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Giving me ideas... but seeing that the guy is based in NC where it's usually warmer most of the year compared to the PNW, for me I'd need something more like a motorcoach, RV, or 20+ ft box truck... like this basically
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But what I can do right now and afford.. is more like India's roadside tailors 馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ
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However.. a 10-14ft utility trailer might allow me to get mobile, get just the bare minimum of sewing equipment in, and the barest minimum working space.. and if it's under 3,600 pounds, my van can tow it, as it's rated for up to 3,600 pounds, if hauling nothing else in the van :rolleyes:
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You can stop by my house. I have a bunch of clothes that needs mending & resizing. I won't charge you much for letting you practice on my clothes. :)
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You can stop by my house. I have a bunch of clothes that needs mending & resizing. I won't charge you much for letting you practice on my clothes. :)
You've seen my work here,it's mostly 500D-1000D Cordura and webbing. The fabrics, thread, needles, equipment that I have are oriented to such fabrics and the like and not setup for garments/light fabrics at the moment :p
You've seen my work here,it's mostly 500D-1000D Cordura and webbing. The fabrics, thread, needles, equipment that I have are oriented to such fabrics and the like and not setup for garments/light fabrics at the moment :p
See, you WILL need practice.

As to the rig this is what you need with a few custom alterations. Go big or go home (as I sit here at home).
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I'm looking to at least get out of the apartment bedroom for sewing. Two to three options I can see that doesn't involve renting/leasing retail/shop space... a trailer if I have a tow rig, or a RV that I can strip out the interior and rebuild/renovate/remodel into a sewing loft; or start with a box truck/van and convert to a sewing loft, rewire/add wiring and AC ventilation system. Edit. I don't think a dinky Transit Connect is big enough :ROFLMAO: a Sprinter, maybe but everyone wants a stupid amount of money for them.
F me, this guy has an awesome 12ft utility trailer shop setup that I could replicate in a box truck or even a rv!
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Wood Electrical wiring Gas Technology Automotive tire

Wood Rectangle Tints and shades Pattern Linens

Shelving Shelf Gas Electrical wiring Luggage and bags

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One word... THEFT...
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One word... THEFT...
All more reason I'm leaning towards old RVs or bus..maybe box truck/van. But it also depends on where. Downtown Portland, Salem, Albany, Corvallis, etc? hell no. Lake communities, military bases, outdoors recreation areas? Maybe.
Like I said, it's an idea, perhaps less expensive than renting a shop space that could get broken into, or end up having homeless, druggies, criminals hanging around the front and the back looking for a quick money score.
Hm.figuring how tiny/small of a space could I get away for sewing gear...

Machine in table, currently 24x48 inches (2ft by 4 ft)

Cutting table I'd like at least 3 ft by 5 ft to 4ft by 6 ft

Storage space can be underneath table and on wall (shelves and racks)

I do like the way the utility trailer guy has his webbing in rolls on a bar; that is definitely something I would look into utilizing. Cones of threads would on the wall on pegs, likely with a cabinet style cover for driving/trailering.


Seems if I can reduce cutting table size, I could maybe get away with 5x8 trailer, or 10ft box van?
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One word... THEFT...
Shut your old cranky ass up. It's no more susceptible to theft than any other work trailer or garage is and there are ways and means to secure any trailer as well as it would be in a garage with access doors on it. Locks and latches keep honest people honest and only deter lazy thieves. A determined individual can and will get what they want from wherever it is, if the mood strikes them.
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Just thought of where this could actually be useful, MAYBE.... okay.

Gun shows parking lots or even in the event facility;

Ranges where competitions are happening, could do quick nylon repairs and upgrades there, as well as sell stuff there 馃

Maybe even... :eek: airsoft mil-sim events where idiots are tearing things up lol
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Mobile Taylor Shop. I never even thought of it, but find it an interesting idea. Has lots of merit I think.
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Yeah; it's an idea. Maybe not currently feasible for me right now; but something to think about, should I move out of State, with no guarantee that the next place will be large enough for the 4 of us plus the sewing gear.
Small utility trailer layout idea; rough sketch, my phone camera is getting wonky. 5-6 ft wide, 8-10 ft long box plus the triangle nose. Cutting/layout table to the rear most, has fabric storage shelf under and large space below for totes for things or generator, on left, sewing machine on right near front. Angled bench would be hardware and tool storage and where I'd be putting bench press and other tools. Small cabinet above machine holds spools. Angled shelf on top near back would be for webbing rolls and such. Bar below holds rolls of fabric for easy cutting/layouts.


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I think it's a fantastic idea! I'm excited for you!
Might want to balance your equipment side too side, heavier stuff cheated slightly forward of the axle. You don't want to over load one side or be too off center. Otherwise the trailer will lean, sway, stop like ass, and pull like shit. If you load up tail heavy you'll get the death sway. If you load up nose heavy you run the risk of losing traction and steering control from front end lift.

Might consider storage for your fabric rolls on the opposite side above the totes, genny, fuel, etc. Center your sewing machine over the axle, put your prep table in to the nose instead of on the tail. Potentially reverse the setup from one side to the other, if you're setting up because you're whatever handed.
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So.. maybe a box van would be better suited?
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Cool idea. But is there a demand for such a thing in your area? Or do you just want it?
Cool idea. But is there a demand for such a thing in your area? Or do you just want it?
Well. So far I have 2 commissions for chest rigs from one forum, and 1 commission for a day pack from this forum; sold a 3 mag panel on Reddit (the Woodland vintage style with vintage hardware); and I might be starting some packs to sell on Bushcraft USA forums as a Hobbyist, knowing that there is likely some demand for the designs I have in mind. If I can keep this kind of tempo up and get more sales and commissions, it would justify moving the sewing space out of the apartment and mobile. I did find locally a 1904 Singer 31(same class as my 1952 Singer industrial) industrial machine with a treadle base, IE, a foot powered industrial machine. Messaged the seller, waiting to hear back from them. It looks to be in pieces, machine head separate, legs and wheel/pedal assembly and table top all taken apart for storage. Hopefully they have the original bolts and some other things for it to be complete, and hopefully the tabletop isn't in need of complete restoration/replacement. But that treadle base if it's complete and functioning; would make it easier to set up either trailer or box body since it doesn't need electricity to work.
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