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Everything else / Re: Accelerator Sling
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:42:13 AM »
Kind of depends how the sling is placed on the body. In the French army, it is most often carried on the neck, not under the weak arm, therefore padding is absolutely required, but other organisations seem to be more sensible about that.
I found 1.5" to be a confortable width for my unpadded slings.

Everything else / Re: WTFix
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:39:13 AM »
Personally, I'm all for Hypalon mounting solutions, mostly because they can be industrialized. Anything that gets standardized/industrialized in our industry is a productivity bonus, if not now, then in the future.

About the snagging, staying with slots instead of cutting square openings should do the trick. The weight gain should not make one oblivious to other important points - and with slots, you can mount pouches at 1" height intervals instead of 2" with squares.

If I may be picky, the previous generation of WTFix that I bought had 1" slots, which allowed for mounting on 1.75"-2" belts as well as PALS. Not a frequent requirement but it was a small marketing bonus.

Vendors and sources / Re: No more Hypalon?
« on: March 02, 2015, 12:19:42 PM »
I made a quick note some time ago that Tosoh manufactures a Hypalon equivalent, Toso-CSM. Here's the link for Europe:

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Which HDPE do you use?
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:55:29 AM »
1,5mm (ca. 1/16") is good for most semi-stiff uses including tuck tabs, 2mm could come useful for real stiff uses like a backpack panel but it's difficult to cut by hand (other than in a straight line) and the weight is an issue for big panels.

Everything else / Re: ID This Hardware
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:50:19 AM »
Allbest HK hooks are very GTG.
However I found that the tan colored AB parts have the coating wear out quickly (just storing them in a loose bag will mark the paint). I mostly use black so no big issue.

Introductions / Intro
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:15:43 AM »
Hi guys, I'm Bootcat, based in France, owner of the Tiger Tailor company ( You may know me from the DIY Forum.

Been sewing gear for about 11 years, fulltime since 2010.

I'm mostly doing design work for government tenders and special users' groups (MIL and LE) in France and Belgium, and OEM work for a couple of bigger brands, with overseas production.
When I have some time left, I work on the Tiger Tailor range and try to keep up with late orders.
I could use a factory for small batch orders, feel free to share if you know somebody who accepts work!

Same for me... and the Epilog French distributor is a 20 minute drive for me. Sadly I don't have the workshop space and ventilation to set a laser up.
Caught myself thinking this morning "this pouch would be way easier to cut/assemble with laser cutting/hypalon!"

Another question (may be the wrong thread): some people laminate 2 layers of Cordura back to back before laser cutting, some sew reinforcing lines between PALS cutouts, some don't. This looks like a cheap way to have camouflaged laser cut fabric (and lowers the need for 1" webbing as well). Outer Hypalon like WTF does it is very limited colorwise for a front side use (doesn't matter on the back of things of course).

Did you guys look into that? Is the Hypalon+Cordura laminate really better (since it costs and weights more)? What glue to use? What about the edge fraying of Cordura?

The office / Re: packaging and labeling your products
« on: January 28, 2015, 03:16:21 AM »
For the ziploc bags, look up at Raja, I buy my bags from them: Buy them in 2-3 sizes maximum, preferably with suspension holes if they go to a retailer.
Labels: just the same, paper labels for the bags go into a laser printer, there are also labels made from plastic that might be good for sewing on the products, I didn't experiment with that. WTF here offers laser printed Tyvek labels, these are good.
Cards: Vistaprint or Overnightprints should cover your needs.

Myself, I haven't yet found an easy way to buy the head cardboard that gets stapled on the top of ziploc bags. If someone has ideas for low volume in Europe, I'd like to hear that.

Vendors and sources / Re: Textiles industry information sources
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:23:15 PM »
Thanks, I had forgotten about them.  ;)

Vendors and sources / Re: Textiles industry information sources
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:06:53 AM »
With my US shipping address, I'm still dealing directly with Texcel even if they are aware that my company is in France. I believe the pricing is the same that 1947 offers. Nothing against Mr Galpen, I've been in touch with him when he worked for Duro, but no point in dealing with a wholesaler if I meet the factory minimums. The Cordura orders are another thing of course.

BTW, does anyone have a good source for 500D Ranger Green Cordura, IRR treated? I used to get that through Duro, not possible anymore. Brookwood only offers 1000D. There's an Ebay seller that I use but that source may dry up anytime.

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