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Old 01-12-2018, 04:26 PM
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Find a deal on a used name brand. Chandler, Juki, Singer, Rimoldi, Pfaff, etc. They last forever with minimal maintenance. I use my 20+ year old machine daily and it would sew right through your grandmother. Oil it weekly. Quality hardened steel parts. Only thing I ever replace is the needle. It get timed and tuned once a year (by me). Don't buy junk. Wait for a deal on the right machine.
In a perfect world I'd like to find a walking foot, zig-zag and straight machine that is good quality. I'd love to find a good used one -- my biggest fear is what if it needs to have the timing set, etc. (I'm guessing there's a YouTube video for that? LOL)....

I don't want to spend $400+ on a used older machine, only to realize I could have spent a little more and bought the $700 from Sailrite?... but on the other hand, if I can find a used one that is as good or better than the Sailrite, for less money?... then I'm in!!

A little secret. I've been cleaning and organizing my garage all day (shelving, etc.). Why? Well... first, it looked like a disaster zone. Second? Well... I'll be you can guess.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:20 PM
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In a perfect world I'd like to find a walking foot, zig-zag and straight machine that is good quality. I'd love to find a good used one -- my biggest fear is what if it needs to have the timing set, etc. (I'm guessing there's a YouTube video for that? LOL)....

I don't want to spend $400+ on a used older machine, only to realize I could have spent a little more and bought the $700 from Sailrite?... but on the other hand, if I can find a used one that is as good or better than the Sailrite, for less money?... then I'm in!!

A little secret. I've been cleaning and organizing my garage all day (shelving, etc.). Why? Well... first, it looked like a disaster zone. Second? Well... I'll be you can guess.
7 years ago I was in your position, with these exact objectives. Never found that Unicorn. Almost pulled the trigger on the Sailrite machine, but just couldn't justify it. Never found a used professional walking foot machine for under $1000, so I bought the $400 knock off. Still use it occasionally, but it's not as much fun as working with a fine machine.

I do have a fine household machine, a vintage Morse portable. It does variable stitch length, zig-zag, etc. I use it for light canvas work, and it works great for that. It will sew 3 or 4 layers of Sunbrella. But it will not handle vinyl windows and struggles at corners where you might get more than 4 layers. So it good for some stuff, but has limitations. It is a pleasure to use, smooth and quiet. The sailrite knock-off walking foot machine sounds like a shopping cart full of tin cans being pushed down the sidewalk.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
In a perfect world I'd like to find a walking foot, zig-zag and straight machine that is good quality. I'd love to find a good used one -- my biggest fear is what if it needs to have the timing set, etc. (I'm guessing there's a YouTube video for that? LOL)....

I don't want to spend $400+ on a used older machine, only to realize I could have spent a little more and bought the $700 from Sailrite?... but on the other hand, if I can find a used one that is as good or better than the Sailrite, for less money?... then I'm in!!
A quality used commercial machine for $400-600 is a better deal than a new $700 sailrite machine. If you find one, sew on it before you buy it to verify that it works right. If you wind up needing repairs, there are a lot of locals that time and adjust machines. It's not that difficult. If you buy junk, you'll just be mad that you have junk and wind up spending more on a better machine. Spend the money on quality. Don't worry if it's an older machine. There's a shop near me still using (daily) a machine from the 50's. They run perfect.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:37 AM
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Old Pete....this one is an hour from you...

https://treasure.craigslist.org/art/...408327735.html
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:03 PM
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Aloha Old Pete,

Yes you an buy an old used machine for $650 or you can buy a new industrial machine with table and servo motor which are slow and smooth starting and finishing. Clutch models can be tricky and require some practice. We use a Consew 206RB5 walking foot with servo in our canvas shop. Purchased from Zamir Sewing in Los Angles this year for $1,150 brand new. Our last one was approximately 19 years old and sold on mainland. Enjoy your sewing investment. Mahaloz
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by LMorgan View Post
Old Pete....this one is an hour from you...

