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The office / Packaging critiques
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:06:40 PM »
Ok guys, here's the packaging that my slings will be going out in.  Critiques appreciated, I only did a run of 50 of the inserts through VistaPrint, so it's an easy change if need be.  Bags are 5x8 4mil from ULine.

Thanks!

Joel
Photo Jan 22, 13 55 46 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

Photo Jan 22, 13 56 17 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

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Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Mercury Sewing Machine
« on: January 13, 2016, 05:56:01 PM »
So I have the opportunity to pick up a Mercury sewing machine (model M-520 I believe) for $125.  Couple of questions:

This will be my first machine, is it relatively simple to use?  It appears to be straight line only machine, so no fancy settings for me to screw up.

Is $125 a good price?  It comes with a table.

Can parts be found?

I'm a total noob to sewing, but I'd like the ability to fix gear and prototype or sew particular one-offs that I want.

Thanks in advance!

Joel

Here's a Mercury info-only site: http://www.industrialsewmachine.com/webdoc1/portable.htm

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Introductions / Hello from Virginia
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:06:41 PM »
Just got approved today, so I wanted to say hi.

Unlike most of you that seem to have significant sewing talent, I tend to work more in the design side of things.  I come up with ideas that sound great to me, then take them to the local maker who gets to give my good ideas a reality check.  I'd love to get into sewing myself and modding gear, but it's probably a good distance down the road.  My military contract expires in two years, so I'm trying to get a few designs turned into reality and hopefully build up a small business.  I'm fortunate enough to work with a very talented sewing shop (the Vel-Tye custom shop), and they make my life much easier.  Wish I could say I did the same for theirs...

Before I joined I browsed around the forum a bit, and I'm amazed at the ideas and skill present here.  I look forward to learning from all of you!

Joel

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