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Military Trained to do Military type Sewing, for Military, Sporting, Law Enforcement, EMS, EMA, Needs

Business Description
"Heavy Duty" Custom Sewn Made to Order Products for us, usually means something other then lightweight garments, such as polyester stretch, or loose weave materials, found mainly in dresses, shirts, slacks or suits. Our Shop Machinery is only set up for medium to heavy duty materials, and would only damage light weight materials; but we do know many seamstress' who can handle lighter jobs well. We specialize in sewing anything from heavier Canvas, Leather, heavier Mesh Netting, waterproof coated Nylons and polyester materials of different weights and coatings. Dense and Loose weave/knit Dacron, Nylon, polypropylene Webbing. For outdoor recreation use or even safety and industrial applications. We do many Modifications to existing soft side sewn products;; as long as they can fit under the needle plate of our machinery, with no severe right angle next to the presser foot, and not exceed more then 3/8 inch thick, We are often asked if we can sew through leathers.such biker bags, cases etc. and yes we do. We also do a lot of Zipper repairs/replacements on Bib's, coveralls, and coats, jackets, parkas, sleeping bags, hip bags, cases and more. but usually have the client bring in the zipper of choice or order it on-line (we have good sources at reasonable cost) We also do replacement of Snaps, hook & Loop fastener, buckles of all sorts, and custom make many assorted types of strap or leads and tie-down products. We offer prototype-type sewing / fabricating shop expertise of over forty years of being a designer / manufactures of sewn products, and of over thirty years experience serving our Military, Police, S.W.A.T., Security, Disaster Services, Fire/safety/EMS professionals and general Outdoor Enthusiasts. We don't believe in planned or built-in obsolescence; everything and most anything will show fair, ware, and tare over time; but our designs and materials are designed to last for many seasons or even years of regular use with normal expected care and cleaning. . We specialize in Hot Cutting our fusible materials to help ensure the hemmed/ bound edges last longer and better resist seam blow/tear out.We industry standard threads in core-Cotton, Polyester, Nylon, Dacron and Fire Retardant in different weights appropriate to the need. We are a small (tight-spaced) shop and thus choose to work on smaller projects at any one time, but also have sewing associates we can farm out sewing projects to as needed. Our Shop time is $25.00 per hour, per laborer, prorated at .42¢ per minute, plus any materials supplied by; and a design fee be applied as agreed to beforehand for commercial/retail resale for profit designed and manufactured to finish items as may apply Over the years we have developed many good leads for suppliers of materials and fabrication of most any type. We don't apply surcharges to materials brought in by clients. but may have to apply a handling charge if brought in, in bulk by freight that may interfere with our floor / storage available space.But we will make every effort possible to insure your product and goods are safe and secure at all times. The Wife and I are retired and I service connected VA Disabled, and we take a fair amount of time off or gone a lot too. but work in our shop as a hobby to help supplement our retirement years. We Thank You and Yours for considering getting your sewing done through or by us, and we look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon. May The God of all Peace, keep you and yours in all harmony until the time to be caught up together in the air with the Return of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Appointment Only Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Randall's Cell Phone: (765) 212-6987

Joyce's Cell Phone: (765) 273-0325

Custom Design and Prototype Sewing; and modification, and repairs, to existing sewn products. Heavy duty Heming for heavy duty clothing, leather, and Zipper Repair or Replacement as required, Hook & Loop fastener replacement, we also offer Elastics, webbing, Over-edge Tapes, magnetic catches, Acetal Buckles, and more. Most sewing is done while you watch, or drop off and pick up same day or next; or as agreed between us.
Designs by R. L. Jacobsen Sr.
Payment method
cash only
Located in the Green Quonset Hut behind our home, please call for an appointment; Thank You. Plenty of parking along our circle drive way, with entrance/exit on either side of our home that lead directly to the sewing hut. We are located next to an elevated RR trestle, that is on the East side of our home, and it crosses SR-32 which is also E. Jackson St. right in front of our home. we are also on the MITS Bus Route #7, and the Cardinal Green-way on the other side of our fence line (gated)
Heated, Air-Conditioned, Free parking, WI-Fi (need pass code)

M.O.R.E. Ministries of Muncie, Indiana

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Sow N Sews Custom Sewing

Randall Jacobsen

Chappy J

Old Sow-N-Sews

Clothing Alterations, Sewing Contractors, Zipper Repair, Open Bible Churches


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I am a second generation of fa...

I am a second generation of family members coming to have sewing done here. Over the many years the Jacobsen's have been in Muncie, we have been having them design, sew, repair, or alter all sorts of things for our many family members and our varied activities. We have been able to recommend them to friends, co-workers, and even many church ladies and gentlemen for their personal and project needs. They have always been very fair, very professional in their dealings with all, and will only take on a project if they know they can do it well. Don't get much better then that, until you know they have the tools and equipment to do more then the average shop, and many supplies too, and they are very imaginative, inventive, and fun just to watch them work.

Need some serious heavy duty sewing work done right? Give them a try, you'll be happy and won't regret it.

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Best custom sewing operation I have ever seen!

