Gonna be all sorts of gear!

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  1. Outdoor Dauber

    Outdoor Dauber Roughian #3 Supporter

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    I put this here because I'm going to use this to make DIY gear, not because it is self-made gear.

    I was at my neighbor's tonight and saw a sewing machine sitting in the corner of the basement. I said, if you ever want to sell that machine, I'll buy it if it works. He said his wife was going to donate it to Salvation Army and if I wanted it, I could have it. He said it works great, but she's doing custom work and bought a Bernina. So I came home with a Singer Fashion Mate 257! :dblthumb:

    Went to Walmart and got some extra needles, bobbins, a small organizer and tan, brown, green and black thread. Let's see what I can do with this baby.

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  3. NevadaBlue

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    Good for you. I have switched to #18 needles on my machines for the heavy stuff. Seems to work fine on everything.
     
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    PACoureurDuBois For God and Country --AISI #49-- --Roughian #79-- Supporter

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    Prepare for custom orders! :14:
     
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    Walmart only had #16 and smaller. I got a 5-pack of them and will get #18 when they are back in stock. Thanks!
     
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    LOL - sure, if you want a simple drawstring ditty bag?
     
  7. NevadaBlue

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    The 16s will work for most everything. I was just having trouble with some material that wanted to hold the thread with a smaller needle. Plus the bigger ones are just stronger.
     
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    Bought my wife a sewing machine about 18 yrs ago. Think it's in the storeroom, still in the box. Good way to help the winter blahs maybe.
     
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    Yup, that's what I need!!
     
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    I'm 80% done with the bush chair @scottmm2012 used (not sure who designed it) at the North Central PA gathering. We all told him we were going to make one. I think it was @CCMDTrapper who said "consider that idea stolen" as he started taking pics of it.
     
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    Do you guys use heavier thread like upholstery thread to make your stuff more durable?
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)
     
  13. NevadaBlue

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    I have a spool of nylon upholstery thread, but I hate it. Twisty stuff. I usually use ordinary thread for small projects. I do like the nylon stuff for heavy duty things, because it can be melted at the ends of stitching rows.
     
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    I'm using all purpose polyester thread right now, but I may look at upholstery thread for items that will be subject to heavier wear.
     
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    I don't make much gear, but I use upholstery thread for some small stuff and have some for repairs and hand sewing because, well strength. Since I don't sew I was just wondering if you guys did. I would think it would be incredibly useful for a small pack or bag, straps or whatever.
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    OK young fellar, enough small talk. We want gear and pictures. Good score. joe
     
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    Well, it's 0130 here, so any pictures I take now will just be black. LOL
    Here a picture of @scottmm2012 chair that I copied. I'll post pictures of mine soon.

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    I also made a small stuff sack for it and another small stuff sack that is intended to be a "throw bag" for hanging a bear bag or an improvised "flag pole" at scout camp.
     
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    Is that chair the design that uses a trekking pole to brace out the bottom?
     
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    Like this? (and this could very well be the same chair; I save pics from bcusa of projects I want to make. Soon my phone is going to need an auxiliary hard drive!)
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    Possibly, but Scottmm2012 used a stick about 12-14" long in more of a vertical fashion.
     
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    I have one of those chairs. - A commercial version called the Dead Ringer Hammock Seat if you want to google for more pictures for idea nad inspiration on yours. It really sits well and is easy to pack in when I'm hunting. I have the camo version. You can find them for about $25 on Amazon.

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    Have fun with it!!
     
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    Thanks, Cheryl. My stitches are crooked and I won't win any prizes, but the stuff sacks hold stuff. :)
     
  24. NevadaBlue

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    I like that chair. Now I have another project AND another pic.
    I have over 38,000 pics on my ipad!
     
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    That’s all that counts! I learned to sew on an independent kenmore while watching YouTube. It wasn’t pretty at first but it’s amazing how quickly you’ll develop your own methods. Fun to see the improvement!
     
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    Sewing is a skill combined with art. You will find your pace and be comfortable with making just about anything one of these days.

    I need to work on my canvas jacket.
     
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    Enjoy its is a fun hobby and addictive
     
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    I had a friend bring me a Necchi tonight, a minor repair and oiling and it is working fine . I really needed another machine this one makes 13 plus 2 sergers
     
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    I noticed last night while sewing that the needle seemed to be lined up to the right of center. Also, the zig-zag wasn't working; I could only get straight stitches. Well, tonight I pulled the covers off and was looking at what levers, arms and gears moved when sliding the levers back and forth. Saw a lever not engaging the zig-zag gear and realized something was missing. Looked in the bottom of the case and BOOM, there was the piece and the screw. Took a minute to figure out how to install it, but I figured it out and we're back in complete working order!
     
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    Yeppers, that is the same exact chair...just forgot my trekking poles when we had our overnight, had to improvise.
     
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    Looks a lot like my machine (also a singer) but a bit older. Good score!
     
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    I found that mine was made in October of 1971.
     
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