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Materials science / Re: Needle and Thread for Industrial Machine
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:28:07 AM »
I use a size 18 (110) needle and Tex70 bonded nylon thread.

I think usually a servo motor upgrade is like $100 or so. If you're buying a NEW machine, they'll probably be assembling it for you and will put on whatever you like. If you're buying a USED machine, then you could ask them to remove the clutch motor. I doubt anyone would give you a discount for that, but it might save some shipping (they're heavy as shit). You can also buy just the sewing machine head, with no motor and no table. And you can buy a table separately. But then you're putting all of it together.

If you're in Alabama, check out Call them for pricing. They're a huge supplier.

EDIT: Also Collier may be near you:  They sell used and new. Ignore the website except for contact info. They're active on Facebook.

I have used this one a number of times:
It works well, but it gets a little annoying that the on/off switch is on the motor itself. That can mean reaching pretty far under the machine.

I think the next one I get will be this one:

We got a couple of good mannequins from a chain store going out of business at a local mall. They sold off all of their fixtures very inexpensively.

Note that if you want something on which to pattern clothing, those are usually called "dress forms". Dress forms come in many sizes and are made for draping and pattern making. Mannequins are usually a harder plastic and made for clothing display. Their dimensions are usually not realistic for pattern making. I'm just pointing that out since you said "for sizing purposes".

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:33:13 AM »
The edge guide feet are awesome. They'll ride over pretty much anything the foot will ride over. The guide itself is spring loaded, so it can be pushed up independently of the rest of the foot if there's a thickness difference. The guide is also angled or ramped so that it doesn't just butt into things. I'm sure there's some combination of material, seams, and webbing that could throw it off, but they've been really useful to us.

Since they operate from the top of the material, you can use them to top-stitch a seam joining two large panels with oddly shaped edges. You would stitch the seam, fold back the seam allowances, flip the panels over right sides up, then top-stitch along the seam. The folded seam allowances provide the ridge or gap that the edge guid follows.

Of course, they don't make sewing automatic. You still need some control, just like with any other guide. But they help a lot.

The ones I linked were the first ones I found doing a Google search. Those aren't necessarily the best or cheapest or anything.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Sewing Shop Essentials
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:12:54 AM »
Have you posted about this before? Interested in which model winder you have...I have my eye on one but it is a decent chunk over $100, so $50 would be stellar.

Kory, I'm sorry I didn't notice your question before now. We have this one, or a slightly older version. Looks like it's about $60 now.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:30:51 AM »
Beautiful work, Gear Dynamics! That's also the largest magnetic guide I've ever seen. Did you make that?

Also, just in case people don't know about them, we often use edge guide feet for topstitching. They have a guide right in the foot itself that you you butt against the edge of the fabric. Like this:
or this:

Pouches / Re: Multicam EDC pouch
« on: July 07, 2017, 12:10:12 PM »
I love it. I don't think I've ever sewn anything that small and precise before. Nice work.

It's kind of a little thing, but we got a couple dozen extra bobbins and an automatic bobbin winder a while back for like $50 or so. It's fast and small and we can sit in front of it and wind a shit ton of bobbins in no time without a machine bashing away. I hated winding bobbins (and REALLY hated having to stop sewing to wind one to finish a piece) and now I don't.

And that would be my main advice - figure out which things you hate doing and optimize those. Work on the things that cause you grief. As you're working, try to notice when you start resisting some part of the job because it's annoying or boring or whatever, and make that part better.

Vendors and sources / Re: Rolling Luggage Frame
« on: May 22, 2017, 12:23:37 PM »
I've never used any of them, but I know Ohio Travel Bag sells wheels, handles, and other roller bag parts:

Concept, design, and engineering / Re: Quick release
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:08:11 PM »
If you use cable or thin wire, or anything soft, make sure that the plates can't move or separate in any way that would bend or crimp the cable. If it gets bent, it can be very difficult to pull out.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Snaps
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:06:11 PM »
Travisallred: YKK has a couple of tactical lines:

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Snaps
« on: March 01, 2017, 12:20:50 PM »
Maybe I'll open the question up some... Are any of you using snaps? What kind do you like?

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?

Concept, design, and engineering / Re: 500D PALS
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:21:51 PM »
Just to throw another idea out there - you could fold patterned Cordura over 1/2 or 3/8 black webbing. That would give you the strength of the webbing plus the pattern you want.

You could use a coverstitch machine to sew down the center. That would cover the edges of the fabric preventing fraying. That's how belt loops are made. (The coverstitch, not the webbing.)

You might also consider having someone laser 1" strips of the Cordura. If the edges are burned just right, you wouldn't have to worry as much about fraying.

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