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Sewing for Sailors

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Sailors, you might find this title a little bit odd. After all, when you are out on the water, the last thing you are thinking about is sewing. However, if you are really honest, you will recognize that a large number of items on your boat require professional stitch work. So, sewing for sailors isn’t that farfetched.

Before you start this sewing endeavor though, be sure to review the best sewing machines. There are hundreds of sewing machines on the market. Determining the kind you need will be based on what you intend to do on the boat, or before you hit the water. If you are just going to make some pillows or a quilt, then you’ll have plenty of information after you visit the link provided. However, sewing the heavier canvas materials requires a good deal more knowledge.

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How to Sew Canvas Properly

The canvas on your boat is going to be the trickiest part of your sewing endeavors. It is imperative that you learn how to sew canvas properly. A regular sewing machine isn’t going to work because canvas is simply too thick and resistant for an ordinary machine. Please take these suggestions under serious advisement before you begin sewing the canvas materials on your boat:

  1. Lock stitches– This is very important for the integrity of the piece you are sewing. Be sure to lock the stitches at both the beginning and the ends of the seams by putting the machine in reverse and then moving forward again. Read this.
  2. Top position– It’s a huge pain in the rear to have the thread come out of the needle in the middle of sewing a piece. If you make sure that the thread’s take up arm is in the top position before you begin sewing, you’ll lessen your chances of this irritation.
  3. Fabric creases– Canvas doesn’t crease easily. You’ll probably find this out the hard way unless you adhere to our suggestions. Try rolling it over the edge of a table to create the creases where you want them.
  4. Spare bobbins- We like to keep things moving. Any interruption that can be avoided are high on our priority list. Therefore, spool up a bunch of spare bobbins before you begin so that you can just change them out as needed.
  5. Double check– Our dad used to say, “Measure twice. Cut once.” It’s the same concept here, except we suggest that you double check the way the fabric layup will work prior to beginning to sew. You’ll save yourself a good deal of headache this way.
  6. Zigzag stitching- It’s a good idea to purchase a machine that can do zigzag stitching. With that nifty bit of technology you might not even need a zipper foot. Just a helpful suggestion from people who have learned a thing or two.
  7. Needle position– When you have to change the bobbin, it’s really easy to bump the needle and thereby change its location. That’s why we suggest you double check the needle’s position before you resume sewing after a bobbin change.
  8. Basting tape– You will love this stuff. It will help keep things in place and ensure that your stitches look a lot nicer. Learn more.

Of course, you might need some more in depth advice. The best we can do is offer this video for zipper installations since we didn’t bridge that topic. Happy sewing and happier sailing.