Friday, October 30, 2009

Used & Surplus Sewing Machines On Hand!

Those of you who have dealt with us for a long time know that we don't usually keep sewing machines on hand. But now we do!

We've made room for four machines, now available for purchase and pick up in our west Nashville office/warehouse at 233 Oceola Avenue (37209 - behind the Charlotte Pike Kroger).

All machines are complete with table, stand, 110 volt motors, thread stand, and bobbin winders if applicable.

Sorry - these machines are available for on-site purchase only and all sales are final. So if you're interested in one, give us a call first to let us know you're coming, bring your thread and fabric to try them out if you want, and do the cash and carry thing.

Here's what we have available as of today:
Juki DLN-415-4 (used) single needle, needle feed flatbed high speed sewing machine. Excellent for use on denim, upholstery, and other tough to feed fabrics. REDUCED!: $550.00 complete.

Willcox & Gibbs 516-4-51 (used) five thread true safety stitch especially suited for heavy materials. Submerged setup. REDUCED!: $650.00 complete.

Consew 205RB-1 (new) single needle large bobbin walking foot machine with reverse. Ideal for upholstery and leather work. REDUCED!: $1,075.00 complete.

Consew 2043R-1 (new) artisan zig-zag machine with reverse. Use as a tailoring machine. Also can be used for free-hand embroidery. Similar to Singer 20U. REDUCED!: $625.00 complete.

We also have some excellent used Bevco ergonomic upholstered sewing chairs with hydraulic lift available to go with the machines for $90.00 each. Come on down!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yes, We Have Paper

We have stocked up for the winter quarter. Place your order now so that when January comes you won't be without.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I’m all for globalization. I myself have a really nice globe. I think every living room should have one. Globes give perspective. They remind us that we are each a tiny little dot in God’s great big world.

One thing I like about my globe is that it is nearly as old as I am. It still says Peking for Beijing, Rhodesia for Zimbabwe, and shows Germany as two countries. Life is full of changes. Some good, some not.

One kind of globalization I’m not so sold on is the kind in which Congress continually passes laws about safety, wages, and environmental impact while opening our market to countries who don’t do the same. All that safety and so forth becomes a moot point when we’ve priced ourselves right out of good productive jobs.

Back when I started in this industry nearly 30 years ago, every small town around here had one or more garment factories. Many folks who didn’t aim to be doctors or lawyers - or doing jobs that involved saying “Do you want fries with that?” - came out of high school and went to work at the factory. Many ran a sewing machine their whole lives and were happy with that, but others moved up the ranks of designing, patternmaking, mechanic work, or supervision and management. And some, of course, set out to found their own businesses.

Now, not so much. The upshot is that a tremendous amount of technical knowledge and talent has been lost in our culture. Thus it’s awfully hard to find good help in a sewing operation now.

But I have a suggestion for you: Look to your local colleges. It seems that lately a lot of them have established fashion design departments. I know because they’re buying the tools of the trade from us. And the young people in these programs might just be exactly what you need. At the same time, you can pass along some of the tricks of the trade you’ve learned along the way. And help this part of the globe to have a good bit more sewing in it again.