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Old 29-06-2015, 18:26   #1
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Just got an old sewing machine

It's an old Brother TZ1-B651, one of the original SailRite machines. I was able to download the operating guide, and I found a bunch of videos on YouTube from SailRite, mostly geared to the newer models. I recall Ann Cate mentioning something about a sewing group, but I couldn't find it in CF, is it another forum? Anyone have one of these older machines who can pass along some advice on how to set it up, get parts, and actually use it?
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Old 29-06-2015, 23:06   #2
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

I found the sewing group, it is under Social Groups.

How I found it was by clicking on my avatar, which got to where the Sewing group is listed. Probably you could get there by a search on Social Groups.

Good luck with it Roy.

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Old 30-06-2015, 06:42   #3
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

The machine was a Sailrite Sailmaker sewing machine. You might want to search the Sailrite Forum for comments about it. Sailrite still keeps parts and offers help for their machine.

forum.sailrite.com/

Sailrite has their guide, "The Sailrite Sailmaker Guidebook", and Brother has "Zigzag Sewing Machine Instruction Manual TZ1-B652". If you can't find them on line, drop me a note, and I send you the pdf files.

Several sellers on ebay offer parts for the Brother head as does Henderson Sewing Machine Company.
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

I Googled, being curious about the machine, and found this:

Guidebook for Sailmaker Sewing Machine (PDF)
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

Found it! Thanks, all. One more toy to learn how to play with. That's exactly the machine I got.

WOW!!!!!!!, I just checked out the Sewing Group and found this thread. Unbelievable! Thank you folks: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...g+machine.html
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

Old machines are great. Have a PFAFF 1950's Before you use it, read the manual and clean and oil it! Russ
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

Mmmm good luck with that!
After my experience in using available machines (one new out of the box), never again... I would rather rebed a toe rail than tackle even a "small" job with anything less than a pro machine with a jack-booted walking foot.
I made a dodger, sailcover, hatch covers etc and they all took about 5 times longer than they should have, 4 out of the 5 times being unpicks of bad stitch appearance and fixing machine jams etc. Using a Sailrite dramatically improved the work quality and reduced the time.
So as with much else related to sailboats you have to decide where to spend your time and patience.
Good sailing ... er ... sewing!!

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Mmmm good luck with that!
After my experience in using available machines (one new out of the box), never again... I would rather rebed a toe rail than tackle even a "small" job with anything less than a pro machine with a jack-booted walking foot.
I made a dodger, sailcover, hatch covers etc and they all took about 5 times longer than they should have, 4 out of the 5 times being unpicks of bad stitch appearance and fixing machine jams etc. Using a Sailrite dramatically improved the work quality and reduced the time.
So as with much else related to sailboats you have to decide where to spend your time and patience.
Good sailing ... er ... sewing!!

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Hhmm that was not my experience with my old Singer. She's an old slant model and has an add-on walking foot.

I'm currently re-making all the outdoor canvas on my boat (cushions, stack-pac, bimini, ect) and am using both V69 and Tenara thread. My Singer has performed fabulous and only stumbles on the most extreme stuff (e.g. 4 layers of Sunbrella and 2 layers of poly webbing, like 1/2 inch thick). The Tenara was fairly hard to setup, but once I got it, it sews very well. I had crank the tension all the way up and run the thread through the bobbin winding wheel (to add more tension) before it sewed well. The V69 sews well with tension at 7 or 8.
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Re: Just got an old sewing machine

I got a good deal on an older Consew 290, which included a few lessons, from former owner. But what really made the difference was by hiring an old timer, sew machine repair and maintenance guy to teach me how tune it up, make adjustments, and trouble shoot or prevent common problems. They're not cheap, but it only hurts once. From there I went on to build new or repair all the canvas on my boat and some friends' boats ( will sew for beer) along with other projects that just tend to present themselves when you have a machine that works well... hem pants, fix rips and tears in other gear, etc. That machine has paid for itself five times over, not only in money saved, but by avoiding the hassle that often comes w waiting for someone else to fix your problems. Good luck and cheers, Pappy
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