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Messages - ultimind

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hate:
I hate sewing molle...I dont have a bartac so it all triple stitch and is just too time consuming with setting everything up, keeping it aligned and then cutting all the thread..hate it

suck at:
tape...still going it by hand :(

Even a cheap $20 ebay binding attachment will be a godsend over doing it by hand. Still no replacement for a proper setup but it'll get the job done especially if you're not doing any curves.

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Bob at Toledo Industrial Sewing Machine or Peter at Globe Sewing in Cleveland have your solutions for you. No need to get it shipped up from Tennessee. Peterís got a warehouse full of machines ready to go. Prices very much like Nick-O-Sew. And best part is you can walk away with a machine on the spot. Iím in Columbus and as far as I know Globe is the closest industrial shop to me. I picked up a servo and various attachments from him a few weeks ago.

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Everything else / Re: toiletry / shave kit
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:46:03 PM »
I have two kinds I like to make. Flat pouches and simple boxy dopp kits. Made boxy ones for everyone in our wedding party. The flat ones are a great way to use up leftover scraps. Make a tube, decide whether you want the zip on the top or middle and sew it shut. I've got so many bizarre combinations of liners and exteriors.



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Tutorials and techniques / Re: In search of a (boxy) 3D corner tutorial
« on: December 22, 2017, 12:09:14 PM »
I was getting a lot of mis-alignment when I started doing three dimensional bags. I would lay out everything on paper and triple check my measurements and I knew everything was correct but when I went to sew, I'd get misalignments. The thing that helped me was pinning or clipping all your pieces together to ensure that everything lines up. It's an extra step but it helps. Only after practice and muscle memory with a particular pattern could I do it freehand (no clips or pins)... aligning the pieces as I went.

Others here with more experience would probably be able to speak more to this, but I would question why you're using unbonded thread. This may explain why you're getting wonky tension issues. I know on my Singer 111W I've had issues running unbonded V92 polyester thread. I switched to bonded and the problems resolved without any tinkering with the machine.

And for what they are I think the Sailrites are nice little machines. I'd love to have a portable with the monster flywheel... but for those prices I'll take a nicely used industrial.

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Vendors and sources / Re: desert pink or hello kitty Cordura
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:17:42 PM »
Other than the wonky pink hunting camo I've only seen solid pinks floating around the common places here in the US. I'm betting that the Manhattan Portage X Hello Kitty 1000D Cordura is produced in Korea or China and is custom just for them. You might be able to source something from the Chinese nylon mills on Alibaba. They often have vast catalogs of 500d and 1000d airspun nylon "Cordura-like" fabrics in crazy patterns.

Spoonflower does have a decently heavy canvas material that you could print whatever you want on. It's not Cordura but it could work in a pinch.

Also reach out to Kyle at RSBTR / OutdoorINK. He's got a 420d Robic nylon that's full color printable.

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Asset exchange / Re: WTB: Cardboard tubes for fabric storage
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:23:14 AM »
JoAnn Fabrics was a no-go. I was told in no uncertain terms that they do not give away any tubes, as each store has to pay for them. Even when politely asking where they get their tubes from I was told that was something they aren't allowed to divulge. Alrighty then  :o I walked down the plaza to Lowes, bought a bunch of 10ft lengths of PVC and cut them to size in the parking lot to fit in my car. Came out to $1.63 per tube. I'm still figuring out how to efficiently wrap the start of the roll without a set of rollers. I came up with a little table jig for laying down a 2" piece of masking tape sticky side up along the full width of the material and overlapping 1" on the fabric and 1" on the PVC pipe. There's plenty of adhesion to get a nice even wrap going. I'll post pictures in the Workspace/Tools/Mfg section if anyone is interested.

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Vendors and sources / Re: Hipster fabrics and hardware
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:29:11 PM »
Reviving this old topic... Check out Ohio Travel Bag. http://www.ohiotravelbag.com/  You can make an account and they'll send you the catalog and pricing. They have an absolutely massive catalog of this exact type of hardware that you're looking for. They're also a good source for YKK stuff especially if you need a less-than-cartonloads of zipper tape or pulls in every size and shape you can imagine.

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Ohio
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:49:52 AM »
Welcome! Whereabouts in Ohio are you located? I'm just between Columbus and Dayton. Always enjoy networking within Ohio. Glad you joined the forum!

We moved to Columbus from the Cleveland area this past spring. I do wish there was some sort of proper sewing supply store anywhere within a 100 mile radius!

How do you like the area? We are going to move about 45 minutes northeast of Columbus.

Columbus is great. Lots to do... good bike paths, good places to eat, very diverse cultural mix, easy airport to get in and our of, you name it. Once you're outside of the metro area it gets rural pretty quick.

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