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Materials science / Wet weather bag
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:40:40 PM »
First post in a long time...

I'm helping a coworker with a project idea that he came up with. He wants to design an improved wet weather bag, that will be an improvement from the US Army wet weather bag.

A lot of the improvements focus on design instead of material. I made him a prototype out of 500D cordura, and its water resistant. but not waterproof. 

What would be a good material for the final prototype? Does anyone know what the current wet weather bags are made of? I have one, just don't know the name of the fabric.  I'd also be interested in knowing if there are any suppliers of fabric similar to the one that SeaLine uses for their bags.

Or if anyone has any suggestions in general, like possibly a way to spray a sealant on cordura to make it waterproof...

Any help, or criticism, is appreciated.


Vendors and sources / Kevlar cord source
« on: September 23, 2017, 01:02:47 PM »
Does anyone have a source for braided kevlar cord?  I'm looking for 3 or 3.5 mm diameter. My plan is to terminate it with metal ferrurls to make boot laces. I've been able to find it in the original yellow color, but need to find it in a color similar to 498 or 499 brown.


Concept, design, and engineering / Pack over body armor - a gap to fill
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:08:27 PM »
So, I figured I would throw this I. The concept, design, and engineering portion.

I am looking to make (or find an existing) pack that works well with the Crye DOC and JPC.  Customer is having problems with the current mystery ranch packs, as the shoulder straps are barely long enough and they tent to ride on the outside of the shoulder straps on the plate carrier, which pinches against the front of the shoulder and accelerates fatigue.

I'm thinking something wide with minimal bulk and padding would be best. Has anyone made anything like this, or know of anything designed for It?

I'm trying to stay away from a pack mounted to the carrier.

Any input is appreciated.


Off Topic / Photobucket image sharing
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:15:22 PM »
I've been using photobucket to share images on this site, and recently got a notification that my subscription level (free) doesn't support third party sharing. I don't feel like upgrading at the moment, so my images will probably look like cats.

This might have been brought up before, but does anyone have a good, reliable, and free site that they recommend? 


Materials science / Tough non-slup material.
« on: March 19, 2017, 10:03:22 AM »
I am doing work on a shooting jacket for a friend.  It will be for both prone and standing shooting, and he wants to have the elbow material replaced because it is with out. He is basically looking for the most grippy, tough, and durable material out there. It needs to be able to stand up to having his elbow rest on concrete. I don't think hypalon is grippy enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good material and a source?


Tutorials and techniques / Home made bias binding twchnique
« on: November 25, 2016, 06:01:49 AM »
All, here is a tip I picked up from my aunt, who has used it to make a bunch of quilts. I haven't done this yet, but probably will when I get home. It looks like a good way to make a relatively small amount of bias binding.


Vendors and sources / Made in the USA tags
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:04:47 PM »
Does anyone have a source for sew on tags that say "made in the USA"?

Doesn't need to be fancy, and cheap is always good. It would also be nice if the tags themselves were US made, as I hate sewing things that are ironic.


Off Topic / For someone new to sewing...
« on: November 07, 2016, 09:20:49 PM »
There is a young man who goes to my Church that is interested in learning how to sew to make a little extra money, and I told him I would give him some lessons.

What would some good beginner projects be?  I'm looking for something that can be done on a home machine, and doesn't use a billion types of materials. I was thinking maybe rifle slings, and maybe GP pouches?


Long story short, I have a former client who wants to start sewing his own slings for his shop.

I thought there was a thread on here that recommended a consew 207 or something like that, but I couldn't find it.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a walking foot machine that can punch 4 layers of tubular webbing for under 1000?


Vendors and sources / texcell industries multicam type 13 webbing
« on: August 18, 2016, 03:29:01 PM »
My contact at texcell said that they have type 13 multicam with a 4 week lead time.  Has anyone ordered this from there before?  Is it printed, or is it jacquard style?  How does it hold up?


Off Topic / Kansas City!!!
« on: July 03, 2016, 09:03:52 PM »

I'm in the process of relocating to the kansas city area.  I was able to make some good connections in the colorado springs area from this site.

If anyone is in that area, don't be afraid to give me a shout.  I'm happy to help with materials, equipment, and possibly a little labor as time permits.


Tutorials and techniques / Simple Dump Pouch Video Tutorial
« on: May 16, 2016, 02:18:00 PM »
Here is a video tutorial I made for a simple dump pouch. 

Start with a 10"x24" piece of fabric, 3 pieces of 1 inch webbing all 3 inches long, a little bit of bungee cord, and some MALICE clips or the WTFix attachment straps.  All seams are 1/2 inch.  I would typically do binding across the top, or double fold the seams, but I am trying to keep this at a beginner skill level and achievable on most home sewing machines.

I understand a lot of people on this forum are light years beyond this.  This would be a good beginner project


Asset exchange / Singer 402w100
« on: May 11, 2016, 12:21:18 PM »
I am headed about an hour south of my house in a few days to hopefully pick up a bartacker (or two) from a gentleman that is selling some machines. 

He also has a Singer 402w100 for sale.  It's a single needle, lockstitch, needle feed/drop feed machine with 3/8 inch clearance under the foot.  I have the feeling the guy will probably let it go for around 200.

If anyone is in the Colorado Springs area, and wants this machine, please let me know, as I will be willing to pick it up from Pueblo.

Here is the manual:


Off Topic / Darley Defense expo on Ft. Carson
« on: May 11, 2016, 12:15:16 PM »
So this probably won't be relevant to most people on here, but I know there are a few in the central Colorado area.

Today and tomorrow (11 and 12 May 2016), there is a Darley Defense expo on building 1829 on Ft. Carson.  I went, and there are probably 40ish vendors there including Trijicon, Drager, and a bunch of other ones.  There is also at least one local company (AttackPak).

It's open admission, and a good opportunity to get a quick peak at what's going on in the industry.


Vendors and sources / WTB 500 denier cordura rolls of Black and 498
« on: May 04, 2016, 11:02:21 PM »
I'm looking to buy rolls (preferable 25 or 50 yards) of 500 denier PU coated cordura.  I know there is probably a few links buried in this forum, but I'm wondering if someone wouldn't mind pointing me to a US supplier.

I am paying just over $6 a yard, so I would be looking to beat that.  If you have some you would be willing to part with for around that price, I would rather give my money to a fellow maker rather than some random dude on ebay.  Also, I need the supplier to actually know what Coyote Brown 498 is.  I have had a few suppliers not get it right in the past, and have about 3 colors of cordura that are supposedly 498, but are all different colors.


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