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Pouches / Double AK mag pouch us-british style hybrid
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:52:50 AM »
Made this pouch for two AK74 magazines. The design is based on US MOLLE double magazine pouch (with lid protecting magazines from dirt), but with typical British long webbing/velcro flap. I wanted to install metal snap on the bottom of the velcro, but I was lazy. It also has elastic cord retention and side PALS loops (for small pouches like pistol mag or multitool). On the back there is a classic PALS attachment without any metal snaps, very reliable. The clips are made of two layers of webbing with plastic pieces in between.
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Tutorials and techniques / Re: Messy stitches on tubular
« on: July 26, 2018, 10:42:38 AM »
I would raise the top tension and increase the needle size, so the thread slides easier in the eye and also make bigger holes. 110/18 may be too small I generally use 130/21 for everything.

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Service exchange / Laser cutting up to 66" x 98"
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:10:30 AM »
Whiskey Two Four are excited to enhance our OEM and contract services with laser cutting up to 66" x 98"

Whiskey Two Four stocks numerous narrow and wide fabrics and related materials ready to convert into components or finished, sewn parts-

-60" 500D in MultiCam and solution dyed ranger, black, coyote, wolf grey

-54/60" loop in MultiCam, black, coyote, ranger

-58" ACRONYM in MultiCam, Multicam black, coyote, black, ranger

-24.5" ACRONYM in MultiCam, Multicam black, Multicam arid, Multicam tropic, Multicam Alpine, M81, black, coyote, ranger, wolf grey, A-TACS iX

-60" 35oz HANK in black, coyote, and tan 499

-60" 18oz HANK in black, coyote, ranger, tan 499, camo 483, wolf grey

-60" NYCO ripstop Multicam, black, ranger, and coyote

-48" x 96" black HDPE .030" and .060"

-48" x 96" x .125" closed cell neoprene sponge foam

-48" x 96" x .125" and .25" clear cast acrylic

-seasonal hardwoods

-various aircraft plywood

Send RFQs to <quote AT wtfidea DOT com> with files in both dxf and pdf form and desired material.

Quotes are usually turned in 72 hours and include pricing from a sample part to 500 parts.  Need more?  No problem (:

Jobs typically turn in less than 30 days.

Terms are prepayment via squareup or PayPal.  Repeat customers may submit a PO and pay upon shipping.  Provide your UPS, DHL, or FedEx account number for faster processing.

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On my list of things I donít like to do:

Top stitching after turning right side out, it can be a pain to get the fabric to fold next to the seam line when using 1,000d with 1,000 d. I currently use a long flat screwdriver shoved in the product to coax the seam out.

Repairing old gear, because of ripping old dirty stitches out and then trying to put it back together when the binding feels like it either grew or shrunk. Also because the customer has no idea how much time it takes to modify their gear, for that reason I rarely do these jobs and when I do, itís only only for family or close friends. (Which further reduces my chance of getting paid). LOL

Cutting intricate parts out of fabric, pre-laser. After the laser purchase it was the time consuming part of learning CAD and replicating my existing patterns.

I have a love/hate relationship for repetitive jobs. I time myself for each operation to help stay motivated because a simple one minute operation on a 300 piece order is five hours. Which I recently came to realize while working on my largest order to date.
Scott

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I'm surprised that so many of you struggle with zippers... I do it pretty much every day, in all kinds of sizes from #3 to #10, in regular, reversed, reversed coated, invisible and with locking and non-locking sliders in various combos up to 4 sliders per zipper and while at times it can be fiddly, but it's not the part that sucks or eats time in my world.

Hate:
- Repairs/Modifications. The client has 0 idea about the stuff involved in repairs or modification, so you can't make money on it. And it sucks to pop out year old dirty thread. But I don't do repairs or modifications because I hate it.
- Cutting. Holy fucking hell cutting by hand sucks. Especially for bigger projects or batch cutting. Everything sucks to cut in it's own way, but light fabrics that fray in the wind are the absolute worst.
- Production sewing. Unless you have a crew of friends and tons of beer, anything more than a batch of 2 drives me crazy.

Suck at:
- Coverstitching without spending a lot of time preparing it. If you miss the edge that is supposed to be covered, the only way to make it nice is to start over.
- Threading flatlock machines.
- Work at home on my own projects after a day at work.

