You may know of my use of Rex my portable walking foot machine. Well, Rex couldn’t keep up with the demand of all my leather sewing needs. I had been looking at replacements, but it was always something that was in the “planning for expansion” phase of my business.
Well, October was apparently the time for that to happen. Rex just wouldn’t budge any more and a visit from my repair man wasn’t enough to convince Rex to get with it. The timing was not great. The holidays were coming up y’all!! My busiest time of the year and I was dead in the water. So the hunt was on.
After much searching and sweating, I found not one but TWO machines. They were a matched pair and they both had to come home with me. They were in a shop near a marina and used for upholstery work for boats. The shop was downsizing and had two machines too many. The timing, the price, the details were nothing short of amazing.
There were, however, a few obstacles. I’m near Tampa. The machines were in Cape Canaveral. Opposite coasts of Florida. Also? They may or may not fit in my SUV. Each machine has three pretty heavy elements and assembled each one weighs about 100 pounds.
So, what’s a girl to do? Welp, ya do what ya got ta do. I rented a pick up truck and I drove to the other coast. A day trip in Florida isn’t such a bad thing, ya know? Cape Canaveral is two hours away. So I got up early, got the truck, drove across the state, loaded up the machines, and brought them home. Easy peasy.
They were very used machines, so it took a bit to get them cleaned up and ready for coming into my studio. I only needed one, and I wasn’t sure which one I would set up, so it was a matter of deciding which one cleaned up better, but honestly they were equally ready to get to work.
Here are a few before photos from what they looked like when I got them. They started their new life in our garage. They needed some cleaning for sure.
Once I got them cleaned enough to come in the house, I set one of them up, so I could get to work. It was clean, but certainly not what I wanted for my space. There was still rust on the metal and scratches and holes on the table top, but it was certainly an improvement on how they started.
After a while, I decided a new table was needed. My son-in-law has ALL THE TOOLS so I worked with him to get a new table top designed and made. He did all the cutting and I took over afterwards to get the staining and sealing on the top and I also painted the legs. So here is the after.
Quite a change huh? Well, I’m glad that adventure is over and I am VERY thrilled with my new machine. I still have the second machine but it’s not going to be set up until I get back to that expansion phase I mentioned earlier.