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thewolf

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Which HDPE do you use?
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:02:49 PM »
I bought some HDPE in .030 inches (about 3/8th inch) to use for a couple projects - 1) a stiffener for a backpack and 2) to sew between webbing for "tuck tabs" or whatever for some projects. The stuff I bought is way too thick, I think.

What sizes/thickness are you guys using that you are still able to sew through and has enough rigidity? Should I go to a 1/8th or even 1/16th of an inch?

Thanks for help!

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Re: Which HDPE do you use?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 11:09:21 PM »
If you have .030 it would be 1/32". That is the thinnest HDPE I have used or even seen. I had to special order it. Most people will use .060 (1/16") for removeable plastic inserts. For example, HSGI uses .060 in their battle belt. You can sew through .060 but even it would be a little thick for a tab stiffener. You should look at .030 LDPE. It's pretty handy and very easy to work with.
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Re: Which HDPE do you use?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 02:50:57 AM »
Sorry, I looked at my invoice wrong. I bought .060. 

So this will be fine for a backpack insert then? I'll have to try the LDPE. I haven't used any plastic before so all of this is new to me.

Thanks for the info!

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Re: Which HDPE do you use?
« Reply #3 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.