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DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed) 732

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DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« on: August 22, 2021, 08:51:02 PM »
Hello,
Having some time this evening, I'll present to you what came from the chase for the perfect EDC : as nothing really fits the need "as is"... I decided to try by myself.

[SPOILER ALERT : There is still a very long path before (hopefully) reaching the "perfect" EDC]

Starting with basically zero knowledge (but with an awesome wife that takes time to explain), I went by little incremental steps :

First I made some simple modules for my new 5.11 LV6 and a modular handle (many prototypes before having something worth it)
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No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2021, 09:08:58 PM »
Here are closer pics of one of the simple elastic strap modules and one to carry Swisstool Spirit bit kit and a Sharpie (newer stitches are a lot better than these :angel: )
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No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2021, 09:16:14 PM »
Next, I tried a simple backpack with no complex shape or pouches, no zipper or anything difficult :
The goal of that first one was to make a proof of concept .. and see if the journey would end there or if I could pursue the project.

5.11 LV6 and Maxpedition CAP for reference on the last picture
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No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2021, 10:06:45 PM »
Next project was a pouch for my Glock entrenching tool/shovel : the goal was to learn how to stitch a French seam (that is in fact called "English seam" in French  :facepalm:) and to reuse/recycle an old Lafuma backpack fabric I had saved from the trash bin.

Last picture is the detail of that French seam with a secondary straight stitch to make it extra tough.
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No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2021, 10:32:17 PM »
And today's project ..
Note that there is less than two weeks between the initial project of the OP and today's.. nearly everything built using an old Singer machine [with external electric motor] with no backward motion or special stitch available.

The goal of that project was to learn how to stitch zipper closing and assemble inner lining with the outer fabric.
Key features :
- inner lining
- recycled YKK zipper
- inside loop patch to enable modules,
- outside loop patch with stitch through all the layers to strengthen the inner lining that holds the inner loop patch
- small hang tab
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No Life Club Posts: 3,525
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2021, 07:31:26 AM »
Cool project! And if this is your first try then I can't think of what it would look like when you get your skill to the next level

[It's not failure if you learn something from it]

No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2021, 12:38:41 PM »
Cool project! And if this is your first try then I can't think of what it would look like when you get your skill to the next level

Thank you!
It is not my very first time with a sewing machine, but it is my first real/serious project :-) (including learning techniques to put bias, french seam, zipper, lining etc)
Sadly, my skill on new things usually skyrockets in the first few days and then stay flar forever  :twak:
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Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2021, 04:22:23 PM »
 :hatsoff: to your wife for being a great teacher.  Your packs are well thought out and turned out wonderful.  I love all the individual secure components.  While Maxpedition does a great job with their elastic interiors I do feel a few more loops are needed ( in my Micro and EDC pouches ).  I hope they give you years of service. 

Esse Quam Videri
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Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2021, 06:00:50 PM »
:hatsoff: to your wife for being a great teacher.  Your packs are well thought out and turned out wonderful.  I love all the individual secure components.  While Maxpedition does a great job with their elastic interiors I do feel a few more loops are needed ( in my Micro and EDC pouches ).  I hope they give you years of service.

Thank you Aloha,
I hope they will be strong enough to survive a few years, but although I used a solid stitch and material, I am not at the level of what Maxpedition does (in term of toughness and quality)  :angel:
No Life Club Posts: 1,578
Re: DIY sewing project : the "perfect" EDC chaise (that may never succeed)
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2021, 06:42:39 PM »
I didn't made much improvement in the EDC chaise project, but I could motivate myself to build a handbag/totebag for my mum's birthday :

It is based on this tutorial :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEYy-qSV2JU

Special Features :
- Water repellent fabric for the main part and water resistant fabric for bottom part
- Double ambidextrous YKK zipper (same as you can find on 5.11 LV6)
- Internal zipped (YKK) pocket with hooked lanyard

It is about 5L
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