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Tutorials and techniques / Re: Sort of a tutorial for a backpack.
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:24:18 AM »
If you want it to be a tutorial, then you should write some words about what's going on in the photos. The main reason for this is that people who are looking for tutorials, have most likely not sewn for a long time or have never sewn at all. Without  text to go with the photos, you're lifting the bar probably too high for people who aren't already aware of what's going on and could build something similar.

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Asset exchange / Murdock 1" M81 woodland jacquard woven webbing
« on: May 08, 2018, 11:21:55 AM »
***webbing is due mid to late August***

Murdock 1" M81 woodland jacquard woven webbing.

-(1) 50 yard roll- $4.00 / yard

-(4) 50 yard rolls- $2.00 / yard

-(10) 50 yard rolls- $1.43/yard

All prices are plus freight.  FCA Phoenix, AZ, USA.  Parts ship on your DHL, FedEx, or UPS account number.  If you don't have a DHL, FedEx, or UPS account, we bill actual shipping cost + 20%.

Email <oem AT wtfidea DOT com>

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Congratulations! Out of curiosity - are there more than  1 designers at EI or do you replace a lone person who left?

There are multiple.  I'm one of three.  Really looking forward to working with them, I discovered one of them designed one of my favorite packs of all times, so it's a little surreal to be working alongside people that have designed things that I own and absolutely love.

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Service exchange / Re: Looking for a batch of laser cut components
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:53:05 AM »
I can cut it for you again.

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I never regret buying my Juki 1541 brand new at retail price plus tax from a local dealer, mine was having hook issue after the first week but under the warranty they fixed it immediately for free and since then with zero problems. Had I brought one used or from out of state it would had cost me a lot of money to get it operational.

My advice is save up and get a new one from a local dealer that offer warranty so you can take it back in case it breaks, pretty sure most dealer offer financing options too so it's not like you have to pay the full price out front.

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Asset exchange / Re: WTB: 500D Cordura - Europe
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:52:08 PM »
orkan tactical in poland has some, the site is a bit hard to navigate because it is all polish, but you can have google translate it, and they respond fast to e-mails and speak good english

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Asset exchange / M81 woodland ACRONYM in stock
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:41:36 PM »
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About 6 months ago we demolished the three bedrooms on our little 1000 square foot house, lived out of the front room for a while, and built an addition.  Has been an adventure.  Both my wife and I get dedicated sewing rooms.  We finished mine as quickly as we could...currently, Bergspitze Customs is the last knot on the end of my rope, having been laid off from my full time biochemistry job a month ago and my part time job (of 4 years) being converted to a full time job and given to someone else outside the organization this last week.  Glad to have sewing to fall back on, since other positions, short of flipping burgers, are few and far between right now in my area and we can't move until the house is done (and that would still suck to do after all this work).

So here's the first look at the new space.  Slightly over 300 square feet.  I converted half of a ping pong table into a cutting table with a large Rhino cutting mat on top.  That is attached to a fabric rack that I built from scraps from the construction, and another fabric rack sits underneath for the rest...amazing to see how much fabric has accumulated over the years.  My Consew 206RB-1 sits at the end of the table, raised up on risers to be at the same level as the table.  This provides extra support for larger objects.  Have a horse blanket dropped off for repair that is a perfect example of when that will be helpful.

Going around the room from there I have a large whiteboard (considering pulling it off the mount and putting it on the wall), rolling cart with small-parts bin that I have all my hardware sorted into, a Union Special 39500 overlock, Consew 29BL, Brother PR1000E embroidery machine, and a Juki LUH-520.  Back to the right is an L-shaped office desk with a hot knife cutter on the left side, a converted shoe rack holding all my narrow goods.  Under the narrow goods sits a blueprint cabinet that I got on the local classifieds for $40.  Will eventually convert all my pattern pieces to a sturdy option like chipboard and store them in there.

Tape on the walls marks the studs, so I can hang some more pegboard.  More photos to come.


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Platforms / Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:05:08 PM »
Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable.  10.4oz / 296g.  Laser cut from 500D ACRONYM.  Optional SaDDle Bags sandwich between base and accessory panel.

Thank you, JTT- http://jerkingthetrigger.com/2017/12/11/wtf-pimps/














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