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The office / Re: Packaging critiques
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:38:19 PM »
So here's the packaging with sling inserted.  It's definitely a little tight, so I may need to either shrink the insert or grow the bag for the next run.


Photo Jan 27, 21 25 00 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

The office / Re: Packaging critiques
« on: January 23, 2016, 06:43:45 AM »
It looks pretty good. I have some points though.

- Front looks good. I like your logo.
- I'd mess with the font sizing and formatting, so you end with centred bullet points. To me they look offset. I'd also keep the bullet info much shorter. Try for one line.
- On the bottomline "The MK1 is cut and sewn in Virginia of U.S.-made components", I'd change "cut and sewn" to hand made and "of" to with. I'd also re-size so it fits.
- I'd reduce the size of the font in the QR code box so it fits one line
- Do you have a website to list?
- What about using one more shade of colour on there, maybe as rectangular fields behind where the writing is placed. Might make things pop a little more.
- Is this a rifle only sling? if not and it can be used on an SMG or other, I'd use a generic term like weapon to describe what you are attaching it to.
Without seeing the sling, I can't judge how I would perceive all the info you have written. It seems that some things are repeated, "no additional hardware" for example. Maybe look at removing and tweaking so the info is as concise as possible.

All of ^that^, but I have a few things to add.
Dude your logo is awesome.
-When you add your domain name to the card do so directly below "Hybrid Defensive Strategies, LLC" on the front, sized to fit the maximum width of the two lines above it.
-If you MUST have a bullet point that is more than one line make it the last one.

The card seems to fit the bag pretty close, which is good, but how well does the sling fit in there with it? How does it look once fully packaged?

Don't under estimate the importance of putting your domain name on the card. If these slings are destined for a retail store the domain will drive more hits to your site. Are you selling these all yourself? That's fine, but what about if it gets gifted? And don't expect people to remember your domain just because they've bought from you online, make sure it is visible somewhere on every product and every product document. My flat tags for example for now are three lines; name, made in America, and domain name, in the future they'll be four lines; name, product name, made in America, and domain name.

All good points.  Looking back, I definitely did repeat myself between the paragraphs and the bullets.  Changing up the bullets should be fairly straightforward, as I generated it in Publisher, then uploaded to VistaPrint.  My sling tags have the domain name already as you suggested, but I can definitely add the domain to the front of the packaging as well.  As for the fit, I'll know Wednesday when I get the first batch of 25 from the sewer...  I tested it without the card, and it worked fine, but I haven't checked with both.  Living and learning!

Photo Jan 17, 18 02 15 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

The office / Re: Packaging critiques
« on: January 22, 2016, 01:54:08 PM »
It is a hang hole bag, but the hang hole seems really small.  I haven't had a chance to try it out on a display rack though.

The office / Packaging critiques
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:06:40 PM »
Ok guys, here's the packaging that my slings will be going out in.  Critiques appreciated, I only did a run of 50 of the inserts through VistaPrint, so it's an easy change if need be.  Bags are 5x8 4mil from ULine.


Photo Jan 22, 13 55 46 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

Photo Jan 22, 13 56 17 by X Echo 1, on Flickr

Thanks to everyone!

The current owner has offered to get it plugged in and set up and give me some basic tutorials on using it, so if I end up purchasing, I won't be going in completely blind.  I tend to look at it as a machine that I can play with, learn the ropes on, then upgrade as needed later once I've gained proficiency and maybe completed a few of the tutorials on here...

Thanks again,


Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Mercury Sewing Machine
« on: January 13, 2016, 05:56:01 PM »
So I have the opportunity to pick up a Mercury sewing machine (model M-520 I believe) for $125.  Couple of questions:

This will be my first machine, is it relatively simple to use?  It appears to be straight line only machine, so no fancy settings for me to screw up.

Is $125 a good price?  It comes with a table.

Can parts be found?

I'm a total noob to sewing, but I'd like the ability to fix gear and prototype or sew particular one-offs that I want.

Thanks in advance!


Here's a Mercury info-only site:

Introductions / Hello from Virginia
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:06:41 PM »
Just got approved today, so I wanted to say hi.

Unlike most of you that seem to have significant sewing talent, I tend to work more in the design side of things.  I come up with ideas that sound great to me, then take them to the local maker who gets to give my good ideas a reality check.  I'd love to get into sewing myself and modding gear, but it's probably a good distance down the road.  My military contract expires in two years, so I'm trying to get a few designs turned into reality and hopefully build up a small business.  I'm fortunate enough to work with a very talented sewing shop (the Vel-Tye custom shop), and they make my life much easier.  Wish I could say I did the same for theirs...

Before I joined I browsed around the forum a bit, and I'm amazed at the ideas and skill present here.  I look forward to learning from all of you!


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