It's been my experience seamstry techniques in light garment making cannot be used on heavy textile materials (i.e. cordura).Someone mentioned classes somewhere...
Your local fabric stores like JoAnns will have classes, or old ladies that are willing to teach and happy to get money. They always think it is the most fun thing in the world to teach a middle-aged guy to see.
Another way to do it is use 2 grommets and use your headrest posts. I do this for trash in the car.
Agreed on techniques that convert well for heavy fabrics, but there is a lot to be learned in a beginner level class, and that learning is even better in a one-on-one environment. In the end, sewing is similar to welding, all the talk and video in the world won’t help you until you start practicing!It's been my experience seamstry techniques in light garment making cannot be used on heavy textile materials (i.e. cordura).
Years ago I tried watching YouTube videos of sewing very very little of it was useful for medium to heavy textiles. I ended up using trial and error til I figured out techniques that worked. I was just reinventing the wheel so to speak on those techniques. I found gear makers hold allot information close to their chest, less competition maybe who knows. Most of the gear makers I've interacted with are very arrogant and won't discuss any building techniques like it's a trade secret.
Like I said I've been building for 7 years now and I can pretty much make anything I can think up.
If anyone has questions let me know, I don't do this for a living so I'm willing to share what I've learned.
Both those bags contents are very heavy. I had considered using that trick to hang some molle panels just above those bags.Another way to do it is use 2 grommets and use your headrest posts. I do this for trash in the car.
A heavy duty industrial machine is needed to sew heavy materials (canvas, cordura, webbing, leather, even thin plastics).Let's keep this thread going. I've been daydreaming about learning to sew heavy goods for a decade or more and I think it's time to commit.
Gotta take some classes first to learn what sort of machine I need though. From the posts above I realize that the methods learned from a "run-of-the-mill" sewing class might not necessarily pertain to what we (in this forum) want to do...but at this point I really don't know anything at all when it comes to sewing.
The idea of buying a 70-year-old industrial sewing machine sounds good. But I'm a techie sort of guy. Once I know what I need I'll dump a couple of grand on an appropriate, and new machine and go from there.
Add support straps on the outer shoulders and across the backBoth those bags contents are very heavy. I had considered using that trick to hang some molle panels just above those bags.
Here are some more protective carry bags I made for an upcoming overlanding trip.
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2 - USB fans, DC power box, hoses & accessories, propane hot water heater
My apologizes. Just getting home from a cold, wet and fun 5 days up in the mountains around Aspen, Snow Mass and Crested Butte. Anyway, too be honest that is a great "old" machine. While, it is strong enough to sew heavy fabrics it maybe just too old, slow and maintenance intensive to be useful. I guess some of my questions would be: Does it have reverse? Is it foot pedal powered or motor powdered? What motor? What accessories come with it? (Needles, bobbins, lights, bobbin case, bobbin wonder, oiler, small parts? And it's general over all condition or in other words, does it work?So, the seller has lowered this to $600.00, and I think I might be able to grab it for less. I emailed the seller and it turns out it's a Singer 7-31. I found this on the interwebs:
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Given this new info...what do the experts here think? I don't really intend to do any leather work, but I've read that this machine could do it if needed. My main focus would be Sunbrella, canvas, making storage bags, etc.
Whatever happen on Fight Club, stays o.....Thanks. I really enjoy the planning, patterning and assembly process. I also enjoy working with waxed canvas it just seems like a cool, old school textile.
I did go through my "black" tacti-cool Cordura period for many years. I really enjoyed creating LEO/SpecOPS mission bags, concealment rigs and non-traditional body armor garment systems. Since now everyone wears 5.11/tacti-cool garments we modified Northface, Marmot, Cabelas, Filson, Archteryx, etc... jackets to accommodate armor panels. So that the operator/agent/LEO wouldn't stick out due to the civilian popularity of 5.11 clothing.