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Old 11-16-2009, 07:44 PM
bobbyv bobbyv is offline
Wanna-be custom upholsterer
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Make sure you find someone who's word you can trust. Worked at 2 shops when I was younger to learn the trade from the owners. Payed my dues doing tear downs and carpet installs then seat cover installs etc. But never let me near the machines, one would not even let me watch when he was sewing. Finally, one of the employees there explain the situation to me. Unless you are a great friend or a close relative, they are not going to train you to be their competition, especially if they see talent in you. Most have gone down that path already and don't want to get burned again, and I don't blame them. Same in most business sadly. Auto upholstery unfortunatly, is one field that has few if any schools. I just bought a used machine and made alot of mistakes. I learned pretty quick how to untangle bobbins =D

Good luck and keep us posted,
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