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Old 09-16-2015, 06:33 PM   #81
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:44 PM   #82
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Thanks =) I really like the door with folding legs idea. I have a couple hanging around but they are the six panel type.
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Try Craigslist...Swap 6 panel doors for flush doors...
Who knows you might negotiate a 2 for 1 as paneled ones are more desirable??

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Old 09-16-2015, 06:48 PM   #83
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How about a center support pole? Iike those used on larger mooring covers?

Wooden dowel w a snap on one end..rubber foot on the other and a snap in the center of the cover?

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Old 09-16-2015, 07:27 PM   #84
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Might try an old fender or a beach ball. The fender would work better as they don't tend to loose air like a beach ball. Just trying to come up with a simple way. I hate to drill holes in stuff.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:46 AM   #85
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How about a center support pole? Iike those used on larger mooring covers?

Wooden dowel w a snap on one end..rubber foot on the other and a snap in the center of the cover?

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Don... You have a great engineering mind . There is nothing better than a simple- VERY effective design.


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Old 09-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #86
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The other project is to make a cockpit cover for the kayak, I want the cover to be bowed, so that water will not puddle in it.
Perhaps you can lift from above rather than support from below. One or two tabs sewn on the centreline of the upper surface, eyelets in each and lines going up to the davits? The lines don't have to be vertical, just have some vertical component.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:31 AM   #87
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Thanks, guys. Lot of great, creative ideas there! I know now what I intend to try and do. Will post a photo of it after it is done. Thanks again.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:35 PM   #89
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Go to a sporting goods store and buy fiberglass tent poles. Almost all tents are now built with exoskeletons and those linked, bungeed, flexible poles are easy to work with. We built a "Conestoga" cover for Apophyge that was 12' wide and the tent poles worked great. Material was sunbrella, so it will hold heavy fabric.
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:10 AM   #90
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Greetings back! Are you considering sewing your own canvas? I thought I had the "industrial" Singer version with the walking foot- but alas that is not to be. But I DO have a working sewing machine sitting now in the front cabin and supplies to use.

After an awesome day with some friends today to Ship Island loaded with dolphins swimming along- I get a few more days of yard pass and I intend to sew "something"!
I also intend on pushing the ole' 1911 Singer to the edge while awaiting funding for a Sailright walking foot design. Hell- some of us disadvantaged trawler owners occasionally have to make do with what we have.... !


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... I thought I had the "industrial" Singer version with the walking foot- but alas that is not to be...
Steve: Lena's Phaff 130 didn't have a walking foot so my mother gave her an "even feed walking foot". She's used it on lots for slippery fabrics and large canvas projects. So far so good.

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Old 09-21-2015, 01:26 AM   #92
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Thanks Larry- that's good to know. Well- she's out...
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And she spins with the driver motor and the pointy thing runs up and down- smooth as silk .
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:18 AM   #93
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Take a look at the Sailrite - How to Set Up Your Machine video - thay are basically the same set up as the Singer and some of the parts are interchangeable so don't deep six your Singer when you do get a Sailrite.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:51 PM   #94
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I noticed Sailrite has a download for:

Using a Home Sewing Machine for Sail & Canvas Work

Thought that may be of use to you while getting started with the old Singer.
Let us know how you make out.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:42 PM   #95
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Don that looks like the perfect place to start. Don't know if you have glanced at the transom shower thread I started- but as soon as I finish the sewing shall start- more or less😇
I get 3 days to a week once or twice a month on a yard pass to the boat in Gulfport. I feel like the most blessed guy alive. Piddlin's what I do best!
Unfortunately during my layover I will have a self imposed totally unrealistic list of must do's the "next trip to the boat" .
Then I settle into my island time, can't even find my phone~ groove and in the end, lots of Piddlin' DOES get done.
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I could have finished it today, but that wouldn't have left time for catching pin fish for bait or the three hour tour at West Marine Biloxi today- finding all of those little orange stickers and adding up in my mind the price with the additional 40% off "taken at the register" . Boy am I in HUGE trouble.
I gotta pull up tomorrow afternoon so it looks like next trip for sewing. Thinking I want to leave the transom shower hose off when not in use and sew me up a 4 snap cover to protect those pretty knobs!


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Don that looks like the perfect place to start. Don't know if you have glanced at the transom shower thread I started-
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Yes I've been following that project. Looks like a nice job. I only recently put the connection to the sewing thread together!
I was one of the ones that offered a few shower options but it looks like HopCar did his magic and you ended up with a solution that was almost a duplicate of the original.
I'm sure that with your attention to detail you will do just fine with the sewing...approach it like you would do other DIY projects.
Start w a plan & consider what order to do the steps.

At least you can now shower off if the sewing gets too intense!

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Ha! You're right Don about the transom shower. I forgot .
I gotta focus here.. Transom shower, transom show....
Was that a big trout that jumped???


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Hi All,

Anyone have any advice on how to get a stuck needle out of the shaft? I broke a needle sewing some thick material and the shank must have got jammed up there (maybe I needed to tighten the screw more?) I tried to use some pliers to persuade the needle out and it snapped almost flush with the shaft =( I have an email in to sailrite but I figured I would ask here too.
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Anyone have any advice on how to get a stuck needle out of the shaft?
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I haven't had the problem - only thing I can think of is to remove the screw holding the needle and the thread guide just above the needle - the shaft has a hole completely through it at the top of the needle - you may be able to slide... tap...? something pointed into the hole to release the broken piece.
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My wife does all the canvas work on our PNW boat. She has three machines-- a smaller Pfaff that she keeps on the boat for stuff that comes up on the spot, a similar Pfaff at home and a huge commercial Brother that she bought used at a now-defunct marine consignment store in Seattle. The thing is monstrous--- the motor weighs some 80 pounds and I think the machine can probably sew two sheets of plywood together. I'm afraid to get near it.

She uses Tenara thread exclusively. When canvas goes, it's usually not the fabric but the thread, which then allows the canvas to flap around and tear. Tenara is resistant to just about everything on the planet except a knife. She says it's very tricky to work with, particularly getting the tension correct, but the longevity of the stuff makes it well worth the effort.
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