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.

Note to Kirby Users

In late 2013, Kirby discontinued their old vacuum bag offerings. They now offer only one choice for Sentria models made from 2009 until present (they made a different version of Sentria before 2009). It’s a large clothlike white bag with a universal collar (opening) that fits all models starting with the Heritage II up to ...

New Service

Treasure Valley Trader will find anything useful that you want or sell anything that you want to get rid of. Email Jerry Smith at treasurevalleytrader@gmail.com

Oh No! No More Kenmore!

I wasn’t paying attention. I heard from a customer that Sears quit offering Kenmore sewing machines. They ranked high on my list of good machines. During the last several years, they’ve been made by Janome. We can still get parts for a while because Janome made the same machines under their own brand name. If ...