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    Senior Member Ramblinrev's Avatar
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    My "We Don't Sew..." vid series is aimed at folks like you who know next to nothing about using a dewing machine. Some folks have found them helpful and have taught themselves how to sew using them. They are extremely basic. The link is in my sig.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

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    Senior Member easyriver's Avatar
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    My "We Don't Sew..." vid series is aimed at folks like you who know next to nothing about using a dewing machine. Some folks have found them helpful and have taught themselves how to sew using them. They are extremely basic.
    Exactly, and BTW tnx Rev.

    We need a sewing Smiley.

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    Go for it! I didn't know a thing about sewing, nor did I have anyone around me who did.
    I just went to WallyWorld and bought the cheapest machine they had and started experimenting with scraps of fabric. I found out that it's not all that complicated. It just take a bit of patience. For camping gear, it doesn't have to look good (thank goodness!) it just has to function, and it's pretty easy to get to that point.

    I whole heartedly recommend RamblinRev's video series on sewing! I wish I had the benefit of that before I started.
    Mike
    "Life is a Project!"

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    Plenty of vids on Youtube to help get the basics going

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    Send me an email, I can come over and help you out. I am not very good but I have made a few things on my mother-in-laws' old beast.
    I ride a recumbent.
    I like to HAM it up on the CW.
    I use Linux.
    I play go.
    Of course I sleep in a hammock!

    Rug.

    Hang On!

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    Be careful though. After one "successful" project "her" may not get a chance to use the machine anymore! Its addictive!!
    "It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people THINK your stupid than to open it and PROVE it" - SFC Kagawa, United States Army (my old platoon SGT)
    *Originally -Abraham Lincoln 16th president of US (1809 -1865)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lattie11581 View Post
    Be careful though. After one "successful" project "her" may not get a chance to use the machine anymore! Its addictive!!
    Isn't it though!

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    i agree. i just finished my first TQ after only a little practice. it worx great and looks pretty darn good for the bucks a spent on it. To me the savings and the creative outlet are well worth the effort.

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    My first experience with making stuff with a thread injector was a custom motorcycle seat. I made a chopper style seat for my Indian. I used my (first) wife's sewing machine. I was sewing through about four layers of naugahyde when sewing the welted seams. Shortly after I got it finished, a plastic gear in the machine broke in half and fell off.

    I am married again. I have my very own thread injector which I bought at a rummage sale. I am contemplating stitching up a gathered-end hammock tonight. I bought the black ripstop on the way home from work today. You can use the SWMBOs machine for the lightweight stuff with no risk. If you try stitching through several layers of industrial stuff or upholstery, get your own.

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    I had never sewed a thing in my life. I bought a machine on Craigslist and brought it home. After figuring out how to thread the machine and do some minor adjustments, I did a few practice stitches on a piece of ripstop. I swear, within 30 minutes, I was knee deep into making a ridgeline organizer. It turned out great! After a few projects now, my wife tells me my daughter wants me to fix a pair of her pants. Sorry, I gotta draw the line somewhere. My manhood is at stake. Bottom line, just crank up that darn thing and start injecting!
    RON

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