A Real Man

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  1. IamLegend

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    #1 no I'm not claiming any kinda "real man" status beyond my normal manliness. The title is just kinda joking at it.
    #2 yes I can sew these by hand but why would I not wanna use my new machine that my wife got me for Christmas a couple years ago? It's manly enough!
    Thanks for watching!
     
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    I use one too! Anyone calls me a woman and I'll stab them with a pin from my pin cushion

    PS music was perfect!
     
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    nothing wrong with it
    ive been eyeing such for a while now
     
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    Just tell them that you are thread injecting or fabric welding. Sounds more "Manly". Oh and I also use one too.

    Funny story: I was making a hammock tarp for my wife but I didn't have a lot of room at home to deal with all that fabric. 28yards. So I went down to my church when the ladies were having their quilting night. I come in with the fabric, sewing machine under one arm, chalk line, carpenters measuring tape and a sheet rock t-square under the other. They got a laugh at that. Even more when I told them I don't sew, I fabric weld. We all got a kick out of that for the rest of the evening.


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    I want to learn how to sew and I want a really pretty woman to show me how.
     
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    I actually wish I had more time and know how to do different more in depth stuff. I want to sew a shirt for sometime bushcrafting but it's a bigger undertaking than the simple projects I do most of the time.
    Thanks I thought the music was appropriate lol!
     
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    I use the same terms

    Married one, and she has taught me well. Learning is something different from being taught. Sort of like the difference between hearing and listening
     
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    "It was a productive evening"
    I'll say so!
     
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    lol I could use several more productive evenings to catch up on my "to do" list I need to get done!
     
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    I can't believe I watched the whole thing. Great machine you've got there. The music was a nice touch. I'm pretty new to sewing and I love it.

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    When discussing hobbies with folks, I freely admit I'm trying to learn to sew and looking at learning to knit as well as being an avid canner, and cook/baker, and while i don't have one right now, Im usually busy with a garden etc. Heck, I even like many of the disney/pixar movies my kids watch (took them to see Moana in theaters and it was a great movie).........................

    So yeah, real men are well versed in a variety of skills both domestic and mechanical :14::dblthumb:


    Nice stuff sacks! And i like the little chest you're staining. I want one of those wood tool chests to store knives and other things in but I'm too cheap to buy one.lol
     
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    when it comes to sewing and manliness
    just about all tailors sewed and no one had any qualms about it
    women who did the same thing were called seamstress
     
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    Nothing wrong with that hobby. Men used to sew all the time. Sailors, soldiers, frontiersmen, and etc. all had to sew from repairing sails and clothing, to making clothing.
     
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    Great stuff IamLegend. Everyone can learn a lot from you sir, especially humility.

    the greatest leader is a servant
     
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    Learning skills that can help you take care of yourself and others are a good idea for men and for women.

    Every human should know how;
    - to sew at least good enough to replace a button and repair a busted seam in the seat of their pants.
    - to can enough to preserve a bounty of fruit or vegetables.
    - to shoot, clean and cook squirrels and rabbits.
    - to catch, clean, and cook fish.
    - wash & dry their own clothes, including how to iron something.
    - change a baby's diaper.
    - change a flat tire on a car.
    - pay attention when a older person wants to tell them how to do something.
    - drive a car or truck with a stick shift.
    - use a hammer and saw to build a doghouse.
    - write a intelligible letter without using all the crazy texting abbreviations.
    - carry on a conversation in person with their cell phone turned off.
     
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    Sewing is a mechanical task. Quite simple task at that.

    Too bad it seems to be not encouraged for some folks.
     
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    I never understood where the whole "sewing is womans work" came from. I guess growing up seeing my dad sew leather and hides all the time gave me a manly impression of it. I like to sew actually, spent a good chunk of yesterday sewing up some taxidermy work.
     
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    I don't sew, but sometimes wish I'd learn.
     
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    Awesome stuff. Im the only person that can sew in the house, but im the only one allowed to use my machine anyway, can't afford to fix it if it breaks . If only i had time to do it.
     
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    lol I shortened it quite a bit in editing because I figured I'd lose some interest if it went too long. That machine will do a heck of a lot more than I know how to do for sure! Yeah for some reason I settled in that music soon as I started making the movie. It just felt right lol
     
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    I was gonna build one of those specifically for knives but never seem to find the time.
    Thanks for the comment!
     
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    I love this comment! Humility can be a tuff one a lot of times. It takes a daily conscious effort imo to focus on God's grace and not get caught up in your own mind sometimes.
    I don't even know if that made sense lol. I'm kinda tired...
     
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    Well said buddy! I agree totally!
     
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    Im the one sewing. Trying to show my girfriend without much success...

    Strangely, i know more guys than girls who "fabric" things. French /english wordplay: "fabriquer" in french means to build/craft.

    When we go out noble 1750 style, i have to admit i have fun looking at the face of strangers when she tells them im the maker of the dress...:16:
     
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    It's funny my wife can sew much better than me. Or at least she's knows more but I'm the one that is always on the sewing machine. I guess its cause of my interest in diy type stuff. I had gotten pretty good on the last machine we had but now that she bought me this one I'm actually kinda intimidated by it. She keeps having to show me how to set it up and get started. It's really too much machine for me. I'll never use it to its full potential haha!
     
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    Funny this came up just now as I`ve just cleaned and oiled my wife`s old Singer 128K (from 1913).
    I thought that i could use that instead of "ruining" her newer Husquarna (I use it more than her, and on heavier materials).
    The sewing machine hasn`t been used for 30-40 years (or more), but after cleaning and oiling it Works very well.

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    Some accessories. Looks unused.

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    Nice video.

