Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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We went through the same issues with our last boat - which had a full canvas enclosure around the cockpit. The stitching was a few years old and becoming unraveled. I brought home an old Singer machine which was up in my Mom's attic for years, unused.
The body and gears are all heavy, cast and machined metal, with lots of torque in the motor. It made easy work of sewing through up to six layers of fabric, zippers and isenglass. I've been using it for years now for all canvas work, and have gotten pretty good at it. I even made a Sunbrella sun awning for this boat, restiched the aft deck lee-cloth and both sail covers.
Works like a charm and was free.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat