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    Posted: 08 March 2006 at 9:49pm
I am a recent purchaser of an LSZ-1 Ultrafeed and I have a list of projects I want to accomplish.  I am a complete newbie to sewing and canvaswork, and I just completed a set of 16 portlight curtains for my Cape Dory 32. 

Feeling flush with my new skills I decided to try my first simple rectangular cushion cover with zipper.  Using both The Complete Canvasworker's Guide and Don Casey's Canvaswork and Sail Repair as learning tools I made my first cover, which came out pretty well, but I am not happy with the corners.  They are a little irregular. 

Is there a video or book that contains more detail and guidance with tips on how to obtain a professional-looking result?

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Bill
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Hi Bill:

There is a CD/ROM avalibale "Build Your Own Boat Cushions"  It is item number 0210 and sells for $15.95.

Incidentally, which model of the LSZ-1 do you own?  If you own a Deluxe, you may gain additional control by using the hand crank feature to turn the corners.  If you own a Base Posi-Pin model, you may add a hand crank by ordering the Plastic Handle for Flywheels (item 223) and Shoulder Bolt for Flywheels (item 222).   The combined cost for these items is $11.95.   Try hand cranking with the belt left on in the case of the Base model, but you will find it smoother going with the belt off on the Deluxe.  Lastly, if you own a Classic model, you may upgrade to the Monster II Wheel (item 604U) for $99.00.

Dan Smith

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Thanks, 

I wisely went with the Deluxe version, anticipating that the monster wheel and crank would be important for canvas work.

My problem was knowing exactly how to pin and stitch the corners, seeing everything inside out.  The books provide some guidance, but I will definitely check out the CD-rom.  I always do better seeing a 3D demonstration.  Thanks!

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HI Bill,

Dan has given some good advice.  I have the LSZ-1 with the monster wheel kit.  When making cushion covers I usually use 1/2" seam allowance and instead of using pins I use a normal paper stapler, and try to staple as close to the outside edge as possible.  When I come to the corners I cut some diagonal cuts about 1/4" into the seam allowance to let the fabric ease a bit as you try to go around the corner.  When all is down, then I simply cut the excess seam allowance off along with the staples, no need to try and pull the staples out.

David

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Hi,

I use a technique from Don Taylor's Automotive Upholstery Guidebook. The chapter titled "Stadium Cushions" is quite good and the process discussed results in nearly perfect corners (even without staples and pins). You can buy this book from Sailrite and most libraries have it on the shelf.

As Dan already reported the CD-Rom from Sailrite is quite good as well and the technique in the video is definitely easier for a beginner.

Thanks, Matt
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