Originally Posted by pwratch
I'd like to hear more about your canvas
business. Like what types of machines you'll carry and why, how you solicit for business, how you've dealt with arranging the space required to work, etc.. You know, just everything!
We started doing business a few years ago when we first left to go cruising, with a sailrite
"Sailmaker" and the wifes Singer Quantum XL-100..
The subject always comes with the cost of cruising and what do we do to suplement the cost along with our savings.. we just mention that we do repairs
and fabrication.. Mosty all of the time we're asked as to what a project
would cost as theres always something you can think of to have made, from bags to covers..
We started doing zipper replacement and replacing snaps, which lead to doing "Top Stitch" where you re-stitch the fabric already on the boat.. from that to small projects and replacement of window material but always thinking repairs
Just over a year ago we stopped in a marina in the California Delta
.. Did a couple small repairs and one thing lead to another and we were renting
a shop in the marina complex and working full time.. Something we had no intention of doing..
We've now added a few more machines to the mix for sewing...
The wife, Ramona, is the seamstress with over 40 years in the business making anything for wedding dresses to childrens clothing
So her first addition was a Husqvarna surger for doing lite-weight work and for doing curtans and drapes in the boats.. shortly after we added a upper end Embroidery machine. thinking it would add flair to our work and ability to do boat names
on towels or other items.. that lead to doing custom embroidery on fender
covers and helm
For doing small work and portable work, we added a Singer 221 featherweight.. and for lite-weight sails, we purchased a singer quilter and then for the heavy weight work, we purchased a "Juki" with a walking foot..
Even thou, we could have probably done most of the work with the sailmaker
, it makes it much easier to have a machine to do the work intended..
We've always had the idea to "Thro It All Up In The Air" and see what comes down with a dollar attached.. and it seems to work.. we dont do just one thing but a range of different things..
And what brings us the business is word of mouth and we do our work the way we would like to have it done on our boat.. to the highest quality.
Put out a High quality product at a reasonable price
, and you'll find you have more work than you can handle..