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Introductions / Greetings from Finland
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:19:08 AM »
Hello, my name is Stefan. No, I'm not bothered to come up with clever nicknames anymore, besides anyone can find out who I am through my employer.

In my past life I worked for for nearly twelve years, of which I spent the last five mainly as a designer. During this period I did a lot of co-operation with my current employer, and in the end one thing led to the other. When it comes to gear I'm a sort of pragmatic, no force multiplier is worth anything unless the end-user doesn't have access to it. So instead of the most super-awesome trinkets I'm far more into "good enough" complete systems which could be made available for mass procurement by large organizations. This is of course a process of cherry picking the necessary and best possible solutions and turning those into reality through efficient and capable production.

I recently started working for Finn-Savotta Oy, Finland's leading (and pretty much only so "leading" doesn´t really mean much I guess) proper manufacturer of outdoors and military load bearing equipment and shelters. We manufacture our stuff ourselves in our facilities in Finland (HQ, sewing, metalworks and "special" stuff) and Estonia (sewing). The companies history dates back to 1955 and has over the decades been supplying the Finnish Defence Forces and numerous other national and international organizations and agencies with gear and tents. Currently we're in the progress of breathing new life into our R&D and the retail market, you can't live on government contracts forever, and this is what I will be working on. We´re also currently undergoing big modernization projects to enhance our production capabilities, which will reflect on what we can manufacture in the future.

Due to the nature of my work and our customers I unfortunately can not show and discuss everything I´m working on. But whatever I can, and think is interesting enough, I will show and discuss openly. These are the drawbacks of the industry, I love proper open source brainstorming, but I have to respect my duties. I really envy the freedom of private gearmakers and smaller businesses, quite often it´s in that world that the little interesting little details and advancements get trialled - not by the colossal industry leaders. Luckily I always have the quiet after-work hours and a fleet of machinery to work with! :D

My activity on this forum will probably vary a lot, from periods of very high to very low activity, depending on stuff and things. So if you for some reason try to PM me and don't hear from me don't worry, I'll probably get back to you soon.


I see that you have posted many questions. You seem to be very motivated to start sewing soon. I get the impression that you have little to no experience sewing at this point. Here is some down and dirty advice I would have been happy with in the beginning. I too started sewing while active duty. I remember looking at all the gear around me and thinking I could do it better. Once you get into sewing, you start to realize why things were made the way and why they were using the construction techniques they did.

These machines are awesome for beginners. Spend the $500-1000 and be set for the next 5-10 years. I have used mine to see through 3 layers type 13 webbing over 4 layers of 1000D with 138 thread and a size 25 needle. These machine are simple enough but have a bunch of attachments.

Hot Cutter
The $20 hot gun will not come close to performing within your expectations. They're fine for small runs if you're melting 5038 (binding webbing) or maybe 17337, but will barely cut 55301. It will also be extremely under powered to melt belt weight webbing like type 7 or 13.
Your table idea sounds cool, but when it comes to webbing, however, I find that I usually cut my webbing long and then cut it to size after its attached to the fabric. Obviously there are many reasons for cutting webbing to length, but I think I you'll find your table to be excessive and that monry could have been spent elsewhere.

Laser cut material
Can be lighter in certain applications, will potentially be heavier for your designs at first.
But I'm not going to tell you how to design your gear. Here is my recommendation for getting started though.
5 yards of 500D
100 yards 1" 5038 (binding)
25 yards 1" 17337
25 yards 1" 55301
25 yards type 7, a couple plastic 1.75" cobra buckles
Some 1" plastic buckles like SRB's
With the above materials, make a couple of common pouches - M4 mag pouch, 6x6 general purpose pouch, canteen pouch. You'll get a feel for measuring, cutting, layout, layer buildup, machine tolerances, etc.

I say all this because the gear I built in my head before I bought a sewing machine looked glorious on paper but didn't work in reality. Hell, i just built a bunch of pouches that i thought would be amazing, using a new to me sewing technique, and they all failed miserably.

Think of sewing like an AR15 - the barbie doll for men - I can buy a bunch of parts, and build a gun, but if I don't understand the weapon system, the firearm won't function. It takes the experience of an armorer to make the parts work in harmony. Same with sewing.

