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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.

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?

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.

Off Topic / machine limitations?
« on: January 29, 2016, 09:48:12 AM »
So my janome home machine can do 2 layers of webbing, with the t70 thread, but with 3+ layers, the bottom side threads seem to be loose or unevenly tensioned.  The machine has no issues running the needle through that much material, but threaded I can't seem to get the tension balance right if that's what it is.

Also I can't get the foot to raise tall enough to get 5 layers under it, am I quickly reaching the limitations of my home use machine?

I'm using a size 18 leather working needle with the t70, should I be using a different type?

Asset exchange / wtb multicam omega mesh - found
« on: January 25, 2016, 12:02:55 PM »
Looking to take a partial roll from someone who has it sitting around. If already in canada it's a bonus. No rush or dying need to have it though. I only need a yard or so of the roll, maybe a bit more.

Introductions / Hi from ottawa
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:36:53 PM »
Hey guys, bought a sewing machine last winter to learn how to make some stuff for myself and some action figure projects. I'm sort of futzing my way through things. Looking forward to lurking and learning and asking the odd question or two.

Asset exchange / wtb: 17337 in tan 499 and...
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:34:32 PM »
Looking for some webbing for a personal project, need about 10 yards of both 1" and 1 1/2" 17337 in tan 499 and black, but any other color would also work. If you're in canada, that would be even better as our dollar is terrible. Trying not to order from rockywoods if I can avoid it as shipping seems rather high for the little bits I need.

looking for that mesh that's used on opscore helmet covers, in multicam. ( ) Not sure how big a roll is, don't need a whole lot, most of my projects are for personal use or small sales to friends/guys around airsoft/paintball fields.

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