    I sew too. Not well, but well enough to darn socks, sew on buttons, and hem pants (all by hand). Mom taught me that when I was a kid. A few years ago, I bought an old Singer at a garage sale for $50... been on a roll ever since. It's just cloth carpentry... I like the tack welding analogy too. I've made hammocks, tarps, packs, blanket coats, hats, stuff sacks, and mods to various pieces of gear. I moved on to leather too, and have made a couple sheaths and small pouches.

    Good stuff.
     
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    Pretty cool! I'd like to use one of those myself.
     
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    Can't say that I really sew a lot. Just enough to get done what I need. Wish I had time for more.
     
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    Great video! I need to learn to sew!
     
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    I learned watching my mother sew. She'd never let me touch her machine but I paid attention.
    as a young child I loved walking throughout the fabrics with her and running my hands through the materials .
    As a teen I designed shirt and stuff mom made for me , we had something special through the years .
    I'm surprised I didn't get into fashion .
    Ive got several machines now ,nothing really fancy ,mostly antiques .
    Seems as though there are a lot of antiques available .
    Not many people today really care to learn to sew. Signs of the times I suppose.
    I make unusual clothes ,pants and jackets ,cloaks and such .
    Next challenge is making gloves , and having the tools, making shoes and boots.
    It's a pipe dream for now, seeing Ive got other issues weighing on me at present.

    I have been encouraging my great niece to sew and she has graduated form the toy to a relatively sophisticated machine and she's only 8.
    She cant do much lately due to baby-sitting her younger brothers .
    So the sewing is put away for eh time being .
    I'm working on a sewing cabinet she can work on and quickly close up to tend to other things and not have to worry about her brothers getting into things .
     
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    Good comment! Nice having someone to watch and learn from. My mother sees a lot now but never did when I was younger. Would be really nice to have someone nearby to learn from or even take a sewing class. Everything I do is just from trial n error. Not really what I'd call correct technique or anything but it seems to work for me.
     
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    Thanks! May as well get started. Plenty of used machines available if you don't already have one.
     
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    enjoyed the music,but ....the bustin the moves for the kids was totally funny,i used to do the same kinda stuff for my girls,,,sewing is a good skill for men or women, i did the alterations or repairs on my pd uniforms when i was on the street, hand sew all my mountain man gear...from capote to all my haversacks,shotbags,guncovers....started on a early 1920's singer treadle machine at about 6-7...good skills
     
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    I'd like to see pics of some of your gear.
     
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    Great stuff there @IamLegend, certainly a "real man" task, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. My mother, God Rest her soul, taught me how to use her old Singer machine before she passed. @IA Woodsman calls it the "manly art of sewing" and he his right for sure. A man has to know how to repair his gear and make something in a pinch.
    Cheers!
     
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    Thats very cool !
    Sometimes I use a treadle machine, Never a handcranker like yours.
    Btw, Thats a shuttle bobbin, Never used one of those either.
     
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    Agreed and thanks for the comment!
     
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    I use an old Singer 223. Punches through 8 layers of 12oz duck with ease.
    SInger 223-1.jpg

    Cooking Gear2.JPG

    Leather and Canvas Pics 006.JPG among other stuff such as canvas tarpage and larger waterproof canvas stuff bags.
     
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    Oh..oh.... I soooo wanna .....!!! :D not really, but can you blame me? You're definitely better at sewing than I am! :rolleyes: That pink/red bag.. I'm jealous!! So nice to see a little COLOR :p
     
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    I love those hand-cranked sewing machines - brings back memories of my grandmother! I saw new ones for sale in India, was tempted to buy one.


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    Using one of my wife's machines, I've seen half a dozen pairs of kickboxing trunks for my self. Manly shmanly.
     
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    Here's my post over in Oil Cloth Tarp Project... fourth paragraph down. Of course, you don't need a gallon to do a bag or a couple of pouches. The mixture is prepared by melting the wax (toilet rings) and then adding the turpentine and linseed oil. Don't let any open flame get to it or it can really go off. Use a double can or something. I didn't but was very careful and made smaller batches til I had enough to do the tarp.

    With one wax ring (about 16oz) and the trup and oil, you'll get about a pint of liquid. You can apply it wet and warm, or you can let it cool to a paste, then squeegie it into the material after you sew it together with a plastic putty knife. Then melt it in with a hairdryer. That's how I did the bag as well as many other items. You don't want to treat the material before cutting and sewing or you'll foul your machine

    The bag in the pic is so waterproof that I can use it to bail water from my canoes if needed, and even carry water from the lake to camp. My dog's rain parka is three years old now and has never leaked a drop.

     
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    Is there a reason why I would not want to use that same mixture to seal the leather on my Schnees boots? Or any leather boots for that matter? I've done a couple canvas pouches but not using that specific mix.
     
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    I've used it on all my leather projects and knife handles. It works for lots of things. Rub it in as a paste dressing or melt it and go that way. The paste method avoids too much application in one spot. A little goes a long way. Having said that, there is Obernauf's and many other leather dressings....
     
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    Thanks that's good stuff!
     
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    Anyway, we're veering off topic with the waterproofing thing.

    I would add to the thread (no pun) that I ruined my wife's Pfaff with the first canvas projects I did. I'm still banned form the sewing room. So that's why I bought the old Singer and moved out to my shop.
     
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    When I was a kid we had one similar to this but it was mounted on a stand where it could be flipped over and tucked inside. My Father could make all sorts of cool stuff for my brothers and I. I think he was better at sewing than my Mom. ;)
     
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    I used my wife's machine to sew a capote out of a wool blanket and several other wool and canvas projects. Didn't tear anything up but she ended up buying me this new machine and I was so intimidated by it and didn't know how to use it so just put it away for like a year.
    Finally tho I got it back out and she helped me at least get it going. Still have no idea how to use half the stuff it's supposed to be able to do.
     
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