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Tutorials and techniques / Re: In search of a (boxy) 3D corner tutorial
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:17:06 PM »
This one is pretty good.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 03, 2017, 09:47:41 PM »
Good question. I trace the outline on the wrong side of the fabric with chalk, and cut a generous seam allowance. I cut another piece the same shape, and sew just inside the chalk with the wrong sides out. I usually leave a half inch unsewn at the bottom edge to fold in.

I then trim the seam to about a 3/8 inch, and cut the radius off the corners. I then fold it right side out, push out the corners, roll the edge, and told the bottom in.

Then I top stitch very close to the edge. Rolling with the fingers helps.

You can see an example of rolling and top stitching of you skip to about 3:22 in the video below. It's a dump pouch, not a flap, but the technique is similar.

Tutorials and techniques / Home made bias binding twchnique
« on: November 25, 2016, 06:01:49 AM »
All, here is a tip I picked up from my aunt, who has used it to make a bunch of quilts. I haven't done this yet, but probably will when I get home. It looks like a good way to make a relatively small amount of bias binding.


Tutorials and techniques / Re: Sewing mag pouch splitters/dividers
« on: November 22, 2016, 06:58:43 AM »
If you are going to disassemble the pouch after removal, you could just sew in the putter divider first, then the inner one. If you done want to disassemble the pouch, you could use a singer model 29 ( or other model 29 clone).

I picked up one that is about 100 years old.  I mainly use it for sewing velcro to pouches that are already assembled, and I used it to repair a pair of my boots once.

Skip to 13:30 to see how the walking foot changes direction.

Also, if you want to sew patches on sleeves, this is the machine to use.


Since when is Brookwood not doing cut yardage on Multicam? I ordered less than a full roll about 2 months ago.

She said just recently. Apparently it makes tracking their inventory too difficult.

That is among the worst excuses I have ever heard.  Do they know computers exist?  They aren't dealing with tracking an inventory of perishable goods.  You could keep track of that with an abacus.  The only rolls I have bought from them less than 75 yards were ones that they had that I guess had already been cut.

Introductions / Re: Hello from the Heart of Dixie
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:10:55 PM »
I've been waiting for a kydex guy and a blade smith to join for a while now.

Welcome to the mix!!!


I learned this technique from CDHTac a while ago. It's been working out pretty well for me.  On my next pack, I will probably use a similar technique, but mount them a few inches down on the back, so the pack sits higher.


Off Topic / Kansas City!!!
« on: July 03, 2016, 09:03:52 PM »

I'm in the process of relocating to the kansas city area.  I was able to make some good connections in the colorado springs area from this site.

If anyone is in that area, don't be afraid to give me a shout.  I'm happy to help with materials, equipment, and possibly a little labor as time permits.


Concept, design, and engineering / Re: Single strap backpack
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:07:38 AM »
I haven't done many single strap packs, but I have done a few. My advice (FWIW) would be to have the top strap connect in the middle, and have a way to connect the bottom strap to either the right or left side. On the last one I did, I had plastic d rings on the bottom corners, and the shoulder strap connected with an HK spring clip. A method like this would also make it possible to connect a waisted strap if you wanted.


Tutorials and techniques / Simple Dump Pouch Video Tutorial
« on: May 16, 2016, 02:18:00 PM »
Here is a video tutorial I made for a simple dump pouch. 

Start with a 10"x24" piece of fabric, 3 pieces of 1 inch webbing all 3 inches long, a little bit of bungee cord, and some MALICE clips or the WTFix attachment straps.  All seams are 1/2 inch.  I would typically do binding across the top, or double fold the seams, but I am trying to keep this at a beginner skill level and achievable on most home sewing machines.

I understand a lot of people on this forum are light years beyond this.  This would be a good beginner project


Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki ddl 555-2
« on: April 03, 2016, 11:31:09 AM »
A while ago I bought a juki 5550 clone with clutch motor, but didn't use it much.  While searching for off the shelf binders for my 1541, I decided to try setting up the 5550 as a dedicated binder. I bought one of these for $13, and it works pretty good. Not perfect, but pretty good.

If I were you, and I had the space, I would get it. If you end up not using it, you may be able to trade it in or sell it. If you have the ability to upgrade in the future, you could use this as a dedicated binder or special purpose machine.

Just my 2 cents.


Vendors and sources / Re: Cobra like buckles- Chinese copy
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:40:26 PM »
As an fyi, there are some others ripping off the cobra and passing it off as the real thing. Know your suppliers.

Looking back at when I was starting out, I had trouble finding quality materials at good prices in quantities I could afford.  Now that I am buying most things in large quantities, I decided to put things on my etsy shop to help those desiring to buy in small quantities.  Prices are competitive, and shipping is a flat $5.95 if you buy a yard of webbing, or everything in the shop.

Use code "gearmaker" for a 10% discount.
Here is the correct link 

Items include:
Type 13 webbing - black, coyote brown 498, and camo green
1.5 inch scuba webbing - black, coyote brown 498, and wolf grey
1.5 inch GSI side release buckles
1 inch GSI side release buckles
1 inch triglides
1.5 inch triglides
1.75 inch cobra buckles
1.5 inch cobra buckles


Vendors and sources / Re: Small quantities non mil spec hardware?
« on: February 11, 2016, 02:55:44 PM »
Just to clarify, you are talking about Chuck Schwartz from GSI, correct?


Vendors and sources / Re: source for good 1.5" scuba webbing
« on: February 02, 2016, 04:07:57 PM »
Update:  I ended up going with the GSI brand webbing for 1.5 and 2 inch rigid webbing.  I am very satisfied with the quality, price, and customer service.  I highly recommend GSI.

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