Basic Kitemaking supplies

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Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Babbman » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 02:50 PM

Mike,

for someone who has never done it before, what do you feel are the basic items required to make something like a Rev 1.5?

The basic tools (obviously a sewing machine) would be a good start and maybe a walkthrough on how to start and finish?

I need a winter project....

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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 04:16 PM

well, I can't tell you how to make a Rev, but basic supplies depend on how far you plan on going.
You can get by with the machine, a good pair of scissors, yard stick, a pencil, seam ripper, and a hack saw for cutting spars.

I like having a couple good self-healing cutting mats (olfa brand), a rolling cutter (olfa is good here too), a clear quilting ruler, a cheap word burning tool for hot cutting, a piece of glass as large as you can find to hot-cut on, a dremel for cutting spars.

Wait for another Hancock Fabrics 50% off sale or grab those 40 or 50% off coupons for Michaels out of the Sunday paper to buy the mats and quiltlng supplies.

Chris posted a link elsewhere on the forum to Gary Engvall's page.
I'd start by reading his Sewing 101, and then asking questions here for more help.

We should also have a club meeting this winter to get together and make a kite. Perhaps a Rok.

Chris, Ken, anything I forgot?
Hector, what do you use?

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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Chris » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 06:49 PM

don't forget the sewing machine!!! :rotfl
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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 06:59 PM

Babbman wrote:The basic tools (obviously a sewing machine)

[quote user="Mike"]You can get by with the machine, a good pair of scissors,...[/quote]

We didn't!

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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Chris » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 07:07 PM

OK, how about a good pair of reading glasses, 'cause obviously I can't! :oops:
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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 07:22 PM

yeah, reading glasses are also a must for those of us over 40 trying to thread the stupid little needle.
You don't need them yet Chris. Just wait though....

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Re: Basic Kitemaking supplies

Postby Babbman » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 07:43 PM

I don't know about you Mike, but the instant I hit 40, my vision went to crap...


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Re: Basic Kitemaking Supplies

Postby denverberry » Mon, Nov 20 2006, 08:33 PM

In that case perhaps your supplies should also include a magnifying glass, :blink:
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