Sewing Thread....A discussion on making your own adventure textile gear.

alexcivick

Observer
Thank you!
Cost isn't a huge concern but I always try to get good value for my money. I'm not sure about zig zag stitches but would probably pay the difference just in case. I used to work in upholstery shops while in high school and college and would like to start it up again as a hobby but I was never too involved in the sewing. Space is a consideration and I have seen how complicated those industrial machines are to maintain. I'm hoping sailrite is a little more simple.
Sailrite is advertising a powerpack for the ultrafeed on their website for 300. If I got the ultrafeed now and got the powerpack later, do you think that would work decently for leather?

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Short answer. Yes. They introduced that power pack a couple months ago but you could only get it with a machine. A week ago they finally offered it as a separate option. I talked to a friend before it launched about it when he was given an early release for testing and he loved it. It’s a strong servo motor with variable control that mounts on the back of the machine. That is so much better than a belt driven motor when it comes to portability. I will be getting one for my old Thompson Mini for sure.
These machines were designed to be powerful and portable as can be for use on heavier canvas. When Sailrite took over the patent they developed it to be exactly what it is that appeals to people today.
I recommend Sailrite I think it’s a great place for people who want to get into sewing. They have great customer support. It’s a small footprint and portable. Can even be operated without power. It’s a walking foot which has it advantages for canvas. It’s not a daunting industrial but it’s way better than a domestic.

I use mine like I said for production like it’s an industrial. Mounted in a table, belt driven servo motor, use different feet for zippers, binding attachment. I say get one. And spring for the zig zag. It comes in handy.


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Iain_U1250

Explorer
We didn't have a problem with the motor on our Sailmate version, biggest problem was not being able to go really slowly, something the power pack is very good at from what I can see. The stock machine is pretty fast off the mark, and doesn't go slow enough for me. I would use the hand wheel for the thicker bits at the ends. Having the power pack and the big table would be useful.

The Sailright machine is made by Sakura Stitch, they just rebrand it, there is nothing special about it.
 

BritKLR

Kapitis Indagatoris
I’ve been so busy making bags and stuff for my business so when I finally got some time to work on projects for myself today I decided to make some organization for my Snow Peak Iron Grill Table. Yuman Desert Rat made super nice straps for IGTs and a case for inserts that I really liked so I used his design and made my own. I used some extras and scrap fabric and the only size webbing and hook and loop I have is 1” and I only had today to get done.
It’s mostly adjustable straps made from poly webbing and fastened with hook and loop tape. 2 straps with slots to hold all of the legs tied to the back and 2 adjustable straps that wrap around to secure large table and corner pieces. For the inserts and small accessories I made a fabric pouch bound with webbing that folds over the pieces and secured with hook and loop tape. The pouch gets sandwiched between the frame and tables. Nothing new or innovative it’s just copied from Yuma’s design. This allows all of the pieces for my IGT setup to fit in the Snow Peak carry bag much better.





It was a quick job made from rough measurements and no pattern so it’s a little janky. I also had to use my portable walking foot machine instead of my industrials so I could use a smaller thread size (industrials are tensioned for stitching leather) and I def got used to the conveniences of servo motors, foot/knee lifts, and needle position control.
If I were to do it again I would use wider straps for sure.
While I was at it I starting making some simple Velcro straps for my Pack and Carry Fireplace pieces too. Those are always annoying trying to keep them together.



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Just saw some of your leatherwork on FB! Absolutely beautiful! LMK if you do custom work or customer modes or even have the time for such things. I frequently get asked about leather work and would like to refer them to you. PM contact info if interested. Cheers and greatest success!
 

BritKLR

Kapitis Indagatoris
First set of ATC Custom Rivian Recovery Bags heading out for the truck release. It's been incredible working with the team from Rivian, Factor 55 and Warn! Now, looking forward seeing these some trucks!
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alexcivick

Observer
First set of ATC Custom Rivian Recovery Bags heading out for the truck release. It's been incredible working with the team from Rivian, Factor 55 and Warn! Now, looking forward seeing these some trucks!
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So good. I don’t usually take interest in new vehicles because I’m such an unnecessary Land Rover fanboy but I have been very intrigued by the Rivian and very impressed by what they have been doing. I’ve made investments in some of the companies that support Rivian with components etc and I’m just waiting for Rivians IPO….. I’ve been dropping hints to my wife about wanting one as new vehicle…..
I love that you are an oem for this I think it’s so cool. When I worked for Toyota Manufacturing I designed and made a zippered pouch that was intended to fit inside the center console of the new (at the time) Tundra as a place to keep stuff organized etc. the project got kicked to one of the on site suppliers who eventually scrapped it. That was the first time I got the idea of starting my own manufacturing company and making oem parts but was way out of my reach making anything to scale like that. I plan to revisit the idea in the future though…
Awesome work.


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BritKLR

Kapitis Indagatoris
So good. I don’t usually take interest in new vehicles because I’m such an unnecessary Land Rover fanboy but I have been very intrigued by the Rivian and very impressed by what they have been doing. I’ve made investments in some of the companies that support Rivian with components etc and I’m just waiting for Rivians IPO….. I’ve been dropping hints to my wife about wanting one as new vehicle…..
I love that you are an oem for this I think it’s so cool. When I worked for Toyota Manufacturing I designed and made a zippered pouch that was intended to fit inside the center console of the new (at the time) Tundra as a place to keep stuff organized etc. the project got kicked to one of the on site suppliers who eventually scrapped it. That was the first time I got the idea of starting my own manufacturing company and making oem parts but was way out of my reach making anything to scale like that. I plan to revisit the idea in the future though…
Awesome work.


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LOL........I went through the same thing with a custom tool bag set-up for the new Land Cruiser (back then) it just kept bouncing around amongst different people/departments. I suspect the prototypes are sitting in someones rig somewhere!
 
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