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Old 19-10-2019, 16:06   #61
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Re: Advice needed for a sewing machine

I've been using the crap out of a Chinese version of the Sailrite for the last 15 years or so. You can find them on-line under the name Family Sew. Not as sophisticated as the Sailrite, but $600 cheaper. Just be sure to get the 9" throat version.
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Re: Advice needed for a sewing machine

You MUST--repeat MUST--use a Singer 206X13 needle. If any other needle could be used in this machine, Singer would have figured out how to do it years ago. Some of these machines have been "retimed" to use other needles but that proves unsatisfactory when doing anything but straight stitch.

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Old 19-10-2019, 21:32   #63
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Re: Advice needed for a sewing machine

Singer 320K2, Singer 306K Bobbin Case Conversion for Standard Needles - andrewcaddle.comandrewcaddle.com


I'd mod the bobbin case just a bit. Take a look at the photos.
Imho, it was a blatant case of Singer trying to corner the market on needle replacements.


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Re: Advice needed for a sewing machine

I've been using my Sailrite Sailmaker for 25 years, First project was fixing Judy's shorts (seam came out). Second project was a Kevlar/mylar mainsail for our boat, 52 panels, designed on Lotus 123. Worked great. More sails. Much more canvas work (at least 6 dodgers). Fix all my damaged racing and cruising sails. Tomorrow I start on a new mainsail cover. Buy my supplies from Bainbridge or Challenge.

Machine lives on the boat but for big projects I take it ashore.

(coming across the Pacific I fixed tons of sails for puddle jumpers who had damages and the local in Tahiti had no time to do it. I stopped that in NZ when there were plenty of local guys who were trying to feed their families and charging $15/hr)

I trained myself.

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