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3 Hours Ago 01:44 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Quote:
Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
After having our Sailrite machine there is a lot too like...but to be critical of the machine...

- The foot does not have enough travel for some applications
- the arm is too short, and not high enough. Makes for folding and feeding items through sometimes very cumbersome!
- it should have a built in light bulb right above the needle like most machines have?

Otherwise its good, but considering what it is built for, the items mentioned should have been considered more. For the price, I expected more thoughtful design...7 out of 10 or good but not awesome
The short arm is the draw back of it being portable. In order to have a long arm on a machine and keep it rigid enough, it will weigh a lot more, be more expensive to make and then the portable part is pretty much gone.
4 Hours Ago 12:27 PM
T37Chef
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

After having our Sailrite machine there is a lot too like...but to be critical of the machine...

- The foot does not have enough travel for some applications
- the arm is too short, and not high enough. Makes for folding and feeding items through sometimes very cumbersome!
- it should have a built in light bulb right above the needle like most machines have?

Otherwise its good, but considering what it is built for, the items mentioned should have been considered more. For the price, I expected more thoughtful design...7 out of 10 or good but not awesome
5 Hours Ago 11:55 AM
Ferretchaser
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

I had a old Singer and now have a LSZ1 and its way better. The one thing I found that when not having a walking foot machine is that basting tape becomes your best friend.
On some projects one has to get the sewing logistics right because there is only so much cloth that one can cram under the arm of the sail rite machine. But keep in mind, it is supposed to be a portable thing. So some concessions have to be made.


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Michael
2 Days Ago 07:07 PM
joethecobbler
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by RandyonR3 View Post
Not sure If I'd go there..... I use a Juki 1541 and a 2286, both with a sailrite DC motor (MC-SCR), and it will punch as you say but I've had a number of machines the would not..
and the sailrite machines.. the older "Sailmaker" machine was a great piece and was made by "Brother" but the newer machines have a oscillating bobin instead of a rotary unit. Theres a small guide plate that if it gets nicked, it starts dropping stitches... and its not hard to nick the plate.. At one time, I ordered them by the dozzen..
The sailrite machine (Red & Blue) will do the job for simple repair, but its like driving tac's with a 5 lb hammer.. very crude and very rough...
If you are looking at sailrite, go to their upper end pro models..
If your "nicking " the plate, then your machine may have timing issues, or you're operating at the upper limits or having feeding issues and deflecting the needle.
Make no mistake, the LS series is a portable, not a full on industrial production unit.Used within it's intended range, like most tools, it performs well.
For harsher jobs,or more taxing production purposes sailrite and other manufacturers offer different models. They are not necessarily portable, and are sold at a much higher price.
again I stress,it's usually thread tension and stitch length that is the deal breaker when comparing household machines to the LS Sailrite portables.
3 Days Ago 04:20 PM
RandyonR3
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
alot of reference to being able to puncture thick material is misleading.
any machine can push a needle through whatever can fit under the Presser foot.
The real issue is whether the drag adjustment can be set properly on the top and bobbin thread to achieve a good "lock" on the stitch,also the length of the stitch delivered when thicker materials are sewn.
Most household machines, even older ones, cannot deliver.
Also, a walking foot is almost a necessity when working with canvas and Dacron to achieve even stitches.
for the money, sailrite is a decent machine with many accessories and great support as well as instructional materials.
'course I've only been sewing for a living for a couple decades.
Not sure If I'd go there..... I use a Juki 1541 and a 2286, both with a sailrite DC motor (MC-SCR), and it will punch as you say but I've had a number of machines the would not..
and the sailrite machines.. the older "Sailmaker" machine was a great piece and was made by "Brother" but the newer machines have a oscillating bobin instead of a rotary unit. Theres a small guide plate that if it gets nicked, it starts dropping stitches... and its not hard to nick the plate.. At one time, I ordered them by the dozzen..
The sailrite machine (Red & Blue) will do the job for simple repair, but its like driving tac's with a 5 lb hammer.. very crude and very rough...
If you are looking at sailrite, go to their upper end pro models..
3 Days Ago 06:21 PM
joethecobbler
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

never thought of double wrapping the top/needle thread, could work.
I'm not sure how you could increase tension on the bottom/bobbin thread. generally each thread (top&bottom) would need to be adjusted in concert with each, in relationship to the materials.

not better or worse,just different.
3 Days Ago 06:07 PM
smurphny
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Quote:
Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
alot of reference to being able to puncture thick material is misleading.
any machine can push a needle through whatever can fit under the Presser foot.
The real issue is whether the drag adjustment can be set properly on the top and bobbin thread to achieve a good "lock" on the stitch,also the length of the stitch delivered when thicker materials are sewn.
Most household machines, even older ones, cannot deliver.
Also, a walking foot is almost a necessity when working with canvas and Dacron to achieve even stitches.
for the money, sailrite is a decent machine with many accessories and great support as well as instructional materials.
'course I've only been sewing for a living for a couple decades.
Thanks for your professional input. The Pfaff 130 will sew sail material but making nice even stitches is really impossible. I think you are absolutely right that professional results are unlikely with any home sewing machine. It is always a struggle to get even stitching from the Pfaff.
3 Days Ago 05:59 PM
TejasSailer
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Quote:
Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
The real issue is whether the drag adjustment can be set properly on the top and bobbin thread to achieve a good "lock" on the stitch,also the length of the stitch delivered when thicker materials are sewn.
Most household machines, even older ones, cannot deliver.
I'll defer to Joe if he corrects me. When sewing thick material, needle-thread tension seems to more of a problem on home sewing machines. Needle-thread can be double-wrapped around the tension discs to increase tension.

However, I'm not a fan of home sewing machines for sewing canvas. I tried with a Pfaff 130 and decided it was not satisfactory for my boat canvas applications.
3 Days Ago 05:31 PM
joethecobbler
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

alot of reference to being able to puncture thick material is misleading.
any machine can push a needle through whatever can fit under the Presser foot.
The real issue is whether the drag adjustment can be set properly on the top and bobbin thread to achieve a good "lock" on the stitch,also the length of the stitch delivered when thicker materials are sewn.
Most household machines, even older ones, cannot deliver.
Also, a walking foot is almost a necessity when working with canvas and Dacron to achieve even stitches.
for the money, sailrite is a decent machine with many accessories and great support as well as instructional materials.
'course I've only been sewing for a living for a couple decades.
4 Days Ago 04:51 PM
smurphny
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Bought and renovated an old Pfaff 130 a couple of years ago and have made 2 sails and recut a couple. Would be better to have a walking foot and a three step stitch but the old Pfaff machines are definitely up to the job for not too much money.
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