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Old 09-21-2007
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Woo Hoo! getting a sewing machine!

One of my biz clients is giving me an old singer industrial! Should I be happy or sad? Yeah.. I can save thousands of $'s on all the sewing work that needs to be on my boat err... sure... But can I learn to use the confounded thing? I never quite got beyond running stiches in somewhat straight lines LOL...

Lessee.... things to do..

1, buy old hank on jib sails and put luff tapes on em.
2, make new bimini top.
3, make a new dodger top.
4 make side screens for said tops
5 make a filler between the bim and dodger. for when on the hook. (has cockpit traveler)
6, redo the inside cushions. (really love that show boat naugahyde)
7, don't tell my sailing friends I have the sewing machine.
8, cockpit cushions
9. find out when I will find time to do all the above!
10, get sewing lessons! (should be #1)
11,sell the boat do it all again!


of course all this depends on the thing being in working condition.
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Price a Sailrite machine. Even if you have to put a couple hundred dollars in it, it will be worth it.

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One of our most useful sailing tools, is our Singer industrial. If it's in working condition and not TOO old, you're gonna love it. Otherwise, as John stated, repairing it will still be cheaper than a SailRite machine.

Actually, up until about the late 1970s, early '80s, commercial grade Singer machines were US made, from precision machined steel and cast metal bases. The one we have is one heavy duty piece of machinery - not one plastic component - most knobs and levers made of forged bronze or machined steel.

The motor never slows down or stalls, regardless of the multiple canvas/hem/zipper thickness it's usually subjected to. A zig-zag feature is great for repairing sails and the various foot accessories used for running tight to hems and zippers - makes the job much easier and more professional looking.

I never have time for being a "sailor-tailor" during season, so do the work over the winter - like repairing sail covers, aft cockpit sea-cloth and fabricating a new sun awning.

Practice on scrap, before attempting these things though - a poorly done, amateurish stitching job not only looks bad, but can be a turn-off for potential buyers.
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and the price of naugahyde is not something to be making mistakes on!
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