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re: windscreen hinge
Whilst I love the look of the Kapton tape hinge, I'd be concerned about its longevity. An alternative way of making a two-part windscreen is to use my flissure joint. Again, whilst the popp...

In Make Your Own Gear » Winter stove MkII
February 27, 12:00pm

purple asparagus bands and latex bands
The asparagus bands may be purple so that they are clearly visible during food preparation, in the same way that caterers use blue sticking plasters for small cuts, etc. Purple and blue are genera...

In Make Your Own Gear » Rubber band.....rubber band man.
February 27, 11:51am

KISS...
Actually, the reason there are five layers is because the seam allowances are the same for the first seam; the two edges of the fabric are aligned, then the seam is sewn with a large seam allowance...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modified Felled Seam
February 27, 6:54am

fragility
I'd echo the concerns regarding the fragility of Ti foil. As soon as you crease it, you work harden it so much that it will crack very easily*. And if you try to glue it with JB Weld, the foi...

In Make Your Own Gear » Titanium Foil as a Bowl?
February 22, 8:45am

European zips
Actually, American men's zips are on the same side as European women's zips... I've no idea what side American women's zips are on... Judging by the placket in the picture, it loo...

In Make Your Own Gear » MAN-ifying a jacket
February 20, 6:07am

re: Re: Silicone floor wax
> Be very careful about lubricating the teeth on a zip. That's a good observation, Roger. I guess because I clean off almost all the polish, I've not had problems with this. Either ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Way to waterproof a zipper?
February 18, 11:38am

re: Re: Reflextix is a magic material, and DIY work can be better than most manufacturers
Denis, I think Tim was being complimentary... The only comment I'd make on your instructions compared to the way I did it was to note that you cut triangles out of the tape that hold the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG - Reflectix Pot Cozy
February 18, 11:33am

Thanks
Thanks for the replies, but, unless I've misunderstood, I think there's something a bit more complicated than trapped thread... I've taken the entire shuttle mechanism out, so there&...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing machine problems
February 13, 11:16am

silicone floor wax
If you rub a little silicone floor wax up and down the zipper teeth, and rub it in well, then clean off the excess, you'll end up with something that's pretty water repellent. It makes a n...

In Make Your Own Gear » Way to waterproof a zipper?
February 12, 11:50am

Sewing machine problems
I was sewing some webbing recently, and my Elna was doing just fine, whizzing through the work (a bit too quickly...). I used the reverser, and hand-turned the machine for a few stitches, after wh...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing machine problems
February 12, 11:19am

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