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Old 09-01-2015, 08:38 PM   #21
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Crusty...

Nice job! I'm impressed.
I bought one of the Sailrite straight stitch machines about 10 yrs ago and started doing my own canvas work as well. Well that started a number of folks in the marina wanting small jobs done. I have done a lot of small work over that time and learned a lot just by doing it. The ironic thing is we now own a Mainship Hardtop Trawler with NO CANVAS!?

You sparked an idea to start a canvas sewing tips thread - probably more than a few that have tackled similar projects and learned something - others that are considering it but maybe afraid to start.

My first reaction was to respond w/ a few I've learned but didn't want to hijack your posting. I'll start a new / related canvas thread... why not pass on any tips, tricks, worthwhile tools / attachment findings.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:52 PM   #22
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Crusty...

Nice job! I'm impressed.
I bought one of the Sailrite straight stitch machines about 10 yrs ago and started doing my own canvas work as well. Well that started a number of folks in the marina wanting small jobs done. I have done a lot of small work over that time and learned a lot just by doing it. The ironic thing is we now own a Mainship Hardtop Trawler with NO CANVAS!?

You sparked an idea to start a canvas sewing tips thread - probably more than a few that have tackled similar projects and learned something - others that are considering it but maybe afraid to start.

My first reaction was to respond w/ a few I've learned but didn't want to hijack your posting. I'll start a new / related canvas thread... why not pass on any tips, tricks, worthwhile tools / attachment findings.
Hey if it helps some to save a few bucks, I'll lend a hand. The sewing thread is a great Idea. Think Matt on his Axe project would help also as I hear he's gonna give it a go himself.
As a side note if anyone wants to learn a little bit more about canvas projects, Sailrite has many video's on there web site.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:58 PM   #23
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Man- I'm all in on a canvas tips thread!!! I have purchased/ scrounged all the necessary materials, thread etc. and just need to replace the o ring belt to the electric motor on a 1911 Singer my German Grandmother brought to the states in the mid 50's. I bought a canvas how to book. I just haven't set the machine up- I gotta figure out the sewing machine. Threading it and other stuff... I need help !!!


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As a side note if anyone wants to learn a little bit more about canvas projects, Sailrite has many video's on there web site.
Here's a direct link to the Sailrite "How-To" free videos: Search
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Great work. I've got to do my veranda enclosure ....eisenglass and screens shot. Come on down! Plenty of beer here!
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When I get back up on the Boat next month, I'll try to take pictures of a simple hatch cover step by step. It might help someone to show how a simple project is done and reduce the reluctance to try.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:17 PM   #27
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Great work. I've got to do my veranda enclosure ....eisenglass and screens shot. Come on down! Plenty of beer here!
Larry, this is why it took me longer than expected. A day didn't go by that at least 3 people needed help. They were mostly small projects, and they humped the beer down the ramp and stocked my cooler too.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:19 PM   #28
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When I get back up on the Boat next month, I'll try to take pictures of a simple hatch cover step by step. It might help someone to show how a simple project is done and reduce the reluctance to try.
Sounds good . I will look forward to that as well .
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:23 PM   #29
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[QUOTE=Forkliftt;365151]Man- I'm all in on a canvas tips thread!!! I have purchased/ scrounged all the necessary materials, thread etc. and just need to replace the o ring belt to the electric motor on a 1911 Singer my German Grandmother brought to the states in the mid 50's. I bought a canvas how to book. I just haven't set the machine up- I gotta figure out the sewing machine. Threading it and other stuff... I need help.

Steve if that 1911 Singer has walking dog for feed drive your in like flint. If not, you'll struggle big time. Also, smaller machines usually don't have the UMPH to get thru several layers of canvas. Even the Sailrite struggled at times for me. But by rotating the wheel by hand I got thru everything.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:26 PM   #30
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When I get back up on the Boat next month, I'll try to take pictures of a simple hatch cover step by step. It might help someone to show how a simple project is done and reduce the reluctance to try.

Perfect! I had a pair of Sunbrella hatch covers made several months back. They are set up with draw strings and one has already blown away. I look forward to Lesson 1


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Old 09-01-2015, 10:02 PM   #31
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Even the Sailrite struggled at times for me. But by rotating the wheel by hand I got thru everything.
CrustyChief... take look at the optional flywheels for the LSZ-1 - I added the monster wheel to my LS-1 and really like the ability to start slow and still have the power.

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Check out the Sailrite How To Videos - they have one for hatch covers. I've viewed and used it with good results.

FYI I just posted a DIY Canvas How To thread to get the ball rolling
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:23 PM   #32
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Great work looks great!!!

Siestawife bought the sailrite machaine last year and has done some amazing projects so far

We just bought another 800 bucks worth of dryfast foam for the next projects
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:33 PM   #33
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This is great! I have watched a few of the Sail-Rite videos and have been bitten by the bug to sew. I watch with great interest.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:28 AM   #34
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Very nice. We have the same machine with the monster wheel. We bought it to make a bimini for our sailboat. With the Sailright videos and their frame kits, we built the whole thing from scratch. The price for the whole project including the machine was just under what it would have cost to farm it out, but we figured after that the machine was paid for. no sewing experience except for making a pillow in school once (we all had to take home economics in junior high). The videos were a great help. The hardest part was the layout. Mistakes were no problem with the seam ripper (just take out the stitches and start over). I wish we had a place to do all the work at our marina. It took many trips back and forth from home to the boat over the winter to get everything just right. Highly recommend going this route to anyone who has the time and inclination.
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I wish some of you seamstresses/seamsters lived closer to me. I have LOTS of beer to share.

That's one skill I never learned and never thought I'd enjoy. Maybe I ought to take another look at it.
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Nice work CC. I'm impressed mate.

Do you like the LZ1..?


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Think Matt on his Axe project would help also as I hear he's gonna give it a go himself.


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[QUOTE=Hendo78;371372]Nice work CC. I'm impressed mate.

Do you like the LZ1..?

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I was pretty surprised at how well the LZ1 sewed. One of the neat features of the LZ1 is the ability to move the Needle bar left, right or center. The LS1 dosent do this, I don't think. This makes sewing the zippers, taping and seams a bit easier. The only thing I wish they would change on the Sailrite machine is figure out a way to increase the height of the pressure foot while its up, it's pretty tight when your trying to get a zipper and several layers of material all lined up. I'm kinda old school, meaning I used the commercial Singers, Consew and Phaff machines back in the day. The problem with those machines, they take up a lot of room with the table, big motor and overall weight.
You have built a nice table to drop yours in and still maintain the compactness when you need it. I'm just too far from the boat for that to work for me.
You'll find its a lot easier to move material around when the table and machine bed are the same height. Also, if you have another table that can adjust to the same height of the table that holds the machine put it next to the fixed table at a 90 degree on the left side, this will help you a lot on big pieces of material your working on. Don has a pretty sweet set up, he posted pics on the Tips and Tricks side.
Have fun and good luck on your canvas project.
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Bought a used LS1 to repair our cockpit cover. Once I got it set up, it was fun. Looks like I'll be redoing all our bridge windows as well. Sailrite folks are really nice to deal with; lots of patience with newbie/beginners.
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Looks like I'll be redoing all our bridge windows as well.
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Are you remaking the complete window sections or replacing clear vinyl in the existing?
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