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The Boardroom / When did you know it was time to go all in?
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:37:01 PM »
I have a question, when did you know it was the right time to go full time in the sewing industry?
So far I have been sewing as a side business since 2012, lately it is standard to sew or prep packages to ship until 11:00 pm, Im not complaining but juggling two jobs is beginning to wear on me.
My wife and I recently sat down and looked at our monthly home budget, and it kinda scared me, since it almost looks doable.
Please let me know what led you to sew as a full time job if you had to make the transition from a traditional job.
Thanks, Scott

Vendors and sources / Elastic draw cord, 1/8 or 3/32
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:56:12 PM »
Hey guys,
Im looking for some elastic draw cord in 1/8or 3/32, in coyote brown with a tough outer sheath, and prefer US made.
I am currently using Rockywoods, it is 1/8 and US made, it seems to be pretty good, but the job I want to use it on will require a lot of cycles through the cord lock and Im not sure how well the outer sheath will hold up.
Do you guys have any suggestions?
Thanks, Scott

Service exchange / Target bag
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:02:26 PM »
I got a request from a customer, maybe someone in the States could do this.
Get a hold of me if you would like me to put you in touch with the customer. Below are his requests.

Not that your looking for "one more thing" but for the life of me I can not find ANY tactical style paper target bags.   Tired of my targets getting curled up, corners ruffed up or them blowing away at the range.   I would pay good money for a zippered 14x22 paper target bag alot like an art student would carry with art work in it.   Sides backed with thin plastic for rigidity and maybe one divider in it, portfolio style with a shoulder strap.   MOLLE webbing on the outside to take a pouch for a staple gun and extra staples.  Perfict.  One could carry over your shoulder when you walk down range and have hands free hanging targets.  (Vrs setting the stack on the ground in the wet)  Just reach into the bag and pull another one to hang, easy.   


Vendors and sources / Pre wound bobbins
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:57:11 PM »
Hey guys I just wanted to share my new source for pre wound bobbins.
I met the crew at GSI recently and they gave me their literature, so I put together a small stocking order to bring them in.
I have been using pre wound bobbins in my bar tacker for years, and honestly it's a huge time saver.
Full disclosure, I paid full price for these, and I wasn't asked to promote them, I am just passing on a good source.

Web presence / Photo hosting location?
« on: October 21, 2017, 12:44:37 PM »
Hey guys,
I'm curious as to where you are hosting your photos, that you link to for use in forums and such.
I have used Photobucket in the past but I see that they have a new policy, which sounds very expensive for a small time user like myself.
I know I could do a Google search, which I have, but I would rather hear from the folks here so I know the suggestions are current and relevant.
I don't mind paying a small monthly fee if that is a good option.
Thanks, Scott

Vendors and sources / Great sticker source
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:45:10 AM »
Hey guys I wanted to share a great source for stickers, I had my stickers in hand one week from the time I sent them my artwork, which was in PDF format.
Sticker Mule is their name, let me know if you have any questions.

Vendors and sources / Textile and equipment trade shows 2017??
« on: November 12, 2016, 10:19:39 AM »
Hey guys I would like to start researching for possible trade shows to attend in 2017. Like most industries I'm sure that there are a bunch of shows to choose from but I was hoping to get the input from you guys to help narrow it down.
I know about Shot show in Vegas and have made some good contacts over the years but this year I would really like to attend a show where I can see the "machine" side of the sewing industry. I think it would be cool to see programmable shape tackers and industrial sewing machines along with other equipment technologies.
Is there such a show that would be attended by by sewing contractors for the military and backpack industry?
Please add what Country the show is in, as we have members here from across the world.
Thanks, Scott

Hey guys I just wanted to share my new machine purchase, as most of us are familiar with flat bed machines but cylinder bed machines are a little unique.
I currently use a Consew 227R for building my tripod bags and tripod scabbards but it struggles with some of the thick build ups and causes lost time because of rework.
What appealed to me most on this machine is the dial on top to adjust the stepping height and the size M bobbins.
I will post more pictures and opinions when I get it set up.
Enjoy, Scott

Everything else / Share other sewing opportunities
« on: August 07, 2016, 10:11:22 AM »
I'm sure most members here get asked if they can sew one thing or another. Lately I have been doing tarp repairs and instead of dragging a dirty tarp into my shop I make a sewing station on my carport. Just an FYI I am able to charge $45.00 per hour plus material and the customer doesn't blink an eye since my repairs are normally less than half the cost of a new one, the tarps are 35' X 92", since they are mesh they aren't too heavy to work with.

