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05-14-2010 01:21 PM
bruceyp
Let me change positions

Stars and all,
Since someone revived this thread, I want to change my mind about the singer machine. It was great for jacklines and a boat cover I made for a friend, but when it came to repairing the cover on the luff of my furling jib, it just didn't have the "cajones" to do the job. Sailcloth is a bit more demanding than Sunbrella. I ended up handsewing some with a palm and then took the rest to a sailmaker.
B
05-14-2010 10:23 AM
MMR STars1, those machines don't have the power to get through the thick canvas and upholstery fabrics, especially at 2-5 thickness that one runs into, doing canvas projects for boats.

I have an older Singer sewing machine that was advertised as being able to sew through wooden yardsticks and it crapped out trying to sew our sailpack. Sailrite or industrial weight machines are the best way to go.
05-14-2010 01:08 AM
poopdeckpappy Well, maybe to stitch up my board shorts but................
05-13-2010 09:37 PM
stars1
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Originally Posted by Dmarina View Post
Hello: I'm planning on buying a Sailrite sewing machine to make all the necessary covers, cushions, etc. for our boat. I would like to know if there is any needed attachments to make these items, other than what comes with the machine. I'm planning on getting a LSZ-1. So far I know I will need a light. Thanks for any ideas.

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11-26-2009 02:00 AM
SoftJazz If your vise has a wide enough space between the jaws, you might be able to use it to do the same thing. The thing would be to make sure you keep the tools lined up exactly straight, which is easier with the press vertically than it is with the vise horizontally. A 13" press isn't that large. Try it with the vise, but I've used the press so much I couldn't even consider the vise right now. Plus, the press puts a lot of pressure down in a hurry, while the vise must be driven sideways & just isn't going to be as efficient.

If you don't need to set as many snaps & rivets as I've done, the vise could do a decent job. I do a lot of clothing, & sometimes I'll set so many rivets or snaps that I can't imagine trying it with a vise. Your usage may be different.

If you know someone with a machine shop who has a press, maybe that person may let you use it. That's how I discovered the arbor press. It's why I now own one, albeit much smaller. It depends on how many snaps, rivets & other hardware you set as to whether it would be a worthwhile investment for you.
11-22-2009 03:45 PM
wind_magic
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Originally Posted by SoftJazz View Post
If you're going to put in grommets, rivets, snaps or any other metal parts that need tools to apply them, you might want to also purchase a small arbor press. I got one from Harbor Freight, I think a 13" model. I keep it mounted on a cheap wooden stool I got from whatever store, maybe Walmart or Target or someplace like that. It'll press straight down on your tools & press everything solid in one shot. WAY better than a hammer. If you're doing sails, covers & things like that, this is one thing you'll appreciate having.
I wonder if there is an attachment I can use for my existing bench vise so that I wouldn't have to have another tool laying around, in this case the arbor press. Seems like the vise should be able to apply the necessary pressure.
11-22-2009 02:55 PM
SoftJazz If you're going to put in grommets, rivets, snaps or any other metal parts that need tools to apply them, you might want to also purchase a small arbor press. I got one from Harbor Freight, I think a 13" model. I keep it mounted on a cheap wooden stool I got from whatever store, maybe Walmart or Target or someplace like that. It'll press straight down on your tools & press everything solid in one shot. WAY better than a hammer. If you're doing sails, covers & things like that, this is one thing you'll appreciate having.
11-20-2009 03:15 PM
deniseO30 Doug, this was an old thread, but welcome to the forums!
11-20-2009 02:15 PM
dougpad
Pfaff 260

Does it have a walking foot like the Sailrite?

Parts and service still available?
08-12-2008 06:51 PM
Whampoa Congratulations, you will enjoy your new machine. Take the time to view the DVD that comes with it and review the manuals and it is pretty straight forward. Practice on some scrap to get the feel for the machine.

You might also find "The Complete Canvasworker's Guide" by Jim Grant to be helpful. It is well illustrated and provides examples for many of the boat related projects you might be considering.

The LSZ-1 is pretty well made and we have not had any issues with it so far. The the throat depth can be an issue depending on what you are trying to sew but we have been able to overcome that so far on our projects. Sewing a big sail might be a challenge.

If you are going to do much canvas work for your boat, you will want to install grommets from time to time. Having the proper tools to punch the holes for a given size grommet and then set the new grommet makes that work easy. Grommets come in a variety of sizes but you can probably get by with just a couple of sizes and the related punch and die sets for them.

If you plan to work with sunbrella and other fabrics like it, you may want to look into investing in a hotknife to make your cuts. They are not inexpensive and may not be cost justified in your case. A friend borrowed my machine to sew a new sail cover out of Sunbrella and made all his cuts with regular scissors. While the cover came out nice, he has begun to see some fraying along the cut edges near the seams. I've experimented with pinking shears on a few small projects like hatch covers and there seems to be less tendency to fray when using that type of scissors. Might be all you need.

You will find you have entered yet another world where there is no shortage of ways to become separated from your money. Enjoy.

Regards, John
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