Randall is the man, and Sow N Sews is the place for any serious heavy-duty sewing to be done for a variety of reasons but the best reason I can think of is that Randall know what to do, to get the best deal for the time, money and effort invested. Always reasonable, always timely, always a pleasure to go to.

Randall does S.W.A.T., Fire, Police, Sheriff, Security, Body Guard and so much more sewing fabrication that I am aware of. On one weekend alone, I witnessed Randall make rigs for S.W. A.T. team members visiting the area, fist he made a drop leg rig for one, a tactical sling of another, and had a fireman come in to have his coat repaired with PBI Kevlar and nomex thread.

The same weekend I saw Randall make a guy two fixed blade knife sheaths and a duty belt. Another person came in to have a dog lead done, a lady brought in her purse to have the straps shortened; and heck I have my jeans and bibs shortened and hemmed there each year.

I highly recommend Randall and Sow N Sews. But and you know there is going to be a but, this guy is now retired and only works by appointment, so it means it is not OK to just stop by and expect him to be there. Also his wife is a bit grouchy if someone comes to their home door. She is looking for some kind of normal or less hectic, in their retirement years.

So I recommend anyone and everyone, call ahead to 765-747-1934 (home) or 765-760-7697 (ATT Cell) to ensure he is available, and also bring cash (small bills) as he does not accept checks, cards, billing; but I am told he does some barter and trade from time to time. And, Randall does not do sunday sewing, and he prefers afternoons as opposed to mornings most days.

That is the best I can recommend about Randall and Sow N Sews custom sewing N repairs. Oh, and there is no bathroom either. But there are several good restaurants nearby, and on weekends there is a flea market to visit. And the parking lot is great, and you can even reach the shop by the Cardinal Green-Way.

This may seem like a lot, but really Randall does try to accommodate everyone as much as he can; and is well worth the extra effort to seek him out.

And when you go there remember to take everything you want to work together with you; as he does not like to guess at what you ment to bring but didn't and likes to do things right the first time. And after all he is going to get your project done while you are right there or run an errand.



Still There, and Still the Best of the Best

Randall has retired this January 2010 but is still sewing in the Green-Quonset Hut behind their home.

They have improved the circle drive around the home and shop to make more room for parking and getting in and out a bit better.

He is now on an Appointment or as Available basis instead of set hours and days. Call 760-7697 (AT&T Cell) or 765-747-1934 (Home) to check on availability or to make an appointment.

The Surplus has been sold to Pat and Teresa Romack and they moved it to the local VFW Post 651 at 1801 West Kilgore Ave. Muncie, IN. 47304 1-(866)- 454-1441



Struggling but stll Operating Well

This is one of those Mom and Pop shops that has been struggling along on .15 cents still existing out of every $1.00 dollar that they had earned in 2007 early 2008 before the current Recession hit and is continuing its chock hold on so many.

Their primary business number has been interrupted and they are still able to be reached by their home phone (765) 747-1934 or their Mobile AT&T Cell phone number (765) 585-0776 and of course their email or so they are still there and doing exceptionally well under the circumstances.

I about had a heart attack when I called to see if they had a certain ammo box in stock and heard the recording that the 281-8804 number was disconnected. So I drove over anyway and found them indeed open and even thriving in the sense they had to choose between certain expenses and getting the landscaping, moving of their Huts and tree trimming and tear down of a house next door and enlarging the driveway, parking and pull through systems. So the phone had to give way with reduced sales in general and not all together due to the phone not on.

They told me and I bear witness to the truth of it; that those who know us well, would know we are going to be here regardless, even if we had NO phone service.

Anyway they had the right box at a great price, and are still exceptional in what they offer and have also moved to a cash and carry only basis for the time being.

The new property improvements are great, and it is all coming together, and they have greater hope for 2010. They have been going through a lot of medical problems to boot and still have a wonderful positive attitude and are committed to doing the best they can under extreme economic conditions. And they are succeeding; you and yours will do well to visit these shops and give them a try..



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Heavy Duty Sewing at it's Muncie Best.

This is one of those shops that is Co-Located with another shop but is a separate operation. Sow N Sews is a play on words; where they sow (Like a farmer sows seed) the word of God, while they do sewing projects.

In this case, the guy does all sorts of sewing projects that your average dry cleaner or typical alteration shop would not like to undertake to try to do. The kind of sewing that can turn a sewing machine into a expensive paper weight if it isn't done just right.

These folks have sewn everything from Handgun Holsters (ankle, hip, shoulder, in the pant, and drop leg) for me, to my fire gear. They even have the PBI Kevlar thread and can sew on the suede cuffs for the trousers and coat; as well as shorten or lengthen suspenders and reset snaps, fasteners and put on post buttons.

In Muncie or around the surrounding areas, this is by far the best place I have been able to find to come get my heavy duty sewing done. And they made a really nice Field Camo bible cover for a friend of ours to take over to Iraq with him to help keep his bible in better shape while in the combat area.

I have had some really heavy duty industrial quality pager and Cell Phone cases made there that are much better then anything I can find in hardware or Big Box stores.

