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So I use a Juki Lh-3188-7, which is a twin needle split bar, needle feed machine, which works great for a few layers of 1,000d but doesn't feed the material well for thicker build ups or foam. I also have an older Consew 328RB-1 which is a split bar, twin needle walking foot machine, but it is set up for 3/8" gauge so I have never tried binding with it. I would also have to grind off the edge of the inside toe to get the binder close.
Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Dedicated 2-needle binder
« Last post by ManMarVelez on September 21, 2017, 12:51:30 PM »
If you are in the USA


We are in Ukraine. We have Juki dealers too. Looking for solution. I had situation, when dealer employer gave not best solution for us. We spent time and money-(

I am not sure we need needle feed, may be triple, so asking community about.
Vendors and sources / Re: Textile and equipment trade shows 2017??
« Last post by SunriseTacticalGear on September 21, 2017, 11:00:59 AM »
Thanks for your help guys, we have tickets to the IFAI show in New Orleans next week. I look forward to seeing new equipment and processes, I'll share what I can when I get back.
Materials science / Re: Mil-spec binding tape for curves
« Last post by Misadventure Gear on September 21, 2017, 10:53:35 AM »
Keep the radius of the curves at least 1.5x the width of your binding tape. 2x will bind much nicer. I took some scrap HDPE and cut a 2" radius curve on one corner, and a 1.5" radius on the opposite corner, for the 1inch tape I use. It's very handy tool when making patterns or marking out a corner for cutting.
Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Dedicated 2-needle binder
« Last post by StonePhotoGear on September 21, 2017, 10:26:01 AM »
If you are in the USA, give John Harb sewing here in Los Angeles a call.
They're my go-to shop for used machines and servicing. They've never let me down. They have a few double needle, needle feed Juki automatic machines in stock, they have big bobbins too, M-size. Tell them Daniel from Stone Photo Gear sent you :)

Materials science / Re: Body-facing material for plate carrier recommendation
« Last post by ManMarVelez on September 21, 2017, 06:16:01 AM »
We made a lot of carriers with internal velcro velour. Very soft, and you can mount ventilation mesh pod to one. But not so good for cleaning and washing as pack cloth, of course.
Switch to 30th sec.
Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Dedicated 2-needle binder
« Last post by ManMarVelez on September 21, 2017, 06:07:44 AM »
Looking for dedicated 2-needle binder, to sew a lot of wallets, 90 degrees binding. May be curved warbelts, armor carriers e.t.c too, but main goal now is 90 degrees binding.
Now I am thinking about Juki 3588A-7 or Jack 5840D.
Hope, someone know better solution, guys.

I've found that an adjustable doctors-office style rolling stool works best for me(I'm 6'5"). Helps with bettering ones posture as well, just make sure your machines aren't too low or too high, therefore reducing wear and tear on shoulders/rotator cuffs and mid/upper back muscles.

I use the same stool between 3 machines(second bedroom of apartment, so a small space). Not having carpet would make rolling easier however!
Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« Last post by StonePhotoGear on September 20, 2017, 12:06:31 PM »
I use the edge guide feet on my needle feed machine, but I'll have to pick one up for the walking foot as well! They come in different gauges(widths), such as 1/16, 1/8, etc.
Another option(more expensive, but adjustable) is a flip-down edge guide, especially for top stitching edges like on your mag pouches, which allows you to simply flip it up and out of the way, no need to use the attachment screws on the bed of the machine. Something like this:

Ebay is the cheapest source I've found for supplementary feet, much cheaper(about 1/2) than my local pro shops charge for a simple foot set.


Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
« Last post by Corvus on September 20, 2017, 11:34:51 AM »
I agree, go electronic. I do primarily repair work, and will get a electronic tacker when I get one. Way too many different tacks needed depending on the repair to be stuck with just one pattern.
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