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Asset exchange / Re: wtb 3" hook/loop by the yard tan or cb
« on: March 19, 2017, 04:31:22 PM »
I already checked with him, he's only got some loop left. I need the hook mainly, the loop is for stockpile in case I make something that needs it.

Asset exchange / wtb 3" hook/loop by the yard tan or cb
« on: March 14, 2017, 12:50:23 PM »
need some hook and loop probably just 2 or 3 yards, just making stuff for myself. Low priority, if anyone in canada has some to spare, let me know. exchange rate to the US is balls right now.


add a 1" hook/loop to that list as well in 499 tan say 10 yards. not sure if I need loop, will check the bin in my closet to see what I have already.

Vendors and sources / Re: Mesh, what do I have here?
« on: May 17, 2016, 12:21:10 PM »
I have a couple yards of Mil-spec Heavyweight Mesh Fabric MIL-C-8061 from rockywoods it looks very similar to that if not exactly the same. it's stuffed away in a box somewhere but I'll take a look at it when I get home.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: April 01, 2016, 06:20:18 PM »
well.. trying to find a used juki 1541 in my neck of the woods from a reliable source is a bit tricky. lol.

also, I had tried doing a few with the hook side down at slow speeds and not had any issues with tangling, the issues I had were the dogs not grabbing the hook well enough to move it along unless I assisted it, so the stitching was uneven. I have a walking foot attachment for my machine and it makes it a bit better. I was hesitant to run it at full speed, but since you mentioned the hook possibly grabbing the thread and throwing timing off, which is what I thought it was as well, I went pedal to the floor with hookside down and about 10 armbands later I have not had an issue. The top thread broke once, but no tangles. I just find it absolutely odd that I have more issues with the blue material vs the orange. IT's the same density from the same factory.  :o

I'd still like to note as well that even hook down, the machine will occasionally make a terrifying clunk noise. lol

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 31, 2016, 10:29:56 PM »
naa it's a size 16 with regular all purpose polyester thread.. it's not special.

the orange stuff is the EXACT same material as the blue, it sewed perfectly fine with 16s and even 14s. The blue stuff.. not sure wtf is up with that.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:32:21 AM »
I tried doing that and was unable to determine what was going on.

Here's the weird thing. Of the 2 colors of material, the orange sewed with almost no issues. Once maybe every 20 minutes after the adjustments and oiling the machine.

The blue blue material screws up every couple minutes. It was so bad that I tried switching threads to thread that was known not to have issues, it worked for a bit and started happening again. So it's not the thread, threading or the machine, it's the material.

I've also not broken any needles on the orange, but the blue has eaten 4 or 5 now.

I can sew slower and it still happens, but the orange stuff I was going pedal too the floor, max speed and the issue barely came up. The blue material also feels stiffer and more brittle.

I compared the loop tape of the blue vs the orange and the back of the tape is rougher on the blue, could that have any effect?

I've managed to get through about half the blue material now but it's still frustrating to not even know what's causing the issue. I'll be going at a slow speed and the top thread spool will either suddenly shoot a ton of extra thread out, there will be a clunk and more often than not the bottom thread will have caught something and birds nested a little on the bottom, sometimes it will clunk and keep sewing with no ill effect, sometimes it will clunk and the top spool throws thread. Sometimes I'll hear a different stitch sound when the needle goes into the material and it will come up with the top thread looped over itself like the bottom thread is supposed to loop over it, the bottom thread skipped that stitch and the tangle will happen. That's usually preceeded by the thread twisting around the needle and sometimes I can catch it and untwist it. Another failure I've only witnessed with the blue is that thread unravels and a few fibers are still threaded in the eye but the rest of the fibers in the thread are cut and they start pulling back up the line and bunching up.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 27, 2016, 11:10:36 PM »
so I took all the facing off the machine and started checking the tolerances and making a belt adjustment while I was there. I think it needed the belt adjustment. lol. seems to run a lot quieter now. Also noticed one of the cams was bumping into one of the metal frame supports for the plastic shell. Frame was bent, so I straightened it. Not sure how that ended up like that but some of the machine vibration also went away, it's been doing that since new I think.

That wasn't the issue.

thought the needle was getting too close to the bobbin race, so adjusted it... started skipping stitches.. put it back. lol.

Couldn't find anything wrong, and wasn't about to get in there to see if the needle timing was off, but I don't think that was the case. Looked for broken teeth on gears.. wasn't it. No broken bits on the belt.

