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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.

General Discussion / Re: Gimp trim
« on: June 30, 2010, 11:53:21 PM »
Thanx Pikachu, a couple of those look pretty close. I'll call them tomorrow.

General Discussion / Re: used Pfaff in my future?
« on: June 30, 2010, 11:01:29 PM »
Look at this one:  http://www.keysew.com/Pfaff_545-H4%20Walking%20Foot.htm
How does this one compare in price to the "Potluck" model that you are looking at?
Of course, Gregg (Keystone) is out of stock right now, but maybe this will give you an idea of what to expect.

General Discussion / Gimp trim
« on: June 30, 2010, 08:53:34 PM »
I took in a large antique job in which the customer selected a light blue velvet. I showed him a Conso gimp chart to pick a matching gimp from. I didn't know that many of the colors on my chart had been dropped. Now, I'm stuck with the fabric unless I can find the gimp somewhere else (he won't take double cording). I've been looking at E-Bay, and other online sites with no luck so far. The gimp was called M55 on the outdated Conso chart. Anybody know of a good source with a wide selection of colors?
The color is a powder blue.

The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Threading Wires ??? Huh ???
« on: June 30, 2010, 04:55:29 PM »
Don't know about Chris, but I get a ton of mailers from Alberoni in LA. I'll send you a few of them if you want.

General Discussion / Re: oil slick..
« on: June 30, 2010, 04:49:57 PM »
I remember a greater public outrage over the Exxon Valdez. Probably because we had a name and a face to villify. We all pictured a drunk captain with a bottle of rum in one hand, while wildly spinning the steering wheel with the other.
The face of BP is distinguished looking British guy, with a calming reassuring voice. Their commercial promises that everything will be allright.
They show scenes of happy people just waiting by the shores of the Gulf to clean it up. They never actually show any tainted beaches in the commercial.
Bobbin's story about the businesses that can't verify their income for proper re-imbursement is another angle of this mess that most of us hadn't thought of. I'm sorry for those people, but that IS a risk that you run when you aren't straight with Uncle Sam.
BP continues to promise that the leak will be plugged. But as days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, I think their plan is simply to wait for it to run dry.

General Discussion / Re: oil slick..
« on: June 29, 2010, 05:42:09 PM »
Some oil has washed ashore in the Florida panhandle, as well as Alabama.
But one good hurricane is all we need to make it all look the same throughout the Gulf. How can BP possibly have enough money to pay for all of this?

General Discussion / Re: Have a nice July
« on: June 24, 2010, 05:21:47 PM »
Nice July? I'm still just trying to get outta June!

General Discussion / Re: Consew machine
« on: June 23, 2010, 10:26:27 PM »
I know y'all think I'm a nut job about this machine, but after using that Kenmore zig zag for all my upholstery stuff, I'm in heaven with that Consew!!

Hey, we've ALL had that "warm fuzzy feeling" a time or two.

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