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    Kevlar Thread?

    I was looking on Ebay today and I found Kevlar thread for sell. It's pretty inexpensive at about 3-4 dollars shipped for a roll (1.95 + 2.05 shipping for a 50 yard spool), whereas the good polyester thread at WalMart is about 5 a spool.

    Anybody ever used Kevlar thread for outdoor projects? Anyone see a problem with using Kevlar thread? I know Kevlar stands up to the elements very well (I don't think weather has much effect at all), has zero stretch, knots easily, and is almost unbreakable.

    Here's one of the Ebay ads:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Kevlar-Thr...QQcmdZViewItem

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    i'd like to hear others thoughts on that. i would suspect the strength would be overkill for some applications, but if the cost is good & the weather resistance...hey!
    one good use that comes to mind would be for sewing loops in hammock support webbing.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    I had a brother that work in the test lab for a company that made huge power cables. The kind that supply power to cities. Some of the cable they made was like 3 feet in diameter. Crazy big.

    They used Kevlar thread to cut the insulation off the copper wire for testing. It would go through 2" thick rubber like a hot knife through butter. The thread would almost cut your hand if you tried to break it. It was a pretty thick thread, the size of fishing line, but the strength was amazing.

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    sounds like it would be perfect for weight bearing jobs like support webbing.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    The question to ask is how thick is the thread. If it is too thick most machines will have problems using it. I experienced this on my last project. The bobbin kept getting gumed up.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    The thread I am looking at is normal thread size I suppose. The top of the spool shows 3/0 and .001. I assume this have something to do with size. It is listed for use in sewing machines.

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    There is also this Ebay auction for 6 spools of different colored Kevlar thread. The seller says this about the thread:
    This is incredibly strong thread - Kevlar is the thread used to manufacture bullet-proof vests. It looks and feels like sewing thread, but is virtually impossible to break. If you haven't felt Kevlar thread before, you'll be impressed at its strength!

    Useful in all projects that require thread, such as jig and fly tying, or beading projects that you want to be sure won't break apart. It takes knots well; if you use the fisherman-type knot it will hold very securely. The fisherman knot is an overhand knot with the second crossover of the threads.
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    I went ahead and bought the 6 color Kevlat thread set. Why pay $4.00 for one roll when I can buy 6 rolls for $10.00? I will let you know how it works out. There are more available in the 6 color set in cases anyone else is interested:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/KEVLAR-SUPERSTRO...QQcmdZViewItem
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    How long until someone uses Kevlar thread for tarp guy lines? Lighter than Air Core, and the black would be stealthy. Multi-use as a garrot...
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    Yeah, I had already been thinking of using it as a garrot. That's some James Bond kinda stuff right there.

    You could also use it to throw into the rafters so that you can swing off the platform in the middle of the pool of ill-tempered sea bass.....with frikkin's lasers on their heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    How long until someone uses Kevlar thread for tarp guy lines? Lighter than Air Core, and the black would be stealthy. Multi-use as a garrot...
    Man and to think I downgraded from air core. I don't like guy lines that I can't easily tie knots in that dark in.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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