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Battle vest alterations

tat2steve

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Does anyone here know of someone that can alter a battle vest ?
I have a What Price Glory Rhodie fire force vest copy which is made very well, but it wasn't copied correctly, it's way too "boxy". It needs to be cut down and trimmed up so I would like to find someone who could take on this task. Thanks in advance.
 

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Anywhere near an army base? Down the road a bit past the payday loan place (across the street from the tattoo shop) is a massage parlor. You'll be almost to the titty bar, and if you see a CBD shop you went too far. The army surplus store near there has an Asian lady who can sew your gear.

Those directions are accurate near every army base.
 

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Or you can go to the rigger shop if you live near the base and have access. Those guys work wonders with sewing machines. I had my survival vest modified by them to fit my G21 with two spare mags, along with some pouch modifications for survival and E&E gear.
 

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I do all the canvas work on the boat myself, using a standard, home type sewing machine. Key being to use correct needles, proper thread and slow speed with hand assist as needed.
I've repaired and modified sails, produced rather intricate Sunbrella Bimini and dodger with zippers and vinyl windows and produced a lot of webbing straps for stowing gear.

As with any_project, figuring it all out takes time. Fitting and figuring some sort of apparel mods to your specs, even more.

Put it on. Take it off cut it here. Pin it there. Put it on. Take it off. Sew some. No, that's not it. Cut it off. put it on...........
Definitely a DIY project :)'
 

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I do all the canvas work on the boat myself, using a standard, home type sewing machine. Key being to use correct needles, proper thread and slow speed with hand assist as needed.
I've repaired and modified sails, produced rather intricate Sunbrella Bimini and dodger with zippers and vinyl windows and produced a lot of webbing straps for stowing gear.

As with any_project, figuring it all out takes time. Fitting and figuring some sort of apparel mods to your specs, even more.

Put it on. Take it off cut it here. Pin it there. Put it on. Take it off. Sew some. No, that's not it. Cut it off. put it on...........
Definitely a DIY project :)'
Sounds like a good winter project to me. Thank you.
 

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For heavy materials and larger jobs, shoe repair shops who also do purse/bag work have some heavier gear and can handle things like that. Jerry Lee's vest might put a hurt on most home machines.

Curious what you were looking at doing to the vest.
 

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I have made a couple slings over the past weeks. It is easy and satisfying but hand sewing through milspec 1" webbing is a real pain. I have recycled Alice pack webbing, and some Kryptec printed webbing from Ripstopbytheroll, and both I often need pliars to pull the needle through. Sewing both sides of Velcro sucks. But there is Multicam jaquard webbing which is easy to sew through.

I made a sling like WellmadeCo does. Cost of parts is $6-7. I doubt my sewing is nearly as good as a machine, though I doubt I will ever use it enough to make a difference. A sewing machine would make the work at least 4x faster, but I have been too lazy to learn and set up the machine.

The fabric the OP has might make hand sewing hard. 500 denier Cordura would be a pain.
 

tat2steve

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For heavy materials and larger jobs, shoe repair shops who also do purse/bag work have some heavier gear and can handle things like that. Jerry Lee's vest might put a hurt on most home machines.

Curious what you were looking at doing to the vest.
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I don't know what WPG used for a pattern but it wasn't a real fireforce vest, probably another copy from somebody else. I have compared this to two real vests and it's more like a big boxy coat with the sleeves cut off and the back above the upper pouch is way too high, it bumps the back of your hat all the time. So it needs a bunch of material removed so it's wearable.
 

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I have made a couple slings over the past weeks. It is easy and satisfying but hand sewing through milspec 1" webbing is a real pain. I have recycled Alice pack webbing, and some Kryptec printed webbing from Ripstopbytheroll, and both I often need pliars to pull the needle through. Sewing both sides of Velcro sucks. But there is Multicam jaquard webbing which is easy to sew through.

I made a sling like WellmadeCo does. Cost of parts is $6-7. I doubt my sewing is nearly as good as a machine, though I doubt I will ever use it enough to make a difference. A sewing machine would make the work at least 4x faster, but I have been too lazy to learn and set up the machine.

The fabric the OP has might make hand sewing hard. 500 denier Cordura would be a pain.

This material is a heavy cotton duck (canvas?), kind of like new Carhartt bibs.
 

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The Speedy Sticher might be a little heavy for your application. I would use heavy duty needles, and heavy carpet thread.
If you are sewing tire sidewall to two leather belts to scuba weight belt material the SS is the way to go.
The SS has fixed a lot of things in the field for me, I consider it a must have for expeditionary kit, but for your purposes a little bit heavy, unless you are adding leather to your gear, or just need a quick bombproof repair in the field.

here is what I would recommend for your project.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9FVP06/?tag=akfnfal-20

https://www.costagroupeducation.com/products/carpet-thread-no-111-waxed-spool
 
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