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I agree with a lot of the comments, after 35 years in the trade ,stitching & patching comes as second nature , easy money but not as lucrative as keys , shoe repairs will always be 60/70 % of our trade , but keys are more profitable. Wish we were all in Graham’s position, but I still get a kick out of great full customers appreciating a quality repair 

I tend to take most stitching / patching / zips home to my workshop & do I them on an evening , Undisturbed . 

 

 

 

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Do those of you doing so many bag repairs and zips etc. have flat bed machines? 

We only have one with a narrow patching arm and the boss really does not enjoy doing boot zips, or any stitching where he needs to do a long run, as it's difficult to support the weight and stop it pulling sideways.

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5 hours ago, Forest Cobbler said:

Do those of you doing so many bag repairs and zips etc. have flat bed machines? 

We only have one with a narrow patching arm and the boss really does not enjoy doing boot zips, or any stitching where he needs to do a long run, as it's difficult to support the weight and stop it pulling sideways.

I think from memory you have a short arm patcher but not mounted on a treadle. If you had a treadle you'd have both hands free to manovuere the job.

 

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