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General Discussion / Re: Consew machine
« on: July 12, 2010, 06:19:40 PM »
Sounds like at least $100 worth of misc. stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Question on button machines.
« on: July 11, 2010, 03:44:24 PM »
It's hard to tell from the picture how much clearance there is. I don't see a hole for the bottom die to fit into. Is that just a plate laying on top of the hole? If there IS a hole, and enough clearance for the dies, I don't see why it wouldn't work.

General Discussion / Re: RE: websites
« on: July 10, 2010, 12:39:03 PM »
Mine is still under construction, but you can view it here:   http://www.paynesupholstery.com/
A teenager threw it together for me, it has some page sizing problems, as well as spelling/grammatical errors  that I haven't taken the time to iron out.
I haven't had time to upload many photos to the gallery. It's mostly just some family pics. In fact, I haven't even advertised my website to the public, or any else (until now), yet I still get 3 or 4 jobs a week from it.
There's a whole new generation of kids now that don't even understand the Yellow Pages. When the next phone book comes out, my plan is to advertise my website on my Yellow Page ad for a couple of years, and then downgrade to just the free YP listing.
Bobbin: Since you do so many different types of upholstery, and other sewing work, I suspect that you will spend an enormous amount of time responding to E-Mails.
Yellow Page ads are expensive, websites cost virtually nothing. I don't think you can go wrong with a website.

General Discussion / Re: Soccer has a chance!
« on: July 09, 2010, 07:27:15 AM »
There's one flaw in the soccer theory. The 1 hr. LeBron James extravaganza actually pre-empted a World Cup preview.
The sad part of being a fan of ANY sport nowadays is that when your team is considering a trade, they can't be worried about whether he can hit, throw, catch,  run, or shoot. The only concern is "What kind of contract does he have?"

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk about creativity (or not)
« on: July 07, 2010, 05:53:22 PM »
I looked into the 1099 thing on an employee of mine once, I was told that if I had to supervise the employee as he did his work, then he didn't qualify as sub-contract labor. Seems like it would benefit your boss, because he wouldn't have to pay unemployment insurance.
Does the work that you take in at home compete with the shop, or is it work that your shop doesn't do anyway? I had a furniture guy working for me that also did auto trim on the side. Not only did I approve, I was thrilled that he could supplement his income from another source besides my pocketbook. Guess your boss has his reasons.

Does it get FM?

General Discussion / Re: Need some upholstery advice
« on: July 05, 2010, 09:42:26 PM »
Upholstery labor prices can vary greatly from one region to another here in the U.S..
So it would be difficult for most of us to advise you about price on your side of the pond. As with any part of the world, it's probably best to check several places locally to get an idea of the going rate. My guess is that you will spend more than the original cost of the sofa. Sorry I can't be more specific.

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk about creativity (or not)
« on: July 03, 2010, 11:48:11 AM »
After reading some of these posts, I think that I might have mis-spoke in saying that I no longer feel a creative urge. After all, no 2 sofas are the same, so I guess that my creative itch gets scratched without me even realizing it. And I do a fair amount of re-styling on furniture. I guess that some of you boat & canvas guys and gals do have to contend with more repetitive stuff.
Bobbin: After being my own boss for nearly 3 decades, there's NO WAY I could work for a boss like the one you've described in your recent threads.
I hope  it is possible someday for you to "hang out your own shingle".

General Discussion / Re: E-Bay Buyers
« on: July 03, 2010, 11:35:11 AM »
I've bought a few welt feet off E-Bay (before I discovered this forum). They usually range in price from $12-$20 including shipping. Pretty good deal, except that I've had to grind every one of them in order to fit them onto my machine. I did get a great deal on size "M" metal bobbins ($32 including shipping for 100). But as for welt feet, Gregg has them in the $30 price range, which is plenty cheap enough for me, especially since they fit without me making the sparks fly.
I've never tried to buy foam, or other supplies from E-Bay stores. There's just that "fear of the unknown" keeping me away.

General Discussion / Re: It's Friday... Yippee!
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:43:49 PM »
One Sunday morning, a visiting couple walked up to the preacher, and said "Pastor, we really like this church, and would like to join".
The preacher said "Well, we have a special test of faith that you must pass before you are welcomed into our flock. You MUST go a week without sex. If you can do that, come back next week, and you can join our church."
The preacher saw the couple at the grocery store on the following Saturday. He asked "Well, did you make it?"
The husband shook his head and said "No, I'm sorry, we couldn't hold out"
"My wife dropped a bucket of paint, and when I saw her bend over to pick it up, she looked SO GOOD, that I just couldn't resist".
"Well" the preacher said. " I guess you know this means you're not welcomed back in our church"
"That's nothing" replied the man. " We're not welcomed back at Home Depot either".

General Discussion / Re: Let's talk about creativity (or not)
« on: July 02, 2010, 05:48:28 PM »
I keep my creative juices flowing by trying to improve my methods in a way that is more efficient, and therefore, more profitable. But as far as getting creative with the actual work itself, that part of me died years ago.
Thankfully, most of my customer's ideas of being creative are something simple like rounding a squared arm on a sofa, or changing the style of skirt.
Or maybe mixing several different fabrics on the same piece.
After 30 years, I no longer encourage creativity, especially if is going to cut into my profit on a job.
If it sounds like I don't enjoy my work, believe me, nothing could be further from the truth. But it is hard to get enthused about being creative when the customer is furnishing some cheap "factory seconds" crap.
Occasionally, I still get jazzed on an upscale job, but those are fewer, and farther between these days.

General Discussion / Re: oil slick..
« on: July 02, 2010, 05:15:38 PM »
If Iraqui insurgents were to blow up an oil well in the middle east, it would take the oil companies about a nanosecond to use that as an excuse to raise the price of gasoline. Yet this explosion in the gulf hasn't affected prices at the pump. Does that strike anyone else as odd?

General Discussion / Re: used Pfaff in my future?
« on: July 02, 2010, 07:30:11 AM »
Best recommendation for an owners manual?

Click on that Keysew link in my first post. You will see downloadable pdf's.

General Discussion / Re: used Pfaff in my future?
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:33:34 PM »
I think you'll come out just fine on the deal. Even if you had to put it in the shop for a general tune-up, and maybe a few parts, you would still have a nice machine for around $500-$600. Of course, if it's "road ready" now, then you REALLY came out great. Did it come with any welt feet?

General Discussion / Re: Gimp trim
« on: July 01, 2010, 05:04:27 PM »
Way to go Joy! Dubois had it. This will keep me from eating a fabric order. Thanks.

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