I have fabric, a DIY HH tester, and a 5 meter "Rain Tower" ready to go. Now I need to "age" the test fabric.
The standards to address this require washing the fabric for each "wear cycle" (of which there will be many). This is OK if you are Gore and have a bank of 100 washing machines at your disposal, but I don't. And I'm not convinced that washing mimics stuffing and walking for 8 hours. (I killed a Caldera Cone Fosters can by hiking with it unprotected in my pack. Just the jostling of each step over a 10 day hike was enough to flex it to death. Hence the "Caddy")
I'm using fabric samples that are 18"x18", so not a lot of bulk, even for many. My current thought is to stuff them into a small bag, attach it to a foam plunger connected to a variable speed jig saw set on "slow", and let it compress and release for some number of hours.
What I need are other ideas that approximate this short stroke compression cycle. A cheap sewing machine might work. There may be "hobby mechanisms", like a Legos windmill, that would work.
I'm open to any and all interpretations on how to get this done.
Wild and wacky. Toys. Tools.
Obviously "out of the box".
Thanks for your help.