DIY Webbing Tutorial on a Budget, Part 3: How to Set Up Your Sewing Machine for Webbing

Here in Part 3, we show you how to set your sewing machine up for webbing, and how to perform test stitching to get the stitches correctly balanced. If you’ve never used a sewing machine before, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with one first. There are already tons of blogs and videos on this topic, and rather than duplicate those efforts, we’re relying on you to do a little homework. Here’s one example of such a site, this one run by Tilly Walnes (whom our British readers will recognize from The Great British Sewing Bee). Once you’ve got the basics in your head, watch our video below, then hit the jump for the review points. Wind a bobbin, the little disc-like thing that feeds thread from underneath the material. Every domestic machine should have some mechanism to get thread wound around a bobbin. Practice this until you get it correct—the thread must be neatly and evenly machine-wound around a bobbin. In other words, winding it by hand is not adequate, as it would create inconsistencies and slack that would give you problems during the sewing process. Correctly insert your needle. Domestic sewing machine needles will have a flat surface on on...

Tockr D-Day C-47 Watches Inspire Emotional Worldwide Response

Specialized in aviation watches, Austin, Texas based watch brand Tockr joined with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2018 to launch a 100-piece series of Tockr D-Day C-47 watches designed to honor the brave World War II veterans who gave it all on D-Day. These commemorative watches featured dials made of original material salvaged from the paratrooper transport that led the combat charge into Normandy: an aircraft famously known as “That’s All, Brother.” Within a month and a half, the first edition sold out. This unprecedented demand ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year led Tockr and CAF to collaborate on a second edition of 100 D-Day C-47 timepieces, available online now at tockr.com/dday. Once again, Tockr will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Tockr D-Day C-47 watch sale to help fund CAF’s non-profit mission of education and preservation, supporting the extensive restoration and ongoing maintenance of the historic “That’s All, Brother” aircraft for future generations. “Creating the D-Day C-47 has been deeply personal for me, as my own grandfather flew a C-47 during World War II,” explained Tockr Founder Austin Ivey. “Stories have been flooding in and i...