Sailright Ultrafeed vs home sewing machine for Bilgy Tent
Mar 18, 2013 at 10:54 am #1300611Jake DBPL Member
My girlfriend is sewing us a Bilgy tent and has a question for the sewing guru's
I bought a bilgy kit from quest outfitters and would really like to start work on it while I have this week off. I am trying to figure out how to use my mother’s sailrite ultrafeed, but am struggling with adjusting the tension properly. I also have a home sewing machine from the 90s that belonged to my grandmother. I used it to make a kite from rip stop a few weeks ago and it did okay and is generally an easy to use machine. Is it worth wrestling with the sail rite so I can use the true walking foot, or should I use the home machine and possibly get a Teflon, roller, or walking foot for it.Mar 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm #1967113
Don't know the Sailrite.
But a domestic machine WITH a roller foot should do fine.
CheersMar 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm #1967310Michael PappasMember
@mpap89Locale: bay area
in my experience, sewing lightweight fabrics is more trouble than it's worth with the sailrite. I too had trouble getting the tension right for silNylon.Mar 19, 2013 at 12:15 am #1967327
I looked the Sailrite ultrafeed up on their web site.
From all I could read, I don't think this is the right machine for silnylon. 12 oz Duck, sure. 4 layers of solid nylon webbing, equally.
CheersApr 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm #1972254Ryan KSpectator
I own a Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 and a couple home sewing machines. Without a doubt go with a home machine for sil. I'm becoming less and less of a fan of my Sailrite and it certainly isn't the best tool for sil, ripstop, or even 500d/1000d cordura.Apr 3, 2013 at 7:55 am #1972297Backpack JackBPL Member
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
I'm also looking for a nice home machine that will do Silnylon, I've been looking at the Janome HD 1000 and the Juki TL98Q. Does anybody have any thoughts on these machines? I like the Janome a little more because of the zigzag feature, but the Juki also has some great features, but it's only a straight stitch.
JackApr 3, 2013 at 8:07 am #1972301Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I have a Janome that isn't made any more. I have used it a lot without any problems. I have never serviced it, except I vacuumed it a couple times.Apr 3, 2013 at 9:12 am #1972320Jake DBPL Member
Update: So far she has had no problems with the normal home machine with the roller foot. she started a new job last week and then got the Flu this weekend so progress has slowed a bit. Not going to use it for a while anyway so that isn't a big dealDec 15, 2021 at 8:38 pm #3734888unnamedpeaksBPL Member
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Does anyone have good luck sewing light fabric with the sailrite?</p>Jan 14, 2022 at 2:50 pm #3736993David ChenaultBPL Member
@davecLocale: Queen City, MT
It can be done, but is definitely not the ideal tool. Dial the thread tension way back, lengthen the stitch length, and pay very close attention to smooth feeding. I’ve made a few quilts out of .6 oz/yard fabrics with my LSZ-1 and it got the job done. If I worked with sub-100 denier fabrics often I would set up another machine for that purpose.Jan 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm #3737086Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
A couple features that are a big help: 1) A machine that will sew slowly and at variable speeds, using pressure on the foot pedal; and 2) A hand wheel on the right hand side to help penetrate tapes and webbing. Note that when the fabric is tailored, the pins are placed parallel to where the seam will be; but before sewing, the pins are reset to be perpendicular to where the seam will be, so that the pins go under the presser foot easily. More often, the pins are removed just before they go under the presser foot.
Once the final shape and location of the seam is tailored and held in place with fine pins, I hold the seam with each hand, one in front of the presser foot, and one behind it as the seam is stitched. Having variable speeds makes it easier to get the seam stitched just right (two stitch lines for a lap felled seam). So once the seam lines have been marked, there is a lot of work done on the big ping pong table for the resetting of the pins.
Not a skilled or educated approach, but it works.Jan 17, 2022 at 5:19 pm #3737246
I hold the seam with each hand, one in front of the presser foot, and one behind it as the seam is stitched.
(Elna machine maybe 40 yrs old.)
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