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« on: May 28, 2014, 06:57 PM »

I was turned on to a product by a friend when I mentioned that my quad lines were getting sticky.

I bought a product made for sewing called "sewers aid".  I laid out my lines and used a napking to apply the product and I was amazed that they felt as good if not better than new.  Seems to last as I have flown several hours total with the quad lines and the best thing is that they don't seem to attract dirt.

The product comes in 0.5 fl oz bottle and less that a quarter of the bottle has coated about 10-12 line sets.

Anyone have experience with "sewers aid.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 08:08 PM »

Nope, spray silicon seems to work pretty good for me on my 6yr old lineset.
Have you tried silicon to give us a comparison?
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2014, 09:21 PM »

Yea, that's what I had been using but the silicone seems to remain wet and attracts dirt really easy.  The sewers aid actually seems to dry and not attract dirt.  I also like the idea of it drying as it should greatly reduce the chance of getting on sail and staining. ( Not that I have ever had a problem with staining while using silicone)

It might just be me but the sewers aid seems even more slippery... 

Just thought it worth mentioning because I fear staining sails with silicone oil.

It works great while sewing especially heavier cordura and light icarex.

I'm trying my hand at homemade sails.

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 04:24 AM »

If you have thread issues going through your machine and think that you want a smoother sewing thread you can make a sewing thread lubricator that the thread runs through before going into the hooks and wheels.... You can put sewing aid or silicone spray into it and it should work great...
This is useful if you have fuzzy thread

I have never heard of it being used on lines though....

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 11:18 AM »

FYI, Sewers Aide is a silicone lubricant. You have to be careful as to which silicone spay you purchase as some have nasty carriers that leave residue. My favorite silicone spray is the ACE Hardware brand. It dries quickly and doesn't leave an oily film. On the other hand, the CRC silicone spray that WalMart carries is junk--might as well use WD-40.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 05:18 PM »

I have used "Collins Sewers Aid" for the last 4 or 5 years and it is fantastic.

I lube up all my traction kite lines as well. It not only makes them friction free without gathering dust, it also restores the dye/colour of the power line itself.

It also helps laydown the fluffy fibres on the wear areas where the lines are constantly in contact with each other. Smiley

2 more bottles arrived here a few days ago in the post from the USA, as it's a bit hard to get in Australia.
The post cost as much as the product. Sad But it is well worth it.

Just be very careful not to lay or pack the freshly lubed lines on a kite, as sometimes (some heavy dyneema with lots of colour, usually red) the line colour will bleed and stain your kite.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 08:37 PM »

Thanks for all the info.  I have seen inline oilers for sewing however the only real time I use it is for sewing heavy cordura or leather and it only takes putting a drop or so on the needle every once in a while.

So far I like the sewers aid especially on lines.

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