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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2011 at 9:00am
This is really cool. Please let us know how the course is.
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Well, I can highly recommend this course.

Our teacher, a really, really experienced sailmaker taught us alot.

Among other things we learned to make
-a genua from scratch, (NO precut kit) so by laying it out on the floor in the traditional way, from start to finish, including all the corner reinforcements, attaching bolt rope, all the hardware etc.
-many kinds of sail repairs, including spinnakers
-windows, and window repairs.
-batten pockets ( I did not know so much was involved and how they evolved from the design on my own sails from the early seventies.
-reefs, with all the reinforcements and hardware.

All done on the LSZ-1, and with a little hand sewing for the rings.
The LSZ-1 performed fine, but didn't want to do a zizag through all the corner reinforcements (skipping stiches), the folded tape and the two layers of webbing for the clew. It did do a straight stitch, though. A small timing issue maybe?

The only thing I had to get used to is reaching for the foot lift, which is on a completely different place than on my other household machine.

No it is time to fire op my own LSZ-1
Greetings from Holland
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 August 2011 at 10:02am
Great to hear that you found a quality program.

For the really thick corners in sails I recommend the SD1 needles for the Ultrafeed. They don't bend and greatly reduce skipped stitches.

Happy sewing!
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