Sewing an Awning?

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Mr. Esther wonders why *I* don't sew new canvas awnings for our back door  
and side door. My beloved Berninas have never liked to stitch a hem on denim  
jeans and I wondering if they would kick and cuss on this project. I'd  
really like to try it. I know I'll need some serious needles.  Any other  
thoughts?  I think the awnings would cost about one-third of the  
professional's estimate but will it kill the Bernina?  Polly  


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Uh, which Berninas were that again? I keep forgetting everything these days;  
I'd even forget my head if it wasn't grown on. Personally, I would try it  
with my Aurora 440 QE, since it's a nice strong machine. However, I'd take  
it slow in those places where there are many layers of material.

U.  


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On 7/26/2013 6:45 PM, Polly Esther wrote:
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If I were going to do it, I'd go to one of my old cast-iron Singers set  
in a treadle.  No motor to burn out, just a work-out for my feet and  
legs.  A very sturdy and sharp needle (with lots on reserve for when  
this one gets dull) and away I'd go.  But I hate long, straight seams,  
especially on an electric machine.  I tend to wander.  I do much better  
on a treadle, and I guess it's because I have enough going on to  
maintain my attention, whereas with the electric machine, it's just  
aiming and hoping not to get a broken needle or a thread jam.  Obviously  
this is not for everyone.  For one thing, not everyone has a treadle on  
hand.
--  
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Perfect job for a $10 yard sale Singer 15-91, especially since your Bernina hasn't been fond of  
sewing denim.  Because it's gear driven, it's hard to break the belt that isn't there. <g>  And the  
adjustability of the presser foot pressure and availability of binder attachments is also helpful.
Plus, they're easy to retime.

And yes, I've done awnings.  Biggest hassle is wrestling the amount of fabric around.  Start with the  
smallest one.

In any case, don't use thread bigger than v69 in home machines.  Really does a number on the tensions.  
And have a sewing hammer handy for the lumps.

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There's no treadle here although I would gladly make room for one. However -  
I did buy a Singer handcrank years ago. Since Mr. Esther is the fellow who  
had this bright idea, perhaps he would like to see if he could get her  
going.  Thank you all. Your thoughts are very helpful. Polly


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I think that IF I were thinking about doing this, I would attempt making the  
smallest one first, and NOT go ahead and purchase all the canvas at one  
time.  Then if it doesn't work out I won't have all that canvas left over.  
Making the first one will give you lots of experience!
Barbara in WET SC  



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Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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Agreed.  I suggest buying a minimum amount (an eighth of a yard?) of  
the fabric and testing how the machines handle multiple layers.  


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I would advice against it, but well what do I know.

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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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Ron Anderson wrote:
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You know a lot!  :-)

Would you also advise against it for a Singer 401A?  I have never  
tackled an awning, but I did make a terrycloth robe one time, and  
the underarm seam (flat felled) was 12 layers.  Broke several  
needles, but I got the job done.  Wish I had known then about  
hump-jumpers.   It was a special BD gift for my Dad.

Beverly  


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 Ron Anderson wrote: I would advice against it, but well what do I know.

Thank you, Ron. I will plan very carefully.  The major thickness challenge I  
see is the four layers where the grommets go through.  Maybe I can finagle  
that one with super glue or the staple gun.  Want to come play at our house?  
I bake a fine banana nut bread.


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Not so much the thickness of the material as the thread.

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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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It is a job best left for an industrial machine. Some machine with tweaking  
can handle the 69 thread but most will cough and spit.

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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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