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 Post subject: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:07 pm 
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What is the best sewing machine (consumer grade) for kite repair? :-?


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:21 pm 
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I have a Singer from like 1975 and it works great. Bought it used, and cheap ($60).

You need the 3-step zig-zag stitch. Without that, you really can't repair canopy as the pros do, you'd be stuck with a regular zig-zag, which I've never seen used on canopies. Of course, you do need the regular zig-zag for your line sleeving.

For some reason, the 3-step zig-zag stitch is not so common in the older machines I've looked at (1970-1980's). Beware, some machines can do it, but require a cam for that stitch, and if the cam doesn't come with the machine, well, start searching on ebay...

Pay attention to the max width of the zig-zag. 5 mm should be enough. Should always be fully adjustable (the width). Measure the widest zig-zag stitches on your kite to get an idea.

Most if not all consumer grade machines have a hard time with a leading edge. That is usually the thicker dacron which is often folded over, making it difficult for a regular machine. It can be done, but might look crappy if you have to stop and start a lot because the machine is struggling.

The length of the arm is important, especially when you have to get to the center of the kite. Some of the smaller machines out there have a short arm. Mine is medium at 6.75 inches and I've gotten to the center of the canopy on a 16 m kite.

As I recall, there was another thread in here about sewing machines...


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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Really? Any modern machine will work ( light duty )
Check your lock stitch technique....use good thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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But i agree with above writting, if your going through anything thicker than 1.5 mm? Youll need a stronger needle and engine


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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But i agree with above writting, if your going through anything thicker than 1.5 mm? Youll need a stronger needle and engine


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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But i agree with above writting, if your going through anything thicker than 1.5 mm? Youll need a stronger needle and engine


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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But i agree with above writting, if your going through anything thicker than 1.5 mm? Youll need a stronger needle and engine


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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How many amps or how much horse power would be sufficient for LE work?
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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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I asked same question about a year ago ended up with slantline singer 401a haven't done leading edge work only canopy repair so far. it can push through three layers of Dacron that's about it


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 Post subject: Re: Best Sewing Machine for kite Repair?
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Yes, I would think a machine with enough power to seam 2 folded LEs (4 layers of dacron) together is important...looks like from what I have seen, these things have ape motors underneath them...


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