Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Custom made handgun holsters, for Automatics of any and all sizes, as in the pants, belt slide, paddle, shoulder, ankle, Drop-Leg, many are ambidextrous, level 3 for police; Holsters for revolvers of any type, length bulk.
Trouser belts, with or without buckles, fixed and folding blade knife sheaths, and zipper repair or replacement.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Call ahead, and be prepared to bring in the whatever to be seen.
And often I will be able to sew it very fast, so be prepared to pay in "cash" and given we don't keep hardly any money around? Please bring in small dollar amounts in $1.00, 5.00 and 10.00 increments so we can make change.
Most of our repairs are $10.00-15.00 and most of our custom Design and Sewn work has been $10.00 - 30.00
So we try to have change for $5.00, 10.00, and 20.00 bills.
Also remember that the shop is behind the home, and we have a circle drive and decent parking so just watch for the Overhead Railroad Trestle and turn in to either of the two drives you see on the North West side.
Honk your horn if the car is there to let me know you came in, or call 747-1934 to let me know you are there or to make an appointment.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. All forms of zippers need lubricating the first day you start to use them.
All Tents purchased need to have seam sealer applied when you get them home or after any stitching repairs.
Heavy Duty Custom Sewing includes more then just hemming of bibs, coveralls, and the such. We also do buckles, webs, and elastics and now even magnets.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It is always (No Exception), best to bring in the thing(s) to be pouched, holstered, or cased; because there are many things a person asking for a quote leaves out, even on a drawing that shows dimensions.
Sewing is not an exact science but is very intuitive.
You always get my best work, when I have physically (all) the things I am making sewn designs for, or doing the modification job for.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. One of the most significant things about us is we do most of our sewing while you watch. . . right there on the spot, we design, mark, cut (hot) and sew while the customer is watching.
And we are one of the few job shops that use hot-cutting on all of our synthetic fabrics and webs to insure they last longer in their sewn seams.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I get to see instant satisfaction, or rejection, for my service efforts, and if it is rejected for any reason? We get to make it right, right on the spot; at no additional charge.
Rejection is very rare, and if when it has happened it is because a project was dropped off, without my seeing it first. I don't like guess work.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Can we do it? And how much will it cost?
Most usually Yes!, we can do most of what we have ever been asked to do, and I give an exact quote, and time it will be done in.
Additionally, we stand behind our workmanship, and materials used. And if any defect is found within a reasonable time in service? We will redo the work for free.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I like the one where missionaries were going down south and were doing puppet ministry and we helped them design and sew up their portable stage.
Then there was another that needed a "Military" puppet and we helped them with that . . . or th Vacation Bible Schools come in for "Bible Boot Camp" things and we make them Camouflage Bible Covers.
And then there are those hunters who use very long barreled handguns, an we make them a custom holster for such weapons that are very hard to find.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That I have been doing Military type sewing from 1969 to present and have the tools and equipment to do many different fabrications to help folks with most all their sewn products needs.
That yes we have limitations, and we do know of others in the area that should have the equipment and knowhow to help them and are happy to share the knowledge.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I am U. S. Army trained and have just stayed with it sense 1968. I really enjoy it, Love to help folks achieve a solution to their needs, and being retired, I need to have a reason to get up each day. . . I love my wife of over 42 years, but lets face it; I have to have something else to do.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently made a new purse for a lady who had us make one many years back. She is an RN and wanted one that had more organization this time around but looked similar to the one she already had.
This is what I mean about satisfied clients; many years between custom sewn products, repairs, and eventually replacement. Even the old purse was updated to be more similar to the new one.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am contently seeking out Internet sites that deal with new materials, techniques, and equipment, that would make me a better Designer/Seamster, and help save time; because time is money, and the better and faster, I am at what I do? The more I save others.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Heat applied tape over sewn seams is big right now for waterproofing them. As is heat forming for many plastics in fabricating sheaths, holsters, and more. And we use plastics as liners often times as well as Anti-Slip grip material to keep things from moving around or releasing until ready. We are also using more Magnets these days.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I had a person bring in a skinning knife and wanted to wear it in their waste band of their trousers. So we made them one out of pvc lined web, with eyelets to protect the cutting edge and used a popular handgun spring steel clip, to make it easy to position along the waist securely.
I also redesigned a badge holder for the Sheriff badge recently. The new design made it lighter, and easier to carry on both his duty belt and off duty belt or around the neck.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I don't use any complicated pricing system, we have our "true costs" worked up and printed out for materials, and then it is just a matter of labor costs by the minuet/hour, based on what materials are to be used or how complicated a design or fabrication it will be. Most things are by the hour or a portion of an hour.
We don't charge any extra if a client brings in their own materials like leather, or zippers and the such.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Know how to maintain your own equipment and do the right thing the first time around, just like a carpenter, you look at the design, estimate the materials needed to do the job, measure and mark (twice) and then cut (once).
A well done design will be both functional and look good too. . . Happy Customers tell others about your services. And I really like happy satisfied customers coming back in and telling their family and friends. We are now seeing a third generation of family members.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Will your finished product, look as good as store bought elsewhere?
Yes, it will, and it will often times, be sewn "better", then store bought.
The sewn seams will be stronger, partially, the material cuts are hot cut, to help prevent seam tear-out, and we use heavier threads, that last longer. And we use better buckle materials as a matter of course.
And it will be made right here in Muncie Indiana, by a disabled American U. S. Army Veteran.