Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ulu Sail Project, finally sewing.

It took nearly 7 weeks of daily cutting cloth to finally get to the sewing stage.  Luckily for me, a friend that helped out with sewing sails with me last year, joined in again.  Dave Barker, of Navarre Beach Kayaks, had some free time on his hands, as winter in N. Florida is a slow time in his business, so he drove 4 hrs. to get here and join the project.

I was still cutting cloth when he arrived,  so put him to work, attaching the cut pieces to the sail panels as prep work.  We wrapped up that portion and got into sewing during the 2 weeks that he spent here and made good progress.
 The table was modified to allow the machine to sit down into it, making the surface flush.

He brought another Sailrite LZS-1 sewing machine with him that was loaned to the project by Debbie, a cruiser friend.  With 2 machines set up, we made good progress.

Tables were modified to support the differing sized panels so we each could work a different part of the assembly at the same time.

The building's floor space is now covered with many stacks of cut sail cloth that will be a very large stack of completed sails in another month or two.
Dave is back home now dealing with Spring Break kayak rentals.

Thanks Dave!
While here, we had numerous problems trying to get a 2" Binder Attachment bought from Sailrite, to work properly adding the 2" material I had cut to fold properly over the edge of the sail while sewing.  Later on, I took the Binder apart and used it's throat, shown on right(shiney stainless) to guide the 2" material strips under a modified towing extension from my small motorhome.  It now helps guide the material so folded strips are created perfectly, making the process simple and fast!       Yay!!  Another time saver! :)
                   Cruising friends, the Midence family: Jack and Nicole, Marietta and waving Benjamin 

Next day, friends we cruised with in Honduras, U.S. and Panama, stopped by for a visit.  Twas a good time to relax for the evening.

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