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 Post subject: Re: Tactical home sewing
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:42 am 
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I promised to put some patterns up recently in another thread. I haven't got around to it yet, but I will.
I also have an old thread around here where I photographed and detailed some of my very early builds. Those builds were quite frankly a little rough, but I would be happy to put some new ones together. My issue right now is time - I'm pretty much flat out in the workshop, so i just haven't had the time to devote to this.

If there are other threads that could be added to this one, PM me the links and I'll add them to the first post. We can make that first post a repository of all things sewing if you guys want to?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:54 pm 
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OK, lets see if this Photobucket works.

These are the links to a few of my projects. First is a Multicam 3D gun bag which was a request from a friend who is a member of an Army Rifle team out of Ohio. His M16 is very heavy because it is filled with lead in the front and rear. So a normal bag would wear out and require repairs or replacing. He asked me for one strong enough to hold his. So I used a full trace/outline of his issued rifle and made this just for him. Its 3D because the rifle sits on one inch of foam pad, and had 3 inches of soft foam around it. with an inch of hard foam on the top of it. There is no stress on the zipper because the gun sits in its own cradle made of webbing. The padding actually goes around it and doesn't hold the rifle. The closure flap holds 3 magazines and paper documents. The back has 4 loops for backpack straps. My HK416 is in there, so it doesn't fit. Its made for the M16. I used 1000 Denier CRYE Multicam fabric, coyote webbing, zipper coils and velcro. ITW Nexus buckles also.

Also for the same guy was a replacement seat for his spotter chair. The cheapo Chinese blue one ripped and he wanted more pockets. I used MC fabric as well and added 4 mags pouches, a bigger zipper and what you cant see is the webbing inside it that supports the seat. My friend weighs about 220, and he stood and jumped on it. It held.

Next is a custom body armor set up I made. I used some British Kevlar armor and made a new cover for it. The DAPS are Kevlar as well, with the added pockets and quick detach buckles instead of the webbing and velcro. I put MOLLE all over it. That sucked. MOLLE takes forever to do.

Other pic is the current project. Im redoing a medium rucksack in A-TACS. Im adding more pouches, a front zipper and MOLLE. I really like the A-TACS.

Other pics are of my parts trays and fabric wall, armor I have to make something out of and some small test projects.

Here is the link to the pictures. Id like to talk to other folks who do this as a hobby. I have two kids and a full time job, so time to sew is not as often as Id like. I want to see what everyone else makes.

http://s45.photobucket.com/albums/f81/a ... front/DIY/


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:43 pm 
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I haven't MADE this, yet, but I've mentioned it in other threads, and it seemed to spark some interest. This is a 4 layer pack cover, giving you a choice of 4 colors or camo patterns to use on the pack. I plan on making one for myself, once I settle on a final version of my pack. It's a pretty simple design, once you lay it out with pins and mess with it a little, you can see how it's supposed to work. My own will be layers of black, woodland camo, blaze orange, and probably a simple blue, to look like a commercial pack (mine's an ALICE pack, so it looks like what it is- military). I also plan on including a layer of plastic between the cloth to provide waterproofing, if I can't find silnylon to make it out of. You can make this out of any cloth you like, I just want to save on weight with the silnylon. Feel free to download the images, and e-mail questions- I'll help as best I can.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd451/Arnold_Tompkins/packcover1.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd451/Arnold_Tompkins/packcover2.jpg
I don't currently have the room to set up my machine, but I'll edit this post with a sample when I can- I'll make it from handkerchiefs.

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 Post subject: Re: Tactical home sewing
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:28 am 
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Very nice work there Baghdady!

My next/first project will most likely be some kind of buttstock pouch with bullet loops for my Lever Action Carbine. I´ll probably sew it by hand because i´m used to do so. As soon as i can salvage some good sturdy fabric to do so. Makes me curse myself for throwing away two old german army jackets years ago that i had as a kid, there´d be still plenty of salvageable pieces of fabric on there despite the worn out parts. That would´ve been just the right sturdiness/thickness that i want.

My Mother who´s an avid hobby taylor (she makes like 70-80% of her clothing herself!) has half a room full of different fabrics but nothing i deem sturdy enough for my project... :(


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Frankenstine. What color fabric do you need? I may have some scraps large enough for you to use.


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Is this section dead? I like sewing gear. I'm not great and don't really make anything big, but I like to share ideas.


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