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Re: Choosing a Domestic Sewing Machine

Interesting analysis Siamese. I will say I tried to make an old all-metal Japanese machine work for our cruising needs. After running it through a number of tests I concluded it would not be worth carrying it with me on board. It worked great for light material, but my main need is sail and sunbrella repair. I found my good old Japanese machine could not consistently manage sunbrella, nor a few layers of sailcloth. And the lack of good walking foot just made the whole project too difficult for this neophyte sewer.

Probably if I was a more skilled sewer I could make it work, but I found it became an exercise in frustration. Compared to a Sailrite-type machine (there are others, not just Sailrite), I just found it way too difficult to actually do anything.

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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