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Old 12-29-2015, 08:59 AM   #21
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DIY Canvas Tips Tricks & Recommendations

For any / all interested there is a parallel discussion thread
DIY Canvas Tips Tricks & Recommendations
that includes some discussion re: machines and many other related topics.

In post #32 of the above discussion I provided a Sailrite marketing contact info - if anyone is contemplating purchasing a Sailrite machine it may be worthwhile to check to see if they have any specials running or planned in the near future. I believe they frequently have "boat show" special pricing or free shipping - worth asking at least.

I've provided links both ways to help everyone find related & useful info.

Note there is a also a thread
DIY Canvas - Show Off Your Projects
that has some sample work by us "amateurs"...
Please feel free to post photos of your projects.
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Old 12-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #22
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I bought an old straight stitch Singer of eBay. It's direct drive and that's not necessarily an advantage. There's a phenolic gear that I stripped and had to find a replacement for. Also, if the motor fails, I might not find a replacement.


Still, it was about $60 and does the job pretty well and it looks cool with my "traditional" furniture in my home. I don't do enough sewing to justify a "real" machine, just repairs and a few covers. More complicated stuff I send to a pro.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:36 PM   #23
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Sailrite has a $50 off the price of any Ultrafeed machine. Contemplating the difference between the LS-1 and LSZ-1. Don't think I'll ever sew sails but is it worth the difference to buy the more expensive machine? Also is the power wheel with posi lock enough or should I also include the Monster II wheel in any purchase?

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Old 01-29-2016, 10:25 PM   #24
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I bought the deluxe lsz 1 so got the wheel...comes in handy when doing manual turns thru thick materials but I have to say I very rarely do zig zag...that's the only difference between the machines. have not had a need for a special motor yet...I believe it lets you control the speed a little better but I find the foot control adequate for that. I m currently doing a full enclosure like the one on the CHB Europa on the previous page...
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that's SomeSailors Honey Badger...very similar
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The main difference between the LS and LZ Sailrite is the LZ does zigzag. The advantage on the LZ is obvious in that it ZigZags. But more important is the needle bar can shift to the right or left instead of just center. This allows you to stitch closer to zippers and helps a lot on tapeing also.
Now, if all your planning on is a few screens, then hunt for a used machine, preferable one with walking pressure feet. Just take into consideration, that most used machines come mounted on a fairly large table. If you are planning on sewing at home, great. If on the boat, you want a machine that is in a box.
Good luck on your project, go slow and enjoy the project.
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If your interested, a thread I did a while back, New Canvas
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:08 AM   #28
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I bought the deluxe lsz 1 so got the wheel...comes in handy when doing manual turns thru thick materials but I have to say I very rarely do zig zag...that's the only difference between the machines. have not had a need for a special motor yet...I believe it lets you control the speed a little better but I find the foot control adequate for that. I m currently doing a full enclosure like the one on the CHB Europa on the previous page...
I agree w Tangler...
Didn't get the monster wheel w mine but added it later...highly recommend. Also you can get a zipper foot to get closer to zips if desired vs LS-Z. I have one but usually don't use it for zips...normal distance seems OK for the lg #10 sliders on most canvas.
I've done a lot of canvas work in 10+ yrs and never missed having a ZigZag machine. Std foot control works OK for me as well...I attached mine to piece of carpet so foot pressure keeps it place...I can post a pic if anyone would like?
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:37 PM   #29
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Thanks everyone for their input. I will decide which one using the advice above. I really look forward to starting several sewing projects on the boat this year.
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