I have come to start taking my jeans when I buy them to him for hemming too. I have trouble finding my length and now I can find what I find and just take him and he usually does them while am standing there. Quick, really fair, and does a great job.



It really is exceptional as a Job Shop

For the record, the phone number there is 765-747-1934, (home) or, 765-760-7697 (AT&T Cell) and not the one posted above. And they are on a call to make an appointment basis these days.

At our work we had been required to use a scanner, and the company didn't or couldn't get a scanner pouch from the company they leased them from. So on one of my visits to this place I had them take the measurements and design two for me to try out at work. At the end of a week of use I had decided which design I liked the best and sold the other one to a friend who later had it modified to be more like mine.

Then I talked the company into letting our crew get them made and get reimbursed as a matter of safety and productivity improvement; and it helped to safeguard the scanner and protect their investment and reduced user liability in handling.

I have always taken my patches here to have shirts, jackets and coats done and they do a great job at a savings I can appreciate, and often done while I wait or drop them off, run some errand's and pick them up on the way home. And they have Never tried to charge me extra for same day service; good people doing good work.



I get so many things done here!

Ever sense I discovered this place a few years back I have been back time and again.

I have had jeans hemmed, coveralls zippers repaired, dog leashes made and repaired, rifle / shotgun slings made, holsters (Hip, Shoulder and in the pant) made, and boot zippers made for my duty boots.

I just had a new anti-slip pad put on a shoulder strap and some travel patches sewn on the bag I take in my travels. I like to show I have been somewhere and done bag is my travel log.

I have had the hook and loop on my trouser belt replace and that saves me a bundle on a $30.00 under belt in basket-weave leather. I have had buckles replace on cargo straps and flags repaired here.

They even have some unique materials I have purchased to make some of my own special projects; I had never found stretchy Velcro before and this is a great item for many "cinch" compression straps for my fishing poles, or the many cords and webs they have in stock to do a lot of the unusual work that makes them unique.

It's easy to understand why it is so easy to see so many great reviews of this shop, and the family that operates it. It has history in the area, the Jacobsen's have been doing this for more then forty years. Amy training, well supplied and equipped, innovative thinking to be able to think outside the box, and apply word travel to most any type of sewn product and modification to existing ones; as well as great repair services.

Everything from jeans and heavy duty bibs, coveralls, hunting and contractor clothing hemming, to repairing or replacing zippers, snaps, hook & loop, buckles and straps ans so much more then can be related here.

This is one of those places you have to visit to believe what they can do. One word on that visiting; call first, Randall is actually retired as of Mar 2010, and Joyce has a fair number of medical appointments these days, so they have gone to an appointment only basis. So its best to call the AT&T cell phone 765-760-7697 to check to see if their home, or better yet make an appointment.

This isn't your normal shop, and it is worth the effort to do a bit more to help them, help us get our projects done. Good people that will give you good service and quality work, like no one else in the area can.



Custom Sewing at its best!

Over the years I have used this part of the shop to get things made or repaired. At first my day took us here to get my school backpack straps and zippers repaired and reattached. The we had our sleeping bags sewn and tube cover fixed and some straps done. Now I am taking my own coveralls in for zippers, and patches from wear and tear in the field while hunting.

We just took or son's backpack in for zipper and straps; it is as though this place is now serving a second generation. We really enjoy the customer service this place offers, and they are always friendly and prices make it worth fixing before having to replace.

We have started bringing in our jeans for hemming to them, because I have trouble find the short length I prefer and at $5.00 a pair and done on the spot it is a great deal to get them the way I like them. I have even saved some leg fabric cut off and had them put a cell phone pocket on for me.



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This Guy seems to be getting better the more I go here?

I don't know if it is just me or if I just didn't have a really great expectation at first, but as I have been finding need for sewing, I have begun taking my stuff to Chappy J at the Sow N Sews place inside the Army Navy Surplus and it seems to me I have not found anything he couldn’t do for me so far.

He has saved me a bundle not having to replace things for busted buckles, straps that came loose, or just making something for me from scratch.

I can watch it being made or go down the street and have some breakfast, lunch or supper. So yes, I like it well enough and am still going back for more. If you have zippers in your life going bad? This is the place to take them for repair or replacement.



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Head and Shoulders above the rest in the State

This is an old time surplus place that has this ""sewing shop"" inside it. This is not just the kind of alterations shop you might find at the cleaners mind you; it is a custom made to order and repair shop for the heavy duty things in our lives.

They made me a shoulder holster, that converted to an ankle holster and back, with a double mag pouch so I could carry; one in, and two backup. They also repaired my zipper on a tent, and replaced one in my leather coat.

I have some old but still usable insulated bibs and the zipper went bad and needed problem. The same bibs had need of replacing a metal studded problem. The same bibs had some holes and torn away problem the guy fixed them all as I was asking questions about what else they may sew.

Did a Great job, Fast, and more then Competitive, this is the place other shops need to compare to; my brother and I both love this place as one of our new best places to come just to get our sewing or for some of our serious surplus needs to be filed.

Highly recommend this place to anyone needing sewing and Army Surplus.

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