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Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
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Cushion Rebuilds, Part 2, Fix Sewing Machine

Red Ranger's interior was in need of an overhaul. The wood (and plastic) are in great condition. The fabric covering needs help. (Okay, there's a spot there the cabin sole doesn't fit perfectly, but that's not visible.)

CA's got a three-part color scheme in mind: each cabin gets a distinctive color. The essential fabric covers on the cushions becomes the core design element. Accents (i.e., things to get knocked around) become irrelevant.


During Cushion Rebuilds, Part 1, Cut, she jammed the SailRite LSZ-1. Jammed to a level where she had to take the machine apart to clear the jam. The needle was wedged against the bobbin.

Whitby Owners to the Rescue. Indefatigable sent a copy of the owner's manual.

The machine came with DVD's. CA watched the Advanced Maintenance DVD. It turns out that there was an almost invisible burr on the Shuttle Hook. The needle left a tiny scratch on the hook that lead to skipped stitches. She filed this down with an emery board until it was smooth.

Up and Running.

Now she's back in business.

The zippers were looted from the old covers. The old zippers were installed in the new cover boxes. The welting was assembled from the new fabric and a long spool of 5/32" piping cord. This is attached to the top plate. And the box is attached to the two plates.

These are—of course—made more complex by the presence of a "wedge". There's a "curved" section that fits against the hull of the V-berth. For this, SailRite sells a special video: Building a Cushion with a Wedge. Something to watch, and watch again, while figuring out the complex shapes.

Cracked Foam

Two of the foam blocks had cracked. I didn't know such a thing was possible.

But a quick web search turned up Yet Another Goo. After all, a modern boat is tons of plastic and various adhesives. For this job, 3M "Super 77" multipurpose adhesive is the recommended solution. It seems to work delightfully well to create a flexible bond on closed-cell foam.

It will be at least another weekend of sewing before we can install them and take pictures of the new V-berth.