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Tutorials and techniques / Re: Questions on DIY combat shirts
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:07:22 PM »
Are you trying to surface mount the pocket to the sleeve or is the pocket a panel of the sleeve?

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Questions on DIY combat shirts
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:06:33 PM »
Search, "raglan shirt sewing pattern," on the Google.  Buy a paper pattern or download it.  Use it to practice your combat shirt making.  Replace the stretch material on the sleeves with your nyco or similar.  Add a collar.  Add pockets.

Then develop your own pattern.  Don't use their pattern to make shirts for sale.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Variable Tacker
« on: January 28, 2019, 03:12:15 PM »
Because for me, the ROI on a tacker is not as great as other potential purchases, IF I can add one for the deals I have seen in the past, I would.  Have passed on four tackers, all in great shape, for under $800, in the past 26 months.  All of them were in 95% condition or better, and were local to where I was at the time.  The timing for the purchase simply wasn't right when they came along, and that was a judgement call I made.

Over the course of more than two years you were unable to seal the deal on one of four mechanical tackers that met your criteria and were unable to save for an electronic tacker.  You're unaware that most cam tackers have adjustable length tacking.  If one is unable to demonstrate understanding the basics of a class of machine, it seems unlikely one could intelligently evaluate the condition of that machine.

This reminds me of 90s/00s gunshows and the ever present 35 year old gunshow SEAL talking about his time in Da Nang and shooting M43 out of an M16 because they tumbled through the air across the border from his secret commando base in Laos or Cambodia.  Or the jackwagon who, during VCC LEA 94 mag ban, insisted that shitbox aftermarket mags were as good as factory mags.  Or that guy who thinks a carbureted motor is more reliable than fuel injection.  Or the home builder who thinks their experimental's Rotax is as reliable as a PT6.  Or Uncle Rico regretting coach not putting him in the game '82.

Just like I'm making the judgement call, for my personal situation, that spending $500 for a Singer 269 makes sense, but spending $3k for a more fancy tacker does not, even if it means I am more likely to spend some time here or there to keep it up and running.

I also don't have the luxury of 220V or pneumatic hookups, and I understand that limits my options to what some would prefer.

Again, the above appears to be written by one who does not understand the subject.  There are plenty of 110v electronic tackers that don't need air.  If the tacker is 220v, a little adapter box is under $100 to run on 110v.  If the tacker needs air, a suitable air compressor can be had for under $100.

There are plenty of electronic tackers available under $2000 and under $1500 if one looks around.  Electronic tackers are still supported by their respective manufacturers.  Based on 14 years of tracking machine maintenance expenses through QuickBooks, mechanical tackers have cost us about 1.6x as that of electronic tackers.  Based on 14 years of tech'ing all of our machinery, a malfunctioning electronic tacker takes much less time to return to service than a malfunctioning cam tacker.

Will I continue to stash away some funds from each project for a programmable tacker?  Of course.  But capitalizing on a good deal on a less-fancy machine could, in turn, speed up that process in the long run.  Does that type of thinking work for everyone, especially if they have production lines to maintain?  Of course not.

This has nothing to do with fancy and everything to do with proper execution.  You have assigned a (remarkably low) value to the lives of those counting on critical life support equipment for their job.  Why would one not want the best piece of equipment for the application especially when lives are on the line?  How could one, in good faith, manufacture life support items for top dudes with bottom end equipment?

I have a busted 430D sitting in the corner.  The 430D is 110v and does not need air.  It does need a new X motor, table, control box, and panel.  How much do you have stashed away right now to spend on a tacker?  If it will cover the table, motor, box, panel, crating, and freight, I'll fork it on a truck and send it your way.  It's cheaper than spending my time policing threads like this.

It's a casualty from freight company negligence.  Some guy thought he knew how to operate a forklift but was really just a walking calamity of mistakes and lesser points that, "aren't his fault," even though he is the common denominator in all the situations.  He always has someone or something to blame for his inability to execute.  He's always willing to take a shortcut in the name of time or cost.  He always has an excuse as to why he didn't do something correctly.  It's a mantra of self sabotage so he doesn't need to experience terrifying success or his fear of abject failure.  He's the one who, with his total apathy, causes aircraft to fall out of the sky and then he shrugs his shoulders.

Different strokes for different folks.  If you feel the inquiry spreads misinformation, feel free to remove the thread.

It is disclosed that WTF entirely funds  WTF have a fiduciary responsibility to quash erroneous info immediately if not sooner.  Our valued OEM, ODM, and contract clients often express our conduct on gearmaker as one of their deciding factors to send us work.

Threads like this must not be removed so that others may learn and spend their valuable time and money wisely.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Variable Tacker
« on: January 27, 2019, 12:58:42 PM »
A Singer 269W popped up on Facebook semi-local to me recently, but thanks to the seller giving me the runaround on if it actually worked or not (he "only ever used 1" and didn't want to adjust it in case it wouldn't go back") I missed out on picking it up.  Not in a hurry to get one, but a tacker capable of different widths of tacks would be quite handy, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of other comparable machines out there.

