Appealing to Luxury Clientele

Business can grow in size, or stature. Either way, setting yourself with a modern web design and tools to streamline incoming projects, will give a sense of professionalism and respect to both the fabricator and the client, no matter the size of the current business, or your production capabilities. Learn from my experience as a operator of a small shop. I’ll take you through go-to phrases, how to handle clients requests with kindness and certainty and how to respectfully decline a project and still have the rejected client send you referrals.

Learning objectives
• Easy web design for managing jobs
• Making the most of an at home shop
• Keeping the best jobs

Speaker: Whitney Carman, Owner of Even Keel Canvas, LLC

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 1: Interview with a Boat Manufacturer

In part 1, Brooke Kahn will interview Tom Hesselink, owner of Budsin Electric Boats. Brooke and Tom discuss electric boats and the Budsin boat brand, his willingness to allow one of his vessels to be subject to a Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) boat makeover and his reactions to the final product.

Speakers: Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros and Tom Hesselink, Budsin Electric Boats

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 2: Interview with a High School Principal

In this 3-part series, Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. Discover how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated and why one high school used this as a learning opportunity.

Speakers: Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros and Dr. J. Darrell Thomas, Principal of CTEC

Budsin Boat Webinar Series Part 3: Interview with Fabricators

In this 3-part series, Brooke Kahn, Keyston Bros, will interview key people involved in the Budsin boat project that was featured at the 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference. Discover how electric boats are manufactured and fabricated and why one high school used this as a learning opportunity.

Maker Division Webinar Series | Getting the Most Out of Your Industrial Sewing Machine – Part One

Let’s get down to the basics of your sewing machine with a webinar series brought to you by IFAI’s Makers division. In this series, you will get a complete overview of your industrial sewing machine and learn all the ins and outs. In part one, we focus on key features of your machine and how that knowledge translates into a higher-quality product.

How to set up and use the features of your sewing machine to build quality product. Learn about key parts of your sewing machine, including: how to achieve a high quality seam, needles, tension and more.

Speaker: Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine

Makers Division Webinar Series | Sewing Machine Basics Webinar Series – Part Two

Let’s get down to the basics of your sewing machine with a webinar series brought to you by IFAI’s Makers division. In this short series, you will receive a complete overview of your industrial sewing machine and learn all the ins and outs.

In part two, we will focus on the single needle lockstitch machine and how to troubleshoot problems with thread, needles, tension and more.

Who should attend?
• Any cut and sew manufacturer that needs a refresher on their sewing machine
• Anyone new to the cut and sew industry
• Anyone that wants to improve upon efficiencies and provide a better quality product

Speakers: Freddie Groce, Vice President – Business Development, Industrial Threads & Yarns Division, FIL-TEC, INC. and Mike Burnette, Sales – Southern Region, FIL-TEC, INC.

Utilizing Software Tools in the Marine Industry: Complete your Marine Fabric Project in Half the Time with a Perfect Fit

The Marine Fabric Industry is quickly converting to mostly digital processes. Industry specific software is available to dramatically speed up the development of accurate 3D models and the associated 2D fabric patterns required to manufacture those projects. This presentation will demonstrate software tools for:

  1. Optimizing digitally captured shapes of boats and their accessories
  2. Easily build 3D computer models of the project for client visualization and approval before any fabric is even cut
  3. Efficiently convert those same 3D models into accurate, flat patterns ready for cutting and production

Speaker: Timothy Akes, Representative for the Americas, MPanel Software Solutions, LLC