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02-09-2007 05:59 PM
firehoser75 Thanks RTBates..... It is appreciated. It sounds like the procedure could involve a fair amount of jockeying the material around.
02-06-2007 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by firehoser75
How does one deal with all of the material (in the small distance between the needle and the machine body) when repairing the middle area of large sails (36 foot boat)? Is one machine better than another in this regard? Thanks, Tom
Find the closest edge and roll it up as tight as possible. Then use something to keep it rolled up tight. Clamps, line,etc. The pros use machines with a long throat giving them more clearance. They are very pricey. I use a Sailrite LZ. Will need zig-zag for sails and other applications where there will be large pulling forces on the stitches.
02-02-2007 10:01 PM
Goodnewsboy I live in a yuppie town where we have a Gucci dump (Called a transfer station.)

I have picked up a perfectly serviceable cast iron Singer straight stitch sewing machine for the taking. (The dump has a money-back guarantee policy too.)

While it is limited by the lack of a walking foot and zigzag, it will do most of the canvaswork you need that doesn't require those features.

As has been said, a lot of pretty nice, heavy duty machines can be had for very reasonable money if you spend some time looking.
02-02-2007 05:53 PM
alanl If you can find one, the 1980's vintage Japanese made Borletti machines are second hand for around $100. Built like brick outhouses (as we say in Oz), they are semi-industrial, have all kinds of stitch adjustments and can handle up to a size 18 needle for leather and canvas. The motor struggles a bit on heavy materials, but hand assistance on the flywheel overcomes this.

It would not compare with a Sailrite, but at the price, it will do the job


01-24-2007 03:20 PM
Sewing Question

How does one deal with all of the material (in the small distance between the needle and the machine body) when repairing the middle area of large sails (36 foot boat)?

Is one machine better than another in this regard?

01-22-2007 09:09 PM
pirateofcapeann I use a Singer 107-W1 ashore but I’ve heard tell by them what knows that the Husqvarna Viking should also be in contention. Seems that before Sailright, that was the machine to have. I’d bet a little research would get you the right model for your needs and one could be found on-line a lot cheaper then a Sailrite machine.
01-22-2007 06:22 PM

I have a Janome that works (not the best), but I am going to get the sailrite with straight and zig zag. The deluxe one with all the goodies on it.
01-21-2007 11:37 PM
Sabreman I wouldn't use anything but the Sailrite machine. I have the straight/zig-zag machine and have made new sailcovers, bimini, winch, binnacle, and wheel covers plus interior cushions and assorted repairs. Agree that the upper & lower feet must walk in order to get through heavy material. Sailrite has great customer service too! Get the heavy flywheel to make stiching smoother at slow speeds. Good luck.
01-14-2007 10:46 PM
Goodnewsboy You want a walking foot.
Straight stitch is OK for canvaswork.
Zigzag is necessary for sail work.
They are pretty much all made in Taiwan or China.

A place to look at a few different machines:
01-14-2007 10:32 PM
Vasco Everybody seems to like the Sailrite. I have one (just the straight stitch job) and it's fine for canvas and upholstery.
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