Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Docked in Oriental.NC USA
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Congratulations, you will enjoy your new machine. Take the time to view the DVD that comes with it and review the manuals and it is pretty straight forward. Practice on some scrap to get the feel for the machine.
You might also find "The Complete Canvasworker's Guide" by Jim Grant to be helpful. It is well illustrated and provides examples for many of the boat related projects you might be considering.
The LSZ-1 is pretty well made and we have not had any issues with it so far. The the throat depth can be an issue depending on what you are trying to sew but we have been able to overcome that so far on our projects. Sewing a big sail might be a challenge.
If you are going to do much canvas work for your boat, you will want to install grommets from time to time. Having the proper tools to punch the holes for a given size grommet and then set the new grommet makes that work easy. Grommets come in a variety of sizes but you can probably get by with just a couple of sizes and the related punch and die sets for them.
If you plan to work with sunbrella and other fabrics like it, you may want to look into investing in a hotknife to make your cuts. They are not inexpensive and may not be cost justified in your case. A friend borrowed my machine to sew a new sail cover out of Sunbrella and made all his cuts with regular scissors. While the cover came out nice, he has begun to see some fraying along the cut edges near the seams. I've experimented with pinking shears on a few small projects like hatch covers and there seems to be less tendency to fray when using that type of scissors. Might be all you need.
You will find you have entered yet another world where there is no shortage of ways to become separated from your money. Enjoy.
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1962 40' Auxiliary Cutter
S.S. Crocker - Design # 330