Is anyone else doing sewing work that is not exactly the "normal" for a Gearmaker?? If so, I'm sure others here would be interest in hearing about it, please share what you can.

Everything else / Happy 4th of July 2016!!
« on: July 04, 2016, 10:46:51 AM »
This is some recent 15' X 25' flag repairs that I did as a donation to my local American Legion. They are the group that does the Military honors at Veteran's funerals among other things.
Happy 4th of July!!!

The office / Thermal printer for shipping labels
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:29:10 AM »
Hey guys,
I'm doing research for a 4" X 6" thermal printer for shipping labels, for USPS through PayPal.
I'm a small quantity shipper, normally shipping a few boxes a day with a spike on Mondays of 5-10, so on Sunday night I have to set aside a block of time for packaging and labeling, any time savings would be welcome. I'm currently printing on standard paper then taping it to the box, I considered using sticker sheet labels through my standard printer but I don't want to deal with switching paper back and forth.
I'm looking at the DYMO 4XL, Zebra LP 2844, and the Zebra ZP450. There is an Internet seller Hippodeals. Com that has refurbished LP 2844 with Ethernet and USB connection that I'm considering, hoping that I can plug into my household router.
I welcome any thoughts or experiences you would like to share.
Thanks, Scott

Materials science / Closed cell foam types, density and weights
« on: June 25, 2016, 06:40:45 PM »
On my next project I want to add a stiffer foam than I normally use.
Can someone educate me on the common densities of foam used in gear. I have heard of foam having densities in the range of 5-8 lbs being used but I'm not sure how to test it, or what is the Standard for measurement.
Let me know if you have some input on this subject.
Thanks, Scott

Packs and bags / Stove bag project
« on: June 13, 2016, 09:14:21 PM »
Hey guys, I wanted to share a project that I committed to for a friend of mine. He asked me to design a go bag for his stove and food.
I have some notes of the things that he wanted which include a partition inside the main bag and a zippered top. He also wanted a pocket on the back which will hold his bags of food.
Since he isn't in a hurry for this and I really don't have a solid plan, I wanted to do this in a blog style so everyone can see as this project comes to life.
My first thought is to design it like a binocular bag with an added pocket on the back. I plan on using Ballistic nylon on the outside and brown Pack cloth inside. (On second thought, maybe tan 498 500d). I prefer to use a lighter color than black inside so things are easier to see.
Enjoy, Scott

Hey guys, I wanted to share my experience with my latest piece of shop equipment.
I have to start off by saying that during a conversation with Ryan of WTF a few years ago he recommended this brand of compressor as a quiet alternative to a shop compressor for my sewing machine. It's been on my mind but I already had a 20 gallon oil less compressor that was loud as hell but got the job done. With a few extra dollars in my equipment budget I purchased this off of Amazon, it's a California Air Tools 10020C 2 hp compressor with 10 gallon tank. I have to rate the noise about similar to a moderate vacuum cleaner, which is quiet enough that I can run it in my shop which is located under my Kids rooms without annoying them like the other one would. My only complaint is that it only has a ten gallon tank and I will miss having more capacity when I use it to blow out my sprinklers this winter. This would also make a great compressor for those people that paint or do other crafts from home.
Enjoy, Scott


Everything else / Laser cut project
« on: June 03, 2016, 04:36:47 PM »
My son is graduating high school this year and headed to the Marines this summer, he asked me to help him decorate his cap. I had a few yards of Marine fabric that I thought would work great.
Some parents have a "Cricket" paper cutter, I have a laser. It took a few hours and three test cuts to get it the way I wanted it. I learn a little more about my programs every time I try something new. The image was off the web and needed some work to get it to cut properly.
Enjoy, Scott

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