10 Aug Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Walking Foot Sewing Machine Review
Available in three different packages, the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 was designed to handle heavy-duty sewing needs and specifications. The Basic package alone is loaded with enough power and features to handle everyday sailmaking and assist home users with other heavier fabrics.
It centers on an exclusive balance wheel design with industrial-grade motor, double belt system, and an advanced clutch for a more efficient performance. The Ultrafeed LSZ-1 also comes with a number of easy to use features and optional add-ons for less the sweat and better sewing results.
A closer look at the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1
Industrial strength performance
The Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is the ideal choice for people who have outgrown the capabilities of domestic sewing machines. It features an industrial-strength 110 VAC motor and double belt system for that added torque, propelling the Power Plus Balance Wheel up to 6,600 rotations per minute.
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Another exclusive feature is the Posi-Pin clutch which provides uninterrupted power transfer from the wheel all the way through the needle. This unique system also allows a slip-free performance when working on slick and heavy fabrics.
Constant feeding and stitching
Unlike the more straight-sewing LS-1, this compact model has a wider, 19-millimeter zigzag walking presser foot. This mechanical system works together with the feed dog in drawing layers of heavy fabric into the machine consistently and achieve symmetrical stitches, forward and back. The “Ultrafeed” moniker serves this model right, as the machine can chew through a variety of thick, slippery, or heavy fabrics without difficulty.
Equipped with a higher 3/8-inch foot lift and a first-class needle bar stroke, the Ultrafeed LSZ-1 has the capacity to sew just about anything you squeeze into it. All that you have to do is set the stitch length to 6 millimeters and zigzag width to 5 millimeters and you’re all set. These materials include slippery leather and upholstery fabrics, heavy canvas and sailcloths, thick denim and rubber, window materials, and more.
Heavy-duty yet user friendly
Another great thing about the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is that it has an integrated welting tunnel that comes very handy for sewing piping. It can also eliminate the need to change to zipper foots when working on marine zippers with a nifty little lever that readjusts the needle position to the left, center, and right when needed.
The package comes complete with the Ultrafeed Wooden Base for a stable and stationary performance along with a thread stand, machine oil, four bobbins, four #20 needles, and tool kit for portability. To get you sewing in no time, Sailrite also included an in-depth guidebook and instructional DVD that will walk you through the setup, utility, lubrication, threading, and general troubleshooting.
If you ever get lost regarding any of these at some point, there’s always the company’s reliable customer service that you can contact over-the-phone and online.
Different packages and accessories available
Aside from the Basic LSZ-1, this model also comes in the Plus and Premium packages. The Plus package is ideal for the more serious home users while the Premium package is perfect for boaters and cruisers who want a heavy duty sewing machine with all the bells and whistles.
You may also upgrade your LSZ-1 by getting and installing various Ultrafeed accessories (sold separately). These include a wide range of handles, guides, binding attachments, lights, feet, and more.
The Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 sewing machine measures 15 by 17.38 by 2.88 inches (D x W x H) and weighs in at approximately 48.6 pounds. It is covered by the manufacturer’s 2-year limited warranty on parts and a 60-day money back guarantee.
Last thoughts on the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1
This heavy-duty machine offers a lot of ability for those that need to work on bigger and heavier materials. The machine is heavy, so it is very stable to work with. It also runs incredibly smoothly too, so you get a very good end result in your work. Overall, the Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is a very high quality sewing machine, and provides a really good option for those that need a machine for heavy duty work.