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If it's the machine posted in your link, then it's not suitable to (or even capable) sew a typical 42 stitch bartack that you're thinking of. The 373N is a button sewing machine.

Off Topic / New (gingerbread) machine
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:12:31 PM »
Figured some of you might enjoy this gingerbread Juki, or Julki ("jul" means christmas) we made at Norrøna for a gingerbread competition.

We couldn't get the thread through the take-up lever so if anyone have a suggestion to fix this we'd appreciate it! ;D

Materials science / Re: Alternative Fabrics for direct on-skin contact
« on: November 19, 2018, 02:26:49 PM »
Wool is great, but I guess the selection for woven wool/nylon blends isn't exactly booming unless you work directly with a mill. Knits I assume doesn't fit into your products.
I'd guess a woven polyester that has a brushed side will be comfy enough and a good, inexpensive choice. We use it a lot in our waistbands on pants and as chinguards.

Other than that, I know a lot of people use a thin neoprene (that's polyester-neoprene-polyester laminate, like a wetsuit) for ankle holsters etc. Neoprene isn't too bad really, unless you are talking about something that covers moving joints (knees, elbows, shoulders- anyone who have surfed in a suit knows what I mean).

Asset exchange / Re: Silicone Fiberglass High Temperature Fabric / yard
« on: November 09, 2018, 09:32:34 AM »
What about red glowing machine gun barrels? ::)

Materials science / Re: Self healing fabric
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:55:51 AM »
I think I made something like that once. It was just a couple of pieces of fabric, slightly stretched and laminated together with a film-based glue that has stretch. When punctured, it seemed like it would creep back together and close.
Technically it didn't, and skewing the yarn enough will cause it to break especially if it's something that's repeated.

Vendors and sources / Re: first-spear tubes
« on: October 29, 2018, 12:20:17 PM »
Just got email from National Molding and they can not sell the Tactik buckle outside US just like FS tubes. So European companies will have to stay with the 2M ROC buckle.
Did they give any reason as to why? FS won't sell to Europe because of their partnership with NFM, which makes sense from a business perspective.

Vendors and sources / Re: first-spear tubes
« on: October 29, 2018, 09:23:24 AM »
NFM sells Tubes via Norsegear for €18,43 a pop...

To be specific, the issue is not with buying Tubes as much as buying them at a reasonable wholesale price. Anyway that ship has sailed as far as we're concerned.
The "..." replaced a fairly long rant about the pricing that I figured was too unprofessional to post here ;)

Vendors and sources / Re: first-spear tubes
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:35:30 AM »
NFM sells Tubes via Norsegear for €18,43 a pop...

What about the new National Molding variant? Anyone tried them? Should be easier to source in general.

Sound was apparently a problem with 1st gen Tubes. Would be surprised if NFM had a lot of old ones laying around.

Vendors and sources / Fire retardant sewing thread
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:42:13 AM »
Anyone here ever worked with fire retardant sewing thread?

My initial questions are:
Kevlar or Nomex?
Anything to consider when working with it?
Any suppliers that sell single cones of good quality, and preferably in military colors.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Hawkrigger
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:36:49 AM »

It's nice to see someone bother to spend some time to do actual packaging!

Service exchange / Re: Overwhite design/test run opportunity
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:00:24 AM »
I'm not in the US if that matters, but I could be interested if I find the products innovative enough.

Does he have a pattern/tech pack and materials/trims on hand or easily available?

Materials science / Re: ITW Buckle Colour Confusion.
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:25:44 AM »
Pretty sure that ITW will make any color you're willing to pay for. I also wouldn't be surprised if there are differences between US made and elsewhere.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Question on stitches per inch
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:12:58 AM »
Depends on what SPI you're after. More stitches = Stronger (you can over-do it, it's fabric dependent).

Sew a line, grab a ruler and place it at the start of a stitch that is fully formed and count the fully formed stitches until you reach the 1" mark. That gives you your SPI. If you look at other gear you like, you can use their SPI as a reference. Eagle Industries has a really high SPI (12 or so) in the gear I have, and I think I personally have 9-10 stitches per inch in most 500d stuff I make.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Norway
« on: August 23, 2018, 11:08:34 AM »

Where in Norway are you? I'm in Oslo.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Juki LU-2828V-7
« on: August 16, 2018, 01:20:08 PM »
The start/stop tack is very common on machines with control panels, my old Juki at work has one and it's from the days they made brown machines.. I've seen some machines with electronic pedals, but I can't remember if this has one when I saw it at ISPO last year. If not, it's probably a button-press away.

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