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If you're going to put in grommets, rivets, snaps or any other metal parts that need tools to apply them, you might want to also purchase a small arbor press. I got one from Harbor Freight, I think a 13" model. I keep it mounted on a cheap wooden stool I got from whatever store, maybe Walmart or Target or someplace like that. It'll press straight down on your tools & press everything solid in one shot. WAY better than a hammer. If you're doing sails, covers & things like that, this is one thing you'll appreciate having.

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If you're going to put in grommets, rivets, snaps or any other metal parts that need tools to apply them, you might want to also purchase a small arbor press. I got one from Harbor Freight, I think a 13" model. I keep it mounted on a cheap wooden stool I got from whatever store, maybe Walmart or Target or someplace like that. It'll press straight down on your tools & press everything solid in one shot. WAY better than a hammer. If you're doing sails, covers & things like that, this is one thing you'll appreciate having.
I wonder if there is an attachment I can use for my existing bench vise so that I wouldn't have to have another tool laying around, in this case the arbor press. Seems like the vise should be able to apply the necessary pressure.

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If your vise has a wide enough space between the jaws, you might be able to use it to do the same thing. The thing would be to make sure you keep the tools lined up exactly straight, which is easier with the press vertically than it is with the vise horizontally. A 13" press isn't that large. Try it with the vise, but I've used the press so much I couldn't even consider the vise right now. Plus, the press puts a lot of pressure down in a hurry, while the vise must be driven sideways & just isn't going to be as efficient.

If you don't need to set as many snaps & rivets as I've done, the vise could do a decent job. I do a lot of clothing, & sometimes I'll set so many rivets or snaps that I can't imagine trying it with a vise. Your usage may be different.

If you know someone with a machine shop who has a press, maybe that person may let you use it. That's how I discovered the arbor press. It's why I now own one, albeit much smaller. It depends on how many snaps, rivets & other hardware you set as to whether it would be a worthwhile investment for you.

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STars1, those machines don't have the power to get through the thick canvas and upholstery fabrics, especially at 2-5 thickness that one runs into, doing canvas projects for boats.

I have an older Singer sewing machine that was advertised as being able to sew through wooden yardsticks and it crapped out trying to sew our sailpack. Sailrite or industrial weight machines are the best way to go.
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Since someone revived this thread, I want to change my mind about the singer machine. It was great for jacklines and a boat cover I made for a friend, but when it came to repairing the cover on the luff of my furling jib, it just didn't have the "cajones" to do the job. Sailcloth is a bit more demanding than Sunbrella. I ended up handsewing some with a palm and then took the rest to a sailmaker.
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Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine is the best sewing machine known to me so far known to me.... It has versatile, value-packed, perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects
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Does it have a walking foot like the Sailrite?

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I know this is a very old thread but I am sure it's still read by folks interested in needling their own creations and repairs.
From what I can tell by the video below, the Pfaff 260 doesn't appear to have a walking foot, but it sure breezes through several layers of thick material with ease.
This morning there is a "360" on eBay for $60. There also seems to be many used parts available from eBay.
Either of these machines (260/360) might be worth looking into.

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Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

The Pfaff 138 is a good choice with its longer arm, and is more of an industrial machine. For portability and versatility, the Pfaff 130 cannot be beat. Consew, Adler, Juki, these are other brands of interest.

Walking feet make sewing a bit easier but are certainly not necessary. All you do is learn how to coordinate pulling the cloth along.

I've got another post on the subject, here:
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