Not just for the ladies... sewing resources!

Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
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#1
For now, this is kind of a placeholder. I'm about to dive into the electronics/technology purge - and I KNOW I have bookmarks going back almost 20 years on sources online for all kinds of sewing needs. Some of the things I'm most interested in, is being able to buy whole bolts of utility fabric at discount prices and the kinds of fabric & notions to fashion useful household/outdoor gear with. As well, the D is doing a lot of work in leather... and I've been interested in moccasins and other shoe making, and saved info/buying sources for that stuff too.

Fabric has gotten way more expensive than I remembered (was browsing yesterday). Yes, JoAnn's has some interesting sales and a halfway decent selection (yeah, I'm picky about fabrics)... but Denver Fabrics had demins for $5/yd. on sale when I looked yesterday. Feel free to add your favorites too. This all got started when I went to de-construct my favorite pair of shorts (which are almost transparent in the seat now because I haven't been able to find a retail replacement) and I couldn't find my seam ripper. Maybe it got broken. D is making hats and needs heavy interfacing and brim buckram.

For starters:

https://sewingpartsonline.com
https://nancysnotions.com
https://denverfabrics.com
 

Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
Silver Subscriber
#3
Well, as much as I hear about all youse guys agonizing over "the perfect" bag system... I know between us, we can come up with something durable, customizable, and make a danged pattern. For instance. We all have equipment that needs covers - another useful sewing project.

And it all starts with the right fabrics, a good design, and the right kinds of reinforcement.
 

Josh

Well-known member
Brass Subscriber
#6
I’m really looking forward to this. Being left handed I make a lot of modifications to gear. Between that and leather working I can hand stitch (I think) very well. But I’ve come to the conclusion I really should just get a machine and start learning how to sew/run one.

This is actually a modification I made by adding a zipper this weekend to what’s becoming my favorite bag and old Russian Veshmeshok:

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My fingers ended up a tad sore after hand stitching it all but I’m happy with how it turned out.
 

HandLoad

Solder Melter
Brass Subscriber
#7
Most "Consumer Grade" sewing machines have great difficulty sewing leather that is thicker than that used in Dress Gloves...

Have done some limited leather sewing on my 1953 Singer (all metal chassis), by manually turning the mechanism with a new sharp needle and nylon monofilament "thread"...

Usually just laced things of that sort together, using waxed Heavy Carpet thread.
 

Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
Silver Subscriber
#8
So it looks like I'm going to have to change computers, while waiting on Game of Thrones tonight, and get busy on those links.

Josh, hand sewing like that I think I'd look at upholstery needles and a heavier nylon thread. For things that will see hard use and abrasions - I would backstitch at least 1/2 inch 2 or 3 times (using new holes) and then double knot the thread away from the worst places it would rub on the bag or strap. A sharp awl or ice pick can assist making holes - back up the fabric with a cutting mat or sacrificial bit of wood.
 

Jayclimber

Modern Minuteman
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#12
I became a decent sewer through the years on making gear repairs. I'm always willing to give anything a go myself forst on repairs or modifications. I sewed my own Molle onto my haversack and it turned out legit! I look forward to more details and info on sewing!

*I learned by watching my dad sew everything on his uniforms and his own modifications on gear growing up!
 

Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
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#14
This is cool, that most of you guys already have the basics. That means we can get into FUN stuff. I learned most of what I know, by hanging out in Gramma's sewing room. She made darn near everything (depression survivor) and nothing went to waste; her fabric scraps became my doll clothes. And while I was too little to run the machine - I watched how she did things. And oddly enough, I have clear memories of everything from blueberry pie, to making cushions, curtains, and bags... to hand-hooked rugs. She started me out with embroidery at 6.
 

Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
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#20
I am not turning up a whole lot in an extended search; got lucky and scored 5 yds of reinforced cotton camo from an army surplus in Billings, MT. Got a project on the boards that needs the real thing; and not some adapted from "apparel" fabric BS. But I'm saving bookmarks again and hoping I hit the mother lode soon. (This is why I hate shopping online; but even good sewing stores are hard to come by. They've all turned to crafty BS.

Patterns are non-existent. But I can make those. And this project requires the same; I'm going to pull sizes/measurements and create the pattern I want. Using authentic mil-spec article as a reference for techniques and construction details. Can ya tell my frustration is rising? LOL... it could also be an opportunity. If I can't find what I'm looking for, no one else can either. Hello, niche to be filled.

Oh yeah, a link might be nice to wear I found some joy...

www.go-armynavy.com
 
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