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    Quote Originally Posted by sodakgrrl View Post
    ...16' Stanley Powerlock tape measure...
    I prefer a 25 footer with a 1" wide tape. It's stiff enough i can reach across the room with it.

    Other than that, there's always the:
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    Yep...this isn't you grandmother's sewing kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I prefer a 25 footer with a 1" wide tape. It's stiff enough i can reach across the room with it.

    Other than that, there's always the:
    -6' aluminum straight edge
    -framing square
    -soldering gun with tile cutting tip (hot knife on steroids)
    -black and silver Sharpies
    -sand bags (rifle rests)

    Yep...this isn't you grandmother's sewing kit.
    Hmmmm......I can see my sewing kit is incomplete!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I prefer a 25 footer with a 1" wide tape. It's stiff enough i can reach across the room with it.

    Other than that, there's always the:
    -6' aluminum straight edge
    -framing square
    -soldering gun with tile cutting tip (hot knife on steroids)
    -black and silver Sharpies
    -sand bags (rifle rests)

    Yep...this isn't you grandmother's sewing kit.
    Wow, this is pretty close to what I have. Except instead of sandbags I have my wife's exercise weights, which she has gotten used to by now... But still not happy about it.
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    ................and a light stand with dual flood lamps. Got to have lots of light as i get older.

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    I sometimes use an 8' straightedge intended for drywall work. It comes in 2 sections that fit together. In cross section it looks like a piece of molding for a threshold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakobW View Post
    Going into high school this year I was actually excited to take home economics (mostly because of the creations I see here), but they don't offer it in the school I'm at. I get 4 years to learn to cook, but no sewing.
    Often the local JoAnn fabrics will teach beginning sewing classes. It's not a free school class, but it does offer the chance to learn a skill you want.
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    hahahaha lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I prefer a 25 footer with a 1" wide tape. It's stiff enough i can reach across the room with it.

    Other than that, there's always the:
    -6' aluminum straight edge
    -framing square
    -soldering gun with tile cutting tip (hot knife on steroids)
    -black and silver Sharpies
    -sand bags (rifle rests)

    Yep...this isn't you grandmother's sewing kit.
    Wood handled cheap knife and propane torch for cutting ripstop. I assume this is a skill set still used in the DIY community? If not, I should post a video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Hey cooking is important... I can cook as well... My mom raised my brother and I so we wouldn't need a woman to survive... We learned to sew, cook, dishes, iron, and everything thing else involved in the house... My dad was a fabricator, so we learned welding, carpentry, plumbing, painting, mechanics, the rest of it all... So even though emotionally they put us through hello, as far as skills we were set... If you learn to cook and cook well, and learn how foods should taste and how the ingredients interact, and all that stuff you will find life is much better... Nothing says welcome home honey like an awesome meal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk View Post
    Wood handled cheap knife and propane torch for cutting ripstop. I assume this is a skill set still used in the DIY community? If not, I should post a video.
    I've used an old knife and torch to cut a few things in my life from plastics to shellac, but I'd never bother with it for cutting ripstop. From what I've read on this forum, most are using soldering irons, etc. or just scissors or a rotary cutter. I prefer a soldering gun. That's what my dad used for years for kite making.

    With the soldering gun and a tile cutting tip, pull the trigger let it heat for a moment and cut as much as you want. Let go of the trigger and set it down. It has enough power to use a metal straight edge without it sucking too much heat away.
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