Originally Posted by scarlet
Do you know if I can do the reverse? use a regular sewing machine for the heavier fabrics? I'm working on making cushions for our cockpit on our small sailboat... but the UV thread I bought is really thick.... I've been afraid to try it..
It's a matter of power and thread tension. You can put in a needle to match the thread, then try it. I don't think you'll hurt the machine but you'll be frustrated by it's performance.
When you buy a Sailrite it comes with a QA test patch that they sewed...like six layers of heavy duty vinyl. Pretty serious power lol.
Your machine may well be able to handle making cockpit cushions. It's all a matter of what kind of fabric/material you choose and how many layers you're sewing together. So if you make box edge cockpit cushions out of vinyl with piping around the edges I'm pretty sure that a standard duty machine would not cut it. If you're making cushions out of lighter material, like mesh or whatever, you might be fine, but I don't have direct experience using a lighter machine for this kind of work
so don't know for sure.
Best bet is to go ahead and try with your machine. If it works you save some money
on the cost of a new machine.
One big upside is that Sailrite machines hold their value extraordinarily well. It's not uncommon to see used machines going for 80%+ the cost of a new machine