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Asset exchange / WTB: 1" Right Angle Binder for Juki DNU-1541S
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:38:22 AM »
Looking for a source for a decent 1" right angle binder for the Juki DNU-1541S. There's a couple on eBay for $119 but I'm not sure how good/no good those are. If anyone's got one laying around I'd be happy to buy it off you!


The office / Packaging for shipping soft goods
« on: April 26, 2018, 07:43:02 AM »
As of right now everything I'm producing tends to fit inside of Size 5 (10.5" x 15") padded mailers and those tend to work out just fine. I've got one more box of them to go through and I'd like to look at what other options are out there. My finished goods are flexible and lightweight and looking at how some of the mainstream bag companies are shipping their goods, I've seen a number of them using these poly mailers Which are 1/4 the price of the bubble mailers and seem like a good value for shipping softer stuff. I've even gotten a Timbuk2 backpack direct from them shipped in one of these types of mailers. Theirs had some nice artwork on the outside of the packaging that was a complete bike map of San Francisco - nice touch.

Would love to hear what others are using to ship their finished goods, and whether domestic/international shipping plays a role in what you choose. Thanks!

Asset exchange / WTB: 2 Loop in Multicam Arid or Tan
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:25:12 AM »
Im looking for a small amount (1-2yds is plenty) of 2 loop in Multicam Arid or any solid that is a good match such as Tan. Thanks!

I currently have a Singer 111W113 with clutch motor which does a decent job but I'm starting to ponder what my upgrade path looks like.  I've added a nicely restored Singer 201-2 for doing lightweight sub-assembly ops and that's drastically improved my productivity and efficiency. For main seam construction and binding I'd like to move to something that's got a reverse gear, servo, bigger bobbin and ideally something that is better for binding. I have a proper right angle binder and feet set for the 111W but compound curves are a bit challenging on a flatbed.

Considering I'm a hobbyist gearmaker who is only doing a little bit of for-profit work, would my dollars be better spent adding a cylinder arm or swapping the 111W for something like a Juki LU563? I occasionally have a access to a 1541S so I know how good things can be when you've got a proper modern machine but I think the 1541S is going to be out of my price range for now. Would love to stay under $1000. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Materials science / Mixing thread sizes - Top & Bobbin
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:58:51 AM »
I've put together several packs lately that have contrasting topstitching (such as along a zipper) in T-90 bonded nylon with a T-70 bonded nylon bobbin thread. My non-scientific testing shows that the stitch is perfectly centered in the material and it holds up as well as using T-70 top and bottom.

Are there any negatives to mixing top thread and bottom thread of different size? T-90 and T-70 work well so far but could I get up to T-135 topstitch with T-70 bobbin?

I'm sure there are large scale efficiency problems with doing so but I'm a one-man, part time hobbyist operation. I want to have the ability to have a nice prominent topstitch but without the hassle of having to have a bunch of different bobbins especially for a color that I may only use one time. I use enough black T-70 to buy 16oz cones but I'd prefer to get 2-4oz cones when I need something like bright purple or neon orange topstitch.

Asset exchange / WTB: Cardboard tubes for fabric storage
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:02:14 PM »
I'm merely a hobbyist at this stuff so a lot of material I've collected are shorter cuts of fabric from eBay and elsewhere (Most < 10yds) and shipped to me folded. I'm looking to store them properly on rolls. Outside of buying a caseload from Uline, I only found one carbon fiber supply shop selling 62" 1.75" dia tubes for $1.75/ea. About double that price when shipping is considered.

Is this about the best I can do or are there better sources for such items?

Thanks all!

Introductions / Hello from Ohio
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:37:21 AM »
Hi all, I'm David. I got into making my own gear in high school when I was broke and couldn't afford the camera bags I saw in catalogs. Started making my own out of canvas on an old Kenmore home sewing machine. I work in the film industry and have found that designing and making gear is an excellent mental escape from sitting in front of a computer all day. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to this forum and the others that came before it in helping me figure out this hobby and constantly evolve my skills. I look forward to contributing what knowledge I can to help further this community!

Here is a work-in-progress of a tote bag I made for a coworker. Multicam Black Cordura with a 1050D ballistic nylon base. Interior lining is RSBTR's HyperD 300 diamond grid polyester ripstop.

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