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Venting my SLE

Posted: Wed, Jun 27 2007, 11:32 PM
by Frodos Majik
I took my reg. Sle and vented it with some tribal art. I had also cut out the mylar and sewn in strip of rip stop instead. The green is were the mylar was. Here are a few shots of the work.
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Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Thu, Jun 28 2007, 05:01 AM
by Chris
Great looking job Ken! :up:
How's it fly?

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Thu, Jun 28 2007, 08:03 AM
by Pkrekel
Looks really great :up:

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Thu, Jun 28 2007, 11:21 AM
by Mike
I flew it at Perry Farms in light winds. It flies like a kite with more venting than the standard vented. Slow and steady, kind of like Ben's lattice Rev.
It will be interesting to try in higher winds, in the wind range it is probably designed for.

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Thu, Jun 28 2007, 08:02 PM
by Hector Herrera
:shock: another BEAUTY... You guys up north are really into it!... aren't you? in just a few months time, since the creations of IKE club, so many kite have been designed, and made, it is really amazing. [smiley smilie=1 fontcolor=000000 shadowcolor=000000 shieldshadow=1]CONGRATULATIONS[/smiley] [smiley smilie=1 fontcolor=000000 shadowcolor=000000 shieldshadow=1]IT'S JUST BEAUTIFULL...[/smiley]

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Fri, Jun 29 2007, 12:24 AM
by Frodos Majik
:thanks: :oops:

Yes Hector, I have been bitten hard by the sewing bug. As far as a few others too. I still cannot believe just how easy it is to sew!!!!

As far as the flying goes, like Mike said in the lighter winds it is nice and soft. I will have to take out the regular vented and the tribal on the same day to compare the flying differences. Which will be hard to do, cause I REALLY, really like the look of the tribal. :mrblue:

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Tue, Jul 03 2007, 11:23 PM
by Knoted4ever
Looks even better in real life! :up: My wife, who quilts, was very impressed by it! :up:

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Mon, Jul 09 2007, 11:31 PM
by kiteguy
Now, that is one impressive vent job! (I am hard to impress, too!!) :shock:

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Tue, Jul 10 2007, 01:05 AM
by Frodos Majik
:oops: Thanks Kiteguy, but it real was not that hard. The only part that was hard, was finding a way to keep the screening material in place while sewing it down.

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Tue, Jul 10 2007, 06:22 PM
by kiteguy
Frodos Majik wrote: The only part that was hard, was finding a way to keep the screening material in place while sewing it down.


OOPS! You grabbed my attention! How DID you keep it in place while sewing it?

I was trying to hold some nylon net screening in place to sew the other day....with no success. :oops:

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Tue, Jul 10 2007, 11:26 PM
by Frodos Majik
Well Kiteguy, I tried a few different thing...

pinning - was hard to keep it from puckering at the end,

glue stick - but the glue would not adhere to the screen, it was the cheap crap, (DOH!!!! should have known better) the good stuff might work.

but in the end what I used was some stuff I found at "JoAnnes" a sewing shop around town. The stuff is called "Unique Stitch", it is like elmers glue. But after it dries it is pliable and washable. Just a dab here and there, let it dry for awhile and away I went. I think it was around 3 or 4 dollars for a 1- 1/4 oz tube.

I have also used it on my spikey ball to repair a tear in a seam. It has held up rather quite well against the abuse the little and not so little tikes have given it. :up:

Hope this helps.

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Tue, Jul 10 2007, 11:42 PM
by Jim Foster
When they vent a sail, to hold the screen in place, Rev appears to use the same double stick tape they use on the other seams. It remains exposed through the openings in the screen to attract dirt and sand. The Unique Stitch sounds like a great idea. Perhaps after it dries, it won't attract unwanted dirt and sand.

Jim

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Wed, Jul 11 2007, 11:10 PM
by Frodos Majik
True Jim and it is not as NASTY to sew through as the tape is. Man that stuff REALLY gums up the needle. I am in the process of replacing the mylar on my other vented kite with r/s. The first little section I tried to cut just inside of the seam between the r/s and the mylar. OMG sewing through the tape was that a nightmare!!!! :shock: YUCKY!!!!!!!! :evil:

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Thu, Jul 12 2007, 12:17 PM
by awindofchange
One trick that I have learned when sewing through sticky tape is to use a sponge wet with rubbing alcohol. Just rest the sponge against the needle while you sew. The tape won't gum up the needle and the alcohol evaporates pretty much as you sew.

Hope that helps.

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Thu, Jul 12 2007, 10:57 PM
by Frodos Majik
Thanks Kent, :up: will have to try that.

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Thu, Jul 12 2007, 11:21 PM
by Jim Foster
I have no trouble at all sewing through seam tape. What kind of machine, size needle and type of thread are you using?


Jim

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Fri, Jul 13 2007, 12:07 AM
by Frodos Majik
Hi Jim, I am using a 15yr or so old Monkeywards basic machine with a number eleven needle and gutermann thread.

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Fri, Jul 13 2007, 12:39 AM
by Jim Foster
Ken

I use a Pfaff 1473 or 1475 (we have two machines), a number 14 or 16 needle and polyester nu bond size 30 thread from Kathy Goodwin or from kitebuilder.com.

I have been told that the gum doesn't stick if you use a Pfaff. No one has been able to explain to me how the gum knows the needle is being pushed by a Phaff, so it shouldn't stick.

I use seam tape on all seams except the folded seams around the edges. I have replaced mylar with ripstop on a five year old Rev. When taking it apart, the old seam tape came loose from the mylar, so I used it to attach the new material with no problem. Sewed right through, no gum.

Go figure.

Jim

Re: Venting my SLE

Posted: Fri, Jul 13 2007, 06:09 AM
by Babbman
I use a Viking with a denim needle... I use seam tape as much as possible and have never had gumming problems...

Re: Venting My SLE

Posted: Fri, Jul 13 2007, 11:05 AM
by Jim Foster
Ken

Where do you get your seam tape? We get ours from the same place we get our thread. Perhaps it is different seam tape. Don't know.

Jim