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#171417 - 04/16/09 02:04 AM Vest pocket sewing kit
Schwert Offline
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Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
It has been a few years since I put together my vest article. Once of my lower pockets had a reasonably good repair kit in it. Over the past couple of years I have updated and refined this kit to this....

OK, I do admit this sewing kit is a bit overkill, but it is currenly my daily vest kit. I am a big believer in a decent repair kit.

From the top left clockwise:

Pouch, this contains this stuff plus a few other items, (moleskin, paper, diamond stone, file, ACR whistle) but mostly it is my repair kit pouch.

Linder sewing ulu in my own sheath design. There is a twist of artificial sinew and one glovers needle inside.

One piece each--26 oz Filson mackinaw wool cloth and oil treated shelter cloth, reinforcing materials.

2 Blanket pins and 4 smaller safety pins.

Tube (Pentel pencil eraser tube) of assorted needles, sailmakers and a couple of sizes of standard sewing sharps…carry plenty.

Jens Anso scalpel, a perfect seam ripper.

Clover brand deerskin and metal fingertip thimble, super efficient, comfortable, and flat. A real nice new addition.

Spyderwire, 50lb on a business card spool, knots are difficult but strength is amazing.

Black waxed nylon sewing awl thread, on a handcarved wooden "spool".

Standard spool of sewing thread Guttman, best brand I know of for standard sewing thread.

100% wool repair yarn, blunt darning needle in this card is stored in tube with other needles normally. All wool item repair and darning, vest, gloves, sox, hats.

Red plastic yarn holder with two thicknesses of waxed nylon thread, with sailmakers, glover, and standard sharp needles (small piece of leftover wool yarn).

Yellow Kevlar thread spool (normally wrapped in paper as it wants to unravel at a mere thought). Also difficult knots but strong.

Needles defined (my definations at least):

Standard sharps…the ones you steal from the sewing basket or buy from a sewing store…they are sharp. Many many sizes with various lengths and eye sizes. Great for normal fabrics.

Glovers…stout needle with triangular point that is sharp on the triangle edges…it cuts the material as pushed through, great for soft leather.

Sailmakers….stout with triangular point that is NOT sharp on the triangle edges…it spreads the material as it is pushed though, great for canvas or heavy nylon or wool.

Darning…large eye, stout needle with a blunt rounded tip. Perfect for loose weave repair (wool) or fill work (darning)

Here is an image of the little sewing ulu (as I was making the sheath for it). This tool is a major addition to this kit. Perfect for all sorts of repair work.

#171419 - 04/16/09 02:59 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1838

#171420 - 04/16/09 04:05 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: CANOEDOGS]
billym Offline

Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 616
Loc: Oakland, California
Wow that is a nice kit! The Ulu and scalpel are sweet!
Your kit is very stout and well thought out.
Thanks for showing it.

#171421 - 04/16/09 04:06 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: billym]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2186
Loc: Bluegrass
Seriously! Where'd you get the ulu, and how much?

#171425 - 04/16/09 08:26 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: MDinana]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
That really is a nice kit, even if it is a bit of overkill as you say.
I like that thimble design, and the Ulu too.

I don't carry it every day but I keep a sail maker's palm in my general gear along with some heavy canvas, harness and leather needles.
May set off to explore without any sense of direction or how to return.

#171428 - 04/16/09 10:01 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: MDinana]
ZechariahStover Offline

Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 21
Loc: Connecticut
For those of you interested in the Linder Sewing Ulu here is a link where Schwert talks about it on another forum:
Originally there were pictures buy I can't see any now.

I like the the repair kit. I need to work on mine.

#171429 - 04/16/09 10:43 AM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: ZechariahStover]
Tom_L Offline

Registered: 03/19/07
Posts: 690
Supposing you really want to come up with a comprehensive sewing kit that covers all the bases, you might want to add some patches of synthetic waterproof fabric/canvas and a little bit of super glue to fix your rain gear, tarp, tent etc.

#171434 - 04/16/09 12:15 PM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: Tom_L]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
LIKE the Jens Anso scalpel. His stuff is not "inexpensive" by any measure, but then again, it IS damasteel, which is what, about $18 an inch before he puts one second of work into it
73 de KG2V
You are what you do when it counts - The Masso
Homepage: http://www.thegallos.com
Blog: http://kg2v.blogspot.com

#171446 - 04/16/09 04:14 PM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: KG2V]
Schwert Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
Thanks all. This one is designed to repair my usual coat/vest (wool and canvas) etc so no synthetic materials are required. Extra buttons are sewn on the inside of my vest, coat and usual shirts.

Here is a surplus Norwegian kit I carry in my car. This one came with a couple of brushes and bandages, but I only put the housewife in my car kit.

And with all the junk spread out on the ditty bag with brushes and first aid stuff too.

White, grey and olive wool for repairs.
Safety pins
Small sack of buttons.
Safety scissors just like 1st grade.
Four bobbins of thread, all US made.
A unique 5-pointed star thread holder, wound with stout button thread.

Folded paper hand-wound with olive thread.
Plastic thimble.
Scrap of twill with 6 needles, 2 large, 4 small.

#171447 - 04/16/09 04:24 PM Re: Vest pocket sewing kit [Re: MDinana]
Schwert Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/13/02
Posts: 905
Loc: Seattle, Washington
The little ulu is from Maynard Linder up in Homer Alaska. He does not have a website but can be reached by mail.

Dancing Man Knives and Ulus
Maynard Linder
PO Box 2119
Homer, Alaska 99603

This is his smallest sewing ulu with an artifact ivory handle. I cannot quite remember how much it cost but somewhere around $40 is my guess. Less expensive handle materials are cheaper.

I used my sewing ulus for all the construction of the small one's sheath.

My large sewing ulu, also from Linder, is actually my favorite tool for repair and project work...just too big for my vest kit.

"meriumdelerium" on ebay is his significant other...she lists his work there and you can email her to see about stock of other items.

This old article of mine has more details too...


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