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Old 02-05-2013, 09:13 PM
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Gaining experience

I'm learning a lot just by reading all the posts. Other than experience, what is the best way to learn upholstery? I've done all my sewing on an old singer 188KI that I rebuilt myself. It works ok for the most part, but doesn't have a walking foot. In process of buying either a consew, or singer 111W156 (mentioned on previous post). Can't wait to get the deal done. In reading the posts from all the guys with multiple years of experience, I find myself thinking I should have found this calling long ago. I'll be sixty soon, and wonder.... how long did it take you guys to hone your skill? I want to increase my abilities at sewing full length, 30' sailboat covers, biminis, etc. So far, I've done ok with my projects, but they have been for me, and I would like to do more for others (huge demand in my area). Are there classes in learning this business? I'm not making high end auto upholstery, but owners of $30,000-and up boats are pretty demanding (and should be). I know it's dependent on my skills and commitment, but any advice form you veterans would be appreciated.

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Old 02-05-2013, 09:54 PM
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First you never quit learning s there is always something new and different..Two you are your own worst critic...Three there may be an upholstery class in your area..Four good luck..

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There is no substitute for practical experience. I am 63, and have been doing this for 40 years. I learn something almost every day. When you think you know it all you might as well quit, because everything will pass you by. Keep looking at new supplies, new techniques, and anything else that can make your work better. Find more web sites to learn from, I'm sure there are web sites dedicated to marine upholstery. Take a look at Sailrite's web site for example. http://www.sailrite.com/ Good luck.
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