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Materials science / Re: Carbon Fire type material
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:10:29 PM »
Coroplast is a PITA to sew though. I had the same idea on a project and since I had a lot of it around gave it a shot.

Kept breaking the thread. I was using #92 at the time, switching to a thicker needle with a bigger cutout didn't help. 

I ended up just using 3M spray adhesive to keep everything in place.

Here are a couple of examples I was able to find pictures of dbl-sided tape being used in my projects.

This was a set of 10 panels where pockets were attached to 500D. The top of the stitch takes a lot of abuse i wasted to reinforce the stitch and used a strip of 5038 taped in place to make assembly faster. (it ends up between two layers and is invisible in the finished product)

This is a reinforcement that if on an outer layer of a bag. Since its also a decretive element I didn't want to run it though the folder and have two sets of stitches. By taping the fold I could make up all of the panels at once and sew them on quickly later.

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 / Re: Pattern webbing -- interested in splitting rolls?
« on: October 07, 2017, 08:02:49 AM »
Good Morning all,

Looks like I may be too unknown here to host a group buy, or there are not enough small timers who need 10 yards. I'm going to go ahead and place my order on Tuesday (a little downsized).

I've reached out to a mod about the proper etiquette for doing group buys and may try again with some printed cordura or elastic.


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?


Concept, design, and engineering / Re: PALS Strap
« on: October 04, 2017, 02:53:49 PM »
I like the idea a lot. Very innovative design.

I would be interested in acquiring some to play with once they are available.


Introductions / Re: Hello everyone, I'm Cat.
« on: September 29, 2017, 03:52:13 PM »
I’m fortunate to have a short haired small dog


I have two Shepherd blends. This time of year fur blows by like tumble weeds.

Not as bad as when we had a malamute and husky though. They both make good test dogs when making dog kit.

The puppy also handles quality control.

Here she is checking the stitches...

Introductions / Re: Hello world!
« on: September 28, 2017, 03:38:50 PM »

Great to see so many familiar names!


Materials science / Re: Product Labelling.
« on: September 28, 2017, 04:29:46 AM »
Sorry to reply to an old thread, but in case someone else is looking for this info I'll put it here.

I don't sell my products so I've not invested in brand labels yet. But I have had several projects where I want to include info on the product The simplest method I have found is ordering sheets of Reemay and printing on them.

There is now a wide range of non-woven printable fabric options that can be used to make tags and labels with a cheap home laser printer.

One other thought on this subject, for silk-screening I have used my vinyl cutter to make "sticker stencils" that can be attached to any fine mesh for a improvised silk-screening process. When fabric paints are used its reasonable durable, lasting years unless machine washed regularly. I used this on 1.5-Inch binding tape to make version markers on samples.

Introductions / Re: Hello everyone, I'm Cat.
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:24:13 AM »
...your bag project that this is a great outlet of energy for you...

Morning Scott,

I really like how you set up your work-space in the main image on your website. I see a dog bed in the corner. Not sure how you keep the dog hair all off the kit. My shop mascots find a way of getting fur on every bit of hook velcro I sew!

Introductions / Re: My name is Thomas, and I like to make things
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:53:19 PM »

Great to see your still knocking out kit.

Some of your early work posted on DIY Tactical inspired me to start making bags.


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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