New upholstery section on our board!

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New upholstery section on our board!

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thanks to all of the interest in doing this ourselves, we now have a section for upholstery. if you have a thread :) that you want in here PM one of us so it can be moved
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Way to go BillyC.
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Outstanding! I'm very happy to see this!
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Have just joined a local Men's shed which has been donated an Industrial sewing machine , so I thought I would do my own uphoulstery . The company that donated the sewing machine will give us some sewing lessons . Will take their offer .
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that is great Ian!
you do need the industrial machine to sew thru the multiple layers of material that automotive/boat seats and cushions require. i started off with a regular machine back in the day, but some things were impossible to sew with the weight of materials.
...lessons too... hard to beat that deal :D
post some pictures of the machine when you get a chance
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I stitched a lot of my vinyl upholstery on my Westfield Sports car on a domestic machine - I just used upholstery thread, and the heaviest needle machine would take. Some really thick bits I had to hand-wind the mechanism when the motor belt started slipping but I got it done. I didn't need them, but safety glasses might be a good idea in case of a needle break.

An industrial machine would be much easier if you have access though.
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This is a great idea! A lot of you guys have probably heard of Sailrite or bought from them before. They have a machine that they claim will sew through 10 layers of heavy canvas starting at $599. They also have HOURS of instructional videos that I have been checking out lately.
http://www.sailrite.com/Sailrite-Ultraf ... ng-Machine
I would like to have a top like this for my boat at some point (does anyone know what that type of top is called?):
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Matt; I would call that a "dodger" if it was on a sailboat.

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I have a Sailrite LS-1 and it will indeed handle multiple layers of heavy material with ease. The walking foot helps tremendously feeding these through. My one regret is I should have spent the extra $100 and got the LSZ-1 which does both straight and ziz-zag stitches. The LS-1 is a straight stitch only.
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