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Old 09-03-2015, 06:48 AM   #25
Shoalwaters
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City: Rodney Bay Lagoon
Country: St. Lucia, West Indies
Vessel Name: "Dragon Lady"
Vessel Model: DeFever 41
Join Date: Feb 2008
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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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