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Leftwich

climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
That sailrite is nice but you can find a good used industrial sewing machine for much cheaper. One good cheap option is the old singer model 201 that can be picked up for around $150. Not industrial but stout enough to sew two layers of 1" webbing and a strip of supertape (making your own aiders), often used for light duty sail construction as well.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
In the meantime, get one of these. . . they're indispensable!

http://www.speedystitcher.com

Yep, I've even resoled mountaineering and XC Ski boots with one of those and some Barges.

(that was of course in the ancient days of the Norwegian welt and leather. Everything is injection molded and disposable now)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 10, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
Lots of sailing and mountaineering gear made on this Sailrite. Basic design still cranking after many years.
Sailrite LSZ always at the ready.
Sailrite LSZ always at the ready.
Credit: SCseagoat

If you are going to seriously get into homemade gear shoot me a pm and I can give you a list of the vendors we have found that give good prices on small quantities of silnylon, rip stop, Goretex, canvas, fasteners etc.
BEWARE! Addicting!

Susan
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