Sep 6, 2007 at 8:23 pm #1224948
@dufus934Locale: North Texas
After looking on zen stoves I have realized that there is probably more info there than i will ever be able to read. It is an awesome site and i know i will be able to find what i'm looking for there (thanks to whoever suggested it).
Now i am trying to undertake my next DIY project…sewing. I am about as unexperienced as you can be, except for a random button here and there, i have never sewed. So, with that in mind, i am going to start sewing stuff sacks and hopefully be able to make a backpack someday……with a lot of luck. That being said, i am hoping that somebody out there knows a place that i can download and/or buy patterns for things like stuff sacks, backpacks, clothes, etc. Any opinions and websites will be helpful.
Also, i have been looking but haven't found a site about sewing techniques and know-how. if anybody has that let me know about it too.
Thanks so much to everyone who chimes in you have no idea how much this will help me!Sep 6, 2007 at 8:44 pm #1401368
Free Backpack Patterns:
Free Tent and Bivy Pattern:
http://sixmoondesigns.com/ultralight/default.aspSep 7, 2007 at 7:48 am #1401404
Matt MahaneyBPL Member
@matt_mahaneyLocale: In the District
I'm sure you've already seen these, but BPL turns out to be a great resource for sewing techniques. Great explanations and a few helpful pictures. Part 1 of 5 yards to SUL is an introduction, but part 4 goes through making a backpack. Here are a few URLs to check out.
Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Sewing Machine Setup
Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Straight Stitch and Top Stitch
Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Reinforcement Stitches for Lightweight Fabrics
Make Your Own Gear Sewing Primer: Sewing a Felled Seam
Thru-Hiker has a few "Sewing how to" tips. The pics aren't the best, but AYCE is helpful nonetheless.
Rodney Liwanag's LAB Pack – hosted at Thru-Hiker
And, if you're looking for stuff sack help, Jay Hams instructions in 5 Yards to SUL are great. The design is more simple that AYCEs and I think Jays design makes lighter sacks.
Hope this helps. Best of luck.
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