Originally Posted by CaptTom
Thanks for the real-world advice! I've toyed with the idea of doing exactly what you describe in the quote above as a post-retirement career. So far it's only an idea, would need a LOT more experience. Still, good to know there's a demand.
Never knew you could get a DC motor, so far we've just used the inverter
. Good to know.
Ten years ago the building industry started slacking off and I was a special inspector in concrete and steel
.. we bought the boat
and took off,
but it was only five years ago that I sat down to a sewing machine
and then only to spell the wife on a large project
.. I really dont have many years of experance doing this BUT what I did have was a wife with 40 years as a pro dress maker and a very anel attitude.. the success of my canvas
work comes from the wife as I was taught the work from a dress maker.. very detailed..
What I'm getting at is you dont need years of experance but instead a good teacher, and an attitude to keep doing better.. there is a fine line between doing a job or project that looks like crap and one that looks great.
And the DC motor, its an AC to DC motor and the DC is 110 volt..
The difference is in a standard 110 AC motor, you have to ramp
up the speed to gain power
much like a car.. and at high RPM
it will drive the needle through the fabric
but with a AC to DC motor, the DC has the power when first applied much like a train motor.. and with the needle setting atop the fabric
, hit the control and it will drive it through... watch your fingers..
but I do think canvas
work as a retirement
job is great.. just be prepaired for the people beating down your door..
And if you are really thinking about it, got another tip...
when we closed down the shop last year, I moved the machine to my van and built a table from wall to wall.. the machine sets behind the drivers side facing back with a fold up leaf portion at the door.. I now do all my work mobile and I have no overhead, except my van.. and it also keeps me from taking on really large projects, a bimini
, sail cover
, or dodger
is about all I do anymore..
By the way tom, we've closed the Canvas And Upholstery . Com site .. you are welcome to the domain if you want it.......