Introductions / Hello from ITALY
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:24:14 PM »
Hi all guys,

I'm not really new in this forum. I had some trouble about account activation, but be there is the thing!
Is wonderful to be part of this comunity.

Alot of things are changed since we have started to make custom gear in 2009, for hobby. Finally, in 2015, i managed to open my new workshop and new brand "BLACKFOLIUM". Now this is my full time work and i really think that's the best in the world!
From Jenuary 2018 i start to issue our first own design product. In 2019 will be some nice news.

I owe alot to this community, especially in my earlier years, when i tried to make my first works.
I hope to be an active part to this forum in the future.
A big hello to everybody and... since we're close to the Christmas.. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Asset exchange / WTB: 500D M81 Woodland Cordura
« on: January 29, 2018, 10:01:30 AM »
After a couple of meters of 500D M81 Woodland Cordura, shipped to the UK.



Introductions / Hello from the South of England
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:01:19 AM »
Hello All,

Thought I better introduce myself as I've been hovering around for a while.

Served in the UK forces for many years and now working with the emergency services plus helping with various cadet organisations.

Have been sewing for a number of years making basic kit and repairs, now looking to take my skills on a level.



Packs and bags / Squish’mups: Compression Panel Day Pack
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:53:25 AM »

My new compression panel day pack, the Squish’mups.
(And just to give you a sense of the size, I’m 203 cm (6'7") and 113 kg (250 lbs). Yes, I make a 130 lb. Great Dane look small.)

I’ve tried a few approaches to this idea, and they all fell a bit short. But I’m certain this will be the solution! I think. Maybe...

The idea is to have a detachable day pack that I would have with me on a two hour hike or a two week canoe trip.
There are things that are necessary for both – what changes usually is insulation, shelter, food, etc., on longer trips and time of year.
I want to have a way to carry the necessities; water, means to purify it, first aid kit, rain protection, some insulation, a day of food, etc.

Besides being able to carry it as a stand alone day pack (with or without a waist belt, and with a frame sheet, aluminum stays, or both, or none) or have it attached to a frame (Kifaru or the one I’ll eventually build),
it’ll serve as a compression panel. Between the Squish’mups and the frame I can carry a no-frills pack sack (the next thing I’ll make), a duffel bag, a dry bag, a barrel, a Pelican case, a rifle drag bag, etc., etc.

The difference between some of my other attempts, is to have a pack not very deep, but wide and tall.
Keeping the depth of it down helps prevent the center of gravity from being put too far out.
The dimensions are 60 cm (23") x 33 cm (13") 10 cm x (4").

Using some very complimicalated mathematics*, I derived at a figure of this being about a 37 liter pack, or approximately 2250 cubic inches.

*( C = W + D x 2 ÷ π ÷ 2 = R
π x R² x H = V )

Any of you at all in the know, will automatically recognize that the belt and the way it’s attached, and really the whole suspension, is pretty much my take on the Kifaru Omni system.
I’ve been using it for a decade, it works very well - so why re-invent the wheel as far as that went. Some ideas for the belt were also nicked from the Hill People Gear Prairie Belt.)
This is to a large degree a larger E&E with an Omni suspension.

Some closeups of the belt. I changed the Delta Straps a little by adding removable ladder locks. In Kifaru’s the webbing is sewn into the belt.
I wanted to be able to have this as a stand alone belt if need be, and wanted to be able to remove them altogether. (The HPG belt does something similar.)
I also added four tabs along the top so that I could attach suspenders.
The other things I did was attach Eva-Zote foam and spacer mesh to the belt (as well as two strips along the back) both for padding and - hopefully - a bit of comfort on hot days.

Another view of the belt with the ladder locks removed and the suspender tabs more visible.
The other thing I did was use a buckle arrangement similar to the HPG Prairie Belt.

The back, showing the inside and outside. The 2" straps at the top go all the way to the bottom, and serves as a carry handle.

The back, showing the inside and outside. Inside I put 4, ½" strips of webbing on both the front and the back,
so that I could hold things in place with bunjee cords and cord locks.
Inside is also a slot for an HDPE frame sheet and you can just see the 2" slot pockets for aluminum stays. I can use one or the other, or both, or none.

