scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Sewing merit badge
Daniel D. Williams (ddwriter@SEMO.NET
Sun May 28 2000 - 10:45:15 CDT
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> Knowing how to sew an industrial strength zipper into heavy canvas --
> well, it's a project the tailors of my acquaintance would turn down
> without hesitation.
Very true Cheryl, that is why any sewing merit madge would have to include
identification of various needles and demonstration of various techniques of
sewing, including canvas needles, sail maker's needles, the palm crook (for
pushing the sail maker's needle through the canvas), upholstery needles and
techniques, besides general sewing and mending. I mean, if you have a boy
that earns the sewing merit badge and then goes on to a Sea Scout Ship,
knowing how to repair a torn sail would come in very handy, as it would for
anyone doing any kind of sailing. Knowing how to sew a canvas sail would be
sufficient to teach how to repair a canvas tent zipper.
Then you have the sails, and tents, made of nylon or poplin which require
different techniques entirely.
This brings me to another point. In the Small boat Sailing merit badge, they
discuss the safety, knots and techniques of sailing, but nothing about on the
water repairs. There is no requirement for it. It does mention a safety
inspection, which should include the sail IMHO, but nothing on repairs.
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