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04-29-2013 12:24 PM
Alex W
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

Sailrite has a 20% sale sometime around this part of the year (perhaps it has already come and gone). If you wait for the sale the new machine will be cheaper than the used.
04-29-2013 11:02 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

FWIW, I had the opportunity to purchase a used Sailrite machine from a friend a couple of years ago. I had it in the Sailrite shop in Annapolis for cleaning/repair and mentioned that I was considering purchasing the machine. The service rep discouraged me from purchasing that particular older machine because of the upgrades that had been made to the new machines (better reliability, improved functionality, better access for servicing, etc). I ended up not buying a Sailrite, but the issue of reliability/functionality is worth considering.

The Sailrite I borrowed never got through a project without needed a trip to the shop (three trips over the year I had the machine) - I fully admit that it might have been user error, but I had screws work their way out of internal mechanisms and a monster wheel that was too sticky for me to operate. Again, it might just have been a lemon machine - the owner raved about it.

I now use a Necchi that seems to handle all the canvas work we need without too much trouble (StackPack, Dodger and Bimini repair, Winch covers, etc) and it was $350 new.
04-29-2013 11:00 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

I just bought an LSZ-1 from Sailrite ... I found a cheaper price for a new LSZ-1 on e-Bay and contacted Sailrite on their web chat to see if this was legit. They said if the e-bay one had the case and all the stuff that is included with the Sailrite machine, they would match the e-bay price ... AND THEY DID. Sailrite even matched the e-bay retailer's lower shipping!

I can't say enough good things about Sailrite's customer service. They are the BEST to deal with ... and this isn't the first time that they went "over and above" for transactions I have had with them.
04-29-2013 10:28 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

I have an LZ-1, it's a great machine... I found a good deal on mine years ago, but based upon the current prices, I might be looking for a less expensive alternative if I were buying again today...

One you might check out is this Barracuda from Defender...

Reliable Barracuda Sewing Machine

I have never seen one of these myself, but at least to my eye from the pics provided, it appears to be virtually identical to the Sailrite in most respects... have no idea about the weight of the balance wheel in comparison, but it might be worth investigating, or asking on a sewing forum whether anyone has any experience with one of these...
04-29-2013 10:23 AM
Skipper Jer
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

I just did new interior cushions for my boat using an old Sears all metal machine I picked up at a second hand charity store for $10.00. I've tested it sewing Pacific blue Sunbrella, does 4 layers just fine. Pretty sure one only needs zig zag doing sails.

Anybody have zig zag stitching on their bimini?
04-29-2013 10:21 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

I bought a new machine with accessories from Sailrite. Even with the costs of driving, it's still a much lower cost to you and with the work you plan on doing, it'll be worth it. I hope it works out for you.
04-29-2013 10:11 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

Also, I'm sure that shipping for a machine this size and weight is comparable to fuel burn in going to pick it up. Seems that I'm now talking myself into buying this one. I've been looking for a solid month now and this is about the best price I've come by with all of the accessaries included.
04-29-2013 10:06 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

The machine will be used to redo all of my upholstery, bimini, lazy jack, cockpit cushions, winch and helm covers. We'll be doing all this ourselves as my lady friend is quite handy with such things. Finding the right machine that's easy to stow on our modest boat for all of this work as well as work in the future is tough.
04-29-2013 10:06 AM
Skipper Jer
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

And then there is Ebay...............
Sailrite Ultra Feed Lsz 1 Straight Stitch Zigzag | eBay

opening bid 626 buy it now 695.
04-29-2013 10:04 AM
Re: Sailrite LSZ-1

Our machine paid for itself I 2 years easily.

Ne bimini, dodger, sail cover, cushions. Even just going over the sails every season instead or 300-600 sent to a sail loft will add up quickly.

Advantage of the Sailrite is it can be used if necessary manually and has a suitcase it packs up in so when cruising you can take it for emergency repairs.
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