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Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Snaps
« on: February 22, 2017, 03:19:34 PM »
I'm starting to source snaps for a jacket we're making, and I'm trying to get a sense of what my options are. Have any of you used the two prong SX snaps from YKK?

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Bartacker tuning
« on: October 01, 2016, 06:35:25 AM »
I'm hoping that someone can help me tune my bartacks. The top side looks pretty good, but the bottom/bobbin side shows frayed thread sticking out. It looks like the thread in the bartack is getting torn by the needle (maybe?). It holds fine, but doesn't look good, and since we're selling at a premium, I'd like everything to be really clean looking.

I'm using a Juki LK1900B. Tex70 bonded nylon on top and Tex45 bonded nylon on the bottom with a new Schmetz needle size 110/18 (DPx17 type). It's a 28 stitch, 10mm wide tack used for belt loops, but the same problem happens with a wider tack through webbing. I've slowed the speed down to 1400 stitches per minute. I've played with the tension a lot with no change to this problem (though I can easily cause other problems when the tension is wrong).

Any ideas what I should try adjusting next?

Introductions / Hello from Virginia
« on: September 30, 2016, 11:00:52 AM »
My wife and I started Worse for Wear to make protective clothing for women who ride motorcycles. We make abrasion resistant jeans with pads for impact protection right now, and plan to add more products in the near future. I got started sewing by making backpacks and learned a lot from the old DIY Tactical forums. I'm glad to see that spirit of sharing and learning is still alive.

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