Now before anyone gets on the "just get an electronic tacker" soapbox, yes I understand the advantages.  However, I do all my own machine maintenance and repairs and strictly-mechanical models are much more appealing, both for that and for my wallet.  85% or more of what I do is 1" tacking, but a smaller size, such as 1/4" or 1/2" would be very useful in a small percentage of projects (some of the sniper-related items I have been doing for USCG MSRT, for example).

Are there any other non-electronic variable tacker models out there?

Mechanical bartackers are usually variable to some degree.  Juki LK-980.  Pfaff 3334.  Brother LK3.  Some sub models are more desirable than others.  While the stitch count is fixed, the length of the tack is adjustable. 

The entire post reads as though it was written by someone with lack of understanding on the subject.  Please be very specific when sharing an opinion as the uneducated may take it as fact when it is, in fact, a folksy misguided half-truth "weird little secret" based on a lack of experience.

A well maintained, desirable subset mechanical tacker will cost about maybe 25-30% less than a used electronic tacker.  A basket case mechanical tacker that sorta gets the job done is cheap.  Cheap, cheap, cheap-->  If one prefers tinkering over profiting; get a mechanical tacker.  If one considers their time valuable and wishes to keep up with modern practices; get an electronic tacker.

Did USCG MSRT say it was cool to disclose that you're performing work for them?  Does it benefit their mission and safety for you to disclose that piece of information about them?  Wouldn't you want to use the best equipment available to make parts for those putting their life on the line?

The office / Re: Inventory
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:28:18 PM »
Is there a cultural aversion to QuickBooks? QuickBooks Wholesale and Manufacturing does this and more.  Single user license is $350.  Expand as necessary with barcodes, RFIDs, and more.  Communicate professionally with accountants.  Make your life easier.

This group buy is closed.  Thank you so much all who participated to make this happen. 

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki LU-2828V-7
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:16:13 AM »
Thanks for the detailed reply. I was getting 503 errors trying to download the manual. Ive thumbed through it a little today now that I downloaded it. I was interested in the auto thread tension, foot pressure, and the programs of settling it up for different weights, and thickness materials. I kinda want my next machine to use the large thread as a lot of seats are going in that style and Id want to have a factory match of thread.

Contact a sewing machine distributor.  Tell them your needs.  Let them build your spec.  There are some distributors extremely well versed in auto upholstery.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki LU-2828V-7
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:58:07 AM »

Do you think this machine could excel in a design workshop where it could be used as a Swiss army knife of sewing machines for different weight fabrics, webbing, threads, and laminates?

Being able to set into memory the 100+ different combinations of things we sew in new product development for prototypes would be awesome.

My choice for a sampling machine, hands down, is a 2210N with pneumatic high step knee switch and a Mitsu panel.  For production- V series all day long. 

Whiskey Two Five runs the sewing suite.  During production, she can make the changes on the 2828Vs via NFC with a tablet while the operator is changing a foot or thread.  Two people doing the work of one, in this instance, accelerates the retooling process and keeps four eyes on the changeover for better QA.  If the operator were expected to do all of those tasks, there's a higher probability loss of revenue would occur in the form of bad parts.  The V excels in the production role.

When doing sample work and constantly changing thicknesses and materials; I can adjust tension knobs, stitch length, presser foot pressure, etc waaaaaay quicker on a 2210 than I can on the V.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki LU-2828V-7
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:19:04 AM »
Ive got a few questions about this machine, we are looking at it in an upholstery shop.
Do you need to use the auto thread trimmer and auto back tack?  There are a lot of projects we do where we have to hand tie in a splice top decorative stitch.

One may deactivate thread trim and back tack.

How would a machine like this tolerate dirty things sewn through it with the sensors getting dust an dirt on them.

We run only virgin material through it.  A daily compressed air blow out of the machine should prevent most issues.

How many sewing parameters can be stored in the machine? It would nice to store a lot of them.

I don't know.  We haven't yet exhausted its storage space.

Can you use the T-270 thread in it?

Juki's site says 138

It also looks like it uses different feet, so that is another cost for us. I know you got it from nick-sew, but did you check locally for a dealer that can maintain it for you?

Different feet save money when used correctly.

Local authorized Juki distributor sent a tech.  He was a walking bag of dicks.  My, god.  Two machines were worse after he left.  He just kept running his mouth about how he married in to the sewing machine family but got divorced but stayed cuz it's a job.  A job at which he does not seem to excel.  I finally discovered he had not received factory training on the 2800 series.  One must learn to maintain their own machines to minimize interruptions to daily operations.  This machine is as easy to maintain as a 2210.

will the run be q2 or most likely q3 cheers

Based on consumption; 2Q2019

CLOSED.  No more POs accepted for this run.  Keep an eye out for the next one (:

Service exchange / WTF cut and sew
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:46:28 AM »
WTF laser cut and sew products to your specifications using our stocked, USA made, Berry compliant, solution dyed, milspec fabrics in ranger green, black, coyote brown, and Multicam.


