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Old 01-07-2018, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default Men on here, that still have a man card - really enjoy sewing stuff on their boat?

I've been making a few repairs to the enclosure on my WorldCat -- stitching that needed to be redone, etc. I do it all by hand an mimic the stitches that were machine made when it was built. I use a needle and special thread. In and out of the same holes that were there. I'm talking a thimble, thread, needle, the whole deal. LOL.

There is something exceptionally relaxing about sitting out there with some tunes doing this.

I admit that I have a desire to do more of this sort of thing. I really like it.

If you show me the proper box, I'll deposit my man-card... but I like it. LOL.
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LOL, I was once asked by an attractive waitress in front of my coworkers, "Who want's a sissy stick?" (she was reaching for the straws). I said I'l take one and she said, "I'll need to see your man card", I stood up and reached for the zipper in my pants saying OK but you may not like where I keep it. She hurriedly said, "I believe you!!!", and handed me a straw.

Nothing wrong with doing your own work and enjoying it! Here is my upholster job on the interior of my 265 Express. I bought the sewing machine for my wife several years ago and she has used it maybe 4 times. I put it to work and this is the results. Not perfect by any means but looks a whole lot better than what was in there.

Even recovered the seat on the prep station.....
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Old 01-07-2018, 07:32 AM   #3
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I am a firm believer if you use braided line for thread and a rigging needle to make the repairs you are entitled to retain your man card.

On a serious note, braided line works awesome for restitching cushions.
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I have to guess you never did it before either, so - in my book - that's fine work! And that work looks better than my current bolsters. LOL.

I was looking on here to see what people pay for enclosure work. Made me want to fix all that stitching in a hurry!

From what I've read - and I've never done it - the biggest thing with making cushions is to keep the material going in the machine straight. (no wavy lines) -- which I think for me might be tough... but with practice?

For now, I'll settle on keeping the hands of time at bay.

If anyone else has work they've done themselves post up. My pictures are just of some zig-zag stitching. LOL.
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I am a firm believer if you use braided line for thread and a rigging needle to make the repairs you are entitled to retain your man card.

On a serious note, braided line works awesome for restitching cushions.
Interesting... I'd think it wold be prone to cutting the material - especially if older?

I wanted to buy a small spool of Tenera... but it was expensive. I ended up buying a small spool of UV stuff from SailRite - along with a few needles and a thimble my wife had. Honestly -- I have the zig zag deal 100% perfect. Even fixing where the zippers are stitched.

I had a cushion, some tunes, the temperature was just right... the kids were playing outside... it really was about as close to calm as I've had in a long time.
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Wife actually bought me a sewing machine for Christmas, im loving it!! Got some heavy duty thread and repaired my boat cover already! Next stop will be a fabric store for material to redo my interior cushions.. the way i see it, the more i do myself, the more money stays in my beer account!!
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If anyone gives you shit, just explain that you're practicing suturing for when dumbasses like them slash themselves with bait- or filet knives.
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They teach you how to sew in the Military.

Only doing stuff because it's manly isn't manly.

If you can't drink a pink drink at a bar with confidence then there goes your man card.
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Soooo... showin your true colors


Actually, I am looking at doing a canvas project myself. I have industrial sewing machines at work. Just not sure I want too big a project.


I am good with the machine, but the by hand thing sounds awful tedious.


Of course, I don't mind tedious when it comes to spear fishing gear like Hawaiian slings...
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That used to be the Bosun's job in the Navy, not sure if it still is. I worked as a fitter and installer at a large canvas loft in San Diego, I sewed some there too, I own 3 sewing machines, a comerical Consew 226r, an early '50s Necchi BU, and a 1951 Pfaff 130, those early 50's solid steel machines will out last everything.
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Been sewing for a couple years because I got tired of; 1) spending money on canvas repairs and replacements, 2) finding someone to do the jobs, 3) waiting for the things to get done and lastly,it's not too bad once you learn how.You tube is your friend. Over the years,I accumulated sewing machines and figured why not try it? Now,i get jobs from friends to make a couple of bucks too.I redid most of my enclosure on my Carver and I'm going to do the bridge cover over the winter.What does this mean about my man card?lol
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I do all my own canvas work, the navy top, side dodgers, instrument cover and wheel cover. Perfect(??) not by a long shot, but it gets the job done.
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My parents and grandparents taught me a lot over the years of boating. Among them is being self sufficient. My grand mother used to make all of the canvas for our boats and seat cushions. She taught me how to do it. I like being able to do things like that and customize it.
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I do all my own canvas work, the navy top, side dodgers, instrument cover and wheel cover. Perfect(??) not by a long shot, but it gets the job done.
Beautiful boat. Whats the make?
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No conflict with my man card, I think of it as welding fabric
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I bought a sailrite heavy duty sewing machine about 6 year ago to do my own enclosure and re-do all the cabin and deck cushions. was a fun winter project and I learned a lot. The machine has paid for itself about 10 times over. Neighbors are constantly bringing stuff from their boats by for me to repair or sew for them. I love it. Very satisfying and a huge money saver.


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A man sitting in front of a sewing machine is rare smart and making money....it's an art.
For example the upholstery in some hot rods and super cars...WOW!!

No shame in the game in my opinion.

If you actual stop doing something because of what one my think or judge....well...your a moron.
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I've been making a few repairs to the enclosure on my WorldCat -- stitching that needed to be redone, etc. I do it all by hand an mimic the stitches that were machine made when it was built. I use a needle and special thread. In and out of the same holes that were there. I'm talking a thimble, thread, needle, the whole deal. LOL.

There is something exceptionally relaxing about sitting out there with some tunes doing this.

I admit that I have a desire to do more of this sort of thing. I really like it.

If you show me the proper box, I'll deposit my man-card... but I like it. LOL.
I have a full blown sewing machine that I bust out for canvas work every now and then. My wife likes it and it ends well for me so while people are wondering about my man card I’m too busy doing something else to care.
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Beautiful boat. Whats the make?
Thank you. She’s a 1957 Hubert S. Johnson, built in Bayhead N.J. (She was abandon in a boatyard 14 years before I took her on.)
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Thank you. She’s a 1957 Hubert S. Johnson, built in Bayhead N.J. (She was abandon in a boatyard 14 years before I took her on.)
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