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 Post subject: The Manly Sewing Kit
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:28 am 
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Ok, broke a button off a pair of pants, went to the drawer and didn't have a sewing kit...fixed that

my sewing kit now has a selection of hand sewing needles ranging from small to sailmaker needles, spare buttons, measuring tape, markers, seam ripper, scissors, thimble, those needle threaders (the cheap disposable ones) and pins

I'm also collecting small pieces of hardware like spare cordlocks and buckles for replacement of missing or damaged components.

1. I've been given an old Singer sewing machine, what should I stock up on for periodic maintainence?
2. what essentials have I missed (looking for quick and simple repair solutions)
3. any recommendations to improving my meagre skills

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 Post subject: Re: The Manly Sewing Kit
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:51 am 
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In my repair kit I also carry a few gauges of wire, super glue(which has to be changed out from time to time), zip ties, waxed nylon thread(artificial sinew) and some thin braided cord.


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 Post subject: Re: The Manly Sewing Kit
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:04 pm 
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taipan821 wrote:
Ok, broke a button off a pair of pants, went to the drawer and didn't have a sewing kit...fixed that

my sewing kit now has a selection of hand sewing needles ranging from small to sailmaker needles, spare buttons, measuring tape, markers, seam ripper, scissors, thimble, those needle threaders (the cheap disposable ones) and pins

I'm also collecting small pieces of hardware like spare cordlocks and buckles for replacement of missing or damaged components.

1. I've been given an old Singer sewing machine, what should I stock up on for periodic maintainence?

You're going to need a manual, light machine oil (there is sewing machine specific oil), a lot of sewing machine needles (hitting straight pins tend to take a toll on them), a lot of bobbins, a lot of thread, a bobbin winder if not already part of the machine.

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2. what essentials have I missed (looking for quick and simple repair solutions)

Iron on repair patches, hem tape, tailors chalk/carpenters pencil, bias tape to prevent fraying at seams, interface (lining and stiffener), fabric glue (I'm partial to Aleen's products and Elmer's craft bond paper and fabric), silicon sealant, zipper pull repair kit, zippers (impossible to repair coil over zippers, you need to replace them), waterproofing spray or wax.


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3. any recommendations to improving my meagre skills

FM10-16 General fabric repair. Beginner sewing projects (vests, bags, etc). The fastest way to learn a handicraft is to do it. I learned the most by hand sewing a sailors ditty bag (20 hours and three hand needles. I will never double thread a seam again) and repairing an old winter jacket.


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 Post subject: Re: The Manly Sewing Kit
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:48 pm 
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Never knew there was a US army manual on sewing :ooh:

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 Post subject: Re: The Manly Sewing Kit
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taipan821 wrote:
Never knew there was a US army manual on sewing :ooh:


When I was an Ocdt I made some beers by doing other peoples sewing.

A Magnet, Pin Cushion or both is very useful to have. Drop a needle? Grab it with the magnet. Keep your different needles organised while working on a project with a pin cushion.

Thinking about it, I need some more leather needles for my kit.

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 Post subject: Re: The Manly Sewing Kit
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:45 pm 
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taipan821 wrote:
Never knew there was a US army manual on sewing :ooh:


There are DoD manuals and specs for everthing. I once accidentally called out a spec for dog leashes when I transposed some numbers. Anything approved for public release, like sewing kit contents, can be found on the dodssp website gateway.


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