Sailrite Heavy-Duty Ultrafeed® LS-1 BASIC Walking Foot Sewing Machine
- Straight stitch walking foot sewing machine that easily sews through heavy materials like denim, upholstery fabrics, and heavy canvas (tried and true in up to 10 layers of heavy canvas).
- Includes the Power Plus Balance Wheel, which offers twice the power and size of a traditional flywheel.
- The patented Posi-Pin clutching system provides 100% power transfer from the balance wheel to the needle.
- Must-have features include the extra wide presser foot with a built-in piping tunnel, the high, 3/8” foot lift and a variable stitch length of up to 6 mm.
- Top-notch customer support from Sailrite with a comprehensive guidebook; Set-up, Use and Maintenance DVD, personalized support and a 2-year limited warranty all included.
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The Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LS-1 BASIC Sewing Machine is a great introductory machine for those sewing heavy-duty home projects, boat canvas, or RV and automotive upholstery. Designed from the ground up with marine canvasworkers in mind, the Ultrafeed LS-1 is a straight stitch only sewing machine that can handle thick and heavy fabric assemblies with ease. In fact, it’s tried and true in up to 10 layers of heavy canvas! The same power that makes this machine great for marine canvas is also perfect for sewing soft leather and denim as well as heavy upholstery and home décor fabrics. The Ultrafeed LS-1 BASIC Sewing Machine includes the Ultrafeed Wooden Base, Power Plus balance wheel, EZ Set Stitch Length Plate, electronic foot control, thread stand, sewing machine oil, 4 bobbins, 4 #20 needles, a tool kit, guidebook, and our Ultrafeed Set-up, Use & Maintenance DVD. 2-Year Limited Warranty. Patent #7438009.
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So far, I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. Assembly was pretty straight forward - you'll need a stubby screwdriver, but everything else is included in the packaging. The only negative thing I could say about it so far is that I wish it had some sort of light. I'm not sure what's standard for industrial type machines, so it's not a huge complaint. Just something I miss in comparison to my home machine. I have a desklamp, but it doesn't illuminate directly under the arm of the machine very well. Maybe I will find one of those clamp-on LED lights that I can angle under the arm to illuminate the working surface.
It came with a needle pre-installed and a sample of products that were used to test the machine - some sailcloth and some leather. The needle is actually the size I need, so I haven't changed it yet. It seems pretty straightforward, but I've never used a needle that didn't have a flat side to make sure that it was installed correctly. That may take some getting used to.
Adjustments to stitch length and thread tension are a breeze and offer a lot more freedom in selection than my previous home machines.
When they say it can sew pretty much any fabric you can shove under the 3/8" lift, they pretty much mean it. I make dog toys out of recycled fire hose (which is pretty tough and thick to begin with) that also has two layers of thick canvas wrapped around it. Every other machine I've tried has failed. This goes through the layers (which just barely fit under the foot) like butter and with complete control. There's no jerking the fabric side to side or uneven stitches. It backstitches through the same thickness beautifully.
I haven't had a chance to use the welting/cording feature that is built into the standard walking foot installed on the machine, but I do like that it's built in. I figure the less things I have to take apart and reassemble, the better chance that I don't break something.
It's a heavy/sturdy machine, and I love the sunset orange color. I wish I had bought this sooner - have had my eye on it for almost a year!
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