SailNet Community - View Single Post - Sewing machine corner
View Single Post
  #19  
Old 12-16-2013
gbgreen59's Avatar
gbgreen59 gbgreen59 is offline
1984 Bene First 35'
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 125
Thanks: 39
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 2
gbgreen59 is on a distinguished road
Re: Sewing machine corner

I have used the LSZ1 to make a kiteboarding kite and to repair kites. These fabrics tend to move relative to each other even though the machine has a walking foot. What ends up happening is that the fabrics don't feed at the same rate. This happens even when tension is maintained by hand when feeding of the fabrics. SailRite recommended taping the fabrics (double sided tape) when using these fabrics. Taping did the trick and made managing the fabric much easier. I am assuming that kite fabrics are lighter (i.e. thinner) than sail fabrics. Do sail fabrics also require taping? I think the issue is that nylon/dacron tend to be very slick thus causing the feed rates being different. Any insights into this by some of the more expereinced users?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook