The sewing thread - show us your home-made gear

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Andy_L, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Andy_L

    Andy_L Been here awhile

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  2. Andy_L

    Andy_L Been here awhile

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    I'll start with my tool roll and tool bags.

    The tool roll is made from an army surplus field jacket. It's a great first sewing project - not complicated to do, and it's nice to have one that's made to exactly fit your tools.

    The zip-up tool bags are made of neoprene, and proved more of a challenge. I had a couple of rejects that turned out badly mis-shapen.

    Incidentally you wouldn't believe how hard it is to actually buy neoprene. If you search for it on ebay, almost all the listings are for a fashion fabric known as "scuba" - a 2-layer fabric with a loose knit in between to make it thick, mimicking the look of neoprene. It doesn't actually contain any neoprene but a lot of the sellers are claiming it is, and even claiming that it's "wet-suit material" - all lies. If you want real neoprene, you have to go to a proper supplier.

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  3. Andy_L

    Andy_L Been here awhile

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    Here's a tent peg bag that was based on this tutorial:
    https://noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html
    In the tutorial she makes the outer from 2 pieces, but if you completely separate the 2 halves of the zip, you can make it with the outer as a single piece. You still need to make the lining as 2 pieces so you can leave a hole to turn it right-side-out through.

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  4. nigelj

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    Possibly one of the least likeliest threads you'd expect to see on a bike forum!

    I've got a couple of pairs of strides that need another inch round the waist if anyone is interested
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  5. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Disagree. There's plenty of threads about builds, welding, carpentry, building houses.....

    Sewing is even more complex. You're building something with materials that move, stretch, can be paneled into complex shapes. The range of choice in materials is far greater than wood species or type of metal.

    There's nothing more satisfying than designing something for purpose and being able to build it yourself.

    Maybe you were just trying to funny, but that view is very dated and not informed.

    Visit an automotive upholstery shop and report back what you see there.


    Whether it's tank bags, a seat, clothing, luggage...... It needs sewing and is absolutely a part of motorcycling.
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  6. nigelj

    nigelj Been here awhile

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    Whatever, yawn, Mr Serious.
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  7. Andy_L

    Andy_L Been here awhile

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  8. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Subscribed. Thanks for starting the thread.
    Nice tool roll, Andy, I need to make something similar.

    With over eight thousand other things that I need to do also, finding time/motivation may be a challenge, but. :lol3
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  10. Square1

    Square1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Saddlebags

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    Shock sock

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    Square1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Tool roll

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  12. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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    Sew I've built a few things:

    2 Silnylon tarps, a Hennessy Hammock (sorta), the Ballistic Nylon dry bag carries and various carrying bags. It's building with thread and fabric rather than metal, wood or other materials.

    F*^king photobucket...
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  13. kingbee

    kingbee Been here awhile

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    Some years ago I went on a hammock making binge. This is a picture from 2012 ( wow, where did those years go?) of my wife and daughter sleeping in hammocks I made. Made the bug nets and whoopie slings too. One tarp, two hammocks, three trees.

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    I still use the Kelty tarp- in fact we were glad to have it on our recent Lake Superior circle tour. In these pictures you can see the “snakeskins” I made for it to make setting it up and dousing it easier.

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    These were easy projects compared to something like a saddle bag, but still very satisfying. I’d like to try something more challenging, maybe this winter.
    Cheers,
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  14. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Its okay to say 'fuck' here.
    Nice job with the sewing.
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    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Tank bag (with map window), saddle bags, and roll-top tail bag on CB750:

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    Dual-sport tank bag (with map window) on KLR:

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    My first piece of luggage (tail bag) on a later bike:

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    Handlebar muffs:

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    Gapless fleece-lined Gore-Tex neck gaiter:

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    Plus tool pouches, stuff sacks, and probably lots I can't recall at the moment.
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  16. Bigguy136

    Bigguy136 Been here awhile

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    I'm working on a mosque shelter. I used a mosquito net for a twin bed, cut the top off and sewed a plastic tarp so I had a roof if raining. 20190811_202551.jpg
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  17. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Also, Grinnin' is winnin'. Nice work.
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  18. S/W

    S/W Long timer

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    This company sells all the stuff you need to turn out fabric projects, including sewing machines for heavy material.
    https://www.sailrite.com/
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  19. Mikalle76

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    Nothin’ more satisfying than being the seamstress... (seamster) Of the house. I am a big fan of reusing textile based moto stuff... or maybe I’m just cheap. But anyway,I love it.
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  20. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    I’ve dabbled in clothing and repairs since I was a kid and learned to sort of sew by watching my grandmother.

    The first really complicated thing I tried on my own was a tarp-tent. I started it in maybe 2005, then put it away unfinished until 2007 or maybe 2008. Finished it up and have used it on MANY trips since then, including our year + sidecar trip a few years ago.

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    The thing I’ve made that has had the most use and abuse and still is almost good as new is a set of bags I made for that trip. They are basically 13” cubes with an envelope fold top closure (with snaps) and a web strap surround as a carry handle. I made them to fit the top layer of our sidecar trunk and we each got one as our primary gear bag. So for over a year they were loaded and unloaded from the rig most every day, and I’m amazed they held up so well. You can see them upper left here. There’s a bunch of other stuff in that pic I sewed up as well - various bags and straps and neck gaiters and dry bags (I’ve made a LOT of drybags...)such.
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    My next project was going to be good summer riding pants for my son, but he’s gotten big enough to wear XS adult stuff, so that won’t happen.
    I think I’d like to make a rain shell with no front zipper for riding in hard storms on naked bikes, so maybe that will be next.
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