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Hi there,

A second hand Siruba PK 533-M2D Electronic tacker has come availible locally. Just wondering if anyone has used or had any experience with one?

The two years I have been operating there has only been one other electronic tacker available second hand in New Zealand. I'm going to have a look at it tomorrow so will see what its like then.



Asset exchange / WTB 5-10m 500D Cordura OD Green and/or Tactical Khaki
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:07:44 PM »
Before I purchase a full 75 yard roll, would anyone be willing to part with 5-10m of OD Green or Tactical Khaki, or any similar colours? They are not colours that I would use a lot of but want to have the option so would rather buy 10m than 75 yards! I could buy it from Rockywoods but it is almost the same price to buy 10m from them as it is a 75 yard roll.

Shipping would be to New Zealand. Could pay via paypal.



Materials science / 500D vs 1000D
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:29:24 PM »
What is everyone's thoughts on 500D vs 1000D cordura?

I recieved some swatches today from Brookwoods. There are so many colour options in 1000D! There are probably only 6-7 colours that I would buy in 500D vs about 20 in 1000D, If I could afford it that is.

For my application, I definitely like the feel and look of 500D better but not sure how it would hold up to long term use. Most of the damage to the fabric that may happen I would think would come from the inside, for example pots, stoves, basically any hard objects. Any wear areas on the outside I just reinforce with 1000D.

I know of one other bike bag maker that uses 500D, who is pretty well regarded, other than that most people use X-pac which I think is excessive and way to expensive for me to get here in NZ.

So does anyone have any experience with wear from the inside out?

Thanks, Mike

Vendors and sources / 500D Cordura in colours!
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:44:24 PM »

I have searched this forum and cant seem to find any specific supplier that has a good range of colours in 500D Coated Cordura.

I'm looking to purchase some full rolls and have them shipped to me in NZ. I have brought some Multicam prints from Rockywoods before but with their high prices and shipping it ended up being super expensive.

I have contacted Brookwoods and they have about 10 colours availible in 500D and heaps in 1000D, they are sending me some colour swatches to look at. The price from them is pretty good.

I have looked at most of the other suppliers listed on the Material supplier page (Gerald Schwartz, PK, MMI) but cant seem to find anyone else who really stocks 500D.

Doing some googling I found Eastex Products Inc, who do Slipnot as well as what looks like a good range of 500D and 1000D. I contacted them but have not heard anything back yet. Has anyone had any experience with them?

Anyone have any other places I could try? Or is 500D not really a common choice.

Thanks, Mike

Vendors and sources / Where does everyone get woven labels from?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:18:26 PM »

Looking for a supplier of woven labels. Have used Worldwide Label before but they don't go big enough for a new label I want.



Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Fabric Cutters
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:04:55 PM »
Hi team,

I'm looking to speed up my cutting process so was thinking about getting an electric cutter (ie round or straight knife cutter). I have asked around the shops near me for advice and none were overly helpful. I have looked online for any info but couldn't find much. I don't have any background in sewing (auto electrician by trade), fully self taught so far.

Basically, I'm wondering how tight a corners electric cutters can do and how accurate they will cut doing a multi layered cut. I currently have 4mm MDF templates for most of my designs and using a hand rotary cutter to cut around the template. This gets good accurate results but takes quite a while and I'm limited to one layer at a time, it is faster than scissors though.

To summarise my questions,

- How complex cuts can you make with electric cutters?
- How similar will the layers be when cut? (ie will one side of the bag be bigger/smaller/tighter curve etc)
- Is their a certain type of cutter that would be better suited to tight curves?

I will post up some photos of some templates so you can get an idea of the size of the jobs.



Introductions / Hello from New Zealand!
« on: February 17, 2016, 01:09:49 PM »
Dave from BOgear recommended I join a while back, finally got around to it.

So this is me, Mike -

I make bike bags, most people call it Bikepacking Bags but I try not to limit myself to just the one kind of biking. Not your usual tatical gear like most of the people on here seem to make but I think a lot of the stuff shares the same principals. Been going for about a year and a half now. Have two sewing machines, a Juki shuffle foot and a Siruba auto needle feed. Its been pretty hard trying to source decent materials here on the other side of the world but its been a good challenge, I have most things sorted now but fabric is still hard to get.

Anyway I look forward to sharing, learing and asking some questions.

Feel free to follow me on facebook or on instagram @stealthbikebags.


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