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    Making interesting stuff, out of canvas, leather, fabric. Vacuum forming, hot foil, bookbinding, woodwork, and old Singer sewing machines.

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    A Clean Joke

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    Minimalist wallets for women

    I have made a full buscadero gun rig in pink for one of my regular customers. She loved it. Me? Mehh..... Fredk, I agree with that woman. The only advantage to owning a set of pink tools is you are guaranteed not to have them stolen.
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    How to price your work - my 2c

    Spyros, I agree with you, it’s very easy to get bogged down worrying about pricing, and pushing items that there isn’t really either a good market for, or is too expensive to make. I have a couple of ‘bread and butter’ items which sell very well. My customers tell me they are priced at the low end of the scale, but I am under no illusion as to the fact that I feel I am a ‘jobbing’ leatherworker, selling to a niche which suits my style. I have slowly crept the prices up to where I am now happy that everything is covered, and have gained a number of regular return customers over the years. I have very low overheads, and have been lucky enough to source materials at very low prices (including sewing machines), and buy stock in bulk when I can. My two standard items cover all my bills, and gives me a wage, and where I push the boat out is with customers who asks for a personalised item. These are where my heart lies, and although I have been told I still do not charge enough compared with others, I charge what I feel my ‘niche’ will support, and still have cash in the bank. I have in the past, been contacted by 2 leatherworkers who have complained that my prices are too low, and I should raise them to be compatible with theirs. My answer to them is that if their product is of a higher quality, then they deserve a higher price. My niche is the ‘utility’, cowboy of the 1800’s, with no frills. Sort of the Black & Decker drill, compared to the Makita, both drill holes, but everyone has a Black and Decker hidden in their shed somewhere. At the end of it all, as important as making and selling an item for a profit is, I have found that finding your niche market helps the pricing side fall into place way easier.
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    A Clean Joke

    Ascot has a lot to answer for. Can’t remember where I stole this one.
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    A Clean Joke

    What do you call a mushroom buying everyone drinks at a bar. A fungi to be with. I’ll get me coat..............
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    Workbench Ideas

    Earlier this year, I moved my leather stamping workbench out of the conservatory (concrete floor), and into another room (wooden floor). I wanted to make sure there was no chance of the sound travelling along the floor joists, and annoying my next door neighbour, so I put thick anti vibration pads under the legs of the stamping block. I also put a big pad of the rubber under the granite block itself. Being a bit anal, I used a decibel meter, to test the difference, and these measures did noticeably deaden the ‘air borne’ noise. As to noise travelling along the floor joists, my neighbour says she never noticed anything prior to my noise dampening anyway. Made me feel happier knowing I had made the effort though.
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    A Clean Joke

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    A Clean Joke

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    A Clean Joke

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    Singer 29k33

    I’ve found that the Singer 29 is one of those machine that may not be used too often, but I’d miss it if I got rid of mine. Its ability to get into tight spaces has saved me a fair few times, but it is limited on the thickness of leather you can sew with it.
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    A Clean Joke

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    A Clean Joke

    Read it this morning, and.our young poet did a grand job. Apparently she was having a bit of a moan, about lockdown, when her mother said if she was that fed up, write a poem about it. Even our kids, even when fed up, understand what we are doing it for.
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    Where to get the best suede material

    Personal preference would be LeProvo too.
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    Singer 16K SV 11 - I could not resist

    I think I’d have to get round to dusting mine before posting any pictures.
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    Singer 16K SV 11 - I could not resist

    It’s always a pleasure to read (and reread) your machine building threads. I have some decals for a Singer 221 ( the featherweight/light? model) I have resurrected from an up cycler’s silver paint job, but I haven’t had the nerve to tackle the decals yet.