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February 2018 Program

Monday, August 07, 2017

Back to the Basics:

 Classic sewing machines in a modern era

 A lecture discussing some of the benefits of vintage sewing machines relative to the modern electronic devices available today-- and why people from hobbyists to entreprenuers are switching back! This informational program taught by a full-time repairman will focus on the know-how involved with choosing and using older style machines so new shoppers and experienced owners alike will be able to employ them with confidence.

 

 Topics covered to include:

 

 Modern or classic?

 

When and why to choose one versus the other.

 How to Pick a Vintage Machine:

 

Different types to consider, where to find them and how to check them over.

 Owning Vintage:

 

Things to know about using vintage machines and what to expect from them.

 Care and Maintenance:

 

Basics of self-maintenance to get the most out of vintage sewing's biggest advantage; Simplicity!

 Question and Answer:

 

Any question you've ever wanted to ask a full-time sewing machine repairman.

 Will McDonald is a full-time sewing machine technician and owner of the business  “Just Sew” Machine Repair in Richmond Heights. He has trained with Ray White of the White Sewing Center in De Soto, MO and with the Tacony Corporation of the Babylock brand in Fenton while working in partnership with Vicki Farmer Ellis of the late Eunice Farmer Fabrics. Will also maintains machines and sharpens scissors for the theatrical costume departments of Webster University, SLU, Washington University, The Repertory Theatre and Stages St. Louis in addition to multiple high schools and industrial clients in the states of Missouri and Illinois. Over seven years in business he has handled machines numbering in the thousands from every major brand.