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    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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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
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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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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Duncan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2011 at 8:56am
This Sunday I am off for a week long sailmaking course in the UK.
Really looking forward and will report back!
This is the link, Note the picture of the LSZ-1:

http://www.boatbuildingacademy.com/courses/shortcourses/sailmaking.htm


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Great! We would love to see photos.
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John and Jan,

Well my stitching is not always just right and the hand stitching around the clew ring is not as neat as I would like it. I have looked at professionally made sails and their stitching is not always perfect either. With a triple stitched seam  I am not worried about it at all. These are just minor gliches, the sail kit was great , instructions needed some explanation but only because this was not a usual kit Sailrite offers. As I said before Jeff helped me over the little humps. We wanted a Gale Sail that fits over the furled genoa, not the usual storm sail, and Sailrite made me a kit.

The sail looks lovely so far. Will post a picture when it is finished.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote John&Jan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2010 at 6:52pm
Thanks for the suggestion but I'm curious -- would you care to post what you learned so that it will be "prettier next time"?

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John & Jan McKeel
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Hi John and Jan:
 
An anchor riding sail is especially useful in tight anchorages if your boat tends to "horse" or swing back and forth when you are on the hook.  It acts just like the fletch, or feathers of an arrow in keeping your boat straight and into the wind.
 
It is a definite asset if you have a fin keeled boat or a cat.  Full keeled vessels tent to ride better, but you still may benefit from the riding sail.  The ultimate question is "how does your individual boat ride at anchor?".
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carib2008 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 April 2010 at 6:23pm
John and Jan,

From what I read the anchor riding sail is a must so why not make one of them for your trial run. I am finishing  a storm sail for a 45 foot boat that I started last year and I can honestly say it was fun .   I did have  a few questions and concerns but Jeff answered every email immediately ,the support was great. The sewing for this size and weight fabric was a challenge  but gave me a great feeling of satisfaction once I got the sail assembled. I made some mistakes but learned so much . One was how to do a tack and clew ring.....Next time it would be much prettier though. I did have to take the sail to my local shop to install grommets as I did not order the tool necessary . I suggest a chat with Jeff to answer any of your concerns before attempting a sail of any size , mostly because of the hardware etc that needs to be added to the sails.....


I have an anchor riding sail on my  To Sew List....along with many other things.....once you start you can't stop.

Have fun.

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Interesting question. Jan and I are newbies as well. Two thoughts: I saw the sail making course in the Sailrite catalog. I'd love to hear some comments about how helpful it is. The second thought would be constructing an anchor riding sail or a storm sail as a first project. What do you experienced sailors recommend?

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John & Jan McKeel
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