At Sailrite®, we don’t believe in settling for the status quo. If there’s something we can improve for our customers to make their lives easier and their sewing experience better, we do it. In 2016, we made a big upgrade to the Ultrafeed® Deluxe Carrying Case and renamed it the Ultrafeed® Industrial Carrying Case. The Deluxe Carrying Case was adequate and served its purpose, but it had some aspects that we knew we could improve upon. And we did. Our current Industrial Carrying Case is far superior to the original, and this blog will explain all the enhancements we made.
It starts with a great foundation. The case is constructed from a sturdy plywood frame laminated in durable black melamine, which is a strong plastic resin. Every edge of the case is framed in aluminum, and the corners are reinforced with zinc alloy end caps. The Sailrite logo is silk-screened on one side of the lid. This adds a polished, decorative accent to the case, as well as indicating which direction the lid should face so you always know which side is the front of the machine.
The lid of the Industrial Carrying Case attaches firmly to the base with butterfly latches. Not only are butterfly latches easy-to-use twist latches, but they’re the most secure attachment latches on the market and a major upgrade to the hasp fasteners on the previous case. The industrial-grade handle on the top of the case is now spring-loaded and offers a secure grip. We improved the plating on the hardware of the updated case to make it less prone to rusting in extreme saltwater conditions.
When you place the lid on its side, you’ll notice the entire top inside of the case is lined with a dense, closed cell foam padding. This specially designed foam supports and cradles the machine, even when stored on its side. We spent a lot of time and attention on this aspect of the case because we knew space was an issue for our customers. Whether you’re on your boat, RV or even at home, quarters can get cramped. The foam is strong and supportive enough that you can store the machine in its case on any side or at any angle that fits your needs without the worry of damaging the machine.
The updated case has more robust and larger rubber feet that won’t rip off. The rubber feet are through-riveted to the case to offer ultimate stability and keep the machine stationary while you sew. Another upgrade is an elastic protector strap for sewing delicate materials. This strap snaps directly onto the base and keeps materials such as window vinyl from accidentally getting scuffed or scratched on the latches as you sew.
The case’s tray top features a durable ABS plastic surface that’s guaranteed not to chip. The updated top features precut holes for installation of the Kickstand and Integrated Thread Stand. Simply drop the Kickstand into the slot in the case and you can securely tip back the machine when you need to replace the bobbin thread. There’s a storage cubby for holding sewing accessories, and the foot control, Power Plus™ or Monster® II Balance Wheel (with hand crank attached), and the Integrated Thread Stand all fit nicely inside the case — you don’t have to detach them in order to fit the lid onto the base.
The sleek, industrial design of the case not only looks great, but it speaks to the quality and robustness of the machine it protects. Our Ultrafeed Sewing Machines are the best in the industry, and they deserve an equally impressive case. The Industrial Carrying Case is included with the Ultrafeed PLUS and PREMIUM packages. It’s also sold separately for anyone who wants to upgrade from the wooden base in the BASIC package or anyone with an older version of the machine that predates the updated case. The Ultrafeed Industrial Carrying Case is sold exclusively by Sailrite and can’t be found anywhere else. For more information about our patented Ultrafeed Sewing Machine, be sure to read our blog “Why Choose an Ultrafeed?” (300330XHT) to learn more about our best-selling portable, semi-industrial sewing machine.