Your Machine ?
« on: July 20, 2016, 02:33:29 AM »

We call it a slab(24) of beer over here

24 cans here would be a flat (same as pop)
24 bottles are a case, or a twenty four, or two four
6 are a poverty pack or a half sack.

The important things in life.

General Discussion / Re: Attached to Your Machine ?
« on: July 18, 2016, 03:03:09 PM »
There is a market for old sewing machines that have nothing to do with sewing. Some folks like to have "antiques" in their house. I've read a few articles that talked about old sewing machines are sought after by such folks.

You can see this more with old home sewing machines that have the finished 'table/cabinet' that they sit in, as well as the old Singer types that you are talking about with the regular industrial table.
Honestly , I don't reckon it's worth what he is asking.

It is always worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it. And not a penny more.

I enjoyed your video, scotty.  :)

Darren, I like your analysis of the cost of things. Most people never think in those terms, and most people wonder why they always run out of money before the end of the month.

A box of beer
I've never heard this term before. It's either a Canadian term, eh?, or I need to get out more often. LOL


We call it a slab(24) of beer over here :)

Gene that video was an iconic aussie film, rates up there with crocodile dundee:)) , was Eric Banas first film, check out his second film a very realistic portrayal of a real blokehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Fd_f1epgo I grew up in the area and the era that this film was shot, very realistic. Worth a watch.

Nothin like gettin way off topic :-D

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