Well, it had a good run, but we decided that we just couldn’t keep the Sailrite sewing machine any longer.
Lulu did a lot of work with it: converting our headsails to roller furling, recovering all of our cushions, recovering all the cushions on our friends’ boat S/V Terrapin, lots of canvas coverings for the tiller, jerry jugs, LPG bottles, winches, etc.
But, we’ve finally decided the thing is just too darn big. Fully loaded in it’s carrying case it weighs close to 70 lbs. It’s hard to find a place to store it on our little 28 footer and even harder to move it around to use. Because it is such a big ordeal to use, we only pull it out when there is a real need.
So, we’ve sold the Sailrite machine (took all of 1 day) and reclaimed Lulu’s tructy old Singer Featherweight (Thanks, Cody).
The whole thing, box and all, weighs maybe 15 lbs. Sure we won’t be repairing any sails, but with a little finesses Lulu can do just about everything else we’ll need to do. And, since it’s so easy to move around, she’ll set it up at the drop of a hat. Need a t-shirt mended? No sweat. Need some pants hemmed? Piece of cake. And, truth be told, when we got to the really heavy parts of the sail project, the corners, we had to hand sew them anyway. So, we’ll use some sail repair tape, our trusty sewing awls. And if it takes more than that, we’ll just have to hire someone with a Sailrite.