Hotoven wrote:I'm sorry I can't help you, but just out of curiosity, what kind of gear do you make?
Generally stuff that I can't find elsewhere to buy. E.g., my most recent want is a small light gps carrier that I can move quickly from the shoulder strap of one pack to another, using velcro closures. I have some old camera cases that sort of fit this bill, but they aren't being made anymore, and the old ones are wearing out.
More: This winter we made two pairs of minimalist nylon windpants with pocket, fly and light belt closure; 4-5 oz a pair, and they are far superior to anything I've tried to buy lately-- plus they fit me. Years ago we sewed a minimalist nylon hooded anorak to fit my physique, and I still prefer that today to all others. My best light summit pack I made; when it finally ripped, I replaced it with a REI flash, which is heavier, less flexible, and has lower volume -- I'll probably redo that. And earlier I made a quasi-tent to fit over the back of my car and a cot, specifically thinking about places in DV where the ground is made of 4"-diameter rocks. Years ago I sewed a light minimalist down bag, and used to make backpacks.
Partly this is physical therapy. My right side has been partially paralyzed for 8 years, and sewing helps me regain some control.