Anything longer than 12" is where I draw the line. I don't have a sailmakers sewing machine, so if the patch needs more than 12" of sewing, it's going to a loft. Just not worth the time or effort.
A palm and sailmakers needles do come in handy for making whippings and doing other small repairs on canvas or gear bags. Re-stitching a bolt rope, no problem. Re-stitching a blown spinnaker, no thank you. Material is thin, but it's over 100 yds of linear stitching.
11-16-2012 01:44 PM
Re: Sail maint.& repair?
Depending on the size of your boat (and hence sailcloth weight) it can be fun (Lido 14) or much like forced labor (typical 32' and up). Last time I broke out the needle and waxed twine to stitch up a sunband I quickly regretted not walking it up to the sail loft. Hand Sewing Supplies
11-16-2012 10:16 AM
Sail maint.& repair?
I've seen/read the lot of sail cleaning and such reviews and posts. There are a few that list that they do their own sewing, etc. One responder even went so far as to caution against blisters, as the task could get mightily stressful on the hands.
Are there any intrinsic problems with sewing/repairing one's own sails? Examples might be using the wrong thread and "cutting' the fibers; or bungling the stitch line and puckering the seam? Perhaps using the 'wrong' material for a patch? Using commonly available hardware vs. 'marine'?
I can sew by hand. I can sew leather in a variety of stitches, and have done heavy canvas and nylon GI materials. Not looking to cut'n'sew a complete sail... just taking up repairs and maintenance.
In answer to the 'blisters'? I seem to recall from somewhere (mebbe the Blue Jacket Manual?) a leather "palm" to support and sew into. Also believe there was some sorta abbreviated glove on the needle hand to keep from pricking thru while pushing. Somewhere along the way of Life, I collected a sewing needle set that had several heavy pieces that were listed as "canvas and sail makers" gear. Hope ta find them soon!
I 'spect I'll have lotsa time ta take these chores ta hand