Local Shops vs Big Box or the Internet

I’ve preached this sermon before. Here are several reasons why you should shop locally: 1. You will be helping the local economy grow. Otherwise, your money disappears into the pockets of foreign and domestic fat cats, who could care less about you. 2. The big box stores or Amazon won’t show you how to use ...

Thread Nests

Since the issue comes up often (at least once a week), I like discussing it often. You start to sew and the fabric jerks. On the bottom, there is a thread nest. Ninety percent of the time it is caused by how you routed the upper thread. One BIG culprit is leaving the presser foot ...

Vacuum Cleaner Tip: Motor Issue. I received a nice Miele Salsa upright for repair. The motor was howling. It was a different sound than the slight increase I hear when there is a plug. I looked in the bag chamber and found the culprit. Actually two culprits. The pre-motor filter was missing and the bag holder bracket was missing. The motor is shot due to the owner”s lack of knowledge. He could have spent a few dollars instead of $300 plus to replace the motor. When the bag holder is missing, dust and debris escapes into the bag chamber . If the pre-motor filter were in place, it would catch some of it, but not all. With the filter missing, all the escaping dust and debris flies unobstructed into the motor chamber, fouling and destroying the fine balance of the motor. Every vacuum cleaner should be checked periodically for dirty or missing filters. They are there for a reason. Also, never let your bag or dirt cup get too full. That interferes with the air flow and you get less suction and a burned out motor.

I’m back to blogging

Sewing Tip: Thread. A customer brought a machine in, saying that the thread was breaking. One glance gave me the answer. She had a wooden spool of thread. I think wooden spools are great for a display or collecting. But not so much for sewing. The thread on those is usually 100% cotton. Cotton deteriorates ...

Treasure Valley Directory for New Sewing Machines

As a service to my customers and those interested, I’ve listed everything I could find on stores offering new sewing machines (in no particular order): Idaho Sew and Vac Stuart Park and Lynne Boise Store – 208-338-0144 Meridian Store – 208-639-0255 They sell Baby Lock, Pfaff, and Janome Boise Sewing Center Scott Meatte and his ...

I’m switching hats this weekend – Jan 10/11

I’ll be operating under my alter ego, Treasure Valley Trader this weekend. I’m going to focus on selling my watch collection (about 150 watches) at the Boise Gun Show at the Fairgrounds from 9 to 6 on Saturday and 9 to 4 on Sunday. There’s also a Flea Market next door. Come out and do ...

Vacuum Cleaner Tip

I’ll bet this never occurred to you. If you let the dirt and debris accumulate in your vacuum bag or dirt cup for more than a month, even if they aren’t full, you’re in for odor, mold, moisture, and maybe alien mutants. Also, bags have instructions not to fill above this line. That’s because the ...

Treasure Valley Sew and Vac at another Flea Market Venue

Jerry will be operating again at the Maple Grove Grange Flea Market on September 11, 12, and 13 (2014) at 11692 W. President Avenue between Cloverdale and Five Mile. Pine enters from the west and Emerald enters from the east. President merges in at Treasure Valley Coffee. Bring Sewing Machine and Floor Care Equipment repairs ...

Working from a Flea Market for 3 days.

If you have a sewing machine, serger, or floor care machine for repair, you can drop it off at the Maple Grove Grange from 9 to 5 on August 14, 15, 16 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I’ll be selling flea market items for 3 days. I will either deliver your machine to you when it’s ...

Treasure Valley Sew and Vac is Back

My customers wouldn’t let me quit. I’ve managed to adapt to working from my home, so bring on the repairs! I charge $15 to $25 to tune up floor care equipment and $40 and up to tune up sewing machines and sergers.