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Re: Sewing Machine: Long Arm worth the extra $?

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Re: Sewing Machine: Long Arm worth the extra $?

In addition to walking-foot, you might want to be aware of compound walking-foot -- has both drop-feed (bottom-feed) and needle-feed (top-feed), with an alternating presser-foot (walking-foot). The following links should be helpful, and do click on "show more" on the YouTube video. With needle-feed, the needle follows an elliptical path and pulls the material through the machine along with movement of the fabric by the serrated teeth of the (bottom) feet dogs that is typical of home sewing machines. Needle-feed and walking-foot both minimize the slippage of top layers of the fabric relative to lower layers. Many walking-foot machines lack needle-feed.

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Re: Sewing Machine: Long Arm worth the extra $?

You also want to have a good heavy weighted wheel for hand work through thick fabric also. On our Sailrite LZ-1 sometimes using the heavy wheel to do the first pass was easier and broke less needles on some materials like strataglass for dodgers etc.

My wife has made dodgers, biminis, cover for the dinghy in the davits, web straps for thethers. and has just redid the 26 cushions in our boat.

We also take the sails home every winter and examine and do the minor repairs on our sails such as broken threads, webbing in the clue and headboard areas. The walking foot is a necessity.

If I was to actually make a sail the long arm would be a necessity as well as a good sewing table and catch table.
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