DONE with the dang vinyl!!

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So, the client is still on vacation out of the country (lucky her!)
but the cushions were done and I needed my space back.  I called the
couple who are doing LOTS of work on the remodel and who are going ot
be managing the restaurant and they said I could bring them over,
which I did last night.  Apparently Kim (owner) didn't bother telling
them that she had gone wiht my suggestion to make the extra long
cushion into 2 smaller ones (for cheaper, easier repair if needed),
and that threw them for a little bit.

Tony asked me where I was on the valances and I just looked at him
like he was an idiot because Kim (again, the owner!) said not to worry
about the valances right now but to definitely get the cushions
finished.  SInce we don't have enough fabric for full valances and she
doesn't have the window hardware yet, I wasn't going to start on the
valances until she and I had a chance to sit down and talk (she won't
be back until Tuesday with a "soft opening" on Wednesday and a grand
re-opening on Friday).  He just didn't get it.  So I just told him,
bluntly, that I don't have a contract signed for the work on the
valances and I'm not going to start work on them until I do and until
I have full payment for the cushions and a deposit on the valance
work.  That apparently got through.

Sheesh!!  Apparently I'm supposed to be a miracle worker here....ah
well, they are done and I will have pictures up sometime this weekend
(I hope) provided the storm weather we ares supposed to get doesn't do
anything to the power/internet.

Larisa, who hasn't done a dang bit of seing at all today (unless you
count running elastice into casings as actual sewing work)

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It should.  And congratulations.

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thanks!
Pictures of the cushions, the hidden zipper pulls, and in their place
at the restaurant can be seen here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nystitcher1972 /

first picture should be of 3 pairs of flannel "duckie" pants for
DD....then all the cushions, and probably in reverse order than what I
stated.

Larisa

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off kilter quilter @somewherequiet.net wrote:
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Excellent work!  :)

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Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Thanks all!

Today I discovered one of the bad side effects of the latest
job..apparently when I hit the cording 1 too many times, I dinged my
throat plate...to the point that the bobbin thread was getting cut
<sigh>.  Went to local repair place and thought we might have found a
match, but no such luck.  She will only grind down the nick in a full
service, however, so my trusty Kenmore is now packed up.  SInce it 18
years old and has never been to the shop, now seems like a good time.

Good thing I have the EuroPro as a back up!!  I had to relearn all
about it, though because I haven't used it in a while.  Now the 2 of
us are getting alond quite well and as long as I remember to only use
the plastic bobbins, we shouldn't have any problems.  Kenmore goes to
the shop next week and hopefully will be done by the end of the week -
all cleaned up and tensions readjusted and NO nicks in anything!!

Larisa

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Get some crocus cloth at the hardware store.  Cut a narrow strip, and
"floss" the needle hole with it.  You can probably smooth off the nick
enough to make the machine behave right.
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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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On Sep 7, 3:14=A0am, "off kilter quilter @somewherequiet.net"
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Happy Healing to Kenmore !!!
mirjam

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I get this problem all the time.  I keep a metal nail file in the sewing
room and file off the burrs.  I know a crocus cloth is better but I never
took the trouble to get one.
By the way, your cushions look great!  I have worked with vinyl and it is no
picnic.

Kirsten



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off kilter quilter @somewherequiet.net wrote:
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A decent professional tune-up at least once a year is a must.  So is a
decent back-up machine!  Same goes for the serger...  :)

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate XXXXXX wrote:

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The machine I use for my business is an old Consew 226R.  I have neither
the space nor the funds to keep a backup on hand.  And the local sewing
machine repair shops won't touch it.  Fortunately, the gentlemen at A &
B Sewing Machines who sold it to me have been wonderful about helping me
out the few times I've had problems I couldn't figure out on my own.
The motor burned out on me the week before last and they were able to
locate another rebuilt motor and have it ready for me the next day.

The shop is a scary part of downtown St. Louis in the old garment
district.  The area is experiencing something of a renaissance but I
still pay close attention to what's going on around me.  I bring Zane,
my male BC, with me.  He's suspicious of strangers and his tendency to
stare unblinkingly with his wolfy yellow eyes is a strong deterrent to
unwanted attention.

He is my designated errand dog; weather permitting, I bring him
everywhere dogs are not expressly forbidden by statute (grocery stores,
healthcare facilities, hair salons, etc.).  It's good for him, he enjoys
it, and it gives the other two dogs a break as well.  Zane's a bit of a
bastard and when he's bored he takes it out on Scully and Cooper.


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Well, the Euro Pro and I are getting along quite well now that I
remembered to change to the appropriate presser foot (sigh), and it is
typically my back up machine or my decorative stitching machine.  As
for the Kenmore - I've been doing maintenance on it ever since I got
it and this is the first time I haven't been able to fix it.
So....off to the shop tomorrow for professional work.  Ken said I'm no
longer allowed to take it apart to clean it since the last time I
ended up with a couple of screws left over and no idea where they
belonged (but that was 8 years ago and the machine still works
fine!!).

As for a back up serger...that's not possible right now...the one I
have isn't even a year old yet and I think he'd look at me rather
oddly if I asked for another one.  Anyway...the lady that's going to
take care of my Kenmore also refurbishes treadle machines!!!!  SO
eventually (if I can ever get it cleaned off and whatnot), I will be
loading the base and the machine into the van and leaving it with her
for some work.  Ken tried to fix the machine, but broke "a metal
thingy"...it hasn't been touched since, especially not by him!!  This
is my couple-times great grandmother's machine that I used to sit
under for hours just moving the foot pedal and watching the wheel
spin, so I would really like it if it could be repaired and put back
into use - generations of sewists and quilters have used it and it
means a lot to me.

Ok, off to make tortillas for tonight's dinner, then back to cushions
- cover for the young man who referred me for the job at the
restaurant.

Larisa

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On Sep 5, 10:26=A0pm, "off kilter quilter @somewherequiet.net"
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Larisa , you earn a medal , for having done the work !!! and for
treating the people well !!!
You are a very Professional craftwoman
mirjam

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Congratulations on the cushions being done (not started mine yet, but
there will be a blow-by-blow account!), and BIG congratulations for
explaining the contract/vallance stuff.  Never be afraid to stick to the
  'contract only' policey, and always be open and straight forward about
it.  It may lose you the odd customer along the way, but they will be
the type you don't want to work with anyway.  :)

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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