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One-Day Canvas Training Seminars



Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance Repair Course-

Industrial Sewing MachineThis one-day sewing machine repair course will be given selected Saturdays that follow each Basic class. A professional Industrial Sewing Machine mechanic conducts this course. You'll learn:

o Timing the needle bar
o Timing the hook & distance
o Setting the take-up springs
o Setting the bobbin opener
o Threading and setting tensions
o Top & Bottom shaft timing
o And much more!

This course is a hands-on workshop where each student will make repairs to an industrial sewing machine. A must for Canvas Shop owners and sewers!


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Snapless Track Systems
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Arch Conversions
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Sun Tops & Campers

Track & Tricks Seminar- Track Systems and Valances- everything you need to know about making track systems and attaching to them!  We’ll show you how to make and market the 'Arch Conversion'. Learn how to plan, install, and fit to track systems; build track valances and contoured (bat-wing) flaps. We'll cover horizontal frames and Aft Enclosure Tops too! Hidden 'frowns' and polycarbonate flip-up smiles are part of the day's activities.

This one-day course is part of the Pro-Series and is offered to previous students, on selected Saturdays, as well.

These Pro-Series features include:

  • Track design and installation
  • Zipper Valances and Flaps
  • Top-to-Top Connectors
  • Fly-bridge Windshields (lower half angles-back)
  • Aft Enclosures
    • Aft Sun Tops
    • Contoured (bat-wing) rain flaps.
    • Horizontal frame systems and supports.
  • ‘Hidden Frown’ enclosure panel with screen
  • ‘Smile’ external rain flaps
  • Rigid (polycarbonate) ‘smile’ window panels




Job Estimating and Frame Bending Software-


Canvas Estimator Boat Frame Bender

This evening course is part of the Bimini Enclosure Workshop and is offered to previous students, on selected evenings, as well. This instructional class teaches the use of our Quick Canvas Estimator software. Included is instructional usage of the Quick Frame Calculator software application too.

The software offers the following:

o Estimate with legal disclaimer and contract for the customer to sign.

o Fabric and hardware estimator- measures all of the materials needed for any project to the nearest inch and prices the project to the penny! Cut your estimating time down to 15 minutes, no matter how big the job is. No more late night estimating!

o Standard and Variable frame calculations to the 1/8th inch. Bend and assemble perfect frames in your shop and take to the boat for installation. No more guesswork!

o Materials List- the software builds a materials list to order from and calculates, cost-of-goods, markup, gross profit, GP per hour.

o Work Order- hand your sewer the work order that details the job, materials required, design and style information. Leave out the guesswork!

o Setup Screen- set default parameters or change them on-the-fly!

If you own, or have an interest in purchasing the software, this class is well worth your time and investment.



Polycarbonate (Semi-Rigid) Enclosure Panels is a growing demand in our industry.  Learn the proper techniques to making Polycarb solids, poly flip-ups, vented-poly, and poly-soft combo smiles.


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REFRESHER COURSES: The following one-day seminars are reserved for students whom have previously completed the associated five or six day workshop course.


Basic Canvas Class Refresher Course


Pinning/Stapling/Sewing darts

Fitting over a round windshield

Pipe Cut-outs

Fitting Over/Under-the-rail

Making cinch-strap pockets for Travel Covers

..and anything you may have forgotten or are having difficulty with.  


Advanced Canvas Class Refresher Course


Fitting Tops

Aft Curtain Windows

Bending/building a standard boat frame

Making Pockets and Rain Flaps

Marking bow darts

..and anything you may have forgotten or are having difficulty with.


Bimini Enclosure Class Refresher Course


Simple Polycarbonate Window

Double folded center-seams

Side to side assembly

Horizontal (cantilever) Frames

Inverted Fly Bridge Windows

Shaping/sculpting curved Flaps and Valances

..and anything you may have forgotten or are having difficulty with.



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