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Old 11-16-2019, 07:43 PM
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Had to perform a little gear repair a few days ago while on the hunt for Bambi. I was in the woods about three miles in, as it was getting warmer so I started shedding layers and ended up blowing out a strap on my butt pack. Well isn't this nice... Got out my kit and began stitching up the strap that had been slightly overloaded. I hadn't had to sew anything in a long time, years and years. Man I don't know if I'm just getting old but trying to push that needle through all that heavy Nylon and MOLLE straps tore up my finger like you wouldn't believe. I tried my knife, butt stock of my rifle, and even a rock. If I were in a bug out situation I'd have my Leatherman on me but I don't normally carry that for day hunts. I got the strap repaired but as soon as I got home I made note to pick up a thimble and add it to my repair kit. Just thought I would share my latest fail in the field with you all, so nobody makes the same mistake I did.

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I like the Speedy Stitcher. I recently added a pair of 8" carbide jaw needle drivers to my Wave holster just for sewing. Already had the big needle stick in the elastic and dental floss wound in notches cut in the extra bit carriers.

I need to make a whole new carrier with the addition of a ferro rod, sharpening steel/pry bar and a 4'' crescent wrench. I'm going to use alice clips for the belt loops so it can fit on my pistol belt.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:31 PM
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My granny always told me to carry two thimbles. One goes on the index finger that pushes the needle through, and the other one goes on the finger that's supporting the material you're sewing so the needle won't go into the finger. I carry one large one and three small ones because I got caught on the AT a few years back in the winter and wound up puncturing three fingers while trying to sew a cinch strap back on. I didn't know what I'd done until my hand warmed up and started bleeding. After a couple days I started squeezing puss out of the three fingers. Even little puncture wounds are nothing to mess with.
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Inspect your gear before going into the field... there are always tell tale signs. Invest in a soldering iron and and chicago rivets; it will solve most webbing issues before they fail completely. Been there done that... countless times.
If SHTF and no electricity....thimbles and needles are the way to go; unless you can't heat a 16 penny nail to push thru the nylon.... and you don' have chicago rivets. 550 cord makes a good substitute for rivets.... use your imagination. YMMV

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I have a small leatherman as a zipper pull on my packs. It is not great but functional. the pliers will grasp stuff. Keep chicago rivets at camp with whatever else you need.
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I have learned, in recent months, how convenient zipties are. While I used them for more temporary issuee, theyd work well.

One day at work, I ripped my pants at the groin...and I was only half way through my shift. I took my awl on my leatherman, made some holes and ziptied it shut.

Im not much of a needle and thread kind of guy.
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I used to have a hell of a time sewing on my gear, getting the needle through heavy duty webbing etc... then I got a sail makers palm. It helps a lot because it’s like strapping a thimble onto the palm of your hand and lets you press harder to get the needle through without gouging your hand

Wm. Smith & Son Adjustable Left Handed Sailmaker's Sewing Palm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NB1JO2K..._hdz0DbCVWCTJH
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BB--thanks for the pix. I'd add some safety pins and bulldog clips Not all of us have 3 hands
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I keep a Speedy Stitcher on hand. I got mine off ebay a couple of years ago for less than $10 to replace one I loaned my son. He would return it but I decided we should each have one on hand rather than 14 miles away.
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I carry a tube of contact cement for fire starting but Ive used it to fix lots of gear over the years. Boots,tarps,packs ,its a useful thing to have for temporary repairs.
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Old 11-20-2019, 01:28 PM
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I always include some Tear-Aid Type A tape in my repair kit - works great for quick repairs on nylon, polyester, etc. clothing. It's saved my butt on a few hiking and camping trips.
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so that speedy stitcher, pretty much just use it on leather and canvas, or can you use it on anything
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It will work on anything you can punch a needle threw. I have sewn things like tires.
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I like the Speedy Stitcher, but for me, it's not a packable repair tool...simply too big. What I do like are sail-needles:



I've simply used a small, thick piece of leather as an improvised thimble. I also really like artificial sinew (which is really, just heavily waxed dental floss) as I can go heavy or separate much smaller strands for minor repairs. Those all literally weigh about an ounce.

Not the best picture, but my minimalist repair kit for distance backpacking:



I keep the sail needle, artificial sinew, and the leather thimble inside my roll of Tenacious tape. While I do have a flat role (about 5-6 feet) of 100mph/duct tape in my Kit Bag, Tenacious tape is excellent for clothing, shelters, and even nylon gear repair.

You can repair a ton of stuff with 20 feet of artificial sinew (that can be separated about 4-5 times for really strong "thread", one (or even two) sail needles, and a small piece of leather for your thumb to serve as a thimble and an easier way to push the needle through thicker fabric, skin, or other material.

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I keep a Speedy Stitcher on hand. I got mine off ebay a couple of years ago for less than $10 to replace one I loaned my son. He would return it but I decided we should each have one on hand rather than 14 miles away.
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