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Old 09-02-2015, 08:17 PM   #21
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Forklift...

You should be able to test this easy - just rotate the side wheel by hand and see if the top foot moves or is stationary & only exerts force down.
Don,
I think that my rig is gonna get side lined as "Light duty"
Crap- I'm into Patricia for about 3 1/2 BoatBucs already.
Actually this is the rig that Oma brought over from Germany. My mother has another one that Oma made slip covers and drapes with when she worked for her self later in life. Let me check- maybe it will have the feed??
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:35 PM   #22
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Don't be surprised if you become the new " favorite guy " on the docks. Seems like everybody needs a small repair.
Not likely. I'm starting from ground zero on this thing. But I know that I will need new canvas within the next two years, and so figure that this opportunity to learn from experts is not something which will come along again. Hopefully, within two years I will become able to do what I need to do. And so far have spent less than a $B (boat dollar). :-)

Next step is to look at the Sailrite videos that you guys have talked about.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:41 PM   #23
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"- On my "Wish List" is a Hot Knife that cuts and heat seals the fabric edge in one step - a little pricey but has advantages"

For less than $20 you can buy a garden variety soldering iron with exchangeable tips, one of which will be a v-shaped flat blade. It'll cut and seal Sunbrella for a whole lot less that a hot knife.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:37 PM   #24
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Solder Gun vs Hot Knife

ARoss...

You are correct there are alternatives... I have and use a soldering gun w/ a flat blade tip...

IMHO they are not equal but can be a reasonable compromise for small projects.

Solder gun works well for heat sealing the ends of binding, creating zipper stops, etc but is fairly slow for large scale fabric cutting compared to a hot knife...
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:48 AM   #25
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I have an old SailRite Yachtsman machine - does straight and zigzag stitches and handles multiple thicknesses of heavy fabrics. If you can fold up thin aluminium sheet (or do origami) then you can make covers etc with Sunbrella. I find the lighter slippery sail cloths much more difficult to work with

Use acrylic basting tape. This is the very stick double-sided sticky tape specifically made for use with Sunbrella-type materials. It lets you fold and "assemble" projects, then run the seams through the sewing machine.

I use a soldering gun against an aluminium straight-edge for cutting acylic cloth. The removable tip can be ground to a knife edge which cuts as it melts.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:47 AM   #26
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I use a soldering gun against an aluminium straight-edge for cutting acylic cloth. The removable tip can be ground to a knife edge which cuts as it melts.

Great ideas! Next time you get a chance can you snap a picture of this set up- I'm interested in possibly using it. Thanks


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Old 09-03-2015, 09:18 AM   #27
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Lots of great information and suggestions here. I'll add that it is a good idea to invest in a hot knife. Sailrite now has their own branded version that is much less expensive than the Engle hot knife we bought with our machine. It is also handy for cutting and sealing the ends of various lines/ropes. Second, make sure you get a couple seam rippers. They are inexpensive and come in very handy when you need to undo a stitch (and you will need to take some appart and restitch at some point). I've told people that if you can run a band saw, you can run a Sailrite or similar type of machine. Finally, realize that when you are working with canvas projects, measuring only gets you so far. When we did our bimini, we took general measurements to determine how much fabric to buy and to sew up several pieces in the initial stage, but all final fitting was done by eye, laying the fabric over the frame and marking the cuts and seams.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:20 PM   #28
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Don,

I think that my rig is gonna get side lined as "Light duty"

Crap- I'm into Patricia for about 3 1/2 BoatBucs already.

Actually this is the rig that Oma brought over from Germany. My mother has another one that Oma made slip covers and drapes with when she worked for her self later in life. Let me check- maybe it will have the feed??

Bad news for me- Grandma's machine got sold years ago before she passed. Well- one more item checked on the wish list. Gonna need to get a sewing machine.


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Old 09-03-2015, 12:28 PM   #29
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Steve,
Look at the bright side, the machine is just the beginning. Next, your gonna need to retrofit the house to compete with Dons canvas room. May be a second or third career here. Sure glad I'm retired again.
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Originally Posted by Shoalwaters

I use a soldering gun against an aluminium straight-edge for cutting acylic cloth. The removable tip can be ground to a knife edge which cuts as it melts.

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Great ideas! Next time you get a chance can you snap a picture of this set up- I'm interested in possibly using it. Thanks
Forky, Sorry for the delay in replying. I may have made it sound more technical than it is. The steel rule shows up better in the pic. A big advantage of using a hot-knife is that it seals the edges of the cloth nicely.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:23 PM   #31
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Thanks Mike for posting. That's a great idea


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Old 09-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #32
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I just sent a note off to SailRite to see if by chance they would offer any sort of discount to TF members - I'll let everyone know if/when I get a response.

BTW For anyone interested there is SailRite Forum you might want to look at / join in... maybe more / different experience level there vs on TF?
Not the response from SailRite but here is their reply.
If interested you might want to subscribe or take advantage of their current free shipping special.

We’re not really set up to offer permanent discounts this way and when we have attempted similar arrangements in the past we run into a lot of issues.
I realize it’s probably not the answer you’re hoping for, but the best way to stay up to date on when we’re offering discounts is to get on our mailing list.
We do generally offer machine discounts a few times throughout the year on a variety of configurations.
Right now we’ve got a free shipping promotion which ends up being a good deal on something as heavy as an Ultrafeed.
Hope that helps.

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Old 09-09-2015, 05:50 PM   #33
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Well Don, you gotta try to know.


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Thanks for the effort Don!
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Right now we’ve got a free shipping promotion which ends up being a good deal on something as heavy as an Ultrafeed.
Thanks, Don. You gave it your best shot, and that is all that can be expected. It is greatly appreciated, too.

Got my new Ultrafeed LS-1 in today. No free shipping, so I missed the boat on that goody. Story of my life in a capsule! :-)
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I have a " Mitzi" commercial walking foot machine that I have just used to re-sew all the bimini seams , as the original thread has rotted and the seams were starting to flap about. The sunbrella fabric was in great shape, so I used " Tenara" thread, quite a bit more expensive but should outlast the fabric.
I don't understand why that thread would not be offered as an upgrade from the canvas shops when making new awnings, tops, and boat items.

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I don't understand why that thread would not be offered as an upgrade from the canvas shops when making new awnings, tops, and boat items.

Bill
Some do offer it at a premium$.
I have no experience with it so can't comment. Others swear by it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:22 PM   #38
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Got my new Ultrafeed LSZ-1 in today
jw...
Start practicing...scraps to start & gain some experience. Read the manual & watch the SR videos on the machine.
Don't be afraid to make some adjustments as needed...tension...stitch length...

Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Bad news for me- Grandma's machine got sold years ago before she passed. Well- one more item checked on the wish list. Gonna need to get a sewing machine.


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I have a sailrite Lz1 and you have a mill/ lathe combo . hmmmm
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:10 PM   #40
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I have a sailrite Lz1 and you have a mill/ lathe combo . hmmmm

Come on now Marty... Now you know how much I must love that old Craftsman Lathe... .



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