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I have an old dodger that I'd like to recondition. The canvas is in excellent shape but the stitching and one of the zippers are coming apart. Anyone have a recommendation for someone who'd do a good job restitching for a fair price in the Salem/Beverly (MA) area? Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
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Re: canvas stitching

DIY get everything at Sail-rite.
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Re: canvas stitching

You could also diy with home sewing machine. Just buy the polyester thread from Sailrite and new fresh #16 or#18 needle. For upto 3 layers of Sunbrella home sewing machine is ok. Just make sure your Admiral is out shopping before you start sewing.
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Re: canvas stitching

Thanks for the suggestions - I thought about doing it myself, but we don't have a sewing machine and my wife will kill me if I embark on yet another boat project instead of taking her out sailing...maybe I should wait until next winter.
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Re: canvas stitching

Craigslist or Freecycle are good sources for sewing machines.
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Re: canvas stitching

Hood Canvas in Marblehead is a reputable canvas company in your area.
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Re: canvas stitching

A basic Sailrite sewing machine is about 550$

A trawl through Craiglsit and Goodwill might find you a Pfaff that will do the job and much cheaper. Look for something with a cast iron armature and zig zag. A walking foot is nice but not essential. I paid 30$ for mine in Miami.

Don't scrimp on thread buy V69.
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Re: canvas stitching

The best thread by far for canvas work is Tanara as it is 100% UV resistant. Ya won't have to do that job again for a while.


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Re: canvas stitching

In every livaboard community I've ever known there is a sewing machine and every one is operated by someone with a lot more skill than I could muster .Look around and support fellow sailors.
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