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If you like spending time outdoors hunting and you are also conversant with the skill of sewing, then you should try making your own hunting clothes and save some pennies in the process.
Furthermore, your level of satisfaction will be unmatched since you will be having the “I made it myself” kind of feeling whenever you put on these clothes.
However, there is a certain way that you should make them so that they can be usable, durable and effective as hunting gear on the field. If you want to make such attire for yourself, here’s what you need to know on how to make the clothes with your own sewing machine.
1. Look for the best fabric and finish
Finding the right fabric for outdoor use is usually the biggest challenge because it must meet certain specifications. First, you must ensure that the material is waterproof, and especially so if you are making hunting clothes that can be used even in the rainy season.
The fabric must also be wind or odor proof so that it keeps your scent locked as you track down whitetails in the woods.
Lastly, the finish or color of the fabric must be camouflaged for stealth purposes. However, the camo should match the area that you are planning to hunt on. For instance, mossy oak blends in much better in the open while Real-tree gives you a good advantage in the woods.
2. Use a strong thread
Once you have acquired the right fabric, the next thing is to look for good thread and the recommended type is the heavy-duty nylon thread size 69. Nylon thread does not soak up water and thus, cannot decay over time. This means that even when rained on several times while on the trail, your hunting clothes will still remain intact for a very long time.
3. Include multiple pockets
While making your clothes, ensure to include multiple pockets, and especially on the pair of trousers. This will ensure that you have many spots for keeping the essential tools within close reach while on the hunt.
An important thing to note here is that for these pockets, use quiet zippers or double buttons covered with tight flaps for stealth purposes and also so that the items inside don’t fall off as you run.
4. Sew in extra layers at specific spots
Some parts of your hunting clothes will need extra padding for comfort and protection. For instance, thick canvas is will be required over the knee and elbow parts, with the knee section possibly requiring some foam for protection as you kneel so as to be in a good position either to fire or monitor your target. Other areas to stitch in a thick canvas include on the leg’s a-ways and on the cuffs.