Saturday, January 21, 2012

Next Stop

So, we've left Jacksonville. Some pretty big things came up, and it didn't really work out for us. Currently staying at my folks' and working on the machines. The new hope is to try and figure out how we can move up to western North Carolina by the spring. I've heard that Asheville is pretty supportive of small, craft-oriented business folks. The culture in general is more to our liking, and they've also got several excellent herbal medicine schools for Katie. We have no roots at the moment (just thousands of pounds of industrial machinery), so we'll see where the winds take us next.

Union Special 51400, probably 1930's. I haven't got it to work yet, but it shure looks good.

Union Special 56500

Weird old Singer 400w21. It has two internal belts, one of which is made of several strands of twine. I'll probably sell this one.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Year

Happy New Year everybody! I haven't had a chance to post much since we've been back in FLA. For some reason just about everything we've tried to do has been unexpectedly challenging since we've been back here. On the plus side though I just purchased 11 commercial sewing machines for an exceptionally good price. They all need a lot of cleaning up, most need new motors, new belts, and who knows what else. Once I get 'em going I'll have just about all of the sewing machines that I need to do the work I've been wanting to do.

At the moment Katie and I are still waiting to move into our garage apartment. After that I can get the machines out of my parents garage, and then start tinkering with them. I've got a big learning curve ahead of me, but I'm really looking forward to what I'll be able to produce.

Also, I want to acknowledge all of the folks
who have been contacting me through Etsy and who like what I do. Thank you for patiently waiting for me to get set-up and make you something in your size (rather than just making things in my size). Your support is appreciated!

Take care of each other this year,


Rimoldi safety stitch

Reece S2 button hole

Singer button attaching machine

I'll post more pics and details later, but I have to mention here that part of this lot includes a 1930's Union Special two needle chain-stitch machine, with a felled seam attachment. I'm pretty excited about that one!

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