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Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Sourcing material and hardware on 06/23/2008 16:31:14 MDT Print View

well i'm going to break out the old sewing machine this summer and start making some of my own stuff sacks, tarp tent and some other odds and ends. but am looking for a few good places to source materials, ul cord and hardware. the micro cord locks like the ones on my ursalite bag. any patern plans for cutting a catenary ridge line? or making comfortable pack straps?

basically asking for input of what places are available to buy from and any advice on needle sizes and thread type. thanks in advance.

Mike Dismuke
(MtnDiz) - F

Locale: "Pineland", NC
Odd n Sods on 06/23/2008 19:22:42 MDT Print View

Besides the usual outdoor sources, I buy from two other places that may not be generally known about in this community. The first is, and the second is Although they cater to more military or tactical-oriented gear, the earth tone colors of browns and greens would work just fine for civilian applications as well. Lowys has minimums, DIY will sell most stuff by the yard or piece.

Another source of light-weight materials is Although they can be a little pricey.

I have also found that by going to trade shows and establishing relationships with a few of the mfg's, they will usually be willing to help out home-sewers with some odds and ends.

On needle sizing and such, I usually sew with a #16 or #18 needle for light weight fabrics, with no. 69 nylon bonded thread, and 6-8 SPI. This is brought forward from parachute work, and was the set up for canopy repairs. Since it is similar to the light weight work you guys are doing, I would think it would work quite nicely as a starting point.

Edited by MtnDiz on 06/23/2008 19:29:02 MDT.

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
thru-hiker on 06/23/2008 20:03:38 MDT Print View

i buy most of my hardware from AYCE is a great guy and is very, very helpful to his customers, even offering sewing & construction advice.

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
re: Sourcing material and hardware on 06/23/2008 20:08:59 MDT Print View

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
more sources on 06/24/2008 02:20:25 MDT Print View (I use them)

Mike Dismuke
(MtnDiz) - F

Locale: "Pineland", NC
Fabric at Wally World on 06/30/2008 07:57:23 MDT Print View

One more you might try. I have found that Wal Mart has some great deals on outdoor fabrics these days. They are buying remnants from somewhere and selling them dirt cheap. You can get all sorts of suitable light weight fabrics for $1.00/yd.