    -OEM, ODM, and contract sewing; short (QTY 10 per color per style) to long runs
    -Milspec printed tags and apparel care labels
    -Warehouse & dropship your products with a legal, fictitious address to conceal origin
    -White background product photography w/optional props and models
    -Rapid CAD, patternmaking, BOM, TDP, etc and prototyping and development
    -Contract laser cutting up to 66" x 98"
    -Laminating of almost anything to almost anything
    -Reducing costs by ensuring proper execution the first time
    -Self contained operations;  Our costing, design, cutting, sewing, marketing, photography, warehousing, and logistics are under one climate controlled roof.

Purchasing options:

    -Individual and blanket purchase orders
    -IMPAC, GPCs, government purchasing cards, discretionary funds
    -Wire transfer, bank drafts, major credit and debit cards via website checkout

Freight options:

    -Common carrier, LTL, trailer, and container freight options
    -Palletized and custom crated freight on carrier of choice or best rate
    -All shipments are offered FCA Phoenix, AZ, USA

A history of performance:

    -WTF have successfully delivered hundreds of thousands of good parts over more than 13 years of business.
    -WTF have constantly introduced materials, technologies, and processes at an affordable price for integration by other manufacturers.
    -WTF have been recognized over the years by notable industry publications.

Sustainability & continuity:

    -A pricing model to pay above average talent an above average wage is the foundation of this company.  Good pay increases employee morale and product quality.  Good pay reduces turnover, brain drain, and associated costs with training new labor.  The employee benefits from good pay.  The enthusiast, patrolman, and serviceman benefit from a well compensated employee with financial motivation to produce a good part.  WTF ultimately benefit from an employee with good pay.  We take pride in taking care of the employee who take care of your parts.  In the War On Wages; Just Say No to prison labor, slave labor, and undercompensated labor in developed and developing nations.

    -Self contained operations;  Our costing, design, cutting, and sewing operations are on site and under one roof.  This significantly reduces time and cost associated with product development.

    -A flexible workforce;  Maintaining a flexible pool of qualified, trained labor enables us to be responsive and accommodating to our employees' changing scheduling needs.  Moreover, we can scale for production capacity demand as necessary without major interruption to daily operations.

    -All manufacturing and warehouse space is air conditioned and heated year round for employee comfort and focus on your products.  WTF constantly update equipment with the latest, ergonomic, and human friendly options.  We focus on reducing employee fatigue so they may better concentrate on producing a good part.

   -Manufacturing operations are in Phoenix, Arizona far from natural disaster and political and economic instability.  Arizona's infrastructure is new and well managed with reliable roads, airports, power, water, and fiber.  Arizona's stable, relatively mild weather allows for three shift, 7 day a week operations year round as necessary.  When seasonal or unexpected natural disasters paralyze operations in other regions, we're producing.

    -A financially responsible ownership;  We're much more interested in building a long term revenue generating apparatus than refinancing real estate and buying toys.  We live modestly, drive modestly, and minimize participation in high risk activities.
    We spend as much time researching legal professionals as we do our processes and machinery.  We retain these professionals.  We listen to them.  A proactive legal team ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations to ensure uninterrupted daily operations.

WTF are a complete conversion, manufacturing, and logistical solution for your gear designs.  We can consistently deliver parts to your specifications and destinations.

NDAs are accepted electronically in PDF form from your counsel's email address for inspection and evaluation with a $250 inspection and evaluation fee.  The fee is credited to your first order.  Working with so many designers and manufacturers often results in receiving similar requests from multiple customers, convergent evolution, and similar circumstances.  NDAs, non comps, etc, are typically too vague and potentially disruptive to our business as an agreement with one party could preclude us from doing business with another.  If you have an adversarial, suspicious, xenophobic, or similar mindset toward vendors please look elsewhere.

Our OEM services exist to create a sustainable income for our employees, your brand, and WTF.  It's in our best interest to take excellent care of our customers.  Backdooring parts and otherwise alienating customers is not a sustainable business model.  WTF make specialized materials and manufacturing processes affordable and readily available to those who may be otherwise unable to access them.  Moreover, we have experience with a vast width and breadth of materials and their respective applications within and beyond the textiles realm.

There is an astonishing collection of high performance machinery and talent within our operation.  We like to keep our machinery producing and our talent engaged.  Whether revenue is generated through our brand or yours is irrelevant to us.



The MOLLE and MOLLE 2 family of gear use many different types of webbing.  This machine, if it's chainstitch like search hits keep saying, wouldn't be ideal for bartacking PALS webbing or anything else.  If you need to do buttonholing or draperies, it may be a good choice.

Accepting POs now for production to be completed late February 2019.  Payment due upon completion.  Participation requires your common carrier account number or third party freight arrangements.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki LU-2828V-7
« on: December 24, 2018, 08:06:29 AM »
Thread tension is superb.  The sewing supervisor may walk by a machine and, while the sewing g machine operator is prepping for their next step, change settings and/or profiles wirelessly via NFC with a tablet.

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