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Philip Marshall
(philthy) - MLife
Stiff reinforcing for hood brim on 04/23/2013 23:51:15 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I recently saw for sale on a fabrics/MYOG site stiff reinforcing that could be used for hood brims/peaks. I can't for the life of me find it anywhere now. Anyone know where it is stocked/what I could use?

Thanks

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Stiff reinforcing for hood brim on 04/24/2013 00:41:46 MDT Print View

Fabric shops sell stiffening.
Thin whipper snipper (brush cutter?) cord also works well.

Cheers

Philip Marshall
(philthy) - MLife
good idea on 04/24/2013 01:11:28 MDT Print View

I like the whipper snipper idea, thanks

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Stiff reinforcing for hood brim on 04/24/2013 08:30:37 MDT Print View

You want it to be a brim that sticks out a bit - flat rather than just a cord

I use this stuff you iron on, then remove the paper backing, then put a second piece of fabric and do the same, then iron the two pieces together. They sell different thicknesses - you want the heaviest one.

But that's not real stiff so there's probably something better

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: Stiff reinforcing for hood brim on 04/24/2013 09:03:06 MDT Print View

cut out action of a plastic milk jug. Free, and someone on this site did it a long time ago to make a brim on his Driducks

The plastic ks great for other similar uses too

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
hat on 04/24/2013 15:36:48 MDT Print View

I like the milk jug idea, if it will have a brim like a baseball cap. If you'd prefer that the brim has a hoop (for packability or something), I've read that Delrin (acetal) rod is the best. It is stiffer than nylon (like the whipper snipper line), but not brittle like fiberglass rod. I don't know a source for small diameter Delrin rod, though.

Edited by ckrusor on 04/24/2013 15:39:34 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: hat on 04/24/2013 15:49:35 MDT Print View

Whipper snipper cord is usually a co-polymer. Much tougher and more flexible than nylon and Delrin.

Cheers
Edit: weed eater, string trimmer, whatever. As Steven said.

Edited by rcaffin on 04/24/2013 18:24:49 MDT.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Stiff reinforcing for hood brim on 04/24/2013 17:21:25 MDT Print View

Just a guess, but I think Roger is referring to a "Weed-eater" or "weed-wacker", a trimmer with that blue plastic thick "line."

Scott Chassey
(schassey) - F - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Large yogurt containers on 04/24/2013 17:30:03 MDT Print View

I've had success making hat brims out of cuttings from those 1 lb yogurt containers- they are just about the right curvature near the top of the container for a brim.

They've worked very well for the cycling caps that I've made, which are just slightly bigger than what I would use for a jacket hood.