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16 Hours Ago 06:21 PM
joethecobbler
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

never thought of double wrapping the top/needle thread, could work.
I'm not sure how you could increase tension on the bottom/bobbin thread. generally each thread (top&bottom) would need to be adjusted in concert with each, in relationship to the materials.

not better or worse,just different.
16 Hours Ago 06:07 PM
smurphny
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Quote:
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.
16 Hours Ago 05:59 PM
TejasSailer
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Quote:
Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
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.
I'll defer to Joe if he corrects me. When sewing thick material, needle-thread tension seems to more of a problem on home sewing machines. Needle-thread can be double-wrapped around the tension discs to increase tension.

However, I'm not a fan of home sewing machines for sewing canvas. I tried with a Pfaff 130 and decided it was not satisfactory for my boat canvas applications.
17 Hours Ago 05:31 PM
joethecobbler
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

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.
17 Hours Ago 04:51 PM
smurphny
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Bought and renovated an old Pfaff 130 a couple of years ago and have made 2 sails and recut a couple. Would be better to have a walking foot and a three step stitch but the old Pfaff machines are definitely up to the job for not too much money.
1 Day Ago 10:38 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

The Pfaff 138 is a good choice with its longer arm, and is more of an industrial machine. For portability and versatility, the Pfaff 130 cannot be beat. Consew, Adler, Juki, these are other brands of interest.

Walking feet make sewing a bit easier but are certainly not necessary. All you do is learn how to coordinate pulling the cloth along.

I've got another post on the subject, here:
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/1625154-post41.html
1 Day Ago 07:17 AM
__floater__
Re: Pfaff 260

Quote:
Originally Posted by dougpad View Post
Does it have a walking foot like the Sailrite?

Parts and service still available?
I know this is a very old thread but I am sure it's still read by folks interested in needling their own creations and repairs.
From what I can tell by the video below, the Pfaff 260 doesn't appear to have a walking foot, but it sure breezes through several layers of thick material with ease.
This morning there is a "360" on eBay for $60. There also seems to be many used parts available from eBay.
Either of these machines (260/360) might be worth looking into.

"Pfaff 260"
WATCH IN HD

1 Day Ago 03:15 AM
Notholl
Re: Sailrite Sewing Machine

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine is the best sewing machine known to me so far known to me.... It has versatile, value-packed, perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects
05-14-2010 02:21 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.
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05-14-2010 11:23 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.
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