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Thread: Singer 127 Hand Crank Suitable for Sewing Sails?

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    Senior Member Cecilia S.'s Avatar
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    Singer 127 Hand Crank Suitable for Sewing Sails?

    Hi Group,

    I have a 1924 Singer machine, and am on the cusp of turning it into a hand crank.

    Would this old single-stitch, long-bobbin machine be suitable for life on a sailboat? That is, would it be strong enough to sew through sailcloth reliably?

    Does one need zig zag to repair sails?

    (I do not sail, myself, but would like to re-home the machine to a sailboat, maybe!)
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Absolutely! I use a 127 HC for just that purpose. I have sewn Naugahyde, boat covers, sailcloth, and most everything with it. The key is thread/needle combinations. I will use a 16 needle with v-69 polyester most often. I use a leather #16 needle with v-69 polyester on leather and Naugahyde. It's perfect. I don't use it at the marina as they would laugh at me. I carry over the Reliable walking foot HC to assure them they are in good hands.
    Ron in NW MO

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    I've been told that a zig zag is very desirable for sail repair. The Pfaff 130 is one of the favorite machines to put on a boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Hi Group,
    I have a 1924 Singer machine, and am on the cusp of turning it into a hand crank.

    Would this old single-stitch, long-bobbin machine be suitable for life on a sailboat? That is, would it be strong enough to sew through sailcloth reliably?

    Does one need zig zag to repair sails?

    (I do not sail, myself, but would like to re-home the machine to a sailboat, maybe!)
    This is the one I use for much of my boat and canvas repairs - actually a 128. I'm still confusing 127s and 128s. I'm sure a larger throat would be desirable.
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    Ron in NW MO

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    I would think you wouldn't want a lot of weight on it but it should go through the layers.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    ROn - is the upside down photo meant to show how it is going to look when on the high seas? ;-)
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    ROn - is the upside down photo meant to show how it is going to look when on the high seas? ;-)
    it's for using in the southern hemisphere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    ROn - is the upside down photo meant to show how it is going to look when on the high seas? ;-)
    Is it upside down? Maybe my iPad needs turning. Otherwise, I'll have to ship it to Australia. But, the HC will work backwards down there.
    Ron in NW MO

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    Someone bought cute little 128 from me to use on a sail boat. His wife wouldn't let him use her Viking - it was cheaper to buy the 128 than to repair the Viking after he was done with it... I wonder how he knew that????
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Ron,

    My wife is going to need a new top to one of her canopys. The plastic/fiber one has finally given up and started rotting.
    So, where do you get the v-69 polyester thread, and what canvas would you suggest for this? It can't be super heavy, but it needs to be water resistant.

    As for a machine to use, we have that covered.

    Here's your pic right side up:
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    Joe

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