WHERE TO BUY STUFF:
Here are some recommended places to get raw material / gear construction goods, further down the page is a list based on good types:
<www.geraldschwartzinc.com> Great place for mil webbing, zippers, elastic, velcro, and plastic hardware. Most items need to be purchased in bulk, however can sell hardware in singles.
<www.lowyusa.com> Solid company with a large item selection. Items include webbing, zippers, plastic hardware, thread, elastics, velcro, para-gear, mesh and more.
<www.paragear.com> Well known store specializing in parachute related items, thus carry many mil-gear making items such as webbing, and hardware. Zippers and Velcro are also carried, however in non-mil colors. They sell both small and large quantities.
<www.owfinc.com> Great store carrying about everything you'd need to make outdoor gear. Don't always have mil-colors, but great selection and do both small and large orders.
<www.supplycaptain.com> A great store for getting commonly needed mil items that are not so common to find. Some gear making materials include 550 cord, shock cord, velcro, cord locks, ITW nexus plastic hardware, and more. Prices catering to small and medium sized orders.
<www.hudson4supplies.com> Specializing hardware, but has a solid webbing, hook/loop, cord selection, and more!
<store.jontay.com> Specializing in webbing, yet also carries other tactical raw materials such as cord, fabric, hook/loop, thread, zippers, and more
<www.texnetinc.com> A lady owned small business providing many military building materials in bulk including: webbing, hardware, elastics / cords, hook and loop, zippers, fabrics, and more!
<www.johnhowardcompany.com> Offering many military materials including: hardware, webbing, elastics, cords, and thread in bulk quantities
<www.tnwebbing.com> A well established company specializing in bulk webbing, but also sells hook and loop (velcro).
<www.downeastinc.com> Makers of the unique MOLLE plastic hardware and more. Be sure and check out their Packframe and Buckle sections. Bulk Order only from what I can tell.
<www.ahh.biz> Not all items are particularly mil-spec or color, but a great selection of hardware, webbing, and useful materials / fabrics
<www.albest.com> Specializing with a large selection in both metal and plastic hardware and offering many military parts and colors
<multicampattern.com> Direct connection to multicam fabrics
<www.usnetting.com> Specializing in netting, including custom solutions
Hope to include here: Basic stitching knowledge, sewing machine recommendations / help, common mil item dimensions, where to buy things, and more.
GOODS BASED RECOMMENDED LIST:
CORDURA - FABRIC: <www.geraldschwartzinc.com> <www.owfinc.com> <www.vtarmynavy.com><www.seattlefabrics.com> <buschassociates.com> <www.ahh.biz> <www.brookwoodcos.com> <www.competitiontextiles.com> <www.texnetinc.com>
WEBBING: <www.geraldschwartzinc.com> <www.lowyusa.com> <store.jontay.com> <www.paragear.com> <www.owfinc.com> <www.texcelindustries.com> <www.tnwebbing.com> <www.fasteningsystems.com> <www.johnhowardcompany.com> <www.texnetinc.com> <www.hudson4supplies.com>
HARDWARE: <www.geraldschwartzinc.com> <www.supplycaptain.com> <www.hudson4supplies.com> <www.downeastinc.com> <www.lowyusa.com> <www.paragear.com> <store.jontay.com> <www.owfinc.com> <www.fasteningsystems.com> <www.seattlefabrics.com> <www.ahh.biz> <www.homalocks.com> <www.johnhowardcompany.com> <www.texnetinc.com> <www.albest.com>
VELCRO - HOOK AND LOOP: <www.geraldschwartzinc.com> <www.lowyusa.com> <www.supplycaptain.com> <www.hudson4supplies.com> <www.seattlefabrics.com> <www.fastech.us> <www.fastenation.com> <www.tridentfabrics.com> <www.johnhowardcompany.com> <www.texnetinc.com> <store.jontay.com>