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03-15-2008 05:51 PM
sailingdog Good thing you don't build the houses you design.
Originally Posted by TrueBlue View Post
Oh . . . thought it was a manual sewing machine.
03-15-2008 05:14 PM
TrueBlue Oh . . . thought it was a manual sewing machine.
03-15-2008 04:04 PM
sailingdog TB-

That's just for the OWNER'S MANUAL... please read the site again.
03-15-2008 03:28 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
I just picked up a Pfaff 360 today for $200. Nice solid machine. Got some canvas projects planned for this season.
You must have missed this sweet deal on a vintage Phaff 360 for only $15.00 . . .

03-15-2008 03:10 PM
sailingdog I just picked up a Pfaff 360 today for $200. Nice solid machine. Got some canvas projects planned for this season.
03-15-2008 12:09 PM
svSandDollar Azura - I am *SO* sorry that happened to you. I use eBay often for purchases. Paypal should be able to help you, but the time limit may be past. I had to go through them a couple times to resolve stuff, took a long time though. As well - we have KP44 #153 (used to be Aurora), haven't been on the KP group much since the refit has slowed due to work, but still around. When I saw your sig I just wanted to say hi from one KP to another.

JohnRPollard - I just purchased the Sailrite LSZ-1 (blue one)... it arrived 2 days ago. I have been watching the videos and I am even more impressed now than when I purchased it. Solid metal (except wheel and knob covers, but those are automobile plastic - solid) parts, and HEAVY. I like the posi pin design and I can actually see how things work since everything is accessible underneath. When I ordered it all, I also got the CD collection and the 'Utrafeed Set-up & use' DVD and the 'Adv. Maintenance' DVD as well. When it shipped Sailrite sent me the usual email, but they also said they didn't send the two DVDs I ordered - they were included free with the new machine. It's a little thing, but I thought that was real nice of them. Saved me $40.

I have yet to sew anything on the machine though, since my sunbrella doesn't arrive until Tuesday (got it someplace else). But I am taking measurements and making plans so I can get started as soon as it arrives.

I had been using an old Husquvarna machine to make up some handrail covers for Sand Dollar. I did it to show my hubby I can actually sew, he heard rumors but never saw anything I had done. But since they turned out great, he let me get my new LSZ along with the 'loadit' option. I wanted this machine not only for the thick projects that my machine struggled with but to take with us on our future cruising plans.

I count at least 14 projects I want to do on Sea Monkey ranging from tiller cover to dodger. I am doing these as practice (esp. the dodger and bimini) for the projects I want to do on Sand Dollar. I was a bit overwhelmed at the thought of doing a dodger (I don't have an old one to copy), but I got the CD's and they look fairly straight forward. I would start with the simpler projects and work my way up to the more complex ones, but you should do just fine. By the time I'm all done, my hubby will have plenty of proof I can sew... still won't hem his pants though, too much work.

03-14-2008 04:10 PM
Valiente Good advice. Sewing machines are like radars: everyone thinks "how hard can it be? I'll just sit down and get to work"...but the reality is that even basic training yields huge dividends.
03-14-2008 01:08 PM
hotdogs I recently got involved with doing some sewing work myself and have really enjoyed it. I've helped with making a mainsail for a Soverel 30, a spinnaker for a J29, and an assemblage of seat cushions and whatnot. In general, it's work that anybody can do, but there are definitely some tricks to it that are not obvious.

What I found to be really helpful in getting started learning about doing sewing work was to take a course at the local technical college. It cost me about $30, but having an experienced upholsterer and sailor teaching the class was invaluable. Also, the access to heavy-duty sewing machines was very nice for working on difficult portions of the project, such as the reinforcement patches near the head, tack, clew, and reef points.

Finally, to keep this post on topic, the instructor was a great resource for sewing machine advice. She was able to explain what manufacturers had repair shops in the area, what features to look for in sewing machines, etc.
03-14-2008 12:13 PM
Lion35 I have a heavy duty all metal Bernina machine, this is a home machine not a true commercial machine. The machine is up to the task and easily sews thick leather or 6 layers of sunbrella. I however am not very talented with cloth and found getting good results on the projects to be more difficult than I thought they would be. I've pulled off tiller covers and salon cushion covers and similar projects but I paid to have a new dodger made last year. I have found repairs to be pretty straight forward and things like leather chafe gear very easy.

My advice would be to borrow a machine and try a simple project before making the investment in a nice machine of your own. See if you like it and see if you have the aptitude.

Allthough I got a Berninna machine instead of a Sailrite I have bought a ton of stuff from Sailrite and have found them to be a first class shop with excellent inventory and helpful staff.

Good luck
03-14-2008 11:42 AM
JohnRPollard Thanks for the feedback, Sailormon and TB.

I would say though, a certain amount of talent is necessary - especially with layout, design and eye/hand craftsman skill.
I hesitate a bit here, as I am not particularly gifted in the fine motorskills department. I'm better with big hammers and the larger powertools.
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