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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.


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

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

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!


Here's a Mercury info-only site:

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!


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