The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 30, 1998 · Page 59
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 59

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ADVERTISEMENT ' Call 561-820-4332 For Advertising Information ADVERTISEMENT Business & iat rvi Industr r.,...u -r-"" ""i, '' 1' ' - 'top' f -7ar jr-i" " - Oatley, who will always greet you with a smile. She has enjoyed sewing since she was a child and is proficient with all of the machines and sergers. The other smiling face that you will see at The Factory is Dawn Schleter, who is in charge of the Notions, Threads, and Special Orders. You can rest assured that Dawn will get whatever you want and get it fast. She is also the bookkeeper and co-owner with her husband Larry. Education has been an important part of their business from the start. Their "Getting to know your sewing machine" class has been offered continuously for the past 1 9 years on the . second Wednesday of every month at 2 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. That class is free for anyone who has purchased their sewing machine from The Factory. Even if you bought your machine years ago, you are still welcome to that class. The Factory 1555 W. Lantana Road I-95 Lantana, FL. 33462 (561)582-7777 women are enjoying it more than ever." The staff at The Factory has changed tremendously in this new, high-tech world of sewing. Annette Hazeltine, their 1 sewing machine mechanic, has attended training classes all ove the country during her 18 years at The Factory. She is certified by HusqvarnaViking, Baby Lock, Pfaff, Riccar, White. Jeff Momot, our newest mechanic, has been here for 4 years. He is an excellent repairman on industrial and household sewing machines & sergers. He also repairs all makes of vacuum cleaners. The sales advisors at The Factory are the most skilled in the state. They continously train on each new machine, serger and software as they are introduced to the market. Ken Baublitz, our 1 salesman, has been with The Factory for 5 years and is a favorite of most of customers. He truly delights in helping customers select the proper machine, making sure they understand how the machine or software operates. Their newest sales girl is Michelle Things have changed since 1979. Sewing machines have evolved to a whole new breed of top quality computerized equipment that is much easier to operate than the mechanical machines of years ago. "I am proud of the reputation of all of the machines that we offer," Larry said. "They are much more reliable than the machines of 20 years ago. "My customers needs have also changed. They sew for pleasure instead of sewing to save money, and now the items have the look of professional quality; they don't appear to be home made! The serger has has made it simpler and faster to construct garments and crafts." "Many of my customers were like me 20 years ago," Larry continued, "we hated computers! Today, many of you are now computer experts. Those of you who do not use a computer have found out that a computerized sewing machine is really easy to operate. The computer has brought so much pleasure to my customers I'm confident that i J LI Larry Schleter of The Factory, sitting with the best invention since the original Singer; the computerized sewing macnine. machines" was the order from Tom. He eventually allowed Larry to experiment with the old Wheeler Wilsons, Howes, and Eldridge Rotarys. Next came the Bemina and Pfaff training. In the later 60's Larry worked for Singer in Cincinnati and improved his knowledge of sewing machines. In 1971 Larry "died and went to Heaven" (moved to Florida) where he worked as repairman and salesman at the Boca Sewing Center. He opened his own business in March, 1979 in the Lantana Shopping Center and his store is still in the same location after 19 years. Thanks to you all, the store has been a tremendous success. It all started in the summer of 1961 in the small town of Tiffin, in Northwestern Ohio. Larry had just graduated from Calvert High School and was contemplating going to work in "the factory", like his father had done for the previous 30 years. That is when Larry met Tom Saunders who owned The Tiffin Sewing Center. Tom was a Bernina and Pfaff sewing machine Dealer. Larry's "big break" came when his best friend, Kenny Seifert, who was working full time for Tom, went into the Army. Larry took over Kenny's "gofer" job sweeping the floors, painting, building a rock garden and repairing vacuum cleaners. "Don't touch the sewing Totfcallv Mafural Hairline MmMillilWK : -'A ' M WTTTTTTmTTTTTTTTTTTtW I THE SMART ALTERNATIVE , J lm 31 Co Tin 01 Conn Tim La Smkmx 4 Snw . rabo Svwa nut Cnm dove Ow Sum METAL ROOF SPECIALISTS e . 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