Forum Index » Make Your Own Gear » What kind of sewing needle???


Display Avatars Sort By:
Mike Philip
(mphilip) - F
What kind of sewing needle??? on 07/02/2009 14:42:12 MDT Print View

What kind of needles do you guys use for sewing webbing on packs with a sewing machine?

Mike

Edited by mphilip on 07/02/2009 14:43:24 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: What kind of sewing needle??? on 07/02/2009 16:54:08 MDT Print View

> What kind of needles do you guys use for sewing webbing on packs with a sewing machine?
Heavy ones!
On a Singer I use a #100 needle. For light webbing on a light pack you might get away with a #90.
Don't use the triangular 'leather' needles: they cut the webbing and fabric.

Cheers

Mike Philip
(mphilip) - F
thread on 07/03/2009 11:42:34 MDT Print View

Thanks Roger.

One other question is what type of thread should i be using to sew webbing?

Thanks,

Mike

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: thread on 07/03/2009 15:30:35 MDT Print View

Hi Mike

Thread - that's more difficult as the American thread system is different from ours. I use a heavy bonded nylon thread for webbing and packs, but I bought it from a commercial distributor. I think it is a commercial upholstery thread. Trouble is, I don't think it would be sold at a suburban fabric/sewing shop.

You should try to get something a bit heavier than the common Gutermann thread, and definitely heavier than Metrosyn. I suggest you ask at a local fabric shop for help, explaining about both the webbing and the needle gauge.

You can get 'button thread' but the stuff I have seems a bit too 'soft' for this: it is seems to be meant for hand sewing and does not run through the needle very well.

Cheers

Joe Kuster
(slacklinejoe) - MLife

Locale: Flatirons
What kind of sewing needle??? on 07/03/2009 15:44:26 MDT Print View

I use TH69 bonded nylon. It's highly durable and the tensile strength of a single stitch > 10 lbs. It however is not super easy to find and is only avaialble by the pound or half pound. However, it'll last a long time and is well worth the investment.

You could probably use Th48 or whatever is a thinner variant and be just fine. 69 doesn't run through most machines without significant tension adjustments.

Most of your local shops will not have bonded nylon in stock, but may be able to order it for you. Barring that, there are many places that sell it online.

If you want a tiny bit to play with, my company sells pre-wound bobbins of it for hand repairs of our goods. The pre-wound bobbins are of course a bit stiffer since they have a tacky spray on them to keep the bobbin together. They don't run super well through non-industrial machines but they work well for handsewing. These are also 100% the same bobbins that Adventure Medical includes in their survival kit.

http://www.slacklineexpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=40&products_id=135

On the plus side, it's only $.50 per bobbin and is more than enough to do ten-20 packs worth of pack straps. If you do get one from the above link, know that we adjust the shipping down to whatever is cheapest - our site doesn't work well with very light items so we just have to manually adjust shipping rates.

Edited by slacklinejoe on 07/03/2009 15:47:19 MDT.