Bottom. Bit hard to tell, but it’s an irregular hexagon.
One piece of gear that I absolutely wanted to use was my MSR Titan Kettle – which was a bit bigger than the depth I had envisioned for this.
I shaped the pack so that only the bottom part I would put it in was sized to accommodate it. The rest tapers away to be as slim as possible.

Sides showing the water bottle holders (corsets so that any size bottle can be accommodated), compression straps, and the daisy chain riding up the sides and over the top.

Top, again showing the daisy chain and the compression straps, as well as carrying handle (the straps go all the way along the back to the bottom).

Trekking pole holders on the front. A strip of ½" webbing, sewn to be 2 channels, with bunjee cord and a cord lock.

The straps that will attach the compression pack to the frame.

Some closeups.


​​​Closer look at the water bottle holders. I wanted to be able to accommodate different sized bottle​s​ if need be.
I did the bottom so there is a hinge, to better fit either Kleen Kanteens or the Classic 1 liter Nalgenes. And on the bottom by the seam you can see the two holes I put for the cord to emerge from.

​​​The Kifaru E&E and the Squish’mups side by side. I got the E&E a decade ago for the purpose I outlined earlier.
Just found it too small for my needs. I also found the fact that I can only attach it via the sides meant it always sags down.​


​The ½" strips of webbing and how things are held in place with bunjee cords and cord locks.
If it was a top opening pack I could just shove things down inside. Given that it opens all the way up, I wanted to makes sure everything stayed put when I opened it.

To give a description of what’s all here:
Starting top left, first aid kit (I’m going to make one specifically to fit along the width along the top, and have it be a tear-away),
below that a pouch with some miscellaneous stuff - repair kit, toiletry kit, headlamp, gaiters.
To the right of that, at the top, an inflatable seat pad, below that a ground sheet (foot print from a 1 person MEC tent) below that a bag with approximately a days worth of food.
To the right of that a bag with a sweater, gloves, socks, toque and buff, all in merino wool.
To the right of that at the top, a Swiss mesh scarf.
About a meter square, it’s one if those items I could in theory live without, but it’s so versatile it always comes along and I always find a use for it.
As a scarf, I drape it over or wrap it around my head when I sleep, I’ve rigged it up as a sun shade, it can serve as camouflage, collect leaves for a debris shelter,
I’ve strung it up as a place to put gear so it’s off the ground - the uses are endless.
Below that is a cozy that fits a home made dehydrated meal and inside of it is my trusty MSR Titan kettle
and LMF cup with a homemade stove and wind screen and fuel bottles and lighter.
Below that is an Integral Tactical silnylon poncho. Thin and light, it serves as both wearable rain protection and shelter.

Anyway, my confident prognostication that this will be THE solution ... fell a bit short. It’s very close, but not quite. It’s really comfortable, but then again, it’s an Omni suspension, so it would be.

My biggest gripe is the water bottle carriers. The bunjee cord adjustment system mainly.
The next go round will be attached in the seam at the bottom, and via SRB at the top, and instead of a cord lattice, it will be webbing straps adjustable via Velcro.

The daisy chain up the sides and top will be dispensed with, since its main purpose was for the bottle cord lattice to weave through.
And my initial thought was maybe use as an attachment point for something. Would rather dispense with the weight.

Also the way the compression straps attach to the pack itself when not on the main frame, will change. I had attachment points all the way up the sides, top and bottom.
Instead there will only be tabs specifically for those straps to connect to. Again, unnecessary weight for, maybe I might attach something to it some time.

The way the compression webbing attaches will be different as well. Part of my original design was to have a mesh panel that I could use to stick a wet rain jacket or tarp under.
Then it hit me. Duh. Why not just use those compression straps for that purpose. The next iteration will do away with the metal tri-glide / loop-loc attachment, have it be one piece and route through webbing tabs.
I can loosen it, stick what I need under it and cinch it tight. Basically, the ​​Kifaru Cargo Net​​.
Slightly different, but essentially, as soon as it’s no longer sewn to the pack, that’s what it became.

Another idea that seemed good at first, but had to actually use for a while to realize the shortcomings of,
are the trekking pole holders on the front. The next iteration will have them be attached to the main frame instead.

It will also be just a pocket, rather than a full on pack. Rather than a built in suspension, I’ll simply attach it to the main frame.
I think I may keep shoulder strap and waist belt attachment points (and maybe include pockets for aluminum stays).
If I want to take it off the frame and carry it alone, I can if I do that.
I intend to put a pocket along the back to slip a piece of foam in, both as a seat pad and to give the pack some rigidity.
(And that would also clear up room inside currently taken up by the inflatable seat pad I have in there.)

I also have the idea to do an iteration of it which is just a top opening pack, rather than a full clamshell opening.
While everything is neatly attached, I wonder if it’s really such a good use of the space available.

7  has 430 bobbins. Very cheap...something like 0,40$ per piece. shipping is expensive so buy a whole bunch of em :).

I'm from HK originally so when I went back last year to visit family, I paid Kwok Hing a visit and picked up quite a few bits and pieces, to say the least.  £2 for the sharpest pair of scissors I've owned to date.  They have a lot of stock but it's not displayed very well at the shop at all.  I ended up describing the bit of kit I wanted to them with my rusty Cantonese.

Their English is pretty good, given the number of ex-pats, but having the advantage of knowing Cantonese does mean you can haggle (at least a bit)!

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:50:04 PM »
Finished Double 556 Pouches in M81 Woodland

Introductions / My name is Thomas, and I like to make things
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:16:28 PM »

My name is Thomas, I like to make things.

It’s a little bit of an obsession.

I was born in Amsterdam, and spent the first decade of my life there, and the remainder of my life I’ve spent in Ontario.

Some of you may recognize my name from other forums. DIYTactical, being one.

I work for a company that manufactures sewn goods. Military and the aerospace industry are among some of their clients. It gives me access to interesting materials.

I’ve spent most of my life wandering around in the wild, and most of what I do is geared towards that. No military (or milsim) background, but I draw a lot of inspiration from that world. When I started modifying and making stuff, taking apart surplus gear to re-purpose was one of the only options open to me, so consequently, almost everything I made was OD, and it still remains my colour of choice.

Look forward to contributing.

Tutorials and techniques / Hi from Mongolia
« on: July 06, 2017, 04:55:57 PM »
Hi all,

I make gear non-commercially. Mostly for myself and my friends. I usually go for something rugged that is neither tactical looking nor lightweight backpacking style.

Some of the things I make are:
-Bags (messenger, backpacks, duffle)
-Camping gear (hammocks, tents, tarps)
- Car gear (organizers, covers, recovery gear)

I've been an occasional reader of this forum for the last year or two and am looking forward to participating.

I just do this for fun so I don't have a website, but here's an example of a bag I made fairly recently.


Introductions / Greetings from Nebraska
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:29:12 PM »
Hello everyone! I have looked around and gave found a lot of useful information so far.
A little about me... I am teaching myself how to make gear recently. I am currently a couple months into this and enjoy making my own gear. But would like to make a little extra with my equipment.

Thanks for hosting this page. And I look foreward to learning moRe as time goes on.

Introductions / jaYson here...
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:41:31 AM »
jaYson here now that my children have gotten a bit older, I have time to sew various projects.  While I consider myself a 'sewing hack' (my only previous sewing experience was back in Grade 7 & 8 during home ec classes), I have really taken an interest in sewing and have worked on a number of personal projects.  Some of my projects have been: pillow covers, runner's chest harness, Garmin watch band, organization pouches, curtains, Scottish sporran, woobie, and tac belts.

Outside of sewing, I am a school teacher and a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves.

I am extremely happy to have found this board and hope that whatever experience I have - however limited it is - can be of some help to the members of

Thank you!


Introductions / Re: Hi from Denmark, Orion system
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:11:34 PM » I had with a partner is closed and I have gone solo with my own company.
I am still in the process of making shop and doing all the groundwork to build up the new company.

Everything else / Xpac Slippers
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:15:42 AM »
Hello guys, did I ever told you that I love the xpac fabric? This is just a prototype that doesn't work like it should, but I'm working on a new one. 55g should be 1.9 oz, right? Weight matters.


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