Turns out as a last resort I checked for burs on every surface the thread touches, think I might have found the cause. Dug a bit more and discovered that potentially when I broke a needle while making one of my belts it probably caused a bur that for some reason didn't really start manifesting until now. So I sanded down the burs and so far, so good. Guess I'll find out tomorrow when I do a bigger run through the velcro rather than a few at a time. I got through about 5 without issue.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 26, 2016, 09:52:58 PM »
Looks like something I had when the bottom thread slipped from under the tensioning spring and thus had zero resistance. The top thread pulled almost two metres of thread from the bobbin in a few stitches.

every time I check the bobbin, the thread is still in the tensioner, so it's not that. Though once it dropped out of the tensioner when I put a newly filled on in and it jammed, but only that one time. I suspect I overfilled the bobbin, the other guess I would have at that particular malfunction is that possibly when the machine has the pictured jam, both thread spools suddenly stop and the momentum throws more thread through, the spool on top unwinds a few loops of thread when this partcular tangle happens. A few times the bobbin case screw has loosened and the bottom thread has jammed, but I don't think either these are a cause, they are a symptom.

+1 to SunriseTacticalGear

Sewing velcro - esepcially hook - on a home machine is never easy. Try to adjust the presser foot pressure.

With 2 people saying hook side sewing is tricky, I'm sort of inclined to believe it, however I've made about 160-170 armbands so far, with 3 and 4" lengths of hook sewed on the back of an 18" strip of loop and the issue never really occurred as often as it seems to be doing now.

I just took a scrap of loop and other fabric and passed it through the machine and it sewed flawlessly, so either I was extremely lucky with most of the completed armbands or there's an issue developing with my machine.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 25, 2016, 10:38:19 PM »
yeah, complete rethreading is happening every time this shit happens. I can with some degree of certainty confirm the machine has been rethreaded... probably 10 times in the last 15 minutes because at this point that's how often it's happening.

Off Topic / Re: what the deuce is this?
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:51:36 PM »
it's a janome, and it's a standard coats and clark all purpose polyester thread (dual duty xp)

It worked fine for a while and the last couple days it's starting to do this... now in the last hour I can't go 2 minutes without it tangling up like that.

Off Topic / what the deuce is this?
« on: March 25, 2016, 06:52:16 PM »
so this might be a noob thing to ask...

but WTF is this?

seems to be happening with increasing regularity, the needle is relatively fresh. It's a 16, a 14 can handle this thread easily, though this was happening more often with the 14, in addition to the thread being bunched up and unraveled.

Tension is evened out top and bottom, also seems to happen regardless of speed.

Is the top thread just being flung around so much that the hook is catching the thread and causing it to misalign and knot up like that?

I've watched it happen a few times and can almost get a feel for when it's about to happen but sometimes the thread will twist around the needle, and I have no idea how it's doing that. The thread will also sometimes bounce out of the thread hooks on the needle arm.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / cutting velcro tape
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:02:26 PM »
I have about 200m of velcro sew on 2" tape to process, need to make a lot of straight cuts as I'm making team armbands for one of the local airsoft fields.

What's a quick/efficient way of making the cuts? I can hot knife them but it's not quick. The tape seems to not fray much (if at all seems to be some awesome stuff) when I cut it with normal scissors. I'm just concerned for my poor blades cutting all this nylon. lol.

Should I just suck it up and keep going with the scissors and melt the ends if they start fraying with use? I spent about 10 minutes rubbing and twisting at the ends of the cuts trying to get it to fray but it's not even showing signs of pulling apart. What's the typical method of cutting velcro tape?

Platforms / Re: Battle belt sleeve
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:20:02 PM »
something I saw on one of the tyr rigger's belts was half width molle on top, full middle gap and half width on bottom to give a pseudo 3 row design in the space of 2. It doesn't do so much for being more secure but I think it has more to do with being more stable on your belt when it's mounted. I thought it was a pretty good idea  Only issue is finding 1/2" webbing to do it.

can the machines be taken down at all to fit in a car? I've always been curious.

Pouches / multi purpose utility pouch
« on: February 13, 2016, 09:32:51 PM »
I had need of a battle belt utility pouch that could double as a mag pouch in a pinch. Nothing on the market tickled my fancy so I decided to make one:

This is my first intricately designed and complex assembly item I've attempted. Lots of stuff was learned... lol. This was also the first zipper I've set that's hidden with a lip. I decided to use tex40 thread for this in hopes it would be a bit easier to work with along with a smaller needle. I didn't have any issues at all with the needle this time,though the tensioner on my bobbin case loosened up over the course of the project making for a bunch of swearing and birdsnesting underneath until I checked the tension.

I could have planned a bit better, but as a first attempt at something that took a fair number of parts and measuring, I think it's not too bad. Some technical issues with my machine as mentioned with the thread tension issue and again thickness of the overall material after assembly, some spots were tricky to get under the machine foot and some messy seams resulted from the dogs not being able to pull everything through evenly. I couldn't use my walking foot attachment either because that takes some foot clearance away.

After completing it, if I were to do it again I'd design some sort of shock cord wrap or some other way to get the front box flap to stay down when I have the flap inserted. Some more thinking will be needed and I may eventually try it again. Hopefully it won't take me a whole day next time.  :o

Couldn't find any malice clips in my parts bucket so I put in the bladetek clips to test it... tight fit... should've measured the molle spacing a bit better on the back panel before I committed. lol. Not about to quit my day job.

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