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« on: February 15, 2007 11:08:22 AM »

I'm taking a cycling trip next year, and have decided to make my bike panniers (which are essentially saddlebags) out of duct tape. Anyway, I want to attach some industrial strength (well, maybe not industrial, but the strongest I can find!) zippers rather than using buttons or strings to close the bags.

Have you any experience with zippers in your duct tape bags? I don't own a sewing machine, but I'm pretty good at handsewing, so I was thinking of taping the zippers in, and then sewing over them once or twice for extra security.

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007 06:56:19 PM »

Bumping this because I need heeeeeeeelp please. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2007 10:47:45 AM »

ductape that isnt too thick will work fine in the sewing machine however the stickyness might affext the metal foot. i think your best bet would be to hand sew it

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what your suggetsing sounds like it would work just fine, but i have no exerience with it
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007 07:52:56 AM »

it might give it a neat look if you used a hole punch of some size to make your holes and then stitched through those with some sort of funky cording or leather or something. I think that would punch through the duct tape and still help hold it together.
You could also get some industrial glue I suppose. But I've never tried glue and duct tape and zippers so you might want to try a "faux" version first and let it dry overnight and then pull on it, throw some stuff in it and drag it around to see how it holds up.
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