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Materials science / 4088 type 12 vs type 8 for carry handles....
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:14:46 AM »
I like 4088 Type 8 for carry handles for larger duffle type bags. It is soft, folds nice and is comfortable when there is a large load. But its a little thick for smaller bags. By comparison 337 feels a little stiff and low[er] quality when folded over and stitched to create a handle.

I'm going to put together some tool bags shortly and Type 8 seems a little ridiculous on such a small bag. I was thinking about going with Type 12. It's more then strong enough but I wonder if it will feel "cheap" or flimsy. I don't have any Type 12 on hand to play with so I thought I'd get your opinions before dropping the cash.

Carry handles will be stitched flat to the side of the bag and folded over where you lift the bag.


As the title suggests I have a fabric storage problem. Namely Cordura and mesh fabrics.

In the past has dedicated shelving for the fabrics, but after switching hobbies the shelf space was reclaimed and rolls of fabric ended up getting tucked back into corners. Now I'm trying to add some order to it and honestly running into lots of space issues. The old shelving worked... but made getting to a specific roll time-consuming and if something was on the bottom I'd rather order more then dig it out. It was a failure.

I figure many of you have figured out how to tame the fabric beast. I'm begging for help :)

Here is what I have today. I have two rolling, wire shelve units that contain small rolls and stuff I'm using right now. The rolls are bigger then the shelves and the sides of the rack provide positive retention. The problem is the racks have hundreds of pounds of fabric on them. The rest of the fabric is tucked back in little hutches near walls. Want something in the back well you have to move 30 rolls to get to it. Neither is a very elegant solution.

Examples of today's failed storage.

Narrow fabric is even worse. Rolls stacked everywhere. I'm going to get some dedicated metal shelves to better organize the narrow goods. Again I would love to see what others have done.

A few examples of webbing overflowing shelves...

Please don't ask to see the elastic and velcro shelves, they are an even bigger disaster! (...wait are we not suppose to say velcro any more?)

TLDR;  How did you tame your woven goods?

Materials science / Unusual\unorthodox materials you use when sewing.
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:03:54 PM »
I was assembling something a couple of days ago and reached for my trusty roll of double-sided tape. Occasionally when I need something to stay put between assembly steps I'll tape them.

It got me thinking there may be dozens of interesting materials people may use that I'd never thought of.

What kinds of unorthodox materials make it into your finished products?

Asset exchange / Pattern webbing -- interested in splitting rolls?
« on: October 04, 2017, 06:24:46 PM »
I'll be placing an order for printed webbing shortly and really only need 30-50 yards of most patterns. I was wondering if any US based DIYers here would be interested in splitting rolls.

If there is interest I will be ordering badlands, greenzone, highlander, mandrake, a-tacs fg, a-tacs xi in 1" 55301 and if there is interest 5038.

I would really prefer to cut no less then 10 yards per pattern. Figure a $1.25 a yard before shipping to you.

Anyone have any interest in splitting rolls?


Introductions / Hello everyone, I'm Cat.
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:48:39 PM »
Hello everyone, I'm Cat.

I was active on the DIY Tactical forums years ago and fell out of sewing for a few years. About a 6 weeks ago my stress level hit 99% and decided I needed to get back into some of my old hobbies, and started sewing again.

I love to solve problems and fancy myself as a maker. For me sewing provides a new, but similar set of problems to solve.

Looking around this forum I'm amazed at the skill level. The DIY makers have really stepped up their game! I look forward to contributing here!

I'm happy to share any skills I have learned so please feel free to ask.

My weekend project for the last couple of weeks has been a new messenger bag for work (which turned into a bunch of bags, if anyone is interested I'll share some construction photos).

Thanks everyone!
-Brian (aka Cat)

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