When we set out cruising we chose to do as much of our canvas and sail creations and repairs on our own. We bought a Sailrite LSZ-1 sewing machine and I have made many creations in the past three years and will work on many more.
Here, in no particular order, are links to my projects. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, and I will share what I've learned. All projects can be found at my Picassa Web Albums Link (sort the albums by name, all albums related to sewing begin with "Sewing - ").
(2015) Update on Troubadour's Full Cockpit Enclosure
"What we LOVE about our enclosure, what we DON'T and what Sailrite said!"
Here is my dinghy chaps project in pictures:
Troubadour Dinghy Chaps
S/V Harmony Cockpit Cushion Recover Project
The foam, although old, was in good condition. Harmony purchased 3.5 yards of white Nautolex fabric from Nabela. (From Nabela Custom Upholstery, 473-444-5460, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The plan was to pattern the new covers from the old ones - and that's what I did. In hindsight, it was the best way to do this project. I was lucky enough to get a look at S/V Nahanni River, another Leopard catamaran, with the same cockpit configuration to get another view of how the pieces were constructed and sewn.
Find the project details in photos at this link: