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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2011, 04:48 PM »

Wow!
Thanks for the responses, that's a lot of information to absorb. Its interesting that everyone does it a little different.

I have some time off this weekend and I'm going to give it a go with the specs that came with the plan. If I didn't mention earlier, it's the UL  version of the plan so I am going to try to rig up the bridle with 100# florescent orange bridle line that I have sitting around.

I might try to sew some of the loops, hopefully I'll have enough meat on the 100# line to get a row of stitches on it.

Thanks for all of your help, and the compliments on the kite. I am starting to figure out this kite building thing and really starting to enjoy it (almost as much as flying). Maybe I'll get some action shots of it in flight next week.


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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2011, 05:15 PM »

Good luck sewing them, most home machines have two rows of dogs with an open center so they won't feed the line. Plus never let the feed dogs ride directly on the foot, you must have material between them or you will dull the dogs and scar the foot. Your best bet is to drop the feed dogs if your machine can and pull the line by hand using a foot with a center groove for the line to run through. Sure looks nice if you can do it though.
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« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2011, 06:35 PM »

Over kitebuilder.com there is a thread about a jig to sew bridle lines. ....not  bad to use and it gives good results too. ...
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« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2011, 08:49 PM »

This is also the way that R-Sky gets the job done.

Another nice Invictus. That's a good looking kite.

I like Ken McNiells method of attaching the bridle to the leading edges.

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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2011, 07:32 AM »

I wondered if the Cow Hitch would hold during Kens Muse workshop, foolish me to question Ken, 4-5-6 years later and they've never even loosened.

Easy enough to leave some extra line when first tying up the bridle for experimentation or checking the measurements. Just tie a loose overhand knot as a stopper until you're happy then mark the line, cut and melt a flange for the stopper.

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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2011, 09:34 AM »

That's one of the really nice things about using the cow hitch.

You can experiment with bridle length very easily.
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« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2011, 01:52 PM »

Pretty  much finished the bridle. I didn't get a chance to make a jig, but I used a lot of patience and made sure everything was the correct measurement. Now I guess I need to make up a keeper line to keep the inhaul from wrapping around the tail. I didn't really plan for it, so now I guess I need to figure out how to tie it without changing my final measurements.

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« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2011, 02:19 PM »

for minimal influence on the length of your upper and inner legs, you can use a prusik knot on both ends of the keeper line (this knot will be adjustable if you need to move the keeper line at all). Or use a sheet bend knot which will be more difficult to adjust, but takes up minimal length in the existing bridle legs.
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« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2011, 05:10 PM »

Good luck sewing them, most home machines have two rows of dogs with an open center so they won't feed the line. Plus never let the feed dogs ride directly on the foot, you must have material between them or you will dull the dogs and scar the foot. Your best bet is to drop the feed dogs if your machine can and pull the line by hand using a foot with a center groove for the line to run through. Sure looks nice if you can do it though.


Check out fabric and/or quilt shops for something called "stabilizer" fabric. There's one type that will dissolve in water, so you don't have to worry about picking out bits of paper or threads. I think this is the stuff I used to have:
http://www.sulky.com/stabilizers/ultra.php
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