sewing machine for webbing/harness ,what do you know


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Mountain climber
Bay Area
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 28, 2006 - 02:52am PT
I am looking to buy a used sewing machine to make industrial harnesses and custom made slings etc. Older sewing machine are big and bulky, do you guy know if they make smaller version sewing machine, if so, who sales them used and what is a good brand and $$$.


Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Sep 28, 2006 - 02:59am PT
You need a pretty heavy duty one...

Do you intend to do any bar-tacking?
That's a different machine.

Ask the head seamstress at FISH Products,
he can tell you what is good.

and the thread you use is very important.

Social climber
McMinnville, TN
Sep 28, 2006 - 04:49am PT
You need an industrial sewing machine that can handle nylon bonded thread. The book 'On Rope' has thread patterns and alot of technical stuff about loads and fall factors certain stiching can take. The book is by Bruce Smith and he also runs a vertical gear shop online that can make custom stuff. His main market is with cavers and vertical rescue.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Sep 28, 2006 - 06:48pm PT
yeah Majid... you whip out a garage sale singer and use catgut thread you are going to end up in one of your accident reports.....

Email me if you are not just blowing smoke.

Social climber
Sep 28, 2006 - 10:53pm PT
Here are some suggestions. Google "sewing webbing", "industrial sewing webbing or leather", or some such descriptor. Singer makes one of the best heavy duty webbing machines ever. That's how long it's been around to...for ever. Here is an excerpt from

Singer 97-10

Many agree that the 97-10 is the best threaded needle stitcher ever built. This will sew an honest 1" of leather. The presser foot lifts to 1 1/4" high. The machine also features a 10" throat. The 97-10 has a needle feed with a jump foot like the FERDINAND BULL. This extremely heavy duty machine is on a cast ion standing work height stand so you can get large goods into it..


You can consult with a harness manufacturer or the like and have them make you a harness to your specs. Also, the machine used to sew harnesses is all together a different machine to say, make slings. Parachute riggers may also be availible to make harnesses or slings but make sure they understand what you want. I'd stick with climbing gear makers myself. Harness machines are not cheap either. You'd spend thousands of dollars and an equivalent amount of time to learn how to it. The design of a climbing harness requires a great deal of knowledge and testing too. Well, I guess that about washes out your project. I understand your ambition though. I went through the same thing only I had a federal license and a shop full of industrial sewing machines including the Singer 97-10, as a Navy rigger. It's fun, believe me. That 97-10 will sew through a half dollar.

Good luck ...


Mountain climber
Bay Area
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2006 - 02:02am PT
Thanks guy for your info
Russ, I will email you ,I may need some custom made bags.

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