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Old 12-05-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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I'm just getting started and learning how to use a machine in hopes of moving up into tarps, hammocks and gear type projects and repairs. I have gotten confident enough that I was able to sew patches onto my kids gi's for their karate classes. I will probably look into taking some lessons at some point.
Just looking for tips and tricks and I need to start figuring out needle and thread weights for different applications.
Also interested in any online resources available.

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Old 12-05-2017, 03:02 PM   #2
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I'm sure others here will be able to chime in and I'll sheepishly offer up that I recently started using the Cobra 4 and love it! Not sure I can offer up much help other than to say I've used 207 and 277 size threads and it's running great. I'm sure you can google up some good guides for needle size/brand per thread size but I'll check which needles I'm using and hit you back. The Leather machine co. has some videos on their site that go through youtube ...they might be worth a look if you're pounding through that or heavy materials you mentioned. You might also hit up some other specific forums
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:12 PM   #3
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For now I am looking into silnylon and ripstop type materials and then maybe moving into cordura and heavier fabrics. Leather is a whole other can of worms but it is on my want to learn list.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:25 PM   #4
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For outdoor gear, bigger thread never hurt anything!

Needle size is determined by thread size, thread size is determined by material denier. Again, do not be afraid to go bigger with your thread than what is commonly recommended for a material when building outdoor equipment.

to see if your needle and thread is compatible:
Thread a needle with the thread you want to use, hold the thread with about 10-12 inches between the hold points and the needle dangling in the middle. Now, tilt the thread back and forth, if the needle moves freely it is good, is it doesn't try the next size up, and so on.

The idea is that the thread moves freely through the needle with no resistance; remember, that thread will make about 3 passes through the eye of the needle before it becomes a stitch. So keep that friction down by using the correct size needle.

Thread type is also important. I use only Guterman Polyester thread for all my outdoor gear thread needs. Poly doesn't absorb water as badly as cotton and cotton covered blends, it is UV resistant, has a little stretch before it breaks/tears and is very strong. I use Guterman Tex 40 (Mara 70) thread almost exclusively, you can buy it here among other places.

https://dutchwaregear.com/gutermann-thread.html

SilNylon is among the hardest fabrics to sew, very slippery and hard to crease; practice on lightweight cotton, old tee shirts make good practice pieces.

Use quilt clips instead of pins to hold the fabric, less holes and holds very firmly on any fabric.

Buy some tailor's chalk, easier marking and no staining; easily washes off.

Buy good shears, they are expensive but they are well worth it in the end.

Classes are great (although I have never taken any) but there are literally thousands of Youtube videos on sewing.

Learn to maintain your own machine. These are power tools, they need maintenance, cleaning and care. Use the owner's manual and oil the oiling points using good white oil. Well maintained machines will last a few lifetimes, my oldest machine is about 60 years old and runs like a champ.

I make most of my own outdoor gear, it is rewarding and fun.

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Old 12-06-2017, 09:09 AM   #5
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Thanks Rat. I've got some Mara 70 and 110-16 and 110-118 needles on order. I was going to order some silnylon but I think I'll hold off until I get some more practice.

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You mean thread injection?
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:44 AM   #8
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If I drink while I sew, does that make me an alcoholic?
I was just able to fix my Sitka pants. Granny would be proud!
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I was just able to fix my Sitka pants. Granny would be proud!





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