Beware of Sailrite
VERY INTERESTING! I''ve done a lot of business with these folks and have always been completely satisfied. I hate to hear that.
Sounds like the fabric was the real culprit. Was it Sunbrella? I have never heard of any such problems with Sunbrella - even after contact with lubricants or acetone. I wonder if you may have some recourse through the fabric manufacturer, Glen Raven Mills - a very reputable company here in North Carolina.
I hope the $1500 price you mentioned included the machine.
What a pain. Sorry.