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Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:32:37 AM »
Thanks. I've got a few pouch orders to do, so I'll make a point of snapping some photos of my method and put a little tutorial together.

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Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:26:03 PM »
Best/cleanest method I've found:

- Cut two equal size rectangles
- Sew together insideout. I use 3/8" SA.
- Trim any angles correctly, so they turn out properly
- Flip right side out and push out corners. I use corner pushing tool for this.

After that, I insert plastic mesh for added rigidity, using a premade LDPE jig. This REALLY helps create clean edges. As a rule, the jig and any insert you use should be 1/4" narrower (1/8" on each side) than the space you left between your stitch lines, to allow for some fitting room. For example, a 4" wide piece of raw material sewn with 3/8" SA on each side will leave you 3-1/4" space. A 3" wide insert would be used, making a finished pouch flap that is approx 3" wide. I've found that insideout seams eat up about 1/8", maybe slightly less with thinner material.

Once everything is flattened and the insert is in place, we top stitch, using a magnetic guide and a zipper foot, to keep the line perfect and consistent.



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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.



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