Sew sew sew your kite...

Sew sew sew your kite...

Post by NGKite » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 01:14:39


Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to build a
kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some ripstop from
our local fabric store and am going to create a banner. Please direct me to
*basic* techniques, like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop, how to
stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter, how to join panels with
minimal VSL (visual seam line), etc., etc., etc. etc.

My wife has promised to teach me to sew, but I have to figure out some of
these details.

Ed Selby
Wind Is Free

 
 
 

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Post by ramkite » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 03:06:50


Quote:
> Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to build
a
> kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some ripstop
from
> our local fabric store and am going to create a banner. Please direct me
to
> *basic* techniques, like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop

polyester will do nicely.

Quote:
>, how to
> stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter

Cut with scissors, rather than a normal knife.

Quote:
>, how to join panels with
> minimal VSL (visual seam line), etc., etc., etc. etc.

Use thread of the same color

Quote:
> My wife has promised to teach me to sew, but I have to figure out some of
> these details.

Good luck...

Regards,

Jordi Krello
http://kitelinks.glow.nl

 
 
 

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Post by RODBUG » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 03:05:10

Boy are you gonna have fun!  I would suggest getting in touch with Kite Studio.
 They have an excellent "learn to sew" video that has most of the info you
might need.  There is a link at www.kitebuilder.com.  Enjoy!

Rod
To fly or not to fly....there is no question!

 
 
 

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Post by Ellen Smit » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 04:19:08

Quote:

> Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to build a
> kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some ripstop from
> our local fabric store and am going to create a banner.
> Please direct me to
> *basic* techniques, like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop,

Depends on the weight of the fabric but for most weights of ripstop
poly/nylon try #30 Polyester - (Dabonds 2000 is especially good).

Quote:
>how to
> stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter,

Ripstop shouldn't fray.
If what you have is fraying you won't be happy with it no matter how you
cut it.

To cut a straight line from sailcloth/ripstop use a sharp xacto and
straight edge.

To cut curved lines make a template from Oak Tag (available from Kite
Studio) or Poster Board.

Quote:
> how to join panels with
> minimal VSL (visual seam line), etc., etc., etc. etc.

Overlap seams.
Straight Lines - Use double stick 1/4 tape and overlap. Stitch. Trim
Excess.
Curved Lines - Use glue stick and overlap. Stitch. Trim Excess.

Good luck Ed!

Ellen

 
 
 

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Post by Andrew Beatti » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 04:44:26

Quote:

> Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to build a
> kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some ripstop from
> our local fabric store and am going to create a banner.

Check out http://banner.kitez.com/

Quote:
> Please direct me to *basic* techniques,

It's easier to answer specific questions than try to imagine what
you might have difficulty with...

Quote:
> like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop,

The only thing to avoid is cotton - it tends to shrink
when wet (not that I've used it myself - I've just believed and
followed the advice).

Quote:
> how to stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter,

1) Don't look too close :-)  I'm actually fairly serious here, it's
   not much of a problem.

2) If the kite is inflated, put the raw edge on the inside.

3) Fold the raw edge under, and sew over it.

But if you're doing appliqu, just leave the raw edge...

Quote:
> how to join panels with
> minimal VSL (visual seam line),

Don't worry about it.  Just make it neat.

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Post by The Puppet Kite Ki » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 06:04:28



Quote:
> Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to
build a
> kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some
ripstop from
> our local fabric store and am going to create a banner. Please direct
me to
> *basic* techniques, like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop,
how to
> stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter, how to join panels with
> minimal VSL (visual seam line), etc., etc., etc. etc.

> My wife has promised to teach me to sew, but I have to figure out
some of
> these details.

> Ed Selby
> Wind Is Free

 Tons of information:
All linked to here:
http://www.yelmtel.com/~rmaddy/
For example:
http://puppetkite.tripod.com/makekil.htm
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Puppet_Kite_Cemetery/messages

 Ask specific questions and I will do everything I possibly can do to
help, with photos, descriptions, videos, etc, etc, etc.

 Making my own kites is one of most satistifying things I have ever
done in life!

 Have fun.
 Ignor the rest :-)

Reply to group.
--
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Post by michael m. mos » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 08:06:29

Ellen, where can I get dabond, other than black and white that Hang em
High sells??  I Really like sewing with Dabond (My Pfaff loves it too)
but can't seem to find a source other than Hang em High..  (nothing
personal, I buy lots of stuff from them And Kite Studio)  I have a
Project in mind where for parts of it, I want to use matching thread,
but still want to stick with Dabond..  I can order it thru a "business"
if I need to....
Thanks!!

--
Mikey Luvs Ya!!
http://www.astound.net/kyakmike/

 
 
 

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Post by Ellen Smit » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 09:13:19

Quote:

> Ellen, where can I get dabond, other than black and white that Hang em
> High sells??  I Really like sewing with Dabond (My Pfaff loves it too)
> but can't seem to find a source other than Hang em High..  (nothing
> personal, I buy lots of stuff from them And Kite Studio)  I have a
> Project in mind where for parts of it, I want to use matching thread,
> but still want to stick with Dabond..  I can order it thru a "business"
> if I need to....
> Thanks!!

Uh...it's available at wholesale if you're willing to buy 30 4 oz spools
of each color at a time. ;) Stick with your retailer, yur getting a
great price and mucho convenience. But if you are still interested
private email me and I'll try to point yur nose in the right direction.

Ellen

 
 
 

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Post by michael m. mos » Tue, 13 Feb 2001 09:42:56

Ooops, I Meant that to be private e-mail....  I need to remember to hold
the button down long enough for it to switch to "reply to - sender only"

--
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