I've spent many happy hours in my basement sweat shop doing upholstery work, sail making, and canvas work on an old Pfaff 438 sewing machine. This machine does straight stitch and zig-zag, but has no walking foot, a feature that would be nice to have. But it will sew easily through 7 layers of heavy Dacron, and just as easily through 2 layers of light weight spinnaker cloth.
Once happy with the looks and function of the shape, it was time to mock up the cover. Many professionals use 6 mil poly, but I found a heavy craft paper worked better for me. Packing tape was the adhesive of choice, and it didn't take long before my "paper dodger" was a reality.
Next on the agenda was to bend the tubing. (I used 1" stainless steel tubing, but on my present boat I used 7/8" tubing, which was a lot easier to bend and certainly strong enough for a 27' boat.) The bender described in Don's book worked amazingly well.
The Lancer had a nicely shaped combing across the hatch opening, just perfect for attaching the front of the canvas to. Unfortunately the traveler was attached right across this area. What were "they" thinking? An aluminum pipe 'horse' was built, and attached to the very sturdy hatch garage, to relocate the traveler about 4" forward of it's original position.
|A second dodger done for our Vega.|