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Asset exchange / Re: WTB: 600 yards solution dyed ranger green 1" 5038 T3
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:48:18 AM »
I'll send ya a PM I probably have 10k yards on hand.

Update: tried to message you and it said PMs are blocked. I guess, reach out if you're still in need.

Materials science / Re: Green ‘paper’ for labels
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:19:12 AM »

Vendors and sources / Re: desert pink or hello kitty Cordura
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:18:55 PM »
You may want to see if your local crafting supply has any outdoor fabrics. I was at joann's fabrics this past weekend and they had a good selection of sunbrella and marine fabrics. Not cordura but may be useful, definitely available in a selection of non-military prints.

I'd be interested if anyone has had any experience ordering fabrics (LCL) off of alibaba.


Pouches / Re: M1 en bloc pouch
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:42:14 PM »
Sorry for the slow reply. Your pouch looks pretty good.

I think most of us started with a home sewing machine and know the difficulty of making it work when sewing many layers of Cordura and webbing. It definitely gets much easier over time.

It takes a while to learn out to lay everything out. I would highly recommend starting on paper. Sketch it out and think where stitches will show on the product face and see if you can layer so that they do not show. Eventually this will become second nature, and will serve you well when making medical kit, or complicated backpacks.

For the pouch flaps, especially if you having some issues getting the folds just right I would suggest chauffeuring the edges a little. It looks clean and hides mistakes. Starting with the fabric folded inside out (which you did) mark a line to follow around your seam allowance and stitch (as shown in green). Next trim the extra material as shown in red. Invert the flap, (optionally insert mesh or webbing to stiffen), then stitch a tight pattern around the perimeter.

For the palls grid, I would stitch your two layers of cordura inside out just like the pouch flap. Once inverted lay out your webbing and stitch down only one column across all rows (shown in green). Then fold the webbing out of the way and stitch the center line of the pouch (shown in red). This time folding the pouch out of the way and stitch the other column of webbing. Now you can stitch down the sides, [webbing and pouch sides in one pass all around] closing the bottom of the pouch by folding in the bottom of the back under the bottom stitches. Now the face of the pouch has only one clean line stitched all around (tacked on the webbing). This is the way I like to do it, others may have their own preference.

Over all awesome work. I look forward to your future projects.

These may load as tiny squares, they should be clickable.


*corrected spelling error.

Asset exchange / Re: WTB: Cardboard tubes for fabric storage
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:16:53 PM »
I second the use of plastic. Typically, I use PVC, you can cut it to length, holds up well and is not much heaver then cardboard.

Materials science / Re: 4088 type 12 vs type 8 for carry handles....
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:47:05 PM »
Do you have any pics of your bags and how you construct the handles?

Once I start construction I'll take some pictures and post them. There is not much to the handles that's for sure, but someone may find it interesting.

Any part that the owner handles, zippers, handles, etc has to feel "right" imho.

Materials science / Re: 4088 type 12 vs type 8 for carry handles....
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:02:10 AM »
It does also feature a thin line of red marking on each outer edge which not all people might like.

That's a good point It does have a tracer on either side. The tracer adds a nice look, but point taken some people could be turned off by it. It has that same silky smooth feel that Type 8 has (same weave, finer yarn). While it is thin its breaking strength far surpasses the max load of the bag it would be attached to.

Another option, is [miss-]using 5038 type 4, which is similar to 337, but because it's thinner it has more play when folded and stitched.

Thanks for the feedback.

Materials science / Re: Mil-spec binding tape for curves
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:20:17 AM »
Textile Network sent me samples of N239 binding tape that they say is designed for tight radius and padded seams. Looks similar to 5038 from texcel but with a coarser weave.

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.


Good Tips Dan.

I have a new heavy duty rolling wire rack on the way. It can hold 1.8k lbs so it should be able to replace the very overloaded one I'm currently using.

I have three new wider metal shelves coming for the narrow goods. The shelves are spaced closer together so I should never have more then 5-8 rolls stacked which should make getting access to the narrow goods faster. I may mod a few shelves to store rolls vertically to make common materials easy to access.

..and new shop lights wouldn't hurt at all.

I made a roll rack and cutting table combo.

I look forward to seeing the pictures when its all set up.

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?

Interested in which model winder you have...

Even though this is an older thread, I have a Luis Sew Bobbin Winder (which there are many versions of). I'm sure I picked it up from atlas levy though its no longer listed there. It was about $60 and for me saved hours and hours. I keep 10 or more bobbins ready to go. You can spool one up in 30 seconds.

Here is a blog post featuring the save version I have:

(he made modifications to his and had problems which I did not.)


Asset exchange / Re: WTB Flecktarn Cordura
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:59:53 PM »
Is Mike from OC Tactical here? Pretty sure he has some in 500D

Asset exchange / Re: Pattern webbing -- interested in splitting rolls?
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:34:02 PM »
Ya, no worries. If you need something then just hit me up.

Its always been a challenge to find small amount of this and that with out a hefty premium.

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