We were fortunate enough to be given a sailrite machine as a wedding
present, and we found a great place for it under the chart table on the
boat. That thing was incredible - hand crank, 12 volt, and 220 (110? I
don’t know my voltages). Portable might be a stretch, as it weighs A
LOT, but we did port it from boat to shore in the dinghy on more than
one occasion. We (I should say Jeremy) used it for things as varied as
sailcovers, cushions, awnings, dinghy covers, sky chairs - I even made a
skirt on it. We have been married 12 years and the thing is still
working as well as the day we bought it - and this is after 4 years of
living on the boat and being used all over the Eastern Caribbean, on
shore and on the boat. Expensive, but so far worth every penny. It sews
through 12 layers of Sunbrella (possibly more) with great ease, but also
will sew simple cotton fabric (with adjustment, but hey) And Sailrite
has been responsive when we have had a question.
My 2 cents (worth much less, I fear)
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Check out www.sailrite.com They have a good reputation of lasting longer than you want to look at them. Some one once told me, don’t know if it is true, so for what its worth, he said they were originally a Chinese knock-off of a Singer industrial machine, refined of course along the way. The ones we have seen used will power through most materials, leather, 8 layers of Sunbrella etc.
Marty Chin, BCC Shamrock
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I am in the process of searching for an industrial yet portable sewing machine. Any experience or recommendations about specific machines would be greatly appreciated. I intend to use it for canvass work (Sunbrella) and the occasional sail repair.