has anyone shortened SDP sleeves themselves without any problem? if so did you just cut them or cut them, and sew them. Im questioning sewing them or how to sew them for that matter so the the sew doesnt break or that it keeps the sleeve from giving any
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I was thinking of that, its kind of far, although I do have to shorten them quite a bit. Thanks.
I do most of my own alterations on gear.... I invested a whole $175 in an industrial sewing machine and can now do everything exactly how I want it.....
If that's too much for your needs you could also try a tailor shop or shoe repair place. You might want to buy your own thread and bring it in with you. Most manufacturers use Nylon bonded #69 thread. It costs $7 for a big enough spool to redo every seam on every piece of gear you own. If they only have a straight-stitch machine, just fold the material over where you want the sleeve to end and have them stitch it in place. If they have a zig-zag machine that's even better as it will allow some give in the seam. Or find a place with a really heavy serger to finish the end for you ( how the sleeves on my old BOSS were done up)...
For the lighter gear like Frantz and Crain you should use a ball point needle, no bigger than a 12 or 13 or it will blow out right on the seam, but for the heavier poly and canvas I use a #18 which most tailor shops will have.
I haven't taken apart a SDP yet so I'm not sure if it even needs stitching. The Metal material is laminated ( so is the BOSS) so it won't shread if you just leave it un-hemmed. If it isn't laminated then you really should sew it. And don't try in your home machine, they don't have the power or the capacity to handle the thread and heavy material..... I have the fried Singer to prove it.
Ive thought about buying one, and I have done a few things and as with anything I enjoy being able to modify my own stuff. I look at it the same as my cars, I would never bring one to a garage for someone to fix when I can do it myself so why should anything else be any different. What do you think about hand sewing it?