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« on: September 13, 2018, 08:49 AM »

What do you guys use if your kites don't have a case?
Is there a good source for them?

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 09:01 AM »

sleeves? Into the wind offers some, pretty much any kite shop will have some.

They are super easy to make if you are so inclined and have a sewing machine around and some free time. They are also a great project to get started into making kites and stuff as well:

Just a big long rectangle, a few inches longer than the kite itself, and about 6-7" wide. fold in half then sew up one small size and the long size
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the most basic sleeve you can make...make it out of any material!

you can see a couple types of sleeve closures in here: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipMJZC0vG8um3ACnt8bc00s8_PWHAL4961S2xHhv
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 11:49 AM »

Depends on the kite.  - For the more fragile ones: either drain pipes, or the tubes anglers use to protect their rods.  - Both cut to a convenient size.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 03:01 AM »

Cool! Thanks! I'll have to get me a sewing machine. Any good sewing machines around the $100ish mark?

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2018, 03:41 AM »

Oh, you just opened a can of worms.

Long-term, you'd be better off spending a bit more on sewing machine up front. It'll save you on service and repairs later. There are plenty of good used machines available online. I own 3 different Pfaff machines, all bought used. With regular maintenance, they work fine. Make sure you get at the very least a straight stitch and zigzag stitch; a triple zigzag is nice too. More does not equal better! And older machines sometimes work better than their fancy electronic counterparts. Test it, make sure it's in good working order, and good luck.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2018, 09:27 AM »

What should one pay for a sewing machine? In your opinion. What is a good first machine and price for one (good deal, normal price...)?

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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2018, 09:41 AM »

Cool! Thanks! I'll have to get me a sewing machine. Any good sewing machines around the $100ish mark?

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No. For $100 a new machine will only cause you grief and you will swear at it a lot. For a used machine you'll get something that can be adequate if it isn't worn out. If you pay $100 for a used machine and find that it needs $100 worth of parts, repairs and adjustments, you're better off spending $200 on a new machine.

Talk to family and neighbors. Someone may have a machine that you can use occasionally and they can probably help you a good deal until you learn to use it.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2018, 09:47 AM »

Cool! Thanks! I'll have to get me a sewing machine. Any good sewing machines around the $100ish mark?

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No. For $100 a new machine will only cause you grief and you will swear at it a lot. For a used machine you'll get something that can be adequate if it isn't worn out. If you pay $100 for a used machine and find that it needs $100 worth of parts, repairs and adjustments, you're better off spending $200 on a new machine.

Talk to family and neighbors. Someone may have a machine that you can use occasionally and they can probably help you a good deal until you learn to use it.

Thanks!
I'll do some checking!
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2018, 12:01 PM »

I'm going to give a different answer and please keep in mind your experience will possibly vary from mine but EVERY kite I've sewn so far has been on a $100-ish machine. Granted, I'm using a lot of tape and I do take it apart every bobbin change to clean the tape gumminess from the bobbin area and needle. It has been good to me. I may have just gotten lucky but at this point, if this machine falls apart on me, for the cost I'll just go get the same machine again.  IMO as long as you have a good straight stitch and 3 step zig zag, you are probably going to be ok as long as you take your time. I've personally enjoyed my Brother SM2700. It might not be for everyone and might not work on everything but in my opinion, it sews a decent kite and bag.

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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2018, 05:40 PM »

I'm going to give a different answer and please keep in mind your experience will possibly vary from mine but EVERY kite I've sewn so far has been on a $100-ish machine. Granted, I'm using a lot of tape and I do take it apart every bobbin change to clean the tape gumminess from the bobbin area and needle. It has been good to me. I may have just gotten lucky but at this point, if this machine falls apart on me, for the cost I'll just go get the same machine again.  IMO as long as you have a good straight stitch and 3 step zig zag, you are probably going to be ok as long as you take your time. I've personally enjoyed my Brother SM2700. It might not be for everyone and might not work on everything but in my opinion, it sews a decent kite and bag.



Thank you for you opinion! I hear both sides!

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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2018, 06:06 PM »

I am a believer in any sewing machine that you can get your hands on to start with.
ZigZag and straight stitch is imperative!

I use a 1962 Singer Touch and Sew that I was gifted and have had no problems making all sorts of things...metals gears makes it pretty bombproof.
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