Had a sailrite sailmaker
, kicked myself for getting rid of it.. we own 7 different machines within our canvas
shop.. my favorite is a JUKI with a walking foot..
The biggest problem is the power to drive the neddle into the fabric
.. many machines lack in this..
The new model sailrite LSZ1 has a gear
reduction to able the machine to opperate slower and deliver more power.. BUT it also has an ossolating hook and if the hook takes a miss from the neddle bending and it scars the plate, it starts skipping stitches, and the plate needs to be changed, you often need to carry an extra plate for a spare.. I've owned a couple of them..
The early singer, pfaff, and such from the 50s or 60s are strong but lack a walking foot and the ability to do a zig-zag stitch.. many dont have reverse to lock the stitch.
We've been looking at the Singer 20U73 for the zig-zag but it lacks a walking foot and the under-bar area is small.. a real worry for large sails
Zig-zag is something you can do without but not recomended.. it takes 3 to 4 passes with a streight stitch machine to give you the same holding of a zig-zag..
And when making multipull passes, you work harden the fabric.. try it some time.. run 3 to 4 passes across a couple pieces of sunbrella, about 1/8 of an inch apart, and you'll see the fabric becomes stiff..
We're leaving again soon, this time for areas unknown..
What we've decided to do is to use a stock Singer "Quilter" to do the zig-zag work and our second machine aboard will be a JUKI DU1181N , modified with a sailrite MC-SCR, DC motor
.. kind of a hi-bread....
And the wife,
She wont go anywhere without her Singer 221 featherweight......