https://treasure.craigslist.org/art/...408327735.html
Thanks.... reading on that model - does it do zig-zag?...
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:32 PM
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Yes, I have Singer. ...my boys laugh, but the bolsters I made for my Formula came out darn nice, as well as the cushion for cooler, you are right, it's relaxing...
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:41 AM
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Thanks.... reading on that model - does it do zig-zag?...
No need for zig zag unless you're making sails for a sail boat or parachutes. I've had an upholstery shop for 24 years and have never needed a zig zag machine. Had one once because I got a deal on it. Sat in my shop unused for 4 years until I sold it to a sail shop. I tried to use it...just could never come up with an application for it's need (and 80% of my work is marine).
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:50 AM
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Lose my man card? I can create what I want in fabric, canvas, leather, wood, fiberglass, and steel, I'm more of a man than someone who can't
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Originally Posted by LMorgan View Post
No need for zig zag unless you're making sails for a sail boat or parachutes. I've had an upholstery shop for 24 years and have never needed a zig zag machine. Had one once because I got a deal on it. Sat in my shop unused for 4 years until I sold it to a sail shop. I tried to use it...just could never come up with an application for it's need (and 80% of my work is marine).
Would a Singer like this be good enough to start? Model 237M-A or 328K.

https://baltimore.craigslist.org/atq/d/antiques-singer-sewing/6453656774.html

https://lancaster.craigslist.org/for/d/singer-328k-heavy-duty-sewing/6456807141.html

Or more like this?
https://baltimore.craigslist.org/hsh/d/singer-107w1-commercial/6439032847.html
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A few years ago there was an excellent tread here on THT by a guy who brought a cheap sewing machine and proceeded to make some excellent cushions for his center console.

Sewing vinyl is probably the most challenging material to sew and if you can do it with a cheap machine you may not need to invest big dollars on a sail rite sewing machine.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by davepjr71 View Post
No on the first two. Maybe the third if it's a walking foot machine or if what you're sewing isn't too heavy, such as light cloth or Sunbrella canvas.
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A few years ago there was an excellent tread here on THT by a guy who brought a cheap sewing machine and proceeded to make some excellent cushions for his center console.

Sewing vinyl is probably the most challenging material to sew and if you can do it with a cheap machine you may not need to invest big dollars on a sail rite sewing machine.
This is what I was referring to in the earlier post. Please take it from someone who has been in the profession for the last 25 years. Vinyl is not the most challenging material. The toughest to sew and maintain the proper marking is leather (for heavy materials). The thread may have been interesting, but that doesn't mean it was right (full disclosure: I haven't seen the thread).

Yes, you can sew small cushions with a home machine. But there are issues doing it this way. The needle diameter is too small to allow the use of heavy threads. The larger number of thread size, the heavier the thread. Home machines typically use #33 to #46. Commercial machines use #92 to #138. Heavier threads are NECESSARY to maintain the integrity of the stitching during exposure to rain, sun, sweat, scrubbing with detergents & brushes, and the use of corrosives like bleach and hull cleaners. Small home machines are made for lightweight use like clothing that don't get the abuse like that. Aside from that, the smaller machines don't have the ass to sew through multiple layers of heavier material. Think bent needles, skipped stitches, and broken thread.

Another problem is that the stitches are much too close together. Spacing the stitches father apart allows (roughly 5-7/inch) maintains a minimal amount of damage to the material. When using a home machine, your stitches run up >12/inch, basically perforating it like a stamp. When the cushion gets a little abuse, it tears easily on the perforations. I have seen this a ton of times when we fix DIY issues.

So, here's the bottom line. You can either spend a little more (maybe not much if you wait for the right deal) and do it right the first time, or you can skip the posts that don't agree with what you want to do and simply look for the ones that reinforce a decision you've already made. Then you get to spend more later on either the right machine or paying a professional to do it for you.
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This is what I was referring to in the earlier post. Please take it from someone who has been in the profession for the last 25 years. Vinyl is not the most challenging material. The toughest to sew and maintain the proper marking is leather (for heavy materials). The thread may have been interesting, but that doesn't mean it was right (full disclosure: I haven't seen the thread).

Yes, you can sew small cushions with a home machine. But there are issues doing it this way. The needle diameter is too small to allow the use of heavy threads. The larger number of thread size, the heavier the thread. Home machines typically use #33 to #46. Commercial machines use #92 to #138. Heavier threads are NECESSARY to maintain the integrity of the stitching during exposure to rain, sun, sweat, scrubbing with detergents & brushes, and the use of corrosives like bleach and hull cleaners. Small home machines are made for lightweight use like clothing that don't get the abuse like that. Aside from that, the smaller machines don't have the ass to sew through multiple layers of heavier material. Think bent needles, skipped stitches, and broken thread.

Another problem is that the stitches are much too close together. Spacing the stitches father apart allows (roughly 5-7/inch) maintains a minimal amount of damage to the material. When using a home machine, your stitches run up >12/inch, basically perforating it like a stamp. When the cushion gets a little abuse, it tears easily on the perforations. I have seen this a ton of times when we fix DIY issues.

So, here's the bottom line. You can either spend a little more (maybe not much if you wait for the right deal) and do it right the first time, or you can skip the posts that don't agree with what you want to do and simply look for the ones that reinforce a decision you've already made. Then you get to spend more later on either the right machine or paying a professional to do it for you.
Interesting on the # of stitches per inch and how it ends up being a perforating scenario!... never thought of it like that.
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Originally Posted by Katrina View Post
A few years ago there was an excellent tread here on THT by a guy who brought a cheap sewing machine and proceeded to make some excellent cushions for his center console.

Sewing vinyl is probably the most challenging material to sew and if you can do it with a cheap machine you may not need to invest big dollars on a sail rite sewing machine.
I posted it earlier in the thread but i'm guessing a few missed it...

DIY Cushion Project - Finished - Bonus Leaning Post
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I posted it earlier in the thread but i'm guessing a few missed it...

DIY Cushion Project - Finished - Bonus Leaning Post

I remember this and subscribed to it.
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I posted it earlier in the thread but i'm guessing a few missed it...

DIY Cushion Project - Finished - Bonus Leaning Post
I went thru the thread and it didn't show any close up pics of the stitching. Here are a couple samples showing the difference (sorry for the poor quality). Look at the difference between the thread diameter and stitch length in a home machine vs a commercial machine.
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Thanks to the 20% on eBay I finally bought a machine. Now... I know, I know... I'm going to catch some slack because *some* people think it's a crappy machine and how it's a knock-off. But for a heavy duty walking foot machine with zig-zag for $260 delivered to my door. I'm sorry -- but I don't think I can go wrong. Especially when you factor in that I'm not going in the business. This is only for my own use and to play around. I thought I'd get tired of sitting mindlessly and sewing repairs, but the fact is I really like it -- other than when I fish, it is about the only time my mind "turns off". Otherwise my head has 100 things bouncing around.

So... Yes, I bought the Sailrite knockoff... the Rex 607z - and since all the "problems" with it are so well documented, so are all the fixes. I watched this video:


...which I found very interesting. I'm not sure I'll put the bigger wheel on it or not. Let's see what I can do (or not do) with it first. Mind you -- I haven't used a sewing machine since I was in 6th grade. LOL.

Thanks to everyone for this thread and the others.

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Just finished my interior
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Resewning the stitches on the windows.

Reinforcing a piece of fabric that had snaps pull out.


Outside of the reinforcement from pulled snaps.

Having a walking foot machine is great. I am doing this small job to help out a buddy with a Grady White. It should get him a few more years out of the canvas. And I get to learn a little bit more about how canvas work is done. Win/Win.
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