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Making Sail Covers

Does anyone here know the process of making boat sail covers, in terms of the fabric used and the nitty gritties of it. Also if you know of any sail cover makers/manufactures in the south east asia region. Thanks in advance.
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Check out Sailrite Sells Sail and Marine Supplies for DIY they will have everything you need to make your own sail covers, including directions.
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I did the Sailrite thing for my boat, and it worked well. The kit includes everything, even the markings on the fabric for different boom sizes. It's helpful, but not absolutely necessary, to have a modicum of sewing machine skills.
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Also helps to have a heavy duty sewing machine that can handle several layers of canvas at a time...
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I made a cover for my 26' boat about fifteen years ago. I got my hardware at Sailrite (the grommets, hooks, and the sail thread). Of course I used Sunbrella for the material. I didn't use a kit because I don't like to follow directions. I took the necessary measurements and made the thing from scratch, copying other covers I've seen. I used an inexpensive home sewing machine and I had never sewed before. There were just a couple of places where I had to resort to hand stitching to get through multiple layers of fabric. I'm average handy, and the degree of difficulty of this project was just moderate.

If you haven't sewn before, it sure pays to practice on some scraps and to make a couple simple items like a tiller cover.

I sold that boat about 8 years ago, but I was driving by the marina the other day and saw her for sale again...and it still has the sailcover that I made!
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Sounds like your on the right track. SD is right about the machine, the needle shaft has to be able to go through the canvas and still pick up the bobbin tread on the other side or you'll have a boogery, frustrating mess. A grommet press, one of my favorite tools, makes punching holes and pressing grommets a "breeze" (pun intended).

You may want to try and find someone close to you that has machinery that can throw it together instead of putting money into machines and tools if this is going to be your only sewing project.

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