Originally Posted by senormechanico
It's good to hear from a pro regarding what's really needed to sew sails
Just the other day I had a customer who brought in her Featherweight for service
She complained it wouldn't sew her sails, and insisted it was a heavy duty machine because that's how it was listed on Ebay !
Ran across a guy that would sew his sails with a featherweight but only
Around the sides and then didn't use the motor
. He rolled it over by hand and
drug the machine on a towel along side the sail.
There are machines out there that will sew the major needs on a boat without going to an older machine.
I just purchased another machine ,a small unit to do work inside. The wife doesn't like me to mess with her Viking Ruby, or her featherweight. The new machine is "H" class 100 from Viking. The only mod was to add a denim needle. And you can't use bonded thread. I'm making a sunbrella quilt with all my scraps and using denim on the back. The new machine sewed their 6 layers of sunbrella without knocking..
And the wife has just ordered a new series machine from Viking, its called an Opal and soposed to bridge the gap between the featherweight and the Ruby.