Marine Fabricator September/October 2022 - 17

LEFT: This project consisted of a new
bimini, new windows and an aft
curtain. Top Stitch used Sunbrella®
fabric, 40g Strataglass and black
SolarFix®
PTFE thread. Canvas is
typically sewn with size 18-20 needles.
SAN 5 and SAN 6 needles are used.
BELOW: This tan mezzanine seating
was a from-scratch new build. Top
Stitch used Sunbrella®
with brown SolarFix®
Horizon™
fabric
PTFE thread, 1865
antimicrobial foam, and ¼ " - ½ " sew
foam. A size 18 SAN 6 needle was
used to minimize hole size. Decorative
stitching is typically a 7mm stitch length.
Photos: Top Stitch Marine Canvas
Needle advancements
For something so seemingly simple,
needle technology is actually pretty innovative.
Russell says the company is
constantly working on needle improvements
to ensure they can perform in any
atmospheric condition without harming
fabric or thread. Environmental friendliness
is also factored in, as are high-speed
sewing machines with more automation.
One of the company's newest developments
is the Loop Control®
process
that helps eliminate skipped stitches.
Russell describes this as " needle geometry
for perfect loop formation for most
of our lockstitch and chainstitch sewing
needles. " Other needles offered include
those with a dur fi nish, which extends
the needle's life and is environmentally
friendly; and various SAN®
needles,
like those for boat-top construction,
enclosures, mooring covers, etc. There
are also needles for sewing polycarbonate
and other diffi cult applications, and ones
that help stop wicking, skipped stitches
and offer gentle material handling. Most
of the SAN needles have a titanium nitride
fi nish for longer needle life.
Goodyear uses SAN 5- and SAN
6-type needles with an RG point, a
rounded tip that pushes the fabric aside
rather than cutting through it, which
he says reduces material damage when
sewing and creates a cleaner stitch.
" The needles are reinforced, making
them more stable, " Goodyear explains.
" The increased stability reduces common
problems, like skipped stitches, when
sewing thicker material. They also have
a larger eyehole, allowing the thread to
pass more easily. We use a coated needle,
which stays sharper for a longer period. "
" High-speed and
automatic mult idirectional
sewing machines put
more stress on th reads.
Choosing th e right th read,
machine and needle can
greatly lower th e number
of issues experienced. "
Ron Becka
Quality Thread & Notions
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