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    Default Sailrite

    I am considering buying a Sailrite LSZ1
    Where would I buy one in the UK?
    Are there any other makes as good as the Sailrite?

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    Give SolentSew a call

    http://www.solentsew.co.uk/?gclid=EA...SAAEgL06vD_BwE

    +44 (0)23 9232 5975

    They have a range of machines inc Sailrite, but can advise on specific requirement e,g, no use on sails, but yes to covers. very good support and also lots of videos of how to use the machines.

    As far as machine gadgets are concerned, a walking foot, cord piping and as many other feet as you wish.

    You can buy the bullet proof Reads, and HUsqvarana steel frame models on ebay

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-V...4AAOSwydZcK-Fa

    for repairs, but that is the steel frame model

    for £100 to £200, as people want fancy electronics and built in gadgets.


    here's an expensive Reads which looks like a good one. Optional and hard to find hand crank as well.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reads-Sai...cAAOSwu4JcimQf

    I am biased as I have a Reads and a Husky.. Ambidextrous, honestly, saves time ....
    I think, therefore I am. I am, therefore I sail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post
    Give SolentSew a call

    http://www.solentsew.co.uk/?gclid=EA...SAAEgL06vD_BwE

    +44 (0)23 9232 5975

    They have a range of machines inc Sailrite, but can advise on specific requirement e,g, no use on sails, but yes to covers. very good support and also lots of videos of how to use the machines.

    As far as machine gadgets are concerned, a walking foot, cord piping and as many other feet as you wish.

    You can buy the bullet proof Reads, and HUsqvarana steel frame models on ebay

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-V...4AAOSwydZcK-Fa

    for repairs, but that is the steel frame model

    for £100 to £200, as people want fancy electronics and built in gadgets.


    here's an expensive Reads which looks like a good one. Optional and hard to find hand crank as well.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reads-Sai...cAAOSwu4JcimQf

    I am biased as I have a Reads and a Husky.. Ambidextrous, honestly, saves time ....
    Thanks for that.
    For years I have been using domestic machines and getting along reasonably well.
    We keep a really cheap one on the boat for little jobs here and there.
    At home we bought (17 years ago) an "all singing - all dancing" Pfaff Electronic machine.
    Great bit of kit (with a walking foot) but still just a domestic machine.
    I am now looking for something that will handle canvas and thick marine materials properly.

    What is the difference between (say) the Reads and the Sailrite machines.
    What would you suggest looking out for.
    Being a motor boat, this isn't for sail repairs but I do like making canvas covers etc.

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    Hurricane I can’t compare different brands but I have a sailrite LSZ1 and love it. 10/10. Great for covers. I bought it new from Solent sew and they’re very good folks. Prior to this I had various domestic machines and got by ok but the sailrite is in a different league. Handles much thicker thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfm View Post
    Hurricane I can’t compare different brands but I have a sailrite LSZ1 and love it. 10/10. Great for covers. I bought it new from Solent sew and they’re very good folks. Prior to this I had various domestic machines and got by ok but the sailrite is in a different league. Handles much thicker thread.
    Thanks
    I remembered that you had a tough machine so I looked back over your posts to find that you had bought a Sailrite.

    I've been doing a bit of research - there are several compatibles to Sailrite.
    One of the better ones seems to be the Reliable Barracuda.
    None seem to be stocked in the UK though.

    I've just been watching some of the Sailrite youtube videos and they have reminded me of a feature on my (well SWMBO's actually) Pfaff.
    Click one button and it will always stop with the needle down.
    The Sailrite LSZ1 was designed a very long time ago.
    I wonder if there are any newer designs out there with some new electronic features like the Pfaff one above.

    Thanks for your comment though.

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    I called Solent Sew today.
    Apparently Sailrite are now only selling direct - not through dealers anymore.
    I contacted Sailrite and they have a current offer of $125 off the list price.
    So, I've ordered one of the Premium packages.
    Thats the one that includes the bigger (optional) balance wheel for even more power.
    I hope I've done the right thing!!!

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    I think the late Nigelmercier of the forum bought one and was very pleased with it.
    If you have time, do let us know how you get on with it

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    I've just spent the last few days watching some of the Sailrite videos.
    Really interesting.
    I've done lots of boaty sewing projects - even making spinnakers for my various sailing dinghies.
    But handling the heavier materials (canvas etc) was/is very difficult - especially with our domestic machines.

    Anyone interested can find most of the Sailrite videos here (as playlists)
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Sailrite1/playlists

    Or their introduction to sewing - here:-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edkEsty9Mos

    This is great support - even before my machine has arrived.
    Mine should be here (from America) on Monday (assuming that I can get the import duty etc paid in time.

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    Also thinking about purchasing one. I found the same machine with a different name for less than half the price on a aliexpress type site. (cannot remember where exactly). Read somewhere that the sailrite use the same machine but run it in and make sure it is tuned. Was tempted to go for this but worried about the lack of support which you get with Sailrite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlw View Post
    Also thinking about purchasing one. I found the same machine with a different name for less than half the price on a aliexpress type site. (cannot remember where exactly). Read somewhere that the sailrite use the same machine but run it in and make sure it is tuned. Was tempted to go for this but worried about the lack of support which you get with Sailrite.
    There are about 4 or 5 "compatible" machines like the Sailrite.
    IMO the Reliable Barracuda is the best of the alternatives but not available from stock.
    None of the machines are sold in the UK.

    Have a read of these pages:-
    This explains how all these machines evolved.
    https://www.sailrite.com/ultrafeed-history
    And this is a shorter version with a simple timeline on the Ultrafeed
    https://www.sailrite.com/about-sailrite
    Early days yet but, if you watch the videos, the support does seem excellent.
    I had a very quick reply to an email that I sent prior to ordering.
    Last edited by Hurricane; 03-04-19 at 15:00.

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