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    In the US Sears no longer has a parts or repair...

    In the US Sears no longer has a parts or repair division. Even the major appliance repairs are contracted out to local repair folks. Been that way for ages. I would go to the longest existing...
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    IME DIY _solely_ for the sake of saving money...

    IME DIY _solely_ for the sake of saving money rarely works. That's not to say you can't save money. You can. But you can also spend more than it would a have cost pre-made if you have to several...
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    The concept of fabric welding is not the same as...

    The concept of fabric welding is not the same as adhesive joining. Nylon fabric welding is taking pieces of nylon and actually joining them together without any adhesives. Adhesive joining is in...
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    I think there is another thread on the forums...

    I think there is another thread on the forums about this vid. My search foo isn't good enough to find it but maybe someone remembers it. The vid was posted in 2013 so it was likely back a ways.
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    Hennessey tarps are quality tarps but tend to be...

    Hennessey tarps are quality tarps but tend to be much heavier than the higher priced tarps. The hex tarps are not asym and work very nicely on hammocks of all sorts. If price is more important than...
  6. The short answer is ... yes. It is most...

    The short answer is ... yes. It is most definitely a fray stopping hem and is used as such in many application. Because it maintains the structural integrity of the fabric, unlike snipping edges,...
  7. Two things I don't like about the wheel cutter. ...

    Two things I don't like about the wheel cutter. One is the cost. A 24 x 36 mat can be wicked expensive. Plus a sense of wasted space. For gear making most of the cuts we work with are relatively...
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    Roll as thin a hem as possible. The thinner the...

    Roll as thin a hem as possible. The thinner the hem, the less buckling the fabric will do. That's simple geometry. 1/2" is probably the maximum. Then shorten your stitch length some. The short...
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    Most adhesives do not work with sil. I general...

    Most adhesives do not work with sil. I general do my rolled hems in two steps. I have _horrible_ finger dexterity and it is easier for me this way. I don't sew for people other than myself so I...
  10. Point taken and I should have been more clear in...

    Point taken and I should have been more clear in my statement. The skills needed before I would move into a new piece of equipment are basically material handling skills. Being able to cut a nice...
  11. To my understanding, deneir has nothing to do...

    To my understanding, deneir has nothing to do with waterproofing. Deneir is a measure of the thickness (in terms of mass) of the thread being used to weave the fabric. It has no relation to the...
  12. IMO save your money at least until you have some...

    IMO save your money at least until you have some skills. It is tough enough to master the learning curve without adding a new piece of equipment on top of it. The only people I have ever heard...
  13. Good quality sewing shears 8" bent handle (spend...

    Good quality sewing shears 8" bent handle (spend money... don't go cheap)
    Good quality sewing scissors 6" straight handle (spend money... don't go cheap)
    Good quality sewing scissors 3" straight...
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    WV has been playing with this concept for years. ...

    WV has been playing with this concept for years. Old news.
  15. Leave the bobbin tension alone. There is no...

    Leave the bobbin tension alone. There is no reason to change it except under very specific circumstances. Don't mess with it unless you know exactly what you want to do and exactly why you want to...
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    Legal distinctions are important. Regardless of...

    Legal distinctions are important. Regardless of what common distinction is. Over simplification does not resolve a complex issue. I'm done.
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    That is a very limited understanding of a...

    That is a very limited understanding of a "donation". Without getting into the HF issue directly, donations are only tax deductible under certain provisions of IRS law. In no way would HF be...
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    The only caution about using snap lines is to...

    The only caution about using snap lines is to make sure the fabric is completely flat and the grain is straight. Otherwise you can end up getting funky results. But given those perameters... up...
  19. [QUOTE=Snowball;1415404]On some machines it DOES...

    [QUOTE=Snowball;1415404]On some machines it DOES matter if your presser foot is up or down when you load the top thread. On my machine the presser foot has to be in the upper position otherwise the...
  20. My experience with gathered end and my DIY bridge...

    My experience with gathered end and my DIY bridge attempts was they are two totally differet animals. The hang differently, they lie differently. I would not expect any gathered end to effectively...
  21. I don't know the details of this offer but I do...

    I don't know the details of this offer but I do know that some folks have had problems getting warranty repair/replacement service from Hennessey when they purchased from a discounter. Hennessey has...
  22. Griz did post a bridge hammock stand which used 4...

    Griz did post a bridge hammock stand which used 4 upright supports. I don't know if he still checks in to the forums or not, but if any one did it... he did.

    Edit: He posted the pics in with the...
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    I picked my trail name long before I was hiking...

    I picked my trail name long before I was hiking with groups. I find the notion that it needs to be given by someone else too restrictive. I needed something to sign a shelter log book and...
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    In case people are not aware, machine basting is...

    In case people are not aware, machine basting is done by reducing the top tension to achieve that effect. In some cases the stitch length is extend as well to make it easier to pull out. There are...
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    I fear I did not express myself very well. I...

    I fear I did not express myself very well. I really did not understand how you were using the carpet tape. This explanation helps quite a bit. If one is going to use adhesives of some sort, which...
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    I am at a loss to understand what this looks like...

    I am at a loss to understand what this looks like and how it is of benefit. I use my hands to guide the seam through the machine. The rest of the fabric is free to flip, flop, bunch and move...
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    My first investigation would be to tweak the top...

    My first investigation would be to tweak the top tension a bit higher. The other course of investigation would be to try with thicker fabric. The lock twist in the stitch takes a certain amount of...
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    Glue which is not intended specifically for...

    Glue which is not intended specifically for sewing can damage your machine. Even when it is dry you can transfer the goo to the innards. I recommend not using adhesives at all for this reason. It...
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    To further complicate the issue in some machines...

    To further complicate the issue in some machines you can get both metal and plastic bobbins that are compatible. In others, you can only use one or the other. This is something it is best to...
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    Gotcha... that makes a world of difference. I...

    Gotcha... that makes a world of difference. I withdraw my concern. I think I would find it cumbersome but that falls under the opening "If you're like me". I guess I'm not. :)
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    You are assuming they even plug it in. A quick...

    You are assuming they even plug it in. A quick turn of the fly wheel will tell some people all they think they need to know.
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    I strongly recommend you stop using staples...

    I strongly recommend you stop using staples immediately. I know it sounds like a good idea but it has the potential to be extremely dangerous. I guess you are fine if you are sure to keep the...
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    We all have women "of a certain age" in our...

    We all have women "of a certain age" in our circle of acquaintances. Certainly doesn't have to be "family". Generally speaking if they remember they have one they will gladly give it to you...
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    Embroidery for DIY gear is like putting lipstick...

    Embroidery for DIY gear is like putting lipstick on a pig IMO. To get a machine that does _GOOD_ embroidery you are pushing four figures. Cheap embroidery is just that and no way to get around it....
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    Caveat emptor on machines like this. May not be...

    Caveat emptor on machines like this. May not be too bad if you are willing to settle for a disposable. But don't expect to find parts or get service for them down the road.
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    I don't buy thread from wally world. Even though...

    I don't buy thread from wally world. Even though I am blessed with a couple knowledgeable clerks there, most of the clerks are doing well if they can find a spool of blue thread. Let alone...
  37. I haven't explored the world of bridge hammocks...

    I haven't explored the world of bridge hammocks for a few years so my information may be out of date. Back when I was playing with them they were not really suitable for big, hefty, fat (whatever...
  38. Line up the edge of the project with the back of...

    Line up the edge of the project with the back of the presser foot. That solves your beginning problem. I also provides some space to help eliminate any tendency to ravel.

    Depending on the...
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    Ball point needles are useful of for things like...

    Ball point needles are useful of for things like elastic banding. So the stretch factor might make sense to her. Especially since I suspect your grandma has never used silnyl. With elastic it is...
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    I am not familiar with Hyper D but from what I...

    I am not familiar with Hyper D but from what I have heard and read it is a woven fabric. Thus.. sharp would be my first suggestion.
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    There are essentially three types of needles you...

    There are essentially three types of needles you are likely to find in most stores. They are designated by point style. "Sharp" points are used for woven fabrics. You can use a sharp on any woven...
  42. I have a thread in my sig about looking for used...

    I have a thread in my sig about looking for used machines. Others say it has been helpful. Ask around the women "of a certain age" in your circle of influence. I would be very surprised if there...
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    I suspect your top tension is out of whack. ...

    I suspect your top tension is out of whack. Here's what is probably happening... The top thread comes down and gets picked up to make the stitch but it doesn't carry around the shuttle to form the...
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    Some Harrisburg officials have no clue what...

    Some Harrisburg officials have no clue what wild life is outside of biker bars. And they can easily dispense with _them_,
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    There is another non-malevolent reason for...

    There is another non-malevolent reason for establishing a permit system for use of the Game Lands. The State of PA has taken the very "enlightened" approach of removing funding for projects and...
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    Under PA State Law entery onto the Game Lands...

    Under PA State Law entery onto the Game Lands during the main hunting seasons requires the wearing of a certain amount of safety orange clothing. This is for anyone entering the Game Lands, not just...
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    The PA Game Commission is overstating an idea and...

    The PA Game Commission is overstating an idea and understating a fact. _Some_ of the game lands might have been private lands which were bequeathed to the State under a private agreement. Some of...
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    State Game Lands are public lands in PA. They...

    State Game Lands are public lands in PA. They are owned by the state, managed by the state. The license fees from hunters are _supposedly_ used to offset the cost. However in acuality those funds...
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    I believe camping is prohibited on Sate Game...

    I believe camping is prohibited on Sate Game Lands no matter what time of year. At least that's the way I remember it. Some small game has no season in PA and can be hunted year round. I'm not sure...
  50. IME cold weather down items are baffled. The...

    IME cold weather down items are baffled. The baffles allow for a consistent loft level across the plane of the item. No thin spots means no cold spots. Down items in the 50-60* range might be sewn...
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