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12-31-2014 08:35 AM
mbianka
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by downeast450 View Post
It is a great tool! Everything it is advertised to be. Their support is top notch. I use it for problems I had not considered fabric and sewing as a solution to. Like having a fabric TIG.

Down
Agree. I finally opened the wallet and bought a Sailrite LS-1 Zig Zag model this fall. Hoping to learn to sew over the winter. When replacing the bobbin I took out an extra piece that I was not sure how to put back. Called customer service explained the situation. In minutes they sent a link to a video that showed exactly how to replace the part. Customer Service was very helpful and IMO is a good reason to buy a Sailrite. Especially for a novice like me.
12-31-2014 06:46 AM
T37Chef
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by Ferretchaser View Post
They offer more then two models. You just have to bring more change to the table
Understood, I know they offer several professional models, some over $3500.

They are great machines, we just think they have a couple flaws for what they're advertising...just my opinion, take it or leave.
12-30-2014 11:45 AM
Ferretchaser
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Offer two models then!
They offer more then two models. You just have to bring more change to the table
12-29-2014 07:25 AM
T37Chef
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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Originally Posted by Ferretchaser View Post
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.
Offer two models then!
12-29-2014 06:38 AM
downeast450
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

It is a great tool! Everything it is advertised to be. Their support is top notch. I use it for problems I had not considered fabric and sewing as a solution to. Like having a fabric TIG.

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12-28-2014 12:44 PM
Ferretchaser
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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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.
12-28-2014 11:27 AM
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
12-28-2014 10:55 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.


ATB
Michael
12-25-2014 03:20 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..
12-24-2014 05:07 PM
smurphny
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.
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.
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