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|Powered by a mechanical walking presser foot, the Ultrafeed LSZ-1 sewing machineÂ makes the fabric layers move together to the applied force on it. This Sailrite mechanical sewing machine has Posi-Pin direct drive clutching system, which channelizes the power from the balance wheel to the machine's needle for an emphatic sewing performance. This Sailrite sewing machineÂ has the capability to sew 600 stitches in a minute. With consistently symmetrical stitch lengths, the Ultrafeed LSZ-1 machine can easily sew heavy, large, leather and window material with ease. Integrated with 110 VAC motor, this Sailrite mechanical sewing machine produces 6600 rpm at 1.5 amps for an enhanced sewing experience. This Sailrite sewing machineÂ has lever activated mechanism, which lets you create back stitch to cover lengthy distances efficiently.|
|Additional Features||Carry Handle|
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I still haven't had a chance to test the machine much, but general impression is quite positive. I bought it haveing in mind to fix sails, and the machine looks to be pretty good for such needs.
Meanwhile here are a few notes/dislikes.
...Compactness of the machine is not a big plus for my needs; when you work at such bulky items like sails more distance between needle and the column would be very helpful. ...The maximum claimed width of zig-zag of 5mm also doesn't look much impressive, limit of 8mm would be more desirable. Not saying about zig-zag with double stroke: two strokes while going right and two strokes going left. ...It's not easy to control width of zig-zag accurately: numbers at the machine's body and position of the width control lever are hard to associate; moreover, at my machine the lever doesn't go as far as to the number 5 but stops at 4 — bad tuning or worse: reduced zone of reliable work? ...A flywheel "clutch" in form of just a locking pin is very primitive, the pin may be easily lost. ...In standard configuration the machine can't be cranked manually; if you want/have to operate the machine slowly or w/o electricity (in the field, on the boat,..) you have to buy an optional metal flywheel equipped with a handle — it looks like a mere extortion. ...One more minus, this time a minor one: installing a belt guard is not an easy job: you'll definitely drop the bad-accessed screw several times before you succeed.
Meanwhile within its limits (which might be wider to my opinion) the machine works fine and handles thick packs of material very well. The videos showing the machines capabilities are also very useful.
Now about optional machine's case.
Regardless symmetrical construction of the case, I can lock mine only in one of the two possible positions — apparent result of careless installation of the locking clamps. ...The machine's base doesn't fit well in the case's table plate: gaps around the base are too wide. At the same time the base doesn't sit deep enough in the "table" — as a result plastic(!) hinges the machine is connected to the table with are overstressed and ready to break. ...A storage box (under a flywheel) has no cover (-?! in nineteen century people did know that such a cover is the must). Inner walls of the case's hood might be equipped with clamps to hold accessories which don't go to the storage box: thread rod, manual, etc. Resume about the case: you definitely expect better quality from the box costing about $60!
I purchased this product to sew some replacement Textilene slings on outdoor furniture and to make custom dog beds of heavy, waterproof material. Previously, I used a New Home DX 2030 machine until I destroyed the feed dog mechanism and could not find repair parts. The LSZ-1 is built like a tank and sews through the PVC coated material very easily. The machine is "rugged" and I probably will use my regular sewing machine for doing finer fabrics since I can run regular machines much slower than the LSZ-1.
The machine is not perfect. For example, installing the hinge pins that connect the machine to the bottom of the carrying case is an exercise in frustration. I strongly recommend that Sailrite replace these tiny screws with huge screws that will hold the pins more securely. Even though I was careful not to over tighten them, I must have stripped the puny threads since the screws do not hold the pins and the machine wants to pull out and fall backwards. I will have to be very careful when changing bobbins since the machine must be tipped back to do this exchange. Fortunately, the machine is near a wall so the wall should stop the fall.
I've only used the machine for a limited time (6 hrs) but it runs faster than I would like. I've tried feathering the foot control but the motor strains and then takes off faster than I had hoped. Perhaps it takes some getting used to the control.
Overall, I'm happy with this machine and can live with the minor annoyances.
Awesome machine in compact form. Easy to use. Great factory support with many helpful FAQs and project videos. Easily sews as advertized.
I've used a few old singers (some of the best) but I'm no expert by any means. My good friend has this machine and I borrowed a couple times it to do some canvas for my boat before I bought myself one. These are the best sewing machines ever! The walking foot combined with on the fly zig zag, forward and reverse really fills anyones needs. The reliability and consistency, neat stiches with much lower maintenence, it's the best machine ever made! if you are not an expert at sewing and maintaining machines this is the one. Granted as with all sewing machines this will take some basic know how but I find this one needs less care and handles much tougher jobs than our Singer 401A (also one heck of a machine).
As someone who seldom uses a sewing machine I am thrilled with the simplicity of this unit and solid feel. The complete instructions are fairly clear with good photo guides. I have only done some cushion covers thus far and am quite pleased with the results. I look forward to redoing Bimini and balance of cushions plus some other ideas I have. I can already understand why these machines seldom show up on the used market; I doubt I will ever need to replace or relinquish it.