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Old 01-19-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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I am considering buying a Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine (with manual crank) from the manufacturer in the US. I am looking for feedback on the value of these machines compared to a heavy duty domestic. I currently have an ancient Janome. Thanks. David

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I have one and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

The walking foot is like having an extra hand while sewing and the power is terrific (with the monster balance wheel locked in place).


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David, as Terry points out you want the walking foot with the large balance wheel if you plan to use it for typical boat-related sail & canvas projects. We find the machine a bit finicky to keep adjusted but it's a big improvement over the earlier (and more expensive) Sailrite machines and also the old Reeds. In addition, very good people to deal with - helpful, responsive, and they stand behind their products.

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Old 01-19-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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When/if you buy the Sailrite machine you should do yourself a favor and order a spool of Tenara (formerly Gore-Tex) thread. It's expensive ... but worth it!!!!

Check the Sailrite website about what needles to order and use and some tips on this particular thread or it will be difficult to sew with until you get all the adjustments right. After that, when you sew a seam you can be sure it will outlast the fabric.

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