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NO TWO JOBS
ARE IDENTICAL AT
ALL. I'LL DESIGN
CONTEMPORARY
COASTAL CONDO
INTERIORS AND THEN
TURN AROUND AND
WORK ON A CHAIR
FROM THE 1800s.
IT KEEPS EVERY
DAY EXCITING.
CHRISTINE BECKER

to complete the gold room; the music room
took four days.
"It also took some very serious craftsmanship," Becker says. "For this kind of work,
you have to know how to do pattern matching without a computer-and instead with
everything laid out on a cutting table while
being very precise. And you have to have
good eyes. I can see if one-eighth of an inch
is not placed right."
Unfortunately, this level of craftsmanship
is waning-a shared struggle across the
sewing industry. Though Becker's employee
count doubled from four to eight last year,
the requirements to join her staff are not
easily met. "If you're hiring a musician, you
don't want someone who two months ago
started playing guitar," Becker says. "My
employees must have a minimum of 15 years
of experience, including tufting skills, which
creates the folds, buttons and channels you

see in antique chairs. It's a different skill set
than putting fabric on a sofa." Most members
of her team have 30 to 40 years of experience.
Well aware of the declining availability
of craftspeople, Becker is working to draw
in the next generation and teach them these
skills. She has partnered with local schools to
teach students about her business and help
them get hands-on upholstery experience.
"Plenty of videos and tutorials are available
online to teach people the basics of this craft,
but it involves a lot of physical work too,"
Becker says. "My company provides the whole
spectrum of services, from sewing and pattern
matching to using specialized equipment and
building up furniture with the right pads,
webbing and springs. But it's growing harder
to get people interested in physical labor. I've
seen enough interest in others to keep me
hopeful, but this is a dying art; I'm going to
hold onto it for as long as I can."

MARKETPLACE
HELP WANTED

FOR SALE
MILLER WELDMASTER MACHINES
FOR SALE
Miller Weldmaster M100 24' Wide neck welder
and cutter $150,000
Additional specialty 24' wide welder with inline
take-away table and laser cutter.
For information please email
info@ntiglobal.com

CUSTOM AWNING BUSINESS FOR SALE

COMMISSION SALES REPS WANTED

Year round turnkey business in upstate New
York. We are a 30-year-old fabrication shop
with complete sewing, welding and graphics
equipment. Owner wants to retire and will
transition the right person. Onsite housing is
possible.

Neoprene Sheets, Hook & Loop,
Webbing, Elastic, Zippers, Buckles,
TPU Medical Fabrics & Hot Melt Adhesive
Many territories available. Established
in 1985, large inventory for fast delivery.
Please visit www.perfectex.com.

Inquire to DEAKSHOP@yahoo.com
WELDABLE ZIPPERS
Great for tents and industrial applications.
Welds to PVC with hot air, wedge & RF welding.
Available in #15 & #20.
Louis A Green Corp.
800-225-3577, Sales@louisagreen.com
www.louisagreen.com

Please send resume to:
E-Mail: info@perfectex.com
Fax: 714-893-9339
Or call 1-800-326-1288 ext. 116 Konrad

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postings for the textile industry!
IFAI Career Center

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