I'm new to the forum, but already throughly impressed over the last few evenings I have spent on Cruisers researching my questions, but can't seem to find an answer. If this subject has been beat to death, I appologize in advance.
I'm a go fast boater, wanting to make a camper top for my boat, sew some new covers, and sew some webbing and an ocassional blanket in our horse barn. Quotes on a camper top in the $2K to $3K range are not going to happen, so here I go. I know by reading the threads, the Sailrite
LS-1 and LSZ are the obvious favorites, but I simply cannot spend $800 for an ocassional use machine and don't require the absolute bomb proof performance the you trans-oceaniac travelers do. So, I've narrowed my choices down to the following and I'd like your input as sewing vetrans, to help me decide which way to jump.
1. A much cheaper, clone of the LS-1 or Z. There are Rex and WSM, Morse, Sewstrong, and others in the $295 to $375 range, new. I've watched all the Sailrite
videos and think I know all the reasons to buy a LS, but I can't spend that much. Still, I'm a little leary of these. Talked to John at Westchester Sewing and would buy from him if I go this route
. Would like to have a name and business to fall back on for after sale
support vs buying
blindly in ebay.
2. I'm in love with the older Singer 401a. It's not a walking foot, but it's reputation and rugged construction seems to make it a good choice. There are several on ebay in the $250 to $400 range with loads of accessories. It also seems very versatile, sewing ultra thin materials up to a 1/4" of compressed denim.
Any and all comments are appreciated.