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Old 16-01-2010, 20:26   #31
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Finding a used walking foot is difficult and when you do they generally sell for close to retail. Reliable Barracuda $499 new and that includes shipping. You can add the Sailrite "monster wheel" for $125 if you need extra "umph" or may have to sew without electricity. The Artisan is a great machine for home. Barracuda for the boat and home.
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Old 16-01-2010, 20:45   #32
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Newt,
I've never heard of an Artisan 1797 so I searched.
Here's what I got:

We did not find any results for Artisan1797.

??

A good cheap bulletproof machine which is basic, but easily repaired by a novice would be a Kenmore beige or snot colored all metal machine from the '80's.


Have a look at eBay. There are millions of these around.

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Old 16-01-2010, 20:48   #33
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Artisan 1797AB Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine
I have a chance to get one for about 700 USD...
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Old 17-01-2010, 00:56   #34
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Ribbony,

Yeah neutral cure the best. Once pieced by the needle it will then 'leak'!?!

You may not of noticed but I've got an Adams also
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You should post some photos of you Adams for us to peruse. It would be nice to have the extra 5' for storage over the 35, but not the expense
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Old 17-01-2010, 06:04   #36
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For seaming use venture tape, its made to preassemble before sewing and waterproof seams. Very tenacious adhesive on tape. I buy it by the case.
The singer 20u is built as an industrial machine. It isn't made to sew topspeed 24 hrs a day through heavy materials but will be made MUCH beefier than a sailrite which is a household use machine which is in a different class.
One consideration is needle style. Industrial needles with the round shaft are easy to find up to size 24. Home machines are tough to get needles for in the 19 range which is typically sized for tex 92 thread. Which is the smallest size I'd use for canvas or sail work. I've sewn as large as 205 thread with 24 needle.
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Old 17-01-2010, 06:45   #37
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For seaming use venture tape, its made to preassemble before sewing and waterproof seams. Very tenacious adhesive on tape. I buy it by the case.
Is there a good place to buy Venture Tape ?
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Old 17-01-2010, 08:19   #38
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Is there a good place to buy Venture Tape ?
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And they will say, "Which tape were you interested in? We make hundreds of different types." And you will say, "Doh! Forsailbyowner did not specify!"
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basting tape

might be something like this
Seamstick 1/2" Super Seam Basting Tape (60 Yds)
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Ok,ive never even sat behind a sewing machine but would like to buy a entry level heavy duty machine and try some canvas work.Ive been looking on ebay and ive seen kenmore machines recomended here but there are a lot of different models so can someone suggest a model # to help narrow the search,i guess what im looking for is a straight and zigzag machine with walking foot and metal gears for not a lot of money.
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Right. That's what I use. Sailrite also sells some super-tenacious stuff that, in theory at least, you do not even have to follow up with sewing. The tape itself is enough!
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Artisan 1797AB Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine
I have a chance to get one for about 700 USD...
I'd grab that in a second.
I serviced one of those (but with a different name on it) just last week.
Talk about HEAVY!
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Old 17-01-2010, 14:16   #44
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Hi guys the sailrite machine is available in australia thru Queensland sewing machines he does the conversion to 240 volts, i bought one 6 months ago and now do a few sail covers etc in and around my club BTW the sailrite web site covers how to "soup-up a standard machine" to use on sail cloth but as stated earlier a walking foot is best ! i used there method of increasing thread tension and it worked but it was a pain in the backside getting it to sew but it will get you out of trouble but will test your patience to the max in the end i bought the sailrite machine and i couldnt be happier
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Remember you can get voltage adapters.
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