Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16
  1. #11
    Redoleary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Pennfield Twp, MI
    Hammock
    DIY gathered end
    Tarp
    Hinterland gear
    Insulation
    down bag
    Suspension
    strap & E.T.'s
    Posts
    3,439
    Images
    70
    GŁtermann is a preferred thread around here, so you should be fine.
    Good luck,
    RED

    My Youtube Channel

    Deep peace of the running wave to you.
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
    Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace without end to you.
    adapted from - ancient gaelic runes

  2. #12
    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered End
    Tarp
    DIY Asym
    Insulation
    DIY Modular Quilt
    Suspension
    Whoopies/MSH
    Posts
    4,650
    Images
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by DivaB View Post
    I use a wood carving tool to heat seal and cut my ripstop at the same time. Another thing you could use is a solder iron. It doesn't take much heat and it cuts like butter. Use a straight edge to help you hold your heat blade straight.
    I use a soldering iron. I used to use an hot wire cutter (the kind you use for cutting craft foam), but it crapped out on me. Both work very well for sealing the edges at the same time you cut.

    I do recommend using a straightedge (not a plastic one!) to ensure that your cuts are straight when they need to be. A Fiskars wooden ruler with the small metal edge on the inches side is what I use, and it works great!

    Also, don't do this on top of anything you care about getting scarred from the heat. Don't ask how I know that one......

    Guttermann's is the preferred thread hereabouts. Depending on where you're getting your material from, they should carry it. If not, DIY Gear Supply (Backwoods Daydreamer) sells it. I recommend the "Mara" thread for most projects, while the "Tera" thread works pretty well for high-strength applications (backpack strap connections, etc.).

    Hope it helps!
    "Just prepare what you can and enjoy the rest."
    --Floridahanger

  3. #13
    Member MadWolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Mebane, NC
    Hammock
    ENO DN
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    DIY Climashield UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies /straps
    Posts
    63
    Images
    3
    I use a Weller butane soldering iron with a hot knife tip (They are a little pricey but mine was given to me) It heats up very fast and makes a very clean cut and seals the edge. Also I do not have to deal with a cord.

  4. #14
    Senior Member chickenwing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Abbeville, SC
    Hammock
    MYOG 1.1 Double Layer
    Tarp
    DIY Tarp
    Insulation
    DIY top & U Quilts
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    1,333
    Images
    90
    plus another for the soldering iron.

    Check out my website www.cwhammocks.com or Find me on the YouTubes
    You can even"Like" me on facebook or follow me on Twitter @cwhammocks

    "In my world everyone is a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies."

    DONATE TO THE GOAT ISLAND FIRE PIT FUND

  5. #15
    New Member cvlngnir's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Kannapolis, NC
    Hammock
    ENO DN
    Tarp
    Superfly w/ doors
    Insulation
    DIY Climashield
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    28
    Images
    2
    Another soldering iron fan here (thanks MadWolf). Also, I use a glass cutting board to do my cutting on. The nylon leaves a black mark that wipes right off. Wife just about killed me until she saw it wash off.
    Last edited by cvlngnir; 09-05-2012 at 08:04.
    Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling a pig in the mud. Your not going to win, and after a while you realize the pig is enjoying it.

  6. #16
    Ramblinrev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Milton, PA
    Hammock
    Hennessey Explorer Ultralight
    Tarp
    Hennessey Hex
    Insulation
    HH Super Shelter
    Suspension
    ring buckle
    Posts
    7,786
    Images
    101
    Quote Originally Posted by cvlngnir View Post
    Wife just about killed me until she saw it wash off.
    I may seem like a no brainer to some of us... but it is really helpful for us DIY guys to have our own tools and such. It's not so much a case of no longer having to share... although that is a good thing. It means our families do not have to take the brunt of our hobbies.

    For the benefit of peace in the home.... get your own cutting boards and other tools. Don't use the family scissors and shears. You want control of those. No construction paper collages with the fabric shears.... ever.... period... But after all, the kids have school projects to do.

    I bought a door for $5 and stuck it on some saw horses. Instant cutting table. Just make sure it is at least 32" wide so you can spread out a 60" fabric folded in half. Every so often the wife eyes it longingly until I remind her she can clear off her own cutting table.
    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."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

Similar Threads

  1. Strap cutting
    By BadKarma in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-22-2012, 08:41
  2. Cutting Titanium
    By Mr.Tattoo in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-09-2012, 21:24
  3. A question before cutting.
    By Nihilist Voyager in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-08-2011, 15:15
  4. Cutting Amsteel
    By JaxHiker in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: 06-17-2011, 15:05
  5. Cutting Thinlight Pad
    By wildgene in forum Pads
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-16-2010, 19:42

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •