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[pct-l] Sew what?
For heavy fabric like cordura, use a size 100 regular point
needle. Anything smaller (90, 80...) may break thread and/or
skip stitches. For a small project like you suggest, one
needle would probably do fine, but buy a set of three or
whatever, just in case.
For thread, one of the lightest, strongest polyesters I've
found is available through rayjardine.com. It's extremely
thin, though, and tends to coil a bit at its free ends,
requiring plenty of extra "tail" at the start of each seam.
Polyester tends to be more resistant to UV damage than
nylon, although simply avoiding cotton (and any thread that
breaks easily in your hand) is probably enough protocol for
Source your materials over the phone with Outdoor Wilderness
Fabrics or maybe Quest Outfitters. Tell them about your
project, and see which materials they suggest. You'll
probably want to use some type of elastic binding along the
tops of the pockets, and sewing this will require that you
stretch the elastic as you sew it to the mesh/nylon pocket
fabric. First though, size the unstretched elastic to the
pocket. And size the pocket itself generously enough so
it'll hold a water bottle without reducing the effective
volume of the main pack bag.
Gusset (fold at intervals and sew) the pocket fabric along
the bottom seam as necessary.
Don't worry about aligning the edges of the pocket precisely
over the pack's seams. Just make sure you don't sew
_through_ the pack, effectively welding one side of it to
the other! Remove your sewing machine's free arm and slide
(awkwardly) the pack panel into position so that only one
layer of fabric (plus your pocket material) rests between
the sewing machine's presser foot and throat plate.
And don't let the terminology throw you. The act of sewing
is fairly straightforward, and you can learn the basics by
reading the manual that came with your machine, as well as
by practicing on scrap material. The trickier part is the
design phase, and also how to organize your sewing steps in
logical fashion. Sewing bigger projects is a bit like
playing chess. If you make strong moves at the outset,
you'll avoid boxing yourself into a corner down the line.
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