Making your own gear is an incredibly rewarding experience. After all, you now have custom made gear for you and your adventure.
If you’re new to the DIY world, stepping in can be confusing and downright scary.
In this week's post, we'll outline a few of our favorite tips to get you started with confidence!
1. Budget For Ruins
Budget time, energy, and money on simply being bad at sewing.
The best way to learn is to practice with no limitations. Buy some cheap fabric, or utilize some scraps and just go to town. Run stitches. Play with all of the dials. Fine tune your needle position. Touch every part of the machine and run stitches in every direction. You just want to get comfortable knowing how it feels to sew.
2. Learn the Techniques
There is no replacement for real skills. YouTube videos and Blogs have endless supplies of support for those just learning how to sew.
These are basic techniques that we recommend you know:
Eventually, we will be developing a series of videos to help you learn these skills. In the meantime, we have linked some good ones that have helped us in the past.
This is as simple as it reads. Sewing frequently will improve your abilities.
Perhaps your time is limited. You only need a few minutes of sewing to refresh your skills. Don’t feel pressured to sew for hours and hours. Do what feels manageable, then take a break. There is no shame in stepping away and coming back with a fresh mind.
Each tip builds upon the previous tip. If you are unafraid to try, learn good techniques, and practice often, you will learn how to sew - we promise.
4. Try a Kit
Once you are confident in the previous steps, we recommend that everyone tries a DIY kit.
A kit is the perfect intermediate phase for new DIYers. Kits are pre-cut and/or pre-packaged to give you exactly what you need to make one specific item. This reduces much of the headache and all but eliminates the confusion around planning a project. Select from a few options like color or size and you're ready to go.
Here are some specific suggestions for intro DIY kits:
April 05, 2022
What sewing machines do you recommend? Looking to make dyneema small hip packs and stuff sacks. Also, home repairs. Maybe even be able to do a rudimentary bar tack and box stitch on 1 in and 1/2in webbing. I would assume it would not be able to punch through hypolon.