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In Topic: Happy Birthday Monkey!!!

13 April 2008 - 09:21 PM

Happy Birthday!!!!

From Aurora and Arns

In Topic: Now for something a little different

24 February 2008 - 08:09 PM

A great site on kite building is kitebuilder.com. If you search the site it has lots of short cuts, techniques, equipment suggestions etc.

I couldn't find anyone to teach me to sew kites and I had no previous knowledge on sewing. I enrolled into a couple of beginner quilting classes. The classes helped me learn my machine and taught me sewing techniques and the skills learned translated directly to kite making. Another bonus is I now have a couple of small quilts.

I also took a beginner class on how to make a shirt. This was an extremely challenging class but what I learned also helped with building kites.

Other things to make are pillow cases, kite bags, tote bags for your tools or roll up bags for kite line. These are very simple projects but will help you to learn your machine and different sewing techniques. And again you will have things you can use.

When I started sewing rip stop nylon it was very challenging and frustrating. The other materials I learned on kind of stuck together so they did not shift too much but rip stop is very slick and tends to shift easily. Kitebuilder.com had some great suggestions such as 3M spray adhesives or double sided tape, other sewing adhesives that dissolve in water or after being exposed to air for a certain amount of time. One of my favorite ways to hold material together is with a binder type clip. The reason folks do not use pins is it leaves small holes in your material.

Ahhhh I digress. I just wanted to give you an excellent site and some ways to learn your machine and sewing techniques.

Oh yeah, that looks like a table saw your bag is resting on. Woodworking techniques also help with sewing. I used to do a bit of woodworking in the past and many of the skills learned for cutting and piecing things together have helped me. It is amazing how similar woodworking is akin sewing. A big rule that applies to both MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE (I sometimes measure 3 or 4 times :blue_wink: and still make the wrong cut :blue_wink: ).

Have fun and enjoy your new machine and that is a cool bag.


In Topic: Bens Birthday Again Soon

23 February 2008 - 08:55 AM

:) :wub: :P HAPPY BIRTHDAY :P :wub: :)

from Rory and Arns

In Topic: Back from the beach

31 October 2007 - 08:55 PM


Glad to hear you had a great time at the beach. The winds are about the same here, inland light breezes to none, on the coast the winds tend to be a little steadier. Although early in the morning and at dusk to dark the winds die down even at the beach.

When I spend a week or so on the coast almost all my equipment gets a bath. Quick soak and a swirl in some fresh water and air dry. Funny thing is when I pull the kites out I still find sand.


In Topic: Rev Play 2

14 October 2007 - 09:11 PM

Great vid John.

Someday I hope to have that kind of control.