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Old 10-16-2015, 06:25 PM   #141
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Looks like a std YKK separating zipper to me.
see Sailrite site #10 YKK zip zoom in on the end pieces. You should note one side has a hollow or hole in the end - that's the side that's fixed - the solid side is the removable one and the end piece is slightly longer than the fixed side.
Didn't go out of town after all, so went down to the boat today and checked this out. And sure enough . . . you were right on the money! Thanks. So now one piece is removed and at home.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:48 AM   #142
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DIY Canvas Sewing Machine Discussion

I noticed a parallel discussion focused on sewing machines for canvas work...thought I'd provide the link for anyone interested.

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Old 12-29-2015, 03:22 PM   #143
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Ideas for securing dingy cover drawstrings?

What a great thread this is!
I am almost finished with my project to make a sunbrella cover for our 8' dyer dingy.
We resolved almost all the main issues, like using a fiberglass tent pole for the center support, and have a method for securing the cover at the bow, but we are trying to find the best method for ensuring that the drawstrings (sta-set braid 3/16 dia) don't loosen up.

The barrel cord lock closures aren't large enough to pass two 3/16 lines through.

Any thoughts? I will be posting the project from start to finish on our blog, and will also share a few photos on this forum too.

By the way, I've been using my 20 year old New Home sewing machine for the entire project. Other than some issues with thread tension, it is working fine for 4 layers of Sunbrella.

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Old 12-29-2015, 04:18 PM   #144
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...we are trying to find the best method for ensuring that the drawstrings (sta-set braid 3/16 dia) don't loosen up.

The barrel cord lock closures aren't large enough to pass two 3/16 lines through.

Any thoughts?

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You can get different size barrel locks. ..
Or how about using one on each cord?
If they both run through a grommet above should work OK
Looking fwd to photos & a link to your blog
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Old 12-30-2015, 09:53 AM   #145
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Barrel Lock Solution

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The barrel cord lock closures aren't large enough to pass two 3/16 lines through.

Any thoughts?
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Here's your answer - Double Barrel Lock
Sailrite is a great source for hard to find sewing related stuff.
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:23 PM   #146
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All Done

Thanks for the suggestions on the barrel locks. Turns out the captain wanted one on each end of the rope any way, and I managed to find two in my hoard of plastic bits.

The cover is finished - here's a link to our blog post: https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/664303/895253517

I'll also post on the projects page!
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:44 PM   #148
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Thread Problem & Sailrite Machine Adjustments

I recently experienced a problem w/ thread "shredding" and balling up ahead of the needle. I tried the usual needle bar adjustment with little improvement.
I also removed a couple of burrs on the gib hook and polished it using a felt wheel & polishing compound.
I contacted Sailrite and rec'd a reply w/ link to the videos on gib hook adjustments.
I did the adjustment and solved the problem - thought I'd post pics of the problem as well as the link for the fix.
Sailrite has been excellent about helping users of their machines learn to do this kind of tuning themselves - nice to know how to keep your your machine in top shape.

The adjusting videos can be found at
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:20 AM   #149
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OK guys, I guess I'll be learning a new skill

I just bought a Sailrite ultrafeed, zig zag sewing machine, a whole bunch of sewing tools, and enough supplies to do some serious practicing.

First step will be to learn. I'll practice some, then build something like a duffel bag as my first project.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:48 AM   #150
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OK guys, I guess I'll be learning a new skill

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Welcome to the TF Sewing Circle

The online videos are a really very good place to get started.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:00 PM   #151
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:01 PM   #152
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Thanks guys, I have allot to learn!
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:04 PM   #153
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One can never have enuff bags, good luck Kev!
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Old 10-14-2016, 11:11 AM   #154
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For those interested---Sailrite is offering a 10% discount for most of this month. I just took advantage of it with my order for 30 yards of Navy Blue Sunbrella along with 5 yards of Shelter Rite.

Very busy lately although I hope to squeeze enough time to complete least 1/2 of my boat's canvas before hauling on 24 October. As I type, my helm is completely exposed to the weather after the installation of my new Atlantic Tower's hard top. It matches their hard top I have over my aft deck.

I have already installed awning track and made the needed patterns for sewing.

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Old 10-14-2016, 03:27 PM   #155
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Here's an interesting product - Zipper Extender - adds an inch to zipper closures that are too tight...interesting product.

They also have an interesting page of tips / considerations when buying a canvas sewing machine - includes several Mfg recommendations
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Old 11-08-2016, 12:55 AM   #156
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canvas patterning

I am starting to think about the rear cockpit canvas on my boat.

Here is an example of that I want to so, same model boat.

What I really like is the rounded corners!

So... How do you think this was built?

How would you hem the curved corners? Or would you? Are they just cut out with a hot knife? Binding tape?

I am SOO curious as to what they did to make those corners

All I have is the photos, but I sure like the end result.
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Old 11-08-2016, 06:41 AM   #157
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If the material is hard, looks like EZ2CY material or equivalent.

It is like a thin Lexan.

If soft, then not sure of the question.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:25 AM   #158
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I did get a couple of close ups of the corners. It looks like they cut the corner on the radius and used binding on the edge.

On the inside they did the same thing, but with a lighter colored sunbrella.

Most canvas work that I've seen seems to be made using straight pieces, forming hard angles at the corners. I really like the look of the radiused corners on this job.
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:40 AM   #159
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When I did the rounded corners on my flying bridge, my measuring was a bit off for the rounded and sloping surface it needed to look nice. Fortunately fabric and not clear vinyl so cheating as inserting a triangulation piece helped.

I am guessing your example was done by someone very good and/or was a good or persistent pattern maker....

It does look very nice.
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Thinking about the corners...

In order to do a hard angle corner you need two strips of material to intersect at whatever angle. Very efficient material wise.

To do a round corner you need a corner piece, plus two separate pieces of material, or one very large piece of material and you cut out the area for the window. Thats how this one looks to me. Like it is a big piece of sunbrella that someone cut out the center of. Not so material efficient, but really nice looking.

On the inside he might have used strips of lighter material, but I cannot see the seam where he would have joined the corner piece to the side and top.

What I think we are looking at is a cut out window in a large piece inside and out with flaps sewn to hide the zippers. I think that the stitching we see in the photo.
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