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#116949 - 12/21/07 06:51 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: DrmstrSpoodle]
lfos847 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 11
Loc: NE Florida
Hi folks,
Repair skills of all kinds are important. I pack thin monofiliment in my sewing kits. My primary repair thread is waxed, non-mint, dental floss. It is strong, water resistant and comes already spooled. You can also find it in a flat pack about the size of a credit card.

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#116951 - 12/21/07 06:58 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: climberslacker]
philip Offline
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Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 639
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
When I was in the Air Force, the base exchange sold sewing kits in a folding plastic container. It had safety pins, needles, and buttons, and a braided piece of fabric with threads that were the colors of our uniforms: khaki, blue, black, whatever. You could pull the thread from the braid and have plenty to sew on a button or mend a small tear.

I'd add duct tape nowadays. :->

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#116955 - 12/21/07 07:03 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: philip]
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1028
Loc: The Netherlands
Well, I think sewing is a good thing to be able to do. I make repairs on my packs, gear, clothes, etc. all the time. And of course there are sutures... grin
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#116957 - 12/21/07 07:09 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: lfos847]
Crowe Offline
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Registered: 12/03/07
Posts: 88
Flosscards always seem great, but I can't seem to find them for individual sale (always some company wanting you to buy a bulk lot). Anybody have an online source for low volume sales?

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#116977 - 12/21/07 08:25 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Crowe]
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1028
Loc: The Netherlands
Originally Posted By: Crowe
Flosscards always seem great, but I can't seem to find them for individual sale (always some company wanting you to buy a bulk lot). Anybody have an online source for low volume sales?


I guess this would be right up Redflare's alley..wink wink, nodge nodge whistle
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#116985 - 12/21/07 08:47 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Crowe]
Andy Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 378
Loc: SE PA
FlossCard will sell you 10 for $9.95 and ships for free. You can call them at 800-672-6229. Site is www.flosscard.com. I got the military pack which has samples from various military dental units.
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#117174 - 12/22/07 07:52 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Andy]
corpsman Offline
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Registered: 02/19/02
Posts: 51
I buy the parts for my sewing/repair kits seperately. I make SURE I buy thread like Coats and Clark Button & Craft and the IIRC #88 nylon upholstery/carpet. MUCH tougher than traditional plain twisted cotten. I just use a pencil and DeWalt to wind it onto steel (or plastic if u wish) bobbins.

Iron on patches, wire, safety pins, pins and duct tape. This is in my EDC with a dup in my BOB.

Saved the day (week) many times - business trips, a day at work, vacations, etc.

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#117220 - 12/23/07 01:37 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: corpsman]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
"...Iron on patches..."

That's a new one for me. How would you apply one without the iron? A hot flat rock, or something else???
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#117424 - 12/25/07 02:31 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: climberslacker]
samhain Offline
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Registered: 11/30/05
Posts: 598
Loc: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Quote:
wondering if anyone keeps a sewing kit in their BOB's for if they have to do repairs on their clothes, or even sleeping bags or tents. If anyone does, please share what you have and why.



You bet your sweet bippy!!

(sorry, old people joke)


I have a small sewing kit in my "murphy bag" that I carry daily in my messenger bag (outgrew my fatboy).

I downsized it to fit in a small "crack baggie" (small ziplock bag bought at Hobby Lobby for packaging jewelery).

It contains a couple of sewing needles of varying size including one big mama, a couple of safety pins, a threader for old eyes, and only two little spools of thread (white, and black).

I'm going to add a small travel pack of dental floss and a small spool of heavy nylon thread in the future.

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#117446 - 12/25/07 03:23 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: samhain]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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"...You bet your sweet bippy..."

You get the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award for that one...
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