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Looking For Sewing Supplies
#1
Does anyone here sew their own stuff? I'm just wondering where there's a good place to get the heavy duty supplies, like 1000 denier cordura, heavy snaps, ITW Nexus buckles, military-grade thread, etc. Plus any suggestions of places that are nice, priced well, friendly, etc.
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#2
I just got started into this but there is plenty of stuff on ebay - zjaw24w, b99rooster, rrt_trading, and Country Brook. CB is the same as zjaw b/c there is a limit to the # listings/id on ebay. If you find a bunch of stuff from zjaw/CB, call them for an accurate shipping quote.



Alleghney_outlet (ebay) has a great deal on bulk fastex molle replacement buckles - 80 buckles sized 1", 1.5", and 2" for $35 shipped - any color you like as long as it's sand. There's also a difference btwn the heavy duty fastex and cheap stuff so keep an eye out for that.



I think the military grade thread (T92) may or may not go thru a home machine, but the next best stuff T69 is also easy to find on ebay. I've also bookmarked rockywoods.com, seattlefabrics.com, owfinc.com, nwpackback.com, milspecmonkey.com for fabric/hardware that's caught my eye.



ITW is also making a plastic Cobra buckle and you can find it on ebay for $12 shipped, but I think I've decided to just go with the original metal version (for the price) when I get to making my own belt.



I just got a bunch of YKK vislon #10 and #5 zippers 18in-24in for <$1 ea off ebay. There's good deals on ebay, but once you get an idea of what you want, you may want to do a quick search - I've cooled my jets on a few deals as I found the same deal elsewhere; not bad deals, just not steals <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/pirate.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':pirate:' />/>.



Sailrite has a bunch of good vids on youtube on heavy duty sewing and dealing with hardware like zippers.



Hopefully MB will be by shortly with more info.
Steve
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#3
This business has always treated me very well: http://www.owfinc.com

Seattle fabrics is another but owfinc has always been my 1st choice.
"Pain Heals, Glory Lasts Forever" ( Falco )



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1. Those who understand binary,

2. And those who don't.
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#4
Thanks for the info - I will look into those.



I have many ideas for sewing things and stuff, and have always loved military gear. The military-grade gear is more durable than I can need, so I figure if I make my things to those specs, it should last me a lifetime.
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#5
Purchased a Singer Model 31-15 HD commercial upholstery sewing machine which operates on electricity, but by all appearances can be converted to completely manual operation should that become necessary. Also purchased a Singer 29-4 originally designed as a leather, harness and shoe sewing machine. The 29-4 was originally a treadle powered sewing machine and mine is all original. Slowly adding needles, bobbins and thread, so I will be checking back on this thread for tips on places with the best products and prices too.
Jimbo
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#6
I order constantly from Seattle Fabrics, Rockywood and Owfinc as well as Supply Captain (Weekly, I check their clearance sections. Earlier this year, I bought a pack with about 10+ different size side release buckles for $4.21).



Bob
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#7
Great sources.

We picked up an old singer treadle machine just for sewing canvas and such, they are still out there!





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#8
Several of us sew. Bob listed some of my favorite sources. I think my tarp post may also have some info....

I know I've typed it out several times.

Also, if you are looking for specific things, ask!

HTH

Muddyboots
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Thus do we refute entropy. -S. Robinson



Communication is a Survival Skill! So is critical thinking!





When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.



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Also, if you are looking for specific things, ask!

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Thatnks for the info, but I'm not looking for anything in particular just yet. I know I like the quality and durability of Kifaru, Maxpedition, and current GI surplus, so I know that's the direction I want to go.



Actually, there is on thing I'm looking for: I need a set of the quick release buckles for a GI backpack. Like these:

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Does anyone on this board sell things of this nature? (thread, material, zippers, plastic and metal parts, etc) Having a Hoodlum salesperson is best. <img src='http://hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
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#10
We don't sell any of these things, but.....



If there are any Army/Navy Surplus Stores near you, you might check to see if they have any nonsaleable packs which you can pick up very cheaply or for free. Anything which can be cannibalized from the packs or other damaged articles will often yield serviceable buckles, straps, belts, flaps. etc which can be used to repair or build other articles.
Jimbo
If everything is a case for gun control, then nothing is. - Charles C. W. Cooke

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#11
Since my last post to this thread we have purchased:

1. 20 Singer 29K small metal bobbins,

2. 50 Pfaff 145 metal bobbins,

3. 100 Singer Class 66 metal bobbins,

4. 200 Singer Class 15 metal bobbins, and

5. 100 Singer Class 15 plastic bobbins



Now, it is time to start stocking up on a variety of needles and some more heavy duty thread.
Jimbo
If everything is a case for gun control, then nothing is. - Charles C. W. Cooke

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. - Theodore Roosevelt 1907 
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.  - Theodore Roosevelt 1918

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity. - Harlan Ellison

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein
I fear the day that technology surpass our human interaction.  The world will have a generation of idiots. - Albert Einstein

The optomist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears that this is true! - James B. Cabell
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#12
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Good stuff!
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We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

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Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

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