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Old 06-27-2014, 11:52 PM   #15
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? The bag?

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It is tough stuff. We used the machine first and it was OK, but I was sewing the bag at the same time and it was really too much thickness to machine sew. Wound up ripping that out and hand stitching to the bolt rope, used a Speedy Stitcher, and that was fine but slow going. Without the bag, my machine could have done it.

Machine is an old Pfaff 130, pretty heavy duty and I used a pretty stout leather needle, can't remember the size.

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What do you mean the bag? Are you talking an awning bag? I don't want to have to hand sew through that awning rope nor do I want to ruin my machine. If I was going to do it up right, I would buy one of those nifty Sailrite sewing machines but don't have the funds nor room for another sewing machine.

I thought I would use an upholstery needle but maybe leather is better. Maybe now is when I drag out my Grandma's old machine and see what happens. It weighs enough to sink a ship so it might be tough enough to sew the rope.
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Old 06-28-2014, 08:53 AM   #16
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Last year, we made an appointment and took a day to drive down to Sailrite to test their machine. We met with the design engineer and toured the factory. Fantastic shop, I'd rather these workers had built my Airstream.
We took many sample fabrics to try out. The machine is great and well made, albeit the frame is cast in China. This concerned me as I grew up with a foundry engineer father, and understand the nuances of casting. I scrutinized it heavily and concluded that it's a decent cast. The sewing machine was very impressive with heavy fabric, but chewed up fine fabric. It doesn't zig-zag. The finish was attractive. I'd buy one.



When the engineer asked what machine we were currently using, we said Pfaff 130. That was pretty much when our time with him was over. He graciously thanked us for our interest, walked us to the exit and said that we didn't need his machine, Pfaff 130s Rule!
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Yeah, the Pfaff 130 is a great machine!

Sandy, my awning has a zippered bag attached to the bolt rope. The awning fits into the bag when rolled up, zips closed, and is ready to go down the road. I think without it, you'd only have to get through 2 layers of fabric and the bolt rope attach. I think a lighter weight machine could do it. Leather needle would help since it cuts as it goes through.

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Old 06-30-2014, 07:58 PM   #18
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Done!

I finished the awning yesterday and the bag for it today. The bag is also big enough for three small children. No idea how it looks on the trailer as the wind is about 50 mph with small gusts of 30 mph. I will try it as soon as the wind calms down to something we can approach as reasonable. I might even snap a picture or two if it is anything worth seeing.

One more item on the list towards camping in three more weeks or so. Going to be a blast.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:15 PM   #19
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It is up and I think it is kind of cute

Here is the awning that I fretted over for quite some time. Finally just did it and it turned out kind of cute I think. The fabric is really cool and the picture of it up doesn't do the fabric justice. Now I will have to see about making another one for practice.

True test will be in a couple of weeks when our third daughter and boyfriend take it on its maiden voyage. Hope it works well and we don't have any major disasters. If anyone is going to the Airstream Park in Clearwater, MN in two weeks, they will have it out so you can see it yourself.

DH thinks the awning is too big but once we get a table and chairs underneath it, it will be just right. I have to waterproof it tomorrow and then once dry, it has its own bag to go into for storage. Thanks to all of the people that helped with the process by providing me with hints, tips, blogs, and resources. The help makes a big difference in outcome and the time it would take to figure it all out yourself.
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I spotted that fabric a long time ago and immediately thought AWNING!! Bought the entire new bolt of ten yards and I have about a yard and a half left after making an 8' by 9' awning. Love the koi and now they can fly!
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Nice job, Sandy!

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I love it! I think that moving out of the "whole awning= stripes" is a great idea. I've been trying to talk my sister( 2vets) into something "out of the box", even knowing I'll be making it for her (equals less time for my Reno"), her husband is dragging his feet LOL. Nice work!
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What are the EYES for?

We have two metal eyes (circular eyelets) on either side of the trailer where the awning rail is. What are those for? I am guessing so you can tie something down or on the trailer. Are they to help tie down the awnings?
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Can you post a picture! I'm guessing that they are more like guides that help the awning rope advance in the track....
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Yeah, the Pfaff 130 is a great machine!

Sandy, my awning has a zippered bag attached to the bolt rope. The awning fits into the bag when rolled up, zips closed, and is ready to go down the road. I think without it, you'd only have to get through 2 layers of fabric and the bolt rope attach. I think a lighter weight machine could do it. Leather needle would help since it cuts as it goes through.

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I had no idea that the machine you are talking about was that old. Kind of reminds me of my featherweight. I used my Bernina to sew this all up even through the plastic flanged awning rope and it had no problem. I used a heavy needle and it worked well but I took it slow and steady.
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We have two metal eyes (circular eyelets) on either side of the trailer where the awning rail is. What are those for? I am guessing so you can tie something down or on the trailer. Are they to help tie down the awnings?
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I've always assumed that they were to clip the awning bag to the trailer to prevent movement while going down the road and/or to take some of the strain off the cloth in the wind by having some eyes on the fabric which could be tied/clipped to the rings on the trailer
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