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Sail Repair- sewing machines
A lot of people feel that a home type machine is adequate, and maybe it is for them.
My experience has been that the home type machines need a heavier flywheel to give them the inertia to push the needle through several layers of fabric. Converting to a heavier flywheel was mentioned earlier, but finding one may be elusive unless you are in the business. The other problem I''ve experienced with home type machines is the feed dog(the part that pushes the material through the machine), just isn''t up to pushing heavy/slippery material through the machine in a nice even manner that will give you neat stitching. You must help the machine feed the material (not too fast/not too slow, or you''ll break a needle!) It can be very discouraging!
Just imagine trying to feed your mainsail (rolled up tight so you can get it under the machine arm) keep the stitching going in a straight line, and being careful to help the machine feed the material at just the right speed so you don''t break a needle...it ain''t easy!! In fact it can be downright discouraging!
Home type machines that have been converted to handle heavier materials are well worth the extra cost if you really want to sew properly. If price is a major issue, keep your eyes open for a used one... the''re out there.
After giving up on my wife''s machine, I bought a well used Pffaf that had been converted. Bought it for $325.00. Used it for several years until I bought a new, better machine. Sold the old one for what I paid for it so it really didn''t cost me anything! The new owner was delighted to find it as he had gone the same route I had with home type machines.
Just my experience.