Gear Aid’s Outdoor Sewing Kit is a great hiking and backpacking sewing kit if you already know how to sew. While it includes an “Expert Repair Guide”, McNett’s claim that “anybody is going to be able to make a sewing repair even if you’ve never picked up a needle” is patently false. I couldn’t repair a blown pant seam or a ripped pant knee using the instructions included in this kit and my in-house consultant, an expert sewer, agrees that they’re incomplete.
That’s disappointing because I think there’s an expectation made that a novice sewer can pack this sewing kit on a hiking or camping trip and use it to repair a blown seam or rip during a trip. Before heading out into the field, you will want to spend an hour with a friend or relative who sews, and practice making a complete repair before you try to do it on your own in the field.
Outdoor Sewing Kit Contents
Gear Aid’s Outdoor Sewing Kit contains:
- #30 Coyote Button x 2
- Black Nylon Thread (5 yards)
- #16 Chenille Sewing Needles x 4
- Seam Ripper
- Straight pins x 3
- Safety Pins x 2
- Orange plastic carry tube
- Expert Repair Guide
This is a good collection of sewing tools. Is it worth $8 bucks? It might be. simply in terms of convenience, if you don’t have spares in your home sewing and gear repair kit already .
The problem with the “Expert Gear Repair” included with the kit it doesn’t include complete end-to-end instructions for making a simple repair. While there are instructions for how to rip a seam, thread a needle and make a running stitch, there aren’t any for using the pins to stage a repair, or how to tie of a knot at the end, so your sewing job doesn’t unravel immediately. Maybe that’s obvious, but I sure as hell don’t know how to do it and I’m glad I decided to practice with this kit at home before discovering how clueless I am about sewing in advance.
Disclosure: McNett Gear Aid provided Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) with a sample Outdoor Sewing Kit for this review.
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