Hi, I just re-read your post that you use a Sailrite Long Arm... I didn't know they MADE a long arm. Since my original post several weeks ago, I've been researching potential machines. $2000 is way beyond my reach. A Standard Sailrite LSZ 1 or 2 Plus is within my price range. But there are many walking foot long arm machines at $800 and well below that. So many people responding to my post rave about the Sailrite. However, I would really like the greater flexibility of the 9" arm. I know, it's bigger and heavier, but it's so much more accommodating to thicker and bulkier materials. I still have not decided. I appreciate everyone's recommendations and comments. Any additional thoughts welcome!
Hi and good luck with your search.
I too have nothing bad to say about the Sailrite machines and the super website they publish. That said I didn't have the budget to buy their machine. I think that their pricing is understandable, but have also found that most (though not all) of the items they sell are not unique, and with some time and effort can be purchased else where for significantly less. And I too thought I'd like a deeper throat dimension.
After a long period of online searching I found a Chinese walking foot zig zag with a 9" throat that matches the published Sailrite sewing specs. I bought the below described machine
for less then the currently listed price, from John Caruso, the vender listed below. I found his advice and support to be excellent and the machine to be excellent. I have subsequently added a heavy fly/handwheel to increase the punching power and built a carrying case. I also hired a sewing machine tech for about $60. to teach me how to adjust and service the machine.
I have absolutely no complaints about the performance of this machine. The only thing it's been unable to sew is the head board of a large roller furling genoa that had about 8 layers of cloth and tape that I don't think can be sewed with a portable machine. Below is the body of a message from John Caruso with contact info, I have no connection with him or his company save that single purchase and the subsequent support contact:
Sew Strong, RE 607Z
For sewing medium to heavy weight fabrics. Canvas, nylon, vinyl, leather, synthetics, and similar materials
Main Uses; For sewing boat and truck covers, tents, awnings, sails, parachutes, tarpaulins, wet suits, leather, shoes, boots and similar products.
(16 1/2" x 7" MACHINE BED SIZE)
Work Space is Approximately 9 inches from Needle to Machine Arm.
•800 Stitches Per Minute (Max Speed)
•Walking foot dual-feed capability built-in
• Comes with foot pedal for immediate use with heavy duty motor
•Sews Heavy materials approximately 5/16" thick
•Upholsters furniture, tarps, tents, curtains, cushions, quilts, dresses and much more
•Great portability with handle accessory on top
•Recommend Organ Size 22 Needles system 135x17
•Recommend #69 bonded nylon/polyester thread for sewing on exterior weight upholstery fabrics.
•90 Day Manufacturers Warranty
Oiler with Oil
Commercial Thread Stand,
Variable Foot Speed Control
4 Extra Bobbins
10 Extra Needles
"Getting Stronger All The Time"
All machines are tested and shipped with a sewn Leather Sample.
And YES! the SEWSTRONG RE607Z is equipped with REVERSE FEED.
Westchester Sewing Machine Co.
Commercial Sewing Machines, Industrial Sewing Machines
Sewing Machines Industrial, Industrial Sewing Machines
(845) 627-8873 Phone
(845) 627-6949 Fax