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 Post subject: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:38 am 
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I really want to get into DIY. After reading a bunch of threads here and elsewhere, I can see that sourcing the material isn't as hard as I thought. I am noticing that I will definitely need the right tools though. First item on my list is a reasonably priced industrial sewing machine. What do you guys recommend? I know I will need a heat cutter as well (Recommendations?). Please feel free to mention any other items I should add to my list. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:24 pm 
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Except for materials and a machine, you really only need a large ruler (I prefer an L shaped ruler to be able to do quick squares) and a set of scissors.

- Hot glue gun is great for tacking PALS and things before you sew
- Thread snips are quicker than scissors for trimming thread
- Lots of bobbins are nice, especially if you have the ability to wind them as you sew
- I don't really use a hot cutter, unless I'm doing production runs. A lighter is often faster than setting up a cutting station. The results are pretty much the same, you seal up the raw edge of the webbing.

As for machine, if you have the money for an industrial machine, the Tacsew T111 is great. Runs around $800 brand new with motor and table. I'd recommend that you register on Diytactical.com and read a lot of the threads about machines.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:28 pm 
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Hey essal, about thread - should i be running the same size thread in my bobbin and spool? I would assume so but thought I'd ask.


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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:57 pm 
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I've never used anything else, but I'd guess it's possible without seeing an application that I'd consider using different thread sizes.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:02 pm 
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Hit up your local Craigslist for a used machine on the cheap. I picked up a Brother DB2-B755 for $250 back in 2008 that runs like champ.

Other things that are good to have in no particular order-
Binder clips
BBQ lighters for sealing webbing
Fons & Porter mechanical marking pencils(nothing better in my opinion)
Good quality machine oil (White)
The largest work/cutting station you can set up
Patience
Titanium needles
USPS priority boxes are great for making free templates
Binder clips :D
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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:03 pm 
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CDALY wrote:
Hit up your local Craigslist for a used machine on the cheap. I picked up a Brother DB2-B755 for $250 back in 2008 that runs like champ.

Other things that are good to have in no particular order-
Binder clips
BBQ lighters for sealing webbing
Fons & Porter mechanical marking pencils(nothing better in my opinion)
Good quality machine oil (White)
The largest work/cutting station you can set up
Patience
Titanium needles
USPS priority boxes are great for making free templates
Binder clips :D

If you have any extra of the above I would appreciate it. My son has just about spent all that I have! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:41 pm 
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Horsefighting, yes. Same thread in bobbin as you run on your machine. I prefer a #69 but on occasion use #92 for straight stitching. When using #69 I keep about 8 spi.

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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:33 pm 
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http://travis.bookoo.com/i/44245014

Would this be a good starter? $30 is a steal in my opinion.

Or this one?
http://travis.bookoo.com/i/44226713


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 Post subject: Re: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:59 pm 
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I am no expert on the old machines,but for $20 I would grab that Singer just in case.

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I think I started with a similar machine to the bottom one, I wouldn't recommend it since it doesn't use normal needles, which pretty much can't be found any more.

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What about this Singer 457?


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 Post subject: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:50 pm 
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Not sure, Google to see if you find the manual, and then search for the needle size and other parts (bobbins etc.) on ebay.

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 Post subject: Sv: DIY First Timer
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:56 pm 
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Get yourself a walking foot machine/ upholstery machine for leather. This is the only thing that will keep you going in the long run.

As for heatcutter: the handheld HSGM heatcutter is essential if you ask me.

I disagree with essal, regarding the lighter-solution. I've used it only in my very first steps into this hobby/job and it was obvious to me, that I needed the heat cutting capability.

I've moved on to a Sheffield automatic strip cutter now, but still often use the handheld one.

Rullers and tools: forget scissors and go for a rotary cutter and an appropiate cutting mat.
The big, transparent plastic rullers with measurements on all sides are great for cutting square pieces.

Markers: chalk pencils is win! The marks will go away fast, when the gear is in use.

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