|We are currently converting used machines (generic
copies of Singer class 15) into Johnson Ruffling Machines
using simple manufacturing methods in our Raleigh, NC shop.
These used machines are Japanese and Taiwanese machines that
were sold by the millions in the US during the 20th century.
These machines are in excellent condition except for a few
scatches and they are of better quality than the new Chinese
machines that we had been using. This arrangement works well
because I can purchase the machines one at a time from sellers
in the US whereas to get Chinese machines would require the
importation of large quantities (perhaps 900 machines at a
time) as well as having to deal with dubious foreign sources.
I also like the idea of reusing the "good stuff"
that is out there instead making new stuff using the earth's
precious energy and material resources.
I believe in keeping it local and reducing our carbon footprint
as much as possible. The drawback is that it is a slow process.
I have a list of around 50 people wanting a rufflling machine.
I am trying to get 1 or 2 machines out per week and hope to
speed up as I go along.
If you have questions or want to be put on the waiting list,
call between 10am and 5pm EST or email me. If you want to
be on the waiting list, please let me have your phone number
and email address and also whether you want the dress plate
Sam Johnson, Jr.