It’s gotten cold here. Barring a 1500 watt space heater, there’s no heat in my shop. I really have to do something about it. I actually starting working on the problem last July but one thing led to another -it was only last week that the insulation installation was repaired after the initial job had been started last February. I’ll bet you know all about it. Chapter and verse. It is so bizarre but I can’t seem to get contractors to take me seriously. In the apparel industry, I laugh ha ha ha ha ha when I don’t get any respect -which doesn’t happen as much anymore but it does when it comes to fix-it stuff that has nothing to do with the trade. I have to have Mr. Fashion-Incubator make calls because nobody returns mine. My calls go like this:
Hi! I’m ready to write a check for $20,000 worth of your products and services. Do you want the job and if so, when can you schedule it? If you can’t do it, who should I talk to?
And nobody gets back to me. Mr F-I can call somebody for a crappy $300 and they’ll return his calls. Isn’t that wild? This is 2010. I once had a guy ask me if my husband said it was okay if I had a custom thing welded. I said I didn’t matter because never mind, I’d rather hire somebody else. Which is how I found the girl-welder who did end up doing it. Cool when that works out. That frame lasted for years.
If you’ve time to read on this lovely autumn day, below are entries from over the past five years with another 2,000 more or so in the archives. Have a great weekend.
November 5, through November 11, 2005
The Apparel Engineering and Needle Trades Handbook
Garment design copyrights & patents
Outdoor sewing sites
Lean manufacturing is resiliency
Designers at craft fairs
Patterns in the middle of nowhere
November 5, through November 11, 2007
Back from Houston
Zero fabric waste fashion design
Pattern Puzzle: Mark Liu
Made to measure manufacturing
How to hire a production facilitator
News from you 11/9/07
November 5, through November 11, 2008
Pop Quiz #480
How To Create Brand Names That Stick
New Product Safety Regulations That Affect ALL Manufacturers
How to represent or distribute a line of handbags?
How to enter the U.S. market -from a contractor
November 5, through November 11, 2009
Denim laundry contractor pt.2
Pattern Puzzle: how to fix this bag?
CPSIA updates 11/10/2009
Pattern Puzzle: how to fix this bag? pt.2
Pop Quiz: Denim Quality pt. 2