Do you have what you need to get your project started and completed? Here's a list of the items I use most.
(Elves: does your Seamless Sailor have these tools?!)
Hot knife or soldering tool - Essential for finishing the ends of Sunbrella to prohibit raveling. Don't forget a safe surface to use it on. See secret trick.
Heavy-duty scissors, fabric shears and small thread cutter - Like knives to a chef, scissors are to the Seamless Sailor.
Measuring tools, "L" and "T" shaped measuring tools - These measures are great for making patterns. Also need a short measure for at the sewing machine and metal yard stick.
Marking pens - light and dark. The washable ones work well as do the soapstone. Get extras.
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My friend asked me to make her a Bowline Bag and she'd pay me for it. Whaaaat? After being flattered and stunned, I agreed with a few conditions. I couldn't guarantee a delivery time since we were underway and I wanted to sew at a dock and that would be a few weeks. I needed to acquire some better sail cloth. She agreed.
I've made about 15 bags. Each one gets better, but I still am not very efficient making them aboard with somewhat limited space. Nevertheless, I try to improve the instructions in hope that the next one will be even better. (If you are one of my friends with an early version, I'm sorry.)
Finished unlined bag 18" h x 20" w x 6" base depth with design on front
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I decided to make a new purse. I miss a little variety in my wardrobe now that we live aboard full time. I don't have the selection of purses that I had when we had a home with walk-in closets for storage and where leather wouldn't mold. I liked the purse I had made before, but it was showing wear and tear and was a tad bit small. So whip up another. But how about a new design? How about a changeable handle at least for variety? Easy enough. The shoulder strap snaps on the hooks in the grommets. This basic design can be adapted to many sizes and styles. We are only limited by our ideas!
Sail Bag Shoulder Purse with Changeable Straps
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Update September 2015: The original house flag described in this blog post lasted three years. A bright new one represents Magnolia and its crew now.
Also known as an owners private signal, it's fun to have a burgee to represent you when you are aboard and in command. The flag goes with you. It can be representative of your name, your boat, a hobby. And burgees are fairly easy to make. You do need the right materials and a design. What symbol or design would be fun, easy to make and see from atop the flag halyard? What colors do you want (not too many)? What size and shape? A pennant or swallowtail or rectangle would be traditional for a house flag and Read more [...]
This past weekend I caught the zipper pulley line for our Mack Pack sail cover on the end of the batten while the Captain was raising the mainsail. Why is it so hard to keep a 44' boat head to wind? If I slowly ease the boat into the wind I hear "hurry up it's not fun standing here at the mast waiting.". If I go fast to the wind I overcompensate and have to back off. Probably half the time we catch a lazy jack or reefing line on the edge of the batten off the mainsail leech. I really do try to watch the leech (and the depth and the crab pots and the other boaters) while keeping the bow directly into the wind. But this time we caught the pulley line for Mack Pack zipper and pulled the zipper slider and one of the pulleys